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Birthday Bliss

Birthday Bliss

 
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I LOVE birthdays! Whether it is mine or someone else's birthday that doesn't matter to me I love them all the same! I really enjoy celebrating people and the day that they came into the world is a big day to celebrate in my book. 

The first half of our lives we cannot wait for our birthday and to get one year older. With each year we gain a little more of our independence, respect from our elders, and we are given more responsibility as well as trusted. As those years pass and we get "older" that celebration starts to turn into dread and we stop wanting the years to pass and we want to in some ways give back some of the responsibility. I know that I have been guilty of this way of thinking on many occasions wondering where the years went, but as my 32nd birthday was approaching this year I decided that's not how I want to spend each new year of my life and I started to ask the Lord for perspective. I wanted to get that childlike excitement back for each new year and be full of great expectation for what was to come.

As I prayed I was reminded of where I was 10 years ago and how far I have come. Now that may sound so simple BUT that simple thing shifted everything into perspective for me. Ten years ago I was a completely different person. I was depressed and I thought very little of who I was because honestly I didn't know who I was. I was lost and out of hope, but with every passing year since then I can clearly see the Lords faithfulness woven into my life even though then I might not of been able too. As I started to recall every instance over the last ten years of God's faithfulness I started to feel that excitement return and getting older didn't seem so bad. Today the smile on my face is from hope restored and joy made full in my heart. Getting older has taken on a new meaning of experiencing new adventures, deep friendships and relationships, being a mom to the most beautiful little girl, discovering who I am even more and what I am capable of, and so much more. Now that doesn't mean that life will be easy because I can guarantee you it wont (and it hasn't been), but the Lord is faithful and He has already proven that time and time again in the small things and in the big, in the good and in the bad. I will continue to have challenges and victories, but with every passing year it really has only gotten sweeter... I just needed to be reminded of that.

As Always,

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