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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Thirty-Five Years in the Making


Today is the day that I turn 35 years old. If you round up, that's almost the same as saying I'm 40. It's a sobering thought knowing that I'm not, nor will I ever be, as young as I once was.  But that's okay. I can live with the pair of strands of grey hair that I see in the mirror every morning. And I'm okay with the fact that I don't have the most up-to-date or trendiest wardrobe. I will even admit I kind of miss my neon green New Kids on the Block t-shirt.

Sporting my NKOTB tee alongside my buddy Mickey

What I have difficulty with is the fading memories. I want to be able to remember all the little things right alongside the milestones of years past. I want to remember the good, the bad and even the ugly. Including my atrocious perm below, bangs and all.

Grade 8 grad

Over the past few days, I have contemplated cutting my hair really short and trying out a completely different hairstyle altogether. And I have also reevaluated my need to be more physically active and get into better shape.


At the end of the day, I may not be the prettiest, most fashionable or physically fit 35-year-old on the planet, but I can surely take pride in my accomplishments over the years, the friends I have made, and the life I have established for my children. I am an imperfect mother and wife, a horrible cook, an aspiring teacher. I make no apologies for who I am today or for any of my faults. The person that I am took 35 years to make and I wouldn't change a thing.



As a gift to myself to acknowledge all of my hard work, sacrifices and successes, I treated myself to my very first DSLR camera, a Canon Rebel T3i, so that I can preserve today's memories and maybe even get mom in the picture more. You're only 35 once.

26 comments:

  1. You are fabulous at any age Diana! Happy Birthday, have a wonderful day :)

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    1. Aw, Shauna, you're too sweet! Thanks for the birthday wishes!

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  2. Awesome, you will love. love. love that camera!! Great post!

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    1. Thanks, Maria! I'm already loving it! And my brother and sister-in-law ended up surprising me with a camera bag and a Canon 50 mm lens!

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  3. Happy birthday, gorgeous! That is a great gift for sure and that perm is fabulous! Lol I so remember those days!

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    1. Ha, ha, ha! OMG, I wasn't the only one? I felt like a poodle!

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  4. Happy Birthday!!! I had no idea we were just a day apart and don't worry this side of 40 is lovely xoxox

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    1. Thanks, Julie! Who knew? Happy belated birthday to you! You don't look a day over 30.

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  5. Happy birthday, Diana! Hope you have a wonderful day ♥

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    1. Thank you so much! It was a really nice day.

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  6. Happiest of birthdays my dear! This was 35 years well-spent if it resulted in the great person you are today.

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  7. Biggest happy birthday wishes your way, Diana! I love this post, it's a love letter to yourself.

    I think you vocalized the way we all feel as we age and look back on who we once were and who we still want to become. You're a lovely woman who has accomplished so much: A great family, a wonderful career and an amazing blog.

    I hope you had a great day yesterday, Diana, and that the kids and hubby spoiled you rotten. You deserve it.

    And congrats on the DSLR! I can't wait to see all the pictures you take with it!

    Here's to 35 more wonderful years! (At least!)

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    1. Sarah, that is the nicest thing anyone could ever say. Thank you so much for the birthday wishes, kind words and support!

      Cheers!

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  8. Happy Birthday! I hope you were spoiled! Love the NKOTB shirt, I think I had one just like it.

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    1. Thank you so much, Kate! That shirt was one of my favourites!

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  9. Best wishes for a great 35!
    Cheers.

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  10. A belated Happy Birthday. I hope you had a fantastic day!

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