Today I’m 33! Wow, just typing that is weird, it sounds a lot older than 32. Does anyone else do the major life assessment thing on their birthday? I always like to reflect and plan. My 33rd year has, without a doubt, been the most full of my life. I’ve become a mother, and that in itself is a huge shift. I feel like quite a different person to who I was on my 32nd birthday last year.
Before I had Fin, I had grand plans for how I would be on my 33rd birthday. Best shape of my life may have been mentioned, ha! I had no idea how challenging motherhood would be in terms of self care and both the will and the time needed to work on my body. What I have found is a hundred times better though. I may not be in the best shape of my life physically, but I am in the best place I’ve ever been in terms of my relationship with my body and my relationship with food.
My body certainly doesn’t fit society’s ideal, but I am so happy with it! It has carried a baby, given birth to it, sustained the baby with milk and continues to do so. Yet it can still run 6 miles, do Metafit and bend beautifully in a yoga class. I LOVE it and for so long I didn’t think I’d ever feel that way about my body.
My relationship with food is, given my history, amazing. I can go out and have a coffee and a muffin, but not feel like I’ve fucked up because of eating said muffin. I make conscious choices with food 95% of the time, and when I do eat less mindfully from time to time, I can forgive myself and just get back on with it.
In terms of where I am in life, the only thing I’m not happy with is our living situation. This time last year I was talking about my desire to sell and yet we are still here. I’m not sure if I have some kind of energetic block going on, as for a while I felt very trapped and like we’d be stuck here forever. I do feel that things are shifting now and that it can’t be long. We’ve had 4 viewings in the last two weeks and having sorted out the long standing issue with our lease, it must be about to sell!
Today I’m having a me day and going shopping for my new capsule wardrobe. Yesterday I had a big clear out which has felt so refreshing. I don’t think style should be age dependent, but I do feel ready to dress a little more ‘grown up’ now. I had a proper celebration over the weekend when James and I went out for dinner and cocktails and then my Mam gave me the best birthday present ever, some uninterrupted sleep! She looked after Finley so I could really get recharged. Best thing ever!
I’ve been a bit naughty with birthday pressies and have already got some like my Gym Tote and GHD straighteners, but something I’m on the lookout for today is a really nice leather jacket like this (mucho pricey!) one from Whistles:
Looking ahead, there are a few things I’d like to achieve in this year of my life. Spending more time living in the now, doing more activities as a family, seeing more of our little slice of the world and yep, moving house would be awesome!
How do you celebrate your birthday?
Happy Birthday lovely lady!!!!
Happy birthday! I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing day. And I think after all the amazing stuff you’ve done with your business and Fin this year, you’ve earned that leather jacket :)
Thanks Emma, I think I maybe have earned it after all ;-)
Happy birthday! Hope the next year is a good one!
Thank you Sarah!
Happy birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day :)
I love your thoughts about your body – that’s amazing. I think we all need to get to that place.
I also had a clear-out of clothes this weekend – I listed loads on eBay too to try make some money (to buy new clothes)! I’ve decided it’s better to buy good pieces of clothing less often rather than cheap ones regularly!
Thanks Louise, it’s taken me a while but it’s so good to be here :-) I really wish I could have more time for eBay, I’d probably make a bit rather than just donating it all!
Happy Birthday Laura! Sounds like you are in a wonderful place x
Happy birthday! Celebrate with lots of cake hehe that’s what I do (obviously).
Finger’s crossed for your flat selling as well!
Thank you! Well we might actually be getting somewhere with the flat *fingerscrossed*
Happy birthday, Laura! I turned 30 earlier this year, so I definitely know what you mean about birthdays being a time for a lot of reflection. It sounds like you’re in an awesome place right now, though, and I hope this year is a great one for you!
Thanks Amanda! 30 is a biggie, but honestly it rocks, I think women really come into their own in their 30’s :-)
As it happens, today I am 34! I can tell you that little changes – you will continue to be fabulous over the next year. Happy birthday, birthday twin!
Oh wow happy birthday birthday twin! Hope you had a great day Amy – us Leo’s rock ;-)
Happy Birthday :)
Happy Birthday, Laura! I don’t think we ever end up in a position we think we’ll find ourselves in, but hey ho, perhaps that’s a good thing…?! I hope you’re having a truly FAB day, and celebrate in style. It’s your birthday once a year so go all out and enjoy it! Very jealous of the Whistles leather jacket – I walk past Whistles every day to work and just want to buy the entire shop, eek!
All the best with your flat – I reckon things are looking good…!
Lucy xxx // She’s So Lucy
I think it is, what fun would life be if things weren’t a little unexpected? I did have a lovely day thanks :-)
Happy Birthday! Hope you had an awesome day! x
Happy Birthday Laura. Hope you have a wonderful day!
Love the jacket. It’s a bit pricey, but definitely an item for the capsule wardrobe!
Thanks Judy! I know, I still haven’t bought it, kind of freaked out still at the price, we shall see!
Happy birthday!!!!!! Sounds like you’ve had a fantastic weekend celebrating!
Thanks Emma! xx
Happy birthday Laura! You seem to be doing so great! I am not far from that number and it’s definitely making me think about lots of things. So far, I’ve just been saying to myself that I am still young and there is nothing to worry about but now I am realising that I am not getting any younger and things are not moving as fast as I would like to so I definitely need to work on some stuff.
I would also treat myself on my birthday, buying something nice for myself. Enjoy!
Thanks Petra! I think your thirties is a funny one, in so many ways we are still very young and coming into our own, but there’s that little bit of pressure there. Hope you do treat yourself big time on your birthday!
What a lovely post to celebrate :)
Yay happy birthday lovely!!!!! Whoop whoop what a year you have had !
and i love your body love – so friggin refreshing :)
A very happy birthday Laura and such an awesome post to celebrate it with! Good luck finding the leather jacket of your dreams!
Happy Belated Birthday Laura! Good luck on the leather jacket hunt!