Friday, November 1, 2013


Today, I turn 31. Something about that number makes me wince.

I remember when I was approaching 30. I was so caught up in the fact that I was going to be a MOM just days before the big three oh, that turning 30 was no big deal. For me, 30 wasn't so bad. I was far too preoccupied in my new role as Mommy to Connor to think about entering my 30's.

But time as slowed down (a little) and I am now 31. And full blown in my 30's.

I don't think 31 is old. I still feel young and I don't really look my age. Truth be known, I've always had an old soul but to me, age is just a number. Cliche or not, it's true. You can be 60 and have the heart and spirit of a 25 year old if you want.

But something about that number. 31. It doesn't sit well and it's sorta ugly. However, I've decided to make being 31 awesome. I'm going to rock that age.

This is the year of me. 31 is going to be my year. 

As a daughter, sister, aunt, friend, wife and mother, it's so easy to forget to take care of you. I'm guilty of this more than I'd like to admit. I put others before me. I always have. I'm sure I'll continue to do so. I enjoy making others happy. And there is nothing wrong with that. However, I want to make myself happy. Put myself first. Do for myself the things that make me most happy.

Please don't think this is a poor pitiful me post. It's not. I am blessed beyond measure. The life God has given me is one that I could only have dreamed of. And heck, I'm celebrating ANOTHER YEAR!

For the next 365 days, I plan to be the best me. The best Momma. The best Wife. The best Daughter. Simply put, the best at everything I do AND the best at everything I am.

I'm going to focus on a few things that I've pushed to the back seat for far to long. I want to make the next year about me. My health, my dreams, my goals, my hobbies.
Thank you for all the love and support you've shown through our blog. I look forward to sharing the evolving Stephanie. The one who isn't too worried about the number thirty one.

Happy November!


  1. happy birthday mama!! hope you get some you time! October is a busy month for your family with birthdays holidays and travel - try to take a break :)

  2. Hi Stephanie Happy 31st Birthday!!!

    I turned 32 on the 19th of October and can tell you for some reason 30 didn't hit me as hard as this year!

    I love this post. I don't think you look your age and your right age is just a number.

    I do the same as you and usually put everyone else before me. I usually want everyone to be taken care of and happy. I think this post is so great. It's so important for you to take care of yourself and still do those things, goals, hobbies etc even through you have so many rolls, mother, daughter, wife. I hope you have the best year ever!!!

    Happy Birthday :) Hope you have a great weekend.


    I hope this year is full of nothing but, laughter, joy, love, and wishes come true!

  4. Happy Birthday!! For me 31 was my best year because it was the year my son was born. I've loved my 30's so far. Hope you have fun celebrating.

  5. happy birthday!!! as I approach 33 im feeling the same way. make this year the best... glad I can hopefully be a part of it!

  6. Happy Birthday girl! Hope you've enjoyed your day. I'm excited to hear how you make this year more about you, keep yourself happy and others will be too!

  7. Happy Birthday (belated)! It is definitely necessary to put yourself first sometimes. I'm like you I'm a people pleaser, always putting others first, and I enjoy doing that it makes me happy to make others happy. But, I'm glad you are setting a goal to put yourself first too! I hope it is a great year for you.


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