12.29.2012

WHAT? I'm 31 Years Old!

Me 8.18.12 IMG_0600 Me // Small Day9 11.9.12

It's my birthday. Now I feel like I can officially say that I'm "in" my thirties. It doesn't really seem to have an effect on me in any type of a negative way. When I was in my twenties I would dread turning 30! I sure as heck don't feel like I'm as old as I am. (I do still wear Hello Kitty!) Lately I have also been thinking that if I could introduce myself to the 15 year old me, what would the young me think???

This year I have gained so much self esteem through my blog. Doing the outfit posts (as cheesy as they seem sometimes) has helped me feel more confident. Going Vegan has also helped me lose weight naturally which also makes me more comfortable in my own skin. I also started cycling this year. What a great year I had at age 30!

First Ride on The CannonDale 9.2.12

I can't wait to see how much more I grow and change this year! It's exciting. I feel like I have so much to live for everyday. Inspiring others, making them laugh and having a smile that I hope is contagious.

Me at IKEA

When I was in high school I dressed "different". I was considered "alternative" or some called me goth. I didn't wear a lot of black clothing though. I wore lime green platform shoes, vinyl and hardly ever matched. I'd wear pretty much anything from the thrift store. I find myself more and more drawn to the bright clothing as I get more confident with myself. In the past I used to only wear black. Now I pass all the black up when shopping. I would be making the 15 year old me proud. :)

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When I was 15 I got picked on for the way I dressed. Now I get picked on for my Vegan diet. I still cry when I am bullied and my feelings are hurt. The difference now is that I have learned to stand up for myself. If you read my long blog post a few weeks back about being called an Obnoxious Elitist, you will be glad to hear that I reported the harassment to his supervisors. I stood up for myself because I felt it was the right thing to do. It is also expected of you to report stuff like this when it involves the military. I'm not sure what else will happen. I just hope he leaves me alone. That's all I want. He can eat his meat and I'll eat my veggies. End of story.

Driving home to Wyoming 8.4.12

It's fun to watch yourself grow and change. I used to be so scared of change, but now I find it so exciting. Life is good and I feel it just getting better. What am I going to do for my birthday??? I am probably going to go thrifting. I love to shop and that's what I feel like doing. If it was warm I would bike.

22 comments:

  1. What a happy post and I'm just so happy for you Jessie! I hated high school and was terrible at dressing myself. Once I joined the military I gained confidence but for some reason I wore a lot of black. My mom would point it out again and again. Now I have a very small section of black (and brown and grey) and thrive on color. I love it! I think going vegan also really changed me, no I know it did. I've never dreaded getting older and it never made sense to me when people do. I will say, going vegan has made me even happier to grow older because really, I feel so good, that I don't feel older. :) Great post!!

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    1. Thanks Aubrey! Going vegan has made me super super HAPPY. LOL I'm so glad that it worked out for us and it's been almost a full year!!

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  2. Oh and I wanted to tell you something. You know I'm vegan and so my recipes on my blog are all vegan. However, I always called them just "recipes" for fear that if I put "vegan recipes" it would push people away. I'm normally a no holds bar kind of person but I was nervous about that. Then I saw "vegan" all over your blog (or just something like "i eat plants" that made it clear) and remembered that's why I followed you. I mean, how would other vegans know, coming to my blog, that I'm like them in that way. So I changed it, and it now says Vegan Recipes. So thanks! You gave me that extra push and didn't even know it. ;)

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    1. I did start using VEGAN all over my blog so that other vegans would know. There seem to be a lot of us and it's nice to connect with each other. Plus, I'm proud. I figure if people like me and my blog, they hopefully will be inspired by it and consider adapting some vegan things into their own lives. ;)

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  3. Happy Birthday!

    Love this post. A lot of the same thoughts cross my mind. What would high school me thing of current me?! Who is to say, but I'm pretty sure I would think I had got gotten pretty boring and settled down!

    Also, you look great! And your style is super cute! Findings your style is definitely a perk of getting older!

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    1. Agreed. Getting older isn't so bad after all. The younger me would like my clothes, nose piecing and hair. (and the vegan thing.) ;)

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  4. Happy birthday, my dear! I hope you have another wonderful year!

    <3 Melissa
    wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Melissa. It was a wonderful day.

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  5. Happy birthdaaaay! You don't look 31. :] I hope whatever you do, you have a great day/weekend.

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    1. I did have a good birthday. Thanks Angel. Shopping and coffee with Cody and my close friend Kara. :)

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  6. Happy Birthday! I'm finding that I enjoy my 30s even more than my 20s. I never thought that would be true but I think this is a great age to be. I feel confident, my life is in a good place, and I know who I am at this point. It sounds like you are the same. It's great, isn't it?

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    1. My mom always told me that she enjoyed her 30's the best. Pretty much said everything you did. My 20's were bumpy and crazy that's for sure. I did feel like I really know who I am now and it feels pretty awesome. :)

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  7. Happy Birthday! This was a really nice reflective post. I hope you enjoy your celebrations!

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  8. I love this post. It seems so YOU. I cant believe youre 31. You have such a youthful spirit about you. Does that make sense? Like you're forever young. But in a good way. Happy Birthday!!

    Also, not sure if you saw my comment. Please resend me that email when you get a chance. bkhadijah@gmail.com

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    1. It is crazy to even say the number 31 out loud. It seems like a lie. lol Thanks for the "youthful spirit" complement. :) You are so sweet.

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  9. Congratulations!!! I'm so happy that you had such an awesome year and that you're feeling happy now :) xo

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    1. Thanks Dorien. :) I have loved following you in 2012!

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  10. Happy Birthday. I've enjoyed reading your blog so much over this year and can't wait to see what your 31st year of life will bring.

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    1. Thank you!!! I am glad that you enjoy all my rants on my blog. LOL

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