Not only is January a time for retrospection and new beginnings, it's also my birth month. I'm not here to solicit birthday greetings from you all or to complain about how much a January birthday sucks (I've done my fair share of that growing up). Nope, this time I can actually say I'm looking forward to my birthday and not because I need a big party/celebration, but because I'm turning 30. 3 - 0.
Guys, I remember when my mom turned 30. We had a huge surprise party with those terrible "over the hill" signs. Ya, sorry about that mom - let's blame Dad. 30 seemed so old and so far away. Well, here I am and you know what, I like it. It's definitely not old and not the scary thing some people make it out to be. I've got some lovely friends who tell me their thirties have been their best decade so far. My nana always said that you're only as young as you feel and to be proud of you who you are at any age, so bring it on 30.
I know 30 isn't a magic number or anything. Things aren't perfect, I'm still trying to figure things out, who I am, what I want to be when I grow up, how I'm ever going to stay on top of housework, but as I get older I find I'm pretty happy just figuring it all out. I have great friends, an amazing family, a loving husband, a daughter who makes me smile every day - life is pretty good. 30 is looking pretty good.
So I guess that's the looking forward part, and since I'm being all reflective and stuff let's look back at 2012. With a new life to take care of this past year, blogging took a bit of a back seat, but that didn't stop me from being nosy and peeking in on my blog stats. If I'm going to do a rerun it better be with the good stuff, right? Here we go... just bella's top 12 of 2012.
A Pregnancy Collage - from twelve to 41 loooong weeks.
Haters Gonna Hate - a discussion on those mean people out there in internetland.
Pinned: DIY Washi Tape Magnets.
Valentine's Day! - hearts, hearts and more hearts.
Keepin' it Real: The Lived in Nursery - ya, this is how it usually looks (or worse).
DIY Glitter Easter Eggs - cause everything is more fun covered in glitter.
A Beautiful Southern Wedding Y'all - my brother ties the knot.
Laundry Room Update.
Instagram Photo Book.
Alice's First Birthday Party - lots of pink and lots of polka dots!
DIY Polka Dot Cards - easiest thank you cards ever, which reminds me I still need to get those out! Sorry friends :)
The Nursery! - technically still 2011, but it was the most popular post this year (thanks, pinterest) so it had to make the list.
Yep, all in all a pretty good year. Click here for top 11 of 2011.
Thanks for bearing with me through quite possibly the longest post ever! Hope you get up to something fun this weekend. I've got a relaxing weekend planned with my family and friends and a lemon meringue cake with my name on it.
Oh, and tell me, how did you (or will you) handle turning 30?