Waking up on this day is always so extremely hard and bittersweet. Before I begin, I just want to send my prayers and condolences out to those who lost loved ones in the unfathomable attacks of 9/11. We shall never forget…
Today is my birthday! I am thirty-one.
Gulp, gulp, gulp. Oh, that’s just me chugging a bottle of tequila. Alone. Today. On a Friday. Just kidding, babes, I would never do that! Drink alone? Please.
Now that I am thirty-one, I know to officially skip the 20s section of “what to wear for your age” in the glossies and am quite the “young adult”, according to the massive poster of different aged women in my derm’s office. This is a constant reminder that I need botox, filler, laser, fraxel, peels, and age defying products that will have me looking Death Becomes Her gorg in no time. See you in a week, doc! Just kidding!
Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we? In my young 20s (ahh, the good ‘ol days), I remember reading an interview in one of the high-end glossies with Jennifer Aniston (who looked ta die for, might I add). She said that, “your twenties are for partying and figuring it all out. But your thirties? They’re the best years of your life and I have never felt sexier.” At that moment, I looked in the mirror at my twenty year old ass, raising my arms up and down to see the perkiness of my teets, just like Cameron did in The Sweetest Thing (Ugh, love that movie). How is it even possible that I will look and feel better in my 30s than I do now!? But Jennifer was right and I do. The truth of the matter is that I got thirty-one problems but my age ain’t one. In fact, I have never felt more sexy, comfortable in my own skin, or empowered than I do now.
However, the physicality of it is only half the struggle. With age comes learning experience and with learning experience comes emotions. I’ve learned that you need to be patient with yourself as you allow yourself to grow and make mistakes, for every question you have unanswered will be answered for you in due time. The thirties are the best years of your life because you have lived long enough to know who you are, what you want, and what you deserve, but short enough to still feel eager to learn and watch yourself grow. I truly can’t wait to see what this year has in store for me, which Susan Miller tells me is my Emerald Year, one of the best years of my life! Love you, Susan!
A quintessential Virgo, I am always in my head, sometimes drowning in my own thoughts. My mother continues to say to me, “we plan and God laughs,” and although we may have a ton figured out already and are the amazing queens that we are, thirty-one is the new twenty-one! There is still so much to look forward to and learn everyday that is out of our control. The journey is uniquely ours. We need to embrace it, love it, be it, and have our cake and eat it too.
This 31 year old birthday girl, Lindsi