I want to wish Crystal a very Happy (belated) birthday and for sharing the wisdom she has learned thus far into her 30s and how she has learned to live her true life.
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Me at 24-years-old
On September 26, I celebrated my 33rd birthday. The day was pretty low-key, no fancy dinner or diamonds. In fact the only thing I did was go out to breakfast with the Hubby and then a walk in Lowe’s. I’ll be the first to admit, it took me awhile to be content with myself and my age once I hit 30. As I look back I know now that I was “bugging out” over nothing. My twenties were filled with fear, unhappiness and low self-esteem. You see…
Then: I stressed over EVERYTHING! I strived for perfection in all that I did. I wanted to please everyone so much to the point that I didn’t please me. Molding myself to be what others wanted, made me lose sight of who I really was.
Now: It’s either love me or leave me. It is what it is.
Then: I hated my own image; I wanted a tummy tuck, nose job, etc. My husband was not allowed to look at my naked body, I was so ashamed.
Now: Even though I’m the heaviest that I’ve ever been, I’m proud to say that I still look great after having four kids. My stretch marks are now called “battle scars” I earned them and wear them well. My body is no longer a concern when it comes to my husband, I bore his beautiful kids. It may not be the same body as when I was twenty but my confidence makes things ALL better.
Then: I was so impatient, I didn’t take time slow down. Several moments have been missed because I was too busy hanging my head low in a state of self-pity. I’d lay in bed all day feeling sorry for myself.
Now: After a near death experience, I don’t want to stop. I just want to live and take in everything. My kids are my priority, I want them to experience all that l and life has to offer.
Then: I relied solely on my husband to make me happy.
Now: I realize that happiness is a choice. The more committed I am to making me happy, the happier I can make others.
Life is a learning experience, I learn more each day. Getting older is not a choice, but I can chose how I live. Lover, Loved, Content and Blessed ß that’s who I am today and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Bio: Crystal a mother four uniquely awesome kids, married to my prom date. Author of Momma Blogga, creator of the NICU Journal and the founder of the Gift Of Faith Project.