5 Ways to Make Your 30s Flirty & Thriving

So I feel the need to preface this post by saying, that I really haven’t figured that much out just yet.  I simply know that I am loving being in my thirties and I thought I’d share some things I’ve learned thus far.  So without further ado, I give you…

5 Ways for Making Your 30s

1. Age Gracefully

And by that I mean don’t act your age. Just be yourself, whatever age that feels like.

Personally, I choose about 12.

Also, I’m pretty sure “gracefully” includes, flamingoes.

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2. Invest in Friendships

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Like the good kinds.  The friendships that let you be yourself, crazy and all.  Friendships that are not only fun but also challenging. Surround yourself with people you want to be like and that inspire you to be the best version of yourself.  Don’t hang out with people just because you want them to like you. Go for quality over quantity.

3. Stop waiting around. Go after your dreams.

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Remember all those days in High School when you would sit around, stare at the clouds and day-dream of all the amazing things you would do and see someday? Guess what?

Someday is NOW.

You’re never going to be 100% ready but at some point  you just need to go for it.  There’s no time like the present.

4. Adventure

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Don’t buy into the lie that your best years are behind you. NO WAY! There are so many new adventures out in front of you.  If you can’t see them then make them happen. Go on a trip. Take a class. Make a new friend. Learn a new dance (I recommend the dinosaur dance pictured above…it’s not for beginners though)

5. SPARKLE BABY SPARKLE

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Don’t be afraid to BE YOURSELF.  I’m sure you’ve heard the quotes a million times, but they’re true.  There’s no one else like you!

The world needs your unique sparkle.

Don’t waste time trying to be like anyone else.  Work hard to find out who you are and then don’t let go of that. You’ve got something special!

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All photos provided courtesy of Erica Baker Photography

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Birthday Brunch


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I believe in birthdays.  I believe in celebrating. I don’t care how old you are.

Throw some glitter. Make it rain!

That’s my motto. Figuratively of course, have you ever tried to get glitter out of carpet? IMPOSSIBLE!

Anyways, a few weeks ago, I celebrated my birthday with amazing friends, cupcakes, sparkle and lots of Valentine’s Day goodness! It was so wonderful!

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I’m so grateful that I have these amazing women (and one random flamingo) in my life!

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Thanks for making my birthday so special!

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Photo credits go to my wonderful friend, Erica, of Erica Baker Photography.

 

The Most Wonderful

I know the saying goes that Christmas is the most wonderful time of year, but I have to disagree. Valentine’s Day is in fact my most favoritest time of the year.  I’m allowed to indulge my love of Pink.  People give each other flowers (& chocolate!). Things sparkle just a little bit brighter. We get to celebrate love be it of a significant other, a friend, a family member or in some cases, chocolate. AND it means my birthday is just around the corner.  I’m definitely what some would define as an adult now but it doesn’t change the fact that I love birthdays… like a lot.

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Anyways, back to Valentine’s day. I know some skeptics will say that this is a holiday created by greeting card companies to get rich.  All I know is, if it’s wrong, I don’t want to be right.

If you find yourself a little blue this Valentine’s because maybe you’re not in a relationship or perhaps you haven’t had enough chocolate might I suggest you find a way to make it special for someone else.  You’ll be amazed how wonderful YOUR holiday will be when you make it about someone else.

I’m going to share a few fun ways to do that on the blog this week. Stay tuned!

Did I mention, I ❤ Valentine’s Day!?!?!

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WSP : Sparkles & Spa

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What a fun weekend! I’m rolling into Monday feeling incredibly grateful for the wonderful people in my life! Thanks for being YOU!

This weekend included… a launch party for an awesome new book, The Honor Cycle from my friend, Harrison Wilder (you can buy your own copy today!)… late night cocktails and conversations with my wonderful roomie, Nicole… sparkles, lots of sparkles… much needed spa time (ahhhh!)… early birthday celebrations at Serendipity…late night dance parties… neon lights… arts & crafts… quality time with my friends Jen & Ella… and watching Ella work (seriously, everyone should hire her… you’ll never look at your closet the same way again!)… Tex Mex… an awesome Vision Sunday at church… and packing.

Thanks to everyone who made this weekend extra special!

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WSP : Champagne & Chick Flicks

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I love long weekends. The only thing I would love more is long-ER weekends. (Come on snow day!)  This one was filled with girl talk… lots and lots of pink… Banana Cafe… birthday celebrations for the lovely Ashlynn… catching up with my sister from another mister….“OMG… eww”… girls’ night in… our next #yousparkle shoot, just in time for Valentine’s Day… Too much fun collaborating with the ever amazing Ella, Lauren, Colleen,  Mary-Jane, Destiny, Tanya & Melissa (some seriously amazing women right there!)…Tea at the Willard…polka dots… TWO amazing services at my church… hope… a new favorite song, Anchor… sparkly confetti… “Hello Darling”…antique china… handmade valentines… Belga Cafe…sweethearts… and just about as much sparkly wonderfulness as I can contain.

Hope your weekend was just as bright!

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WSP : Salsa & Styling

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Wow! What a fun AND busy weekend! Ever have one of those weekend when you slide into Monday with a sigh of relief because you can finally catch you breathe?  This was one of those weekends. Filled to the brim with good stuff, I almost couldn’t keep up with myself.

This weekend included…birthday party fun!… epic rainstorms and surprising springy weather… peacocks… late night diner shenanigans… dusting off my rusty salsa skills (I think using the word skills might be a bit of a stretch)… painting balloons in the dark with toothbrushes (we run this city)…the new love of my life #kramer… my very first workshop with Topaz + Arrow (check them out! so much creative fun to be had!)… feathers… Valentine’s Day style planning & styling with Emily of Either/Or Design… glitter… meeting with potential new clients and dreaming of all kinds of fun possibilities… a google hangout planning session for our next #YouSparkle shoot with some of my favorite gals, Ella & Lauren…all in all, another wonderful weekend.

Hope your weekend was just as fun!

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