I can’t believe the day is here, today is my 30th birthday! What better way to celebrate than with champagne, balloons and a gorgeous party skirt. Oh and just like this birthday letter to myself from last year, today I wanted to once again share some things with you…

30th birthday celebrations floral midi skirt pretty balloons ivory balloons on gold strings ghd curls patent neutral nude heels fashion blogger style elixir www.stylelixir.com blog lauren slade 30th Birthday Celebrations:  Chicwish Floral Skirt    |    Blouse    |    Heels    |    Bracelet (sale!)    |    Earrings    |    Necklace

Beauty: Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara    |    Nail Polish    |    Lipstick (#001 Le Rouge)

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I am still collecting my thoughts on how I feel, perhaps I’m still processing it all – I swear it was only yesterday that I was 25. I’m excited for this new chapter in my life, but would be lying if I didn’t acknowledge my tinge of sadness… I almost feel like it’s only now I’m leaving my childhood behind (umm yes, most people cross that bridge at 21).

I’ve said to a few of my friends recently, life doesn’t feel like I thought it would at 30. When you were younger, did you have a picture in your mind of who a 30 year-old woman is? Yep, me too. I always imagined you’d have it so together, life would be all figured out and you’d frolic around saying, “Don’t worry, I’ve got this”. In these visions, I also imagined a 30 year-old would be quite the gardener, so I headed out to buy many (many) plants last weekend.

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In some areas I feel like I’ve got it sorted, but mostly I’m still figuring everything out. Reflecting on this, that’s probably a brilliant thing. Can you imagine if you got to 30 and weren’t growing or pushing yourself out of your comfort zone?

Perhaps it’s all the challenges of entrepreneurship and running a start-up business with Bloggers Closet that magnify these feelings. Building Bloggers Closet from the ground-up, from a little idea into a global marketplace, has been the biggest journey I’ve ever undertaken. However, I also think sometimes as women we don’t take a moment to step back and take it all in, acknowledge our achievements, recognize our successes and soak up how far we’ve come professionally and personally.

Today, I am sitting by the pool at a beautiful beach house my family organized for the week… it’s an idyllic place to reflect, reinvigorate, re-energize and get truly excited for the next decade. I have tremendous things to be grateful for. I’m blessed beyond belief for the life and family I have – the good health, happiness and love we share is what living is all about and you couldn’t wish for more. There’s no greater feeling than knowing that no matter what, your family has your back. It’s with this security and support behind me that I can confidently and fearlessly embark on the next decade and pursuing my dreams.

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My hopes and dreams for the next ten years? I’ve been trying hard to figure those out. A few things I do know… I want to create a beautiful legacy and bring a little sparkle, happiness and positivity to the world. For me, that’s what Style Elixir is all about. I pinch myself when I think of how lucky I’ve been to make the friends I have and connect with you all. If I can enrich the lives of my readers in some way – whether that’s through making you smile when your day seems long or finding the perfect date-night outfit, that’s success to me.

I have big aspirations and ambitions for Bloggers Closet, I’ve put my heart and soul into creating this online marketplace and I want to see it continue to grow and thrive. I feel such joy and satisfaction through connecting people – helping fellow bloggers in our community open their closets for people to shop the latest fashion from their favorite bloggers wardrobe, making fabulous style affordable to every woman.

I want to spend quality time with those who mean the most to me, enjoy precious moments, create life-long memories and have fun adventures together. I look forward to a family of my own, right now I’d say three – I just know I’d be a wonderful Mom! I would like to foster an innate commitment to health and fitness, in recent times I’ve finally realized how important it is to eat well and exercise regularly to live the life you want not only now, but years into the future. Enriching my world with creativity, music and art is key to my intrinsic happiness – I want to dedicate a little time each day for something that makes my soul sparkle.

Above all, I want to be in the moment. If I’ve learned one thing, it’s how fast the first 30 years have flown by. I want to have wide eyes and an open heart for the wonderful experiences life continues to bring and truly soak in those very precious moments with family and good friends.

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30th birthday celebrations floral midi skirt pretty balloons ivory balloons on gold strings ghd curls patent neutral nude heels fashion blogger style elixir www.stylelixir.com blog lauren slade

As I say au revoir to my twenties and bonjour to my thirties, I feel comfortable in my own skin and must admit, a little wiser. I enjoy the ability to now confidently speak my mind, share my beliefs and express my feelings, thoughts and opinions. This is thanks to the guidance, mentoring and nurturing from my incredible parents, I owe them so very much. The comfort in having found my authentic voice and the capability to stand up for what I believe with conviction is a wonderful thing.

Tonight when the clock strikes 6:21pm, I’ll be toasting to an amazing 30 years and embarking on a magnificent new adventure… I look forward to sharing the years ahead with you here and sincerely thank you for being part of my world.

 

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