Happy New Year – to ME!

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Today, I’m feeling reflective. I’m taking stock of my life and where things are headed. Today is my birthday, my Happy New Year! So instead of being all introspective come January 1st, I decided to start early.

This last year has been quite a crazy one for me. The biggest thing had to be the closure of the network where I’d spent almost 10 years. That changed everything – in a great way. It was the perfect platform for a new beginning. It has given me the opportunity to be a more present mother with my babies. That was still possible, but harder to do when I was working. Everything had to move so fast then. We’ve been able to slow down and really enjoy each other. That’s a blessing.

This year has also seen me get clear about what I want. I have a pretty strong vision for my life and where I’d like to see it going. I’m working my butt off to get it.

When I was younger, I though my 30s were going to be the official start of my “over the hill” years. I pictured 35 as being SO old! I have found that my 30s have been the best decade so far. I’ve learned so much about life, about me and about the world around me. I’ve learned to say what’s on my mind and what’s in my heart. I’ve learned how freeing it is to be exactly who I am, flaws and all. I’ve learned that nobody’s thoughts of me matter more than my own thoughts of me. I’ve learned to live with a boldness and an attitude of “why not?” Being less concerned with what others will think or say has freed me up to live a life that feels true to me. Yes, my 30s have been good to me so far.

Now that I’m coming to the end of my 30s, I’m soaking up the lessons this decade has taught me so far. I’m carrying them in my hearts journal for future reference.

At 38, I know that I am blessed. It has nothing to do with the things in my home, the clothes in my closet or the car in my garage. It has everything to do with the God I serve and the people with whom I share my heart.

I leave you with one of my favorite photos from the photo shoot I told you about last week. It feels like my super hero alter ego or something. It certainly doesn’t bring to mind the old woman I thought I’d be at 38.Β  LOL!

DSC_0047Shoes: Victoria’s Secret Pants: H&M Dress: Peppermint

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45 Responses to Happy New Year – to ME!
  1. Marie Young
    September 29, 2014 | 6:24 am

    You’re NOT 38. Nope, won’t believe it. Not with that flawless face. Girl you are defying the odds. I wish to only be as lucky as you. Happy Bday missy. Enjoy 38!

  2. Lashawn
    September 29, 2014 | 7:22 am

    You better WERK! Happy Birthday!!!!

  3. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    September 29, 2014 | 8:21 am

    Hope you have a great birthday. I always say that 40 is the new 30!

  4. Jaime
    September 29, 2014 | 8:56 am

    Happy birthday! (Mine is next week!) You look amazing for 38 – and that photo is gorgeous.

  5. Jenni E. {Sweet Pennies from Heaven}
    September 29, 2014 | 10:51 am

    You look fantastic!!! In my mind, I still feel like I’m 16 but my body sure doesn’t feel that way.

  6. Liz Mays
    September 29, 2014 | 11:53 am

    You look incredible, C! I have no doubt you’ll attain every last goal you’ve set for yourself.

  7. LaToya
    September 29, 2014 | 1:02 pm

    You look absolutely DEVINE!

  8. krissy
    September 29, 2014 | 1:25 pm

    Happy birthday Cam!

  9. Pam
    September 29, 2014 | 3:51 pm

    Happy birthday to you! I love that photo shoot- and really? 38? You don’t look it!

  10. Kathy
    September 29, 2014 | 5:10 pm

    I love your outfit. I turned 37 on the 27th and can relate to a lot of what you just said. I love my 30’s.

  11. Chasing Joy
    September 29, 2014 | 5:34 pm

    Happy Birthday! 38 is looking really good.

  12. Emily @ Baby Dickey
    September 29, 2014 | 5:40 pm

    Happy Birthday! Love it – I turn 30 in April and I’m excited for that decade of my life! You look great!

  13. Alicia @MommyDelicious
    September 29, 2014 | 5:44 pm

    Stop the madness! Hold the phone!!! Hold up! Wait a minute!!! There ain’t no way in heck that you are 38!! I don’t believe it! I would have given you 33 or 34 or 35, but not 38.

    Happy birthday lovely!!! I pray that all your dreams come true this year and that your day is a fabulous as you are!

  14. Shell
    September 29, 2014 | 6:21 pm

    Happy birthday! I use my birthday as a time to reflect, too. It cracks me up that I used to think 30 was old.

  15. Katrina
    September 29, 2014 | 7:06 pm

    Happy Birthday! I like to reevaluate on my birthday more so than on New Years. You look amazing, I would have guessed your twenties not 38 πŸ™‚

  16. Dawn
    September 29, 2014 | 7:21 pm

    Happy birthday! And DANG, you’ve got it going on! 38 years young!

  17. Veronica
    September 29, 2014 | 7:51 pm

    happy birthday to you! You look great. I love that outfit

  18. Angelic Sinova
    September 29, 2014 | 8:05 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday! I’ve actually heard that the 30s are people’s best decade <3

  19. Kristin
    September 29, 2014 | 8:09 pm

    I hope I look as great as you at 38. Great outfit. Happy birthday.

  20. Carly Anderson
    September 29, 2014 | 8:50 pm

    Happy birthday to you! You look amazing for being 38!

  21. Salma
    September 29, 2014 | 9:00 pm

    Happy Birthday, I’m 38 too and I really appreciate the outlook you have and share.

  22. Carolyn Coleman-Grady
    September 29, 2014 | 9:22 pm

    Happy birthday it’s nice to see you celebrating your life. I think it’s very important. I like your reflection of where you have been and going. Blessings to you

  23. Janice Trinh
    September 29, 2014 | 9:43 pm

    Happy Birthday! I never would have guessed you’re 38! Lookin’ good! And it’s great that you’re doing that whole introspection thing. At 34, I’m still trying to find that zen place you seem to be in right now! πŸ˜‰

  24. Brenda
    September 29, 2014 | 10:52 pm

    You look awesome! Happy Birthday!

  25. Lara
    September 30, 2014 | 5:05 am

    Happy Birthday! You look fantastic!!

  26. Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com
    September 30, 2014 | 6:32 am

    Happiest of Birthday’s hope you had a wonderful day. You don’t look a day over 25, never would have guessed 38! Beautiful!

  27. laura
    September 30, 2014 | 7:40 am

    Happy happy birthday to you!! Hope you enjoy your day. (and seriously, I’d have guessed you for mid-twenties)

  28. Becka @ Probably Crafting
    September 30, 2014 | 8:22 am

    I hope you have had a wonderful birthday! You don’t look a day over 25 πŸ™‚

  29. Catherine S
    September 30, 2014 | 9:02 am

    Happy birthday, you look great. I just turned 41 and the last few years have been fantastic, getting older isn’t always a bad thing.

  30. Christie
    September 30, 2014 | 10:51 am

    I Love your outfit! And a new year can definitely start at any time!

  31. Krystal
    September 30, 2014 | 11:14 am

    A very happy birthday to you! You look gorgeous! Keep rocking it!

  32. Cyndi @ MrsWrightWrites
    September 30, 2014 | 11:50 am

    Happy belated! You look fabulous. I love your perspective too. Sounds like things are falling right into place, as they should.

  33. Marina MommySnippets
    September 30, 2014 | 11:51 am

    Happy birthday! I’m glad that the changes in your life have turned out to be exactly what you needed. I’ve learned that’s usually the case πŸ™‚

  34. Ellen That Chic Mom
    September 30, 2014 | 12:57 pm

    What a great outfit and you look fabulous, thanks for linking up!

  35. Debbie L.
    September 30, 2014 | 3:05 pm

    Great way to look at your Birthday as a New Year! Happy Birthday!

  36. Rosey
    September 30, 2014 | 4:18 pm

    Happy Birthday and Happy New Year to you. πŸ™‚ I like the determination you have in your tone, that really is (coupled w/the hard work you mentioned) what gets the most results.

  37. Amber Conaway
    September 30, 2014 | 5:37 pm

    Happy Birthday! You sure don’t look 38! I’m 10 years younger and we could totally swap places!! Keep up with whatever you’re doing cause it’s working!!!

  38. Elizabeth Ferree
    September 30, 2014 | 7:44 pm

    Happy Birthday and it sounds like you have such a positive view on life. You look great by the way, definitely don’t look over 35.

  39. From Mrs. to Mom
    October 1, 2014 | 8:50 am

    Happy Birthday!!! I would’ve never guess your age. You look fabulous and great outlook on your New Year! Wishing you many more πŸ™‚

  40. Donna
    October 1, 2014 | 1:14 pm

    I turned 50 this year and if you would have told me that I was loving being 50, I would have laughed. But I truly do! I feel like I’ve come into my own. I’m wiser. I so look forward to this next decade! Happy Birthday to you… you look amazing!

  41. Amanda
    October 1, 2014 | 7:28 pm

    Happy Birthday! You look amazing for 38

  42. April
    October 1, 2014 | 7:58 pm

    Oh my!You look amazing to be 38!!!

  43. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty
    October 1, 2014 | 9:05 pm

    38 is still young!! I’m only 33 (and a half) but I figure I’m going to ROCK my forties. It’s all in your head! πŸ™‚

  44. K. Elizabeth (YUMMommy)
    October 2, 2014 | 8:44 am

    Happy belated birthday!

  45. Jessica (Savory Experiments)
    October 2, 2014 | 6:01 pm

    Happy birthday and you look great! I agree, my 30’s used to seem so old, but now I’m so young and just starting to enjoy life to its fullest.

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