Friday, January 6

Excuse Me, I'm What?

Excuse me... WHAT???  I'm HOW old??? 


Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez.


Today I am 30.  It's true.  Let's talk about that for a second.

Remember that episode of Friends where Rachel turned 30?  Yeah.  After I saw that episode I decided I NEVER wanted to be like that.  What is so wrong with getting older?  What is so wrong with aging with grace?  Why do we fight SO HARD against gaining a number?  I've been guilty of that.  I think I was just whining a few weeks ago about not wanting to turn 30.  But, why?

I've been thinking a lot about this lately.  For myself, I know the answer.  Somewhere in my head, I've decided that 30 means you are officially a grown up.  Not that I'm against being an adult, but I've been scared of personal expectations that I've put on myself... which is silly.  I love where I am in life.  I love my family, I love my friends, I love my job, I love my blog, I love so many things about my life, why in the world would I want to make myself feel bad about the handful of things I have not yet accomplished?  So silly.

I will never stop at 29.  I will never lie about my number.  I will wear it proudly, embrace who I am, and be the best old lady I can be.  (<--just kidding.  I DO NOT think 30 is old.  If you do, you'll grow out of that someday.  ;))


So, tonight I will raise a glass to my 30s, because I've already said my goodbyes to my 20s.  I've learned SO MUCH through that decade and I am looking SO forward to this new one ahead of me.

Now, would someone PLEEEEASE pass the Birthday cake???

 xoxo Katie Shelton  
born January 6, 1982

199 comments:

  1. Well, Happy Birthday, Katie! I hope you have a fantastic day!

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  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Eek I know how you feel, it's my turn to hit 30 later this year too and I'm not sure how I feel about that. I keep thinking surely it's not possible, did I skip a couple of years somewhere by accident?! Anyway you don't look a day over 29:). I hope you have an amazing day. x

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  3. Happy Birfday Young Lady!

    I never would have even guessed you were 30. You are gorgeous and delightful...wear that number with pride!

    I hope you have an excellent day and a glorious celebration!

    xoxo Jessie

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  4. Happy Birthday! And I feel the same exact way! Thirty (in my head) is when you're supposed to have everything figured out. I'm 28 and still have MANY lessons to learn. Now I think I'll give myself until about 80 :)

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  5. Happy Birthday to you! =)Have a nice Day! Enjoy it!

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  6. I've only found your blog yesterday and if I'm completely honest, I first thought your children were your younger siblings. You look fantastic Katie!

    I'll be 30 in February and I'm dreading it, I cried for 2 days when I turned 29! Hmmm, I'm sure I'll get over it.

    Hope you have a fantastic Birthday! x

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  7. Happy Birthday :D

    It’s cool to be 30, believe me! Especially when nobody thinks you are that age. I loved it. hehee…

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  8. weird thing… the day you do turn 30, you don't feel any different than the day before… do you?
    but it gets painful when 20 year olds don't treat you as their equals anymore. still, the way you look surely none of them can imagine you hit the big 3.
    happy birthday sweet Katie!
    love, from a 3.5 (35… urgh i'm going to be sick!!) ;-)

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  9. Sweet Katie, happy birthday to you! May your new decade bring you lots of joy, happiness, insights and adventures! I love your style and you are truly beautiful!

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  10. Happy Birthday! Well, you look 16 to me:))(that until I saw the girls, then I thought you're around 24). People see your looks and your attitude at first, so how young you FEEL is all that matters:)

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  11. I just turned 30 a month ago .... Shhh! I kept recalling that Friends episode too! I certaintly don't feel 30 & have really enjoyed my late 20s & really felt more comfortable in my skin. I am sure this will continue & I will embrace my 30s too!
    Kel xo

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  12. Happy Birthday!!!
    Have a nice day and enjoy it!!!
    Oh, and can you please share some cake if you get some? :)

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  13. Happy Birthday!!! The best present for your parents 30 years ago.
    Don't worry about the age, you are 30 and you look beautiful and young!!
    Enjoy the day!!!
    ^.^

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  14. Happy Birthday Katie! You look gorgeous as always. Hope you have a fabulous day and that your family spoil you rotten.

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  15. Happy birthday to you! Your life appears to be quite charmed and your family is quite lovely. Good for you and enjoy your day!

    Loulou Downtown

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  16. Happy birthday!!!

    I love my thirties - I think the great thing about them is that you CAN stop worrying about meeting deadlines because you've been through enough to know that nothing's that urgent and there's no one moment when your life is suddenly complete.

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  17. Happy Birthday!
    For me, turning 30 left me with a new calm. I accept that I'm me and that even though the years go by it's still okey to be wierd, cooky, bouncy or whatever else you can use to describe yourself.

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  18. (oh and my dad's an extra in that episode of Friends! He moved to the States in his 50s and started a whole new career - he's proof that a mere thirty years old is definitely not the end of all opportunities!)

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  19. Happy birthday! I'm turning 30 this year as well. And it is kind of scary, but you are absolutely right! Still feel like I'm 12 inside though :D

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  20. Have a very happy birthday dear katie! You make a really good 30 year old :)
    Love, Sara

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  21. Happy Birthday! Hope you have an amazing day, 30 looks good on you! x

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  22. The style of a 30-year-old in the body (with the face of) a 20-year-old.

    Happy birthday, the 30s are far more enjoyable than the 20s - go forth and be fabulous!

    xx

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  23. CONGRATULATIONS :D you still look gorgeous and 30 isn't old at all

    xoxo

    angie
    sundaybelle.com

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  24. Happy birthday, darling. You seem like an awesome 30-year-old to me :)

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  25. Happy Birthday from Germany :)! I'm already turning 31 next month and I can tell you: No big deal about it. It's all about how you feel. And you're looking amazing... So you can turn 40 and nobody will even notice :)! Have a great day, eat lots of cake and hopefully get some nice presents! Love, Fee

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  26. Happy Birthday!

    I like my thirties, especially because I don't really care about age and I still feel like I am ...hmm... 19, maybe. :)

    p.s. - 30 really looks good on you!

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  27. Happy Birthday! you're 30 and fabulous xoxo

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  28. :) Happy Birthday, Katie!! It's my birthday too today :D I'm turning 23, which is really young, now that i think of it, seven long years till i'm 30 and that's still young! And i hope i look as fresh-faced as you when i'm 30 :)

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  29. Happy Birthday! 30 is a beautiful age :)!

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  30. Happy birthday!
    p.s. you don't look 30!

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  31. Happy 30th birthday! May your day be filled with enjoyment and laughter :) xo

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  32. I had the same feelings... and same facial expressions about turning 30 back in June. It's crazy... and now... even 6 months later I still feel weird saying it out loud, mostly b/c people don't believe me. It is amazingly awesome though. For some reason it's given me more confidence and empowered me. You've accomplished so much, I'm sure it will do the same for you. Happy birthday lovely lady! xo, Melissa.

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  33. happy birthday!! My friend escaped turning 30 by flying across a few time zones. It doesn't really work ...
    <3
    chocolate-closet.blogspot.com

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  34. hooray! happy happy birthday, love!
    30 has never looked more beautiful and happy and vivacious!

    and ppppsssttt...my day is monday! go capricorns, go!

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  35. Happy birthday sweetie! And you're so right, age is just a number and should never limit you or make you feel bad. The only thing that matters is how you feel on the inside....if you feel young then you are young! :]

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  36. I was actually excited to turn 30. Is that weird? As I went through being in my 20's, getting married, having children, learning life lessons, my mother always told me that the older she got the easier life got. I'll be turning 31 next month, and, oddly enough, that's got me a more on edge than turning 30!

    Have a happy, happy day filled with lots of wonderful memories!

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  37. Aw, you are the cutest. Happy Birthday!!! 30 looks FABULOUS on ya ;) I wear my 30yrs loud & proud too.
    *Char.

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  38. Happy 30th!!! I love your take on aging gracefully, well said! For what it's worth- when I first discovered your blog I was surprised to see you had a daughter as old as Hope.. I thought for sure you were in your early 20's. Even now, I'm surprised that you're 30. You definitely don't look it!!

    I'm turning 27 next month, and I've found myself thinking "Noo.. almost 30!" But then I look at the beautiful old ladies in my family (80s & 90s.. good genes, hopefully?) and realize how silly I'm being! When you set the number and inevitable wrinkles behind, getting older, babies, grandchildren, and all the loving experiences that come with that will be amazing. I just don't want "time to fly", as they say.

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  39. Happy 30th!! I joined the Dirty 30 club two months ago - and I LOVE IT! I also thought I'd be freaked, but it turns out, I'm just really proud of what I have accomplished in my first 30 years :)
    Bestest of birthday wishes!
    Luvluv
    Sway xx

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  40. I love this post so much! Maybe because my hubby is turning 30 tomorrow and I'm only 6 months away...and feel the exact same as you.
    I raise my glass to you! Have a slam bam 30th birthday!
    P.S. You are soooo pretty! Love the photos!

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  41. happy birthday katie! I love those photos, you are too adorable to be allowed! I like your thoughts on turning the big 3-0. ;)

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  42. i turned 31 two weeks ago, and it was weird because my 30th didn't phase me, then my 31st did! haha. then my mum told me, you are only as old as you feel... so in that case, i am still 16 hehe.

    happy birthday fellow goat! :P

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  43. Happy Birthday! I never would have believed that you were 30, you really look so much younger!

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  44. Happy, Happy Birthday! I just turned 30, too, on December 31st! I feel the same way that you do - no need to lie about it! I hope you have a fabulous day!
    x Katherine

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  45. Happy birthday! I'm recently 30-years-old too, and I've finally gotten used to that number after a few months. I made a profound to decision to just remain a kid at heart always, and that helped me to embrace the milestone.

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  46. Happy birthday! Would never have guessed that you were 30!!! You look way younger than that!
    x

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  47. Happy Birthday doll! :) Helps to age gracefully when you still look 23...;)

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  48. Happy Birthday! 30 Looks great on you :) xxx

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  49. Happy, happy birthday, lovely!!

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  50. cutest 30 year old i ever did see ! happy birthday!!!

    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

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  51. I'm 33 and so far I have loved my 30's so much more than my 20's!! Welcome the best decade yet!!

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  52. Happy Birthday! 30 is awesome! I was excited to turn 30 I threw myself 3 parties. Embrace it!

    Though, I will confess, now that I am 2 years away from 40 I am totally freaking out! lol I'm sure I'll make it through though.

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  53. Happy birthday! That episode of Friends has ruined the number 30 for me as well. So funny.

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  54. this is the most adorable birthday post ever!! you look absolutely amazing and you embrace 30 so beautifully with that attitude. happy birthday! enjoy your cake :)

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  55. Happy birthday! I turned 29 a few months ago and somewhere in my brain I started this countdown to thirty. I can practically hear a clock ticking! I do not understand what my problem with it is. Probably the same as you, it's when I'm a full-blown adult!

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  56. Happy Birthday! Make a wish! I remember when 30 came now I'm 31, currazy. I almost forget that I am at times. I honestly don't even think about age. I mean I collect toys, watch cartoons, and love to eat cereal out of the box. I'm not growing up anytime soon ;)
    Beautiful pics!

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  57. Happy Birthday! I'm going to try and remember your sentiments when I turn 30 in three months.

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  58. Happy Birthday Katie! Much love and many blessings in your next year! :)

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  59. Katie wishing You lots of an uplifting moments in new chapter of Your life! Love,Happiness and vibrant Health :D
    Be You!
    XOXO

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  60. You make 30 look good, girl. :) A very very happy birthday to you, I hope you have a wonderful day and a wonderful year of being 30!

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  61. Happiest Birthday, Katie!

    www.simplemittens.blogspot.com

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  62. Happy Birthday sweet Katie!!! 30 looks great on you!

    p.s. we're the same age ;)

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  63. happy birthday katie! you rock, & you'll still be rocking 30 yrs from now, even if by then it's in a rocking chair. i'm kidding. i don't even know if people still rock in rocking chairs, unless they are putting a little one to sleep. right? oh take photos of your cake, so i can pretend i'm having a piece. ;)

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  64. Happy Birthday! Thank you for posting a refreshing take on turning 30! I think that there is no shame in turning 30, and I'm looking forward to it. I love the wisdom we gain as we age!

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  65. SUCH A BEAUTY!!! Imagine how much greatness your thirties are going to hold! SO MUCH greatness!

    Love you, friend. Happy Birthday!

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  66. Happy Birthday Katie!! I hope i'm as cool as you by the time i'm 30! Enjoy your day!

    love, rachael
    anddarlingvintage.blogspot.com

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  67. Happy 30th Birthday! I would never have guess that you are 30!

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  68. Happy happy birthday! 30 is nothing (I'll be 30 in a couple years). I might shed a few tears when I hit 40, however. Hope you have a great birthday :)

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  69. HAPPY Birthday, Katiiiie!!
    Ryan turns 30 this year, and I have always said I look forward to my thirties. You make 30 look *amazing*, and I wish you the happiest decade of your life yet! <3 holly

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  70. Happy Birthday!!!! Yes say goodbye to your 20's. You've arrive at your 30's which many feel is the prime. It's the benefit of looking young and lovely like in your 20,s but with a little more wisdom which ultimately improves life =)

    -Sarah
    http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com

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  71. Happy Birthday! I cannot wait to turn 30 myself, but I say that now... who knows what I'll really feel in a few years!

    Adorable dress by the way, so cool! You have such incredible style. Too bad you can't come redo my closet for me! =-)

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  72. Happy Birthday! Love your bday dress!

    I'll be turning 30 this summer, and I think it calls for a big party :)
    1982 represent.

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  73. What a perfect post! happy birthday to you. its great that you wrote about it just being a number. I turn 30 in march now im really looking forward to it :)

    Zoe
    http://blessedbeeapothecary.blogspot.com

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  74. happy birthday, dearest! stay gorgeous and happy! ;)

    -A Charming Chaos

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  75. Are you really 30? In the first picture, you don't look 30. In the other pictures, you look older but not quite 30. I don't know if it's just me or something but you seem really young.

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  76. Happy Birthday Katie! You make 30 look good! I *guess* I will be okay with joining you in the 30 club in October. I hope you have a great birthday, and even a great birthday weekend turned into birthday week.

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  77. I think I'm a bit intimidated by turning thirty someday, partly because the stereotypes made by shows like Friends, that 30 is officially "adult".
    Your twenties are for having fun, but 30+ means you're an adult with a real job and a family, etc. If you're single in your thirties, then you're pathetic, like so many characters remind Carrie and her friends on Sex and the City.
    It's those stereotypes that make me nervous, because, at 22, I already feel like I am not where I thought I would be in work/life/relationships when I was 16. I thought I would be setting the world on fire by now.
    Even though I know it's ridiculous, because you can still be fabulous and fun in your thirties, society still has imprinted that line in my head. I feel I have to have my life together by 30, because once you're 30, you're grown-up and then rest of your life is just being a grown-up with your job until you're really "old" and retired and what-not.
    I'm just glad I don't care about getting married and don't want kids, otherwise I'd feel the before-30 pressure about those, like so many of my friends do.
    My point of this, the longest blog comment ever (sorry), is that I do actually know better. 30 is not the end of my life. Besides, I have eight long years to try to figure out some sort of life before then.
    Oh, my other point is that you're gorgeous and amazing and super cool, which definitely gives me hope that 30 is not the end of the world because, clearly, it is possible to still be super fun and cool and stylish into your 30's.
    xo

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  78. Happy birthday my BEAUTIFUL, beautiful friend. You are so young at heart {and you don't look a day over 25--for real} <3

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  79. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, sweet girl!!! You are a gorgeous lady, with a fabulous family and you have SO much love and joy in your life. Age is simply a number and I consider 30 quite young! <3 Happy Birthday! I hope your day is filled with love, beauty, good luck and magick!

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  80. 30 is an amazing age! I might be a little strange but every since I was little I never wished to be 18 or 21, I always used to wish that I could just get to age 30... hahaha not sure why but that is the age that always seemed the best to me.

    Happy Birthday and here is to many more years of growing, living and learning :)

    -Jani
    www.funfashionfit.com
    www.foottraffic.com

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  81. Happy Birthday!! You have accomplished so much in your 20's and your 30's will be even more amazing! These pics are adorable- you are such a beaut! :)
    -from a girl in her 30's

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  82. happy birthday katie! i cannot wait to see what you do in your 30s! xo

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  83. Please tell me where you got this outfit!

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  84. 30 is golden! and it looks good on you

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  85. Happy 30's Katie! For me, it's the better age for a woman (sorry for my bad english) ;)

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  86. happy birthday! i turn 31 in february, and i'm absolutely loving my 30's. you're really only as "old" as you feel in spirit, and with age comes experience and wisdom.=)

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  87. You are so cute! I turned 30 last year and instead of freaking out about I throw myself a week long party in New York City. I was scared to say goodbye to my 20's, but I have to say I am having more fun being 30 :)

    Happy Birthday love!

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  88. I thought you were younger than me (I'm 28). You are a beautiful 30 year old!! It is quite strange to grow older but not truly FEEL older, you know? Anyway you look lovely. Happy birthday!

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  89. Happy Birthday!! With such a great positive attitude you are going to have a wonderful day! Thirty aint nothin but a number! I hope that you have the best day, and now to pass you that cake!

    Happy Birthday!

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  90. Happy Birthday! Great post! And turning 30...not so bad. Some of my best joys in life have happened in my 30's ;)

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  91. *LOVE* Getting older is a little scary, but I agree, it can be done with grace and dignity (and humour) :) You're beautiful, and I hope you keep inspiring everyone with your style and wit! Happy Birthday!

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  92. Happy Birthday Lady! Congratulations on turning 30 :). I will be in that boat come March and I have similar views on it. I know some people freak out and feel "old", whereas I feel like I'll officially be a grown up (sort of), even though I have a husband of 8+ years and two wonderful girls (8 and 7 years old). I am really looking forward to it.

    Also, love that you're looking directly at the camera in those photos! You take great pictures but in so many you have your eyes down or looking off in the distance. Those are great too, we can see your lashes, you look thoughtful and we wonder, "what is she looking at? what is she thinking?". But, .... directly at the camera! You're looking at us! Hi gorgeous eyes!

    -Monica

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  93. wow you sooo dont look like your 30 i really thought you were only like 20

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  94. i'm so scared of turning 30. i really don't know why. the whole ideas and expectations behind middle aged life frightening me to no end. and i realize that when i turn thirty that means 40 is out there (hopefully) somewhere in the future....yikes. i hope i get over that soon. it bothers me that it bothers me, hahaha... happy thirtieth lovely :)

    www.seacreaturess.blogspot.com

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  95. i feel the same about hitting 30! but i will get over it, i'm sure. just a couple more years to go for this gal. heck, my husband has been in his 30's for almost 4 years now.

    happy birthday! (again)

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  96. Happy birthday! You're only as old as you feel.

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  97. Happy Birthday gorgeous!

    I want to feel just like you whenever I get to the age of 30. 8 more years to go. :]

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  98. Happy Birthday! I really like your blog :)!

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  99. YOU'RE THE CUTEST EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR KATIE!!! I hope that I can be as amazing as you when I turn 30. I know I'm going to freak out. Know it. Anyway, we'll hopefully have some stuff for you when we see you in a couple weeks. ;)

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRETTY LADY!
    <3katie [& steven, & littles]

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  100. Happy birthday! I love your dress! Where is it from?

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  101. What a wonderful outlook! I think I completely agree that it's silly (but understandable) why people freak out about turning 30. It sort of seems like a turning point in life, for some reason. But, I think once I reach 30, I will have the same outlook as you. I will want to rejoice what I learned/gained in my 20s and look forward to the future.

    http://lovexretro.blogspot.com/

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  102. happy happy birthday katie!! may you have blessings throughout the year. betsy

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  103. Happy birthday! I'm turning 32 this year and I certainly don't feel like an "adult". I don't think I ever will. :)

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  104. Wear 30 with enthusiasm! It's a wonderful time and you should be proud to be in the "a little more wiser" category! Age is just a number and people will be inspired to see what today's 30's, 40's, and on look like...We are NOT our parent's or grandparent's "older".

    HAPPY BEAUTIFUL B-DAY!!!!! ;)

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  105. Happy birthday to the cutest redhead around! ;)

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  106. Happy birthday, may you have many happy, healthy years ahead of you.

    xoxox philly --->1976 ;)

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  107. Happy Birthday Katie! You are such an inspiration!

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  108. Happy Birthday. May all your wishes come true!

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  109. Happy birthday! You have a great attitude about this. I'm 26, and I hope I feel the same way when I turn 30!

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  110. Happy Birthday!!

    You look amazing in these photos!
    I agree completely with the age thing. I can hardly wait to be 30. I hope it treats you wonderfully!

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  111. Happy birthday pretty lady. You are amazing!

    Kacie

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  112. Happy birthday to you sweet and pretty Katie, you are so wonderful :)
    greatings from Spain!

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  113. Happy birthday from one Katie to another! I just had my 30th birthday in December and don't get the freak out from other people at all.

    PS, I would never ever have guessed you were 30. More like 24.

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  114. you look beautiful, happy birthday :)

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  115. Your words give me chills. So very truthful. Happy Birthday, Katie. You brighten my day! You've touched so many of our lives and we love you just the way you are!

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  116. happy birthday, katie.

    love this post. i'm feeling it...

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  117. Your dress is awesome!! I think 30 is a great number. I'm not there yet, but I know some fantastic people who are.
    Happy birthday!

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  118. happy birthday m'dear...

    if there is ANYONE in the ENTIRE world that does not look a day over 20, it's you...let alone 30! so even if you do decide to tell people your real age, i betcha they won't even believe you!!

    enjoy your day love.

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  119. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I dreaded turning 30 too. In all the plans I'd made in my life, they never seemed to go past my 20s. I think when I was super young I assumed that life stopped at that point. ;) My 30s (so far!) have been the best period of my life. I'm completely comfortable in my own skin. I know who I am. I feel smarter, stronger, and more together than I ever did in my 20s. I think you said it best here - "I DO NOT think 30 is old. If you do, you'll grow out of that someday. ;)" ENJOY the most magical time of your life so far!

    xoxo,
    melissa

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  120. Happy Birthday Katie!!
    I wish I looked as hot as you when I turned 30!

    Hope you got some awesome cake x

    I have a lovely big giveaway on my blog right now if you'd like to pop by :o)

    http://www.shadeofabonsai.com/2012/01/giveaway-under-shade-of-bonsai-tree.html

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  121. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! 30 and fabulous :)

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  122. awwwww Happy 30th birthday beautiful lady!!! :) Hope its the BEST ever!!!

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  123. Happy Birthday!! We share the same birthday exactly! Feeling ok about turning 30, my 20's were fun but also so much trial and error. I'm expecting to know more what I want and need in my 30's.. Congrats! :)

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  124. happy birthday!
    I have turned 30 almost a year ago. ;)
    It is not that bad ;))

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  125. Happy Birthday, Hon! Take it from one who knows...I am and will forever be a young, wide-eyed soul! I found at least for me, a woman comes into her own in her thirties. I grew immensely. And I felt I was at my most physically beautiful during this decade, too. Thirties were great. You couldn't give me my 20's back, for free :) And now that I'm in my forties, I feel and look more beautiful than ever. It just keeps getting better. It's all true. May God bless you and may the years always be kind. -Cyndy

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  126. January six is my birthday too.
    I'm reading your blog lately and I do think you are a very accomplished woman.
    You've inspired me today.
    Hope you're having a fantastic day and a delicious cake. Mine is a strawberry chocolate cake. Tasty!

    Happy Birthday!
    Kiss, kiss.

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  127. Happy Birthday!! I turned 20 in October and it was quite a transition. I didn't really realize it until after my birthday though... Oh well, hope your day was awesome!

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  128. Happy Birthday! I'll be 30 in March. 30 doesn't bug me... 40 might. :-)

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  129. First of all, you don't look 30! Second, the 30s are so much sexier! You have the confidence and experience to be who you were meant to be. You have the "wisdom of age" but you still have the vitality of youth. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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  130. Cheers. 30's will be amazing. 40's will be amazing. it just gets better and better!

    callmesnakke

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  131. happy birthday! i felt the same way as you when i turned 30 (i just turned 31 in november). have a wonderful day!

    p.s. - LOVE your dress!

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  132. Happy Birthday! You look great :)
    New follower!

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  133. Happy Birthday! I turned 30 in February, creeping up on 31, I have to say turning 30 I made a lot of changes and it might just have been my best year :)

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  134. I hope I look as good as you when I'm 30!
    ;)
    Happy Birthday!

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  135. you are incredible, I hope your birthday has been TOTALLY awesome!! (i love your photos too!!) Happy Birthday!!

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  136. i just turned 21 and that felt a little weird for me! i'm going to try to look forward to turning 30+! my life will change so much by then and i'm excited for it! hope you had the best birthday ever, ol' lady. ;]

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  137. Happy Birthday and enjoy every minute of it! Don't worry, you have already accomplished so much and you have so many years in front of you to accomplish even more. Age is just a number. I've been feeling the same way last February when I turned 30 too. I felt the same, like this number - 3 - that got in front of my age would suddenly change everything. Well, now I know! Numbers don't change a thing! It's what's inside that matters. How old we feel inside and that -I know - won't change. As I like to say "I'm 18 with 30 years of experience!" ;-)

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  138. Happy Birthday!! 1982 was a good year :) I turn 30 on Feb 16 and can't wait. Our 30's are all ours, plus you have great hair and no one can be sad when they have great hair! lol!

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  139. Happy birthday! I turn 30 this year too and when I freak out about it I remind myself of what my great aunt once told me at the age of 91, she said I still feel the same as I did at 18, I just need to do things a bit more slowly...fair enough, I can live with that.x

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  140. Happy Birthday! 30 isn't old. Wait till you get to 40! LOL xo

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  141. happy birthday! I wouldn't have thought you're a day older than 25!

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  142. feliz cumpleaños a tiiiii!! I really like your post, in a few days I'm going to turn 34, I never hide my age, and I'll tell you a little secret... my 30s as been so far better than my 20s, you'll see!!! well, in other news, if you don't said it, I always saw you if you were 26-27 years old.
    xoxo from the beautiful Costa Rica.

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  143. I turned 30 this year also, and had these same emotions as you. I always silently ridiculed people who made a big deal out of their age, then all of a sudden I was the one lamenting. 30 DOES seems so grown-up! Happy birthday!

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  144. happy birthday!!
    you make a perfectly adorable, inspiring 30-year-old!

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  145. happy clappy 30th katie...some month ago i turned 30 too...and i love it!!! i feel good...and all the words you are written were the same i thought, when i left my 20th...;D...
    i wish you a wonderful and amazing new year in life...
    30 is great...yes it is...i didn´t felt any better as now...;D
    so lets grow old with lot´s of fun and rock´n roll in life!
    you are an amazing woman...thank you for your true words...awesom!!!

    hugs from far away
    eni

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  146. I'm just 20, but I had a discussion about that recently.
    My girlfriend, who is a bit younger than me, just told me about a week ago, when I complained about me getting 30 before her:
    I think a woman doesn't really bloom until she's thirty. In my opinion, you'll just begin to be really beautiful then.

    Keep it in mind. <3
    Even though I'm stunned by your pictures all the time already, I'm sure you'll manage it somehow to be even MORE georgeous in the future.

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  147. Happy Birthday! Hope your day is merry and bright!

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  148. Happy Birthday! I'm about to turn 18 this week and I'm already feeling old (awful, right?) You really are stunning! I honestly thought you were much younger.

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  149. MmMMMm girl these are incredible colors on you!!!!

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  150. That's so funny, the same thing happened to me when I turned 30 and I am not the type of person who worries about those things! I guess it's just a natural to reflect when you hit a milestone? Happy 30th! 30s are super!

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  151. Happy birthday!!! :) My 30's have been pretty awesome so far.. i turn 37 this year! Yikes!!!

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  152. Happy Birthday! I can vouch for the thirties. They are a great time! :)

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  153. Happy Belated Birthday! I had a similar moment last March :) You can read about it here if you'd like :)
    http://kittenkaboom.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/all-good-things-must-come-to-an-end-goodbye-20s-hello-30s/

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  154. Wow, Katie! Happy Birthday all the way from Israel!! I wish you a GREAT year and a GREAT decade! :) Tons and tons of happiness, laughter, smiles and magical moments!! I'm so happy to hear you are happy with where you are in your life and wish you lots of good luck in accomplishing all the other things you would like to accomplish.
    I myself will be 20 in a few months... That's a bit scary - there are so many things I would love to do before then... so wish me luck! ;) hoooo, now that I think of it, I'm actually getting pretty excited! :D

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  155. Happy (belated) birthday Katie! I'm also a January 6th baby (27 for me,) and I hope that you had as much fun as I did! Keep up the wonderful work on your blog, it's always so wonderful to read. Your family is so lovely!

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  156. Happy birthday, Katie. I hope you were surrounded by those you love and who love you. Have a great year!

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  157. Well Happy Birthday! I just found your blog and I am so glad I did! I turn 30 on January 23rd and I am actually excited about it! Its a new chapter and it should be pretty fun! :)

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  158. You're too cute for words! Happy happy birthday!

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  159. happy birthday katie! hope you have a great year!

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  160. Congratulations dear. You look amazing in your 30's!

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  161. Happy Birthday from a very new reader!

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  162. You look incredible and very young! You don't have to grow up all the way, there's always time to play :)

    http://madnessanmusings.blogspot.com/2012/01/and-im-loving-minty-green.html

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  163. Happy Birthday Katie, I will be sharing the birthday cake with you tomorrow as I'm turning 27. I love your attitude towards getting older, (this post came at a perfect time as I had a small freak out the other day) You are so inspirational and you should be so proud of your lovely blog, I am and will continue to be a daily reader!

    x

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  164. Happy Birthday and Happy Everyday too! xx

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  165. Oh, I think turning 30 must be scary, but u certainly have nothing to fear, cause it feels like u are very happy and looking amazing! I love you hair color, maybe someday I'll be brave enough to do that with my hair too!

    PS: i PUT YOUR BLOG AT MY BLOGROLL, HOPE U DON'T MIND

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  166. Happy birthday! I hit 30 on Valentine's Day last year and, while I was a teeny bit apprehensive, this year has been just amazing, much more than I ever could have predicted! Best wishes for a fabulous year ahead for you :-)

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  167. Happy belated birthday!! You are so beautiful, and I'm totally loving this dress! I completely feel you. I'm 27, will be 28 on January 25th, and in the back of my mind turning 30 freaks me out. I can already see the difference in my skin now from when I was younger, and while it's so new b/c I've never experienced it, it's exciting at the same time.

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  168. Whut, you're 30 already?! Wow, you look 24... seriously! So, what's your secret in looking young? Anyway, belated happy birthday to you, Katie! =]

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  169. Happy belated birthday, and I must say, I adore your attitude! I've always had a problem with aging (yet LOVE birthdays - go figure). Hopefully I'll use this as a guide to accepting each new year with grace.

    xo www.RavingFashionista.com

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  170. Happy belated B-Day, girl and you know what, you don't look a bit like 30. Enjoy every moment!!

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  171. HAPPY BIRFDAY!!

    i love this post, and yes, i agree!! i turned 30 last year and i'm loving it so far, too!!

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  172. Happy late birthday! I turned 28 on the 7th! When I get to my 30's they are going to be awesome! Cheers!

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  173. Happy Birthday!
    I hope You get you cake finally :)
    I will end my 30 birthday on 23th of april this year too so I know what You felt.
    I'll be happy if You come to see my blog(http://alexinarts.blogspot.com

    Best wishes again

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  174. Such a great post & happy belated birthday! :)

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  175. Happy Birthday... To be completely honest... I feel at so much more confident after my 30th birthday and the best parts of my life have been my last 7 years in my 30s. So, expect the best for they're on their way.

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  176. Oh my garsh! I must have missed this post! You and my grandma apparently share the same birthday. I did a birthday post for her that day too.
    You looked very lovely on your big day. I'm two years away from 30 and I have been so terrified, but I think now that I'm just gonna be positive and look forward to the fact that I keep getting better, smarter and wiser with age. I love all the experiences along the way. I suppose I knew my 20's wouldn't last forever. :)
    Happy be-lated Birthday, Katie.

    ♥ Roni
    http://ronifeelsnostalgic.blogspot.com/

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  177. Oh my goodness, you are gorgeous! I just found your blog and I think I'm going to lose myself in it now looking at all your posts :)

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  178. Happy Belated Birthday. We both turned 30 on the same day! yay, us! I thought I was going to have a hard time with 30. I had this "list" of things I wanted to accomplish by now, and having not completed a couple major "goals" I realize the world has bigger things for me and I'm right where I need to be doing what I'm supposed to be doing. I'm going to learn to live in the moment and embrase that this year.

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  179. Eeek I'm missing all the birthdays over here, my apologies and hope you had a truly wonderful day! I absolutely loved reading your outlook on age/birthdays and it kind of made me realize that the older I get the more "put together" and perfect I should seem, which certainly is completely nonsense. Kudos to you and so wonderful to hear you love so many things in your life; to the best 30th year ever hehe : )
    http://dusanabotswana.com/

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  180. Happy birthday - and I adore your dress!

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  181. I remember turning 30... coworkers bought me a cake. I kept telling myself it wasn't so bad. I was healthy and happy but still. Well I'm turning 40 this year and I look back and laugh at how hard I took turning 30. HA!

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