Another year older, and of course … another year wiser!!!
Over the years, I’ve learned not to get too hung up on age because, let’s face it, we’re all aging and it’s inevitable; so instead I’ve learned to focus on the the things I can control. On my birthday I usually find myself taking a step back and assessing where I am in life. On this front, I’m pleased to share that on this birthday I was able to resist the temptation of comparing myself to others and when I looked at my life I was able to do so relative to the goals I want to accomplish.
As I thought about last year, I am proud of what I achieved and how I have grown as a person. Earning my degree was one highlight for the reasons I have shared and at the same time I was able to build friendships and deepen my relationship with some special people in my life. My birthday was also a time to look ahead and recommit myself to learning, improving and setting new goals.
If I could pass on the advice that has helped me the most, it’s to go after what excites you. I know this is nothing new, but when I say go after a passion of yours, I mean just do it, go after your passion! Things do not have to be perfect or completely put together to begin. We often put off things because of various reasons only to find that there is no perfect time. Blogging was something that I started to seriously consider at the age of 22. It had always been an interest of mine, but for one reason or another I put it off. It’s frustrating when I consider what I could have accomplished already if I had been blogging over the last 5 years, but I’m human and let other distractions and excuses veer me away. That is why I say go for what you want now; we only have this moment. Make the most of it!!!
Birthday Celebration and My Birthday Dress
Despite life throwing me a few curveballs last week, I thoroughly enjoyed my birthday – which I managed to stretch into an entire weekend.
My birthday weekend started at my favorite restaurant in LA – Mastro’s Steakhouse, Beverly Hills, where I had a lovely dinner on Friday evening. Of course, I enjoyed a delicious filet and a glass of red (I know you’ve heard that before. Ha ha). I felt special not only because I was the birthday girl, but because I wore what I feel is the most beautiful dress I’ve ever owned. My love of this dress was completely unexpected too because in person, it looked nothing like it did online (it looked so much better!!!).
This dress did not come without a set of issues though – petite’s can relate to what it means to want a maxi dress that’s not specifically sized to be petite. But once I saw the dress, I knew getting it altered would be worth the effort and expense of getting it altered. Finding a tailor in my area was something I needed to do anyway and figured this would push me to finally do it. Unfortunately, despite my best efforts to find a great tailor, when I picked up the dress the hemmed bottom was uneven and sloppily hand-sewn. Thankfully, I went to Plan B which meant getting out my sewing kit and I fixed it!!! I can’t tell you the number of times my sewing skills have bailed me out of a pinch; take may advice – you can work wonders with a needle, thread and YouTube tutorials.
On Saturday I caught up with a few friends and spontaneously decided to go to a casual dinner at the top of Mount Baldy, which is part of the San Gabriel Mountains just outside of LA. At an elevation of over 4000’, it involved riding in on a chairlift to get to dinner and was very glad I wore tennis shoes (flats would also do). The views and the company I enjoyed, made for great night.
Sunday was my actual birthday and I celebrated with a relaxing day by the pool. I was happy to be able to spend the day with special friends and was very touched when they shared with me what I mean to them.
No matter my age, I’ll forever be most thankful for the experiences I have had and the people I am surrounded with. I think that’s what getting wiser has done for me.