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I’m pretty darn sure that my grandparents and ancestors drank from the fountain of youth! My grandmother is 75 and doesn’t look a day over 60. And my parents…well, they don’t look like they should have grandkids at all. So it’s no surprise that at 33, I still look like I’m in my 20s. It’s a hereditary disposition I absolutely enjoy!! Wrinkles? What wrinkles? hehe But it definitely does come with its disadvantages…
Previous employers sometimes questioned my credibility because I looked so young. And when I was teaching design classes a few years ago, I looked like one of the students! So it was hard for some of them to look at me as an authoritative figure. Which proved so difficult because I had this wealth of knowledge and some people couldn’t trust me or allow me to share my experiences. I always felt like I had to put my resume + portfolio on exhibition to prove to everyone my abilities…. “See guys, this is what I’ve done….I know what I’m talking about.”
And now that I’ve got 2 lil’ girls in grade school, I get a snub every now and then from fellow parents who think I had my girls at a very young age.
It’s disheartening, but I’ve learned to deal with it and embrace my youthful glow! Cuz’ really, if I look this young in my 30s…can you imagine what I’ll look like when I’m 50?!! Oh yea!!
Yes, there will still be people who pass judgement on my face and see me as a 20 something, immature, experience-less gal…but I don’t see that. I know who I am, I know what my skill sets are, and I’m in love w/ my 33 yr. old body + my 23 yr. old face!
If someone dares to question your credibility based on your appearance…just smile and don’t ever tell ‘em your age! hehe. Let your work and your personality dictate your credibility! Cheers to looking and feeling young! Love your 30s!
Louise is a 30 something mama who writes and creates at her blog: Laid Off Mom (http://laidoffmom.com) Where she is constantly conjuring up optimism, inspiration and creativity daily. Meet her and read about the unfortunate incident in her career that has led her to live a happier life with her family.
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