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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

On Turning 26


Yesterday I turned 26 and I've been having a lot of mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, age is just a number and I still get told constantly that I look about 18, but on the other hand the fact that I'm closer to 30 than I am to 20 is absolutely terrifying. Sometimes I feel like I haven't accomplished as much as I should have by this point - should I have gone to a better school, should I have tried harder to get internships, etc - but then I remind myself that if I had done things differently, I probably wouldn't have had all of the same amazing experiences that I've had in my life thus far. I consider myself to be very lucky to have been all of the places that I have and to have met all of the people that I have, and I strongly believe that everything happens for a reason.

I don't necessarily feel that I need to be at a certain point in my life by a certain age, especially just because others my age are already settled into jobs and relationships and such, but to be completely honest I can't really think of anything worse. Of course, that's great for some people and I applaud their success & stability, but I guess everyone has to do things at their own pace. At this point, I still feel (and act) like I'm about 21, so for now I just want to keep having fun and traveling and doing things that I love to do and whatever happens happens. Maybe one day I'll stumble into a career path that involves all of those things. It's crazy how fast things can change, so I guess I'll just have to wait and see.

Danielle

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  1. Happy belated birthday! I was surprised to find out you're 26, you do actually look 18! :) And I agree with what you said - have fun, girl, don't rush yourself into anything! The right time will come to settle down, but for now, don't worry about it and just enjoy yourself. :) You are young and beautiful, and you still have most of your life ahead of you to achieve and accomplish anything you want! <3

    Kay
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    1. That's so sweet, thanks Kay!! I definitely needed to hear that and completely agree :)

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  2. Happy belated birthday, Danielle! I hope it was wonderful. My 26th birthday didn't feel as ominous, but i'm sure that will come on the eve of my 30th bday.

    Xx Chantel (The Active Spirit).

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    1. Thank you!! I don't even want to think about that day haha

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  3. Happy B-day belatedly haha!Don't worry about the numbers,how old you are if you feel young - you ARE young! I agree with everything you write and I believe that everything happens for a reason (because my religion teaches me that - islam). And,when I think about how fast things can change, like a year ago I didn't even knew my closest friends and the ones that were my friends then, now are just strangers...
    Keepin' it positive!
    xx

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    1. Thank you! Completely agree, my life completely changes every year and I love it that way! Guess I just have to see what happens :)

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  4. Happy birthday! :) Thanks for the comment on my blog by the way!

    See ya,
    Amanda
    www.somethingfashion.es

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  5. You really do not look to be 26, which is a compliment. You look beautiful for your age. Hopefully when I hit 26 (not that far really) I'll look half as good as you.

    Happy belated birthday! Hope it went as you wish it did.

    Ella Pinto xx

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  6. Hope you had a lovely Birthday, Don't get stressed out about age you are still so young! And 30 isn't as scary as it seems. Gemma xx
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  7. Could not agree more with your words, age does not define anything. And yes, you look like you have 18, but that's a good thing, right? You are beautiful and you still have a whole life ahead!
    Happy belated birthday! :)

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    1. It'll be a good thing when I'm older haha! Thanks so much Kati :)

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  8. I hope you had a wonderful day yesterday. That icecream cake you posted on Instagram looked amazing!
    I think that age doesn't matter as much as how fulfilled in life you feel. I agree, everything in life happens for a reason. If you had gone the standard route, as we say, you wouldn't have experienced all that you have done. You look beautiful and nowhere near 30. I actually had no idea how old you were from your photos!
    As for your Q&A, I was wondering what was your most memorable travel experience?

    ~Andrea Tiffany~
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    1. I've already eaten one too many cupcakes haha! Completely agree & thanks for your question Andrea :)

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  9. Happy belated b-day! I'm not too far behind you, I turn 26 later this month. And yes you totally only look 18! Keep having fun and just living life because that is what it's all about, no matter what point you are at in your life.

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  10. Happy belated birthday, hope you had a good one! I can't believe you're 26, you definitely look closer to 18, you lucky thing! I'm 21 and already showing signs of aging around the eye area, *sobs.*

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

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    1. Oh no haha, I'm sure you look great! Thanks Laura :)

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  11. Happy birthday for yesterday! I'm 24 and 26 is definitely an age I worry about getting too. But life gets better with time in my experience as you are more mature and have wiser outlook :) So it's not so bad.

    www.sarahnity.com

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    1. I do agree with that! Thanks Sarah :)

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  12. Happy Birthday! I am 27 and turning 26 was probably my worst birthday as I remember feeling the same as you, the fact I was closer to 30 than 20 scared me!! But being late 20s is great I promise :)

    Lauren x | www.laurenapowers.blogspot.com

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  13. Happy belated birthday! You should definitely make a youtube x

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  14. I love your hair :D Make a YouTube channel you will be great :)

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  15. Happy belated birthday, pretty lady! I hope you had the best day. I'm looking forward to your new videos <3 I subscribed!
    xx

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  16. First off, happy birthday! I loved this post. I totally understand the feeling. We're bombarded by needing to be a certain way by a certain age. As long as we're improving ourselves, who cares, right?

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    1. Definitely! Thanks Marin, really glad you liked it :)

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  17. Happy birthday gorgeous, looking forward to the new videos :) x

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  18. Happy belated birthday! I definitely agree with what your said. Age is just a number, but sometimes there is a little moment of, 'oh dear, how have the years blown by?!".

    Nat | Dignifiable

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  19. Happy belated birthday, Danielle. I turned 18 a few months back and, while not exactly the same case as being in your 20s, I'm feeling a bit terrified of growing up and trying my best. Keep having fun and keep doing you, girl! Enjoy the rest of the week. <3

    May | THE MAYDEN

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    1. Thanks so much May! 18 can be scary too since you're technically an adult now! Good luck to you :)

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  20. Happy Birthday, I hope you had a wonderful time on the special day!
    Fashion Soup

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  21. Happy Birthday Danielle! I think a lot of twenty-somethings can relate to this post. We all feel pressure to be in a certain place at a certain age, but in the end all that really matters is that you're happy doing what you're doing :) x

    Brigitte | brigittehayley.com

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    1. Definitely agree, thanks so much Brigitte!

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  22. Belated Happy Birthday Danielle! I hope you had a great day.

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  23. It's a bit late but happy 26th! I'm only 21 but I totally relate to what you're saying, even though we all move at our own paces, sometimes it can be hard to not question where we're at in life- especially when another year passes.

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    1. Definitely! I just have to remind myself that everything will work itself out! Thanks so much :)

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  24. Happy Bday! I have overtaken the fatadic age of 30. I still look like I'm 20 so I'm ok with it.

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  25. Your opinions on your recent birthday remind me how glad I am to have taken some time off after earning my undergrad degree to just be myself and try new things. Happy birthday!


    Jasmine | The Sixth Disney Princess

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  26. Happy birthday! Totally agree that age is just a number, just enjoy whatever age you are!!
    yasmina nicole xxxxxx

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  27. Happy birthday! You really don't look a day over 18! I'm 23 and I have that constant feeling that I'm not where I should be and I should have accomplished more than what I have so far. A lot of successful people hit success in their 30s and 40s, so I wouldn't worry about it too much as long as you're working towards something.

    becky ♡ star violet

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    1. Thanks Becky! Very true, definitely need to remind myself of that!

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  28. Happy Birthday! I hope you celebrated nicely, and don't worry about age... It's just a number xx I followed your blog, do you want to support each other and follow back mine? rufflesandberries.blogspot.com

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  29. Happy late birthday! I know how you feel. It's hard to navigate aging.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  30. Congratulations! Love your hair!

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  31. Happy belated birthday, don't worry about age you're still young. To be honest you look like 18 years old :)
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  32. Happy birthday! I hope your upcoming year is filled with happiness :)

    To me, 15 has always seems like such a weird age. You're stuck right in the middle of being 10 and 20 -- between being a kid and being an independent adult.

    -Alex
    A Northern Light

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    1. Thanks so much Alexandra, hope yours is as well :)

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  33. Happy birthday sweetie, wish you all the best!! You don;t have to worry first because you indeed look like 15 and second because 30s is the best age and you will definitely look gorgeous and beautiful at any age ;)
    I hope you had a great time on your bday!
    xxx
    Ste;;a
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  34. Happy birthday! I understand what you say, Jorge is about to be 26 next month and has asked himself some of that questions, but he also agrees with you: it's time to have fun! 30's are the new 20's :D

    xx
    Andrea
    Estudio Meme | Creative Lifestyle Blog

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  35. Happy belated birthday, Danielle! I know exactly how you're feeling, I felt the same when I hit 25; it was a quarter of a life crisis, haha! What has helped me get over the pressure I was putting on myself was that I began counting my blessings and realizing, as you mentioned, that if things had gone differently, I would not have become the woman I am today. Each of us has a unique story and something special to bring to the table and with that, we have those unique traits and gifts because of the different life paths we've taken. So, I encourage you to enjoy your life and don't put pressure on yourself. Everything WILL fall into place. It's like love, as cliché as this may sound, when you look for it, it can't be found, but when you don't, it finds you. When you purpose to just let go and live, of course responsibly, then everything will just end up the way it's supposed to, to complete YOUR special story :)

    I hope you have a wonderful day and cheers to an amazing year of being 26!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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    1. Really needed to hear this, I completely agree! Thanks Jalisa, I'm going to just sort of let things unfold how they're supposed to and hopefully it'll all work out in the end :)

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  36. Happy Belated birthday, I hope you had a marvelous day. And just do you and be you everything will fall into place for you when the time is right just take things one day at a time

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  37. Happy belated birthday! I agree, everything happens for a reason, and not everyone goes down the same path - and that's what makes us unique! It sounds like you live an awesome life and also I love your hair!!

    Hazel xx

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  38. Happy belated birthday! :) age is nothing but a number, you look young! If you feel young that's all that matters! xo

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  39. love yooo hair!!!
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  40. Age is just a number, girl. What matters is that you're well and blessed to be alive. Happy birthday and all the best. :)

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  41. happy belated birthday lovely! your hair is looking on pointttttt

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  42. Happy birthday!!! Looking gorgeous!

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  43. Happy Birthday Danielle! hope this year is going to be THE year when all your dreams come true! :)
    Do not worry your age is just a number and it is just about how you decide to live and feel :)
    xx

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  44. Happy belated birthday! I am 36, nearing 37, and back when I was 26 I was settled in to a life that didn't really fi me. Fast forward five years and I was divorced, moving and actually very happy! Life has it´s own pace for every one of us, and there is no need to rush things.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. Glad to hear that things are working out for you now & it's nice to know that it can happen anytime :) Thank you!

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  45. Happy belated birthday Danielle. And I know how you feel, this post spoke to me so much. I am on the cusp of 26 and just know that you are not the only one that feels this way! xx

    VanessaVonJames | Fashion Blog

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    1. Good luck to both of us then haha, thanks Vanessa :)

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  46. I'm the same age as you and had the same thoughts when I turned 26! You sort of feel a bit lost about where you fit in age-wise, not old, but not too young either. Oh well, you're as young as you feel, and I feel like eating coco pops in my PJs!

    Saskia / girlinbrogues.com

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    1. Haha that sounds good to me! Thanks for stopping by Saskia :)

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  47. Happy Birthday sweetie! You look gorgeous and I love your hair. I'm 24, but share your feelings about age, however it's just another Nr. that doesn't define us!

    xo
    http://thepinkporcelaindoll.blogspot.it

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  48. I turned 26 back in September and I felt very similarly. Being closer to 30 was a bit of a shock. I kinda wish I had things together more but my path is all my own. I can't compare it to anyone else's life. I'm super thankful for my relationships and what I do have and that's that.

    -M
    www.violetroots.com

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    1. Completely agree, I just have to remind myself not to compare myself to others! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  49. Happy Belated Birthday! I swear I thought you were around 19/20 omg!

    franalibi.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Haha no worries, everyone does! I'm just going to start telling people I'm 21. Thanks girl!

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  50. How gorgeous is your hair!!

    Bethany x


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  51. Happy birthday!!!
    Have an amazing day,
    Madalena

    www.maadalenaaa.blogspot.com

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  52. I hope you had an amazing Birthday! All the best with the future years to come! XO

    Courtney | Courtselizabeth | Instagram

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  53. happy belated birthday...cool knowing you are the same age as me. I turned 26 in October and had similar thoughts. people still asks me if im still in highschool. lol. but you are def right. we all have our own paths in life so to each their own! we cannot compare our roads to others.

    geri

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    1. Haha people assume that about me as well, kind of annoying but at least we'll look young when we're older! Definitely agree, thanks Geri :)

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  54. Happy late birthday! Aging can be scary.. but yes, age is just a number and every one has their own path to walk. Great post!
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  55. I'm only 19, but I feel the same way-I've had so many great experiences, been to amazing places and met awesome people, but I'm terrified to turn 20 and I constantly question all of my choices, like my major, my college...everything! But I think it's just part of being human to feel this way. Happy birthday, and may you have many more amazing ones :)
    xo Kiki
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    1. I think you're right! Thanks so much Kiki, good luck with college :)

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  56. A massive Congratulations and happy birthday.
    Cheers
    Mojisola
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  57. Happy belated birthday! I totally agree with the part about experiences that shape you. I'm a strong believer in 'everything happens for a reason' and I'm sure somewhere down the line, the skills you've compiled through your experiences will become useful if they aren't already! Good luck! Btw, I love the photo :)

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    1. Thanks so much, glad to hear you feel the same way!

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  58. Happy belated Danielle!
    Gosh you're still so young :) I'm turning 30 next year, something I'm really not looking forward to!
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    1. I guess I am but it doesn't feel that way sometimes haha! Thank you :)

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  59. Hey! This really hits home. I'll be 26 on the 27th and sometimes feel like I should have done more- but I should appreciate everything else I have done!!
    Cool hair btws!
    Jabeen x
    http://www.spilling-the-beans.co.uk/

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  60. Happy (belated) Birthday Danielle! Hope you had a wonderful day! :) xx

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  61. Happy belated birthday!! Don't worry about these little things, just let the life happen and be happy :) x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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  62. wow great post my dear!Love,love it!
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  63. Happy Birthday! I had the same thoughts when I turned 26. Then I realized why is 30 such a scary number? Why does everything think we must have our whole life together by 30? It's crazy lol! Take your time, don't rush. Keep traveling and enjoying your life, you are doing perfect. Xo, Ellese

    Rock.Paper.Glam.

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    1. Completely agree, thanks so much Ellese!

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  64. Congrats my dear! I know how you feel! Time passes so quickly... But it's important to live and love in the moment :)

    Best Michaela
    *Michaelablog*

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  65. Your hair is so cool :-) Love it! Great blog too xx

    http://www.blogwithlove.co.uk

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  66. Happy belated bday! I hear this so much from other girls and I've also heard it from that negative voice in my own head. I'm 34yrs old and I have a great boyfriend who works in finance just like I do, I graduated from Dartmouth College which is an amazing Ivy League School, I live in a gorgeous apartment in the Gramercy area, I travel overseas yearly, I have a ski house in Vermont, my parents have a summer home in the Hamptons and at times I've felt like I'm so lame and have nothing going on. It took a long time but I realized I had to change my own personal judgement. What if I'm not ever going to be as successful as my parents? Well I'm successful in other ways. So what if my hair isn't as thick as the girl standing next to me? At least mine is extensions. So what if I'm not equally cash liquid as I am with investments? At least I'm living life, having fun and doing what I enjoy. Other people may appear to have it better but may not always be reality. Keep living your life, loving what you do, loving who you are and most importantly who you want to become.

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    1. Sounds like you've done really well! But I agree, there's always going to be someone that has it better than you or is more successful, you just have to remember to focus on yourself and your own accomplishments. Thank you :)

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  67. Belated Happy Birthday Danielle! I think you're doing great. I've already passed that age so I kinda understand what it feels like. It's going to be ok. Everyone has different path in life, and you should focus on yours and have the most fun of it:) Good luck, girl. xoxo, Anita

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  68. Happy Birthday! I do understand you about aging matters (and we are the same age) and it is terrifying sometimes esp when you look around and realized how many people of your age are so old and you are still constantly told you look 18 (or even less) and behave accordingly.

    Lyosha
    Inside and Outside Blog

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    1. It can be a little annoying but it'll be good when we're older haha, thanks Lyosha :)

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  69. Happy Belated Birthday Doll! Hope you had a great one! With every passing year, I feel older and it makes me reflect more towards my career path too and my future. I too am grateful for everything I have got till today. All we can do is, look into ourselves to see if we are happy. If we are, we need not worry about anything! A very short post, yet a meaningful one! xx

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  70. Happy birthday lady! Hope you enjoyed it! I think everyone has mixed feelings about their birthday. Last year I cried and laughed a ton during mine, but I think as long as you treat yourself right, you age gracefully :)
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  71. If it makes you feel better, I still feel and act like I'm 21 and I'm almost 32 with 2 kids, a house, a husband and a stable job. I'm just saying all those things aren't really a factor in how you feel, or should feel about yourself. Celebrate your 21st birthday every year and stay young at heart. Yay! Happy belated birthday!
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  72. Happy birthday sweetie. I felt the same when I turned 24 two months ago. I dont know why but I felt like I haven't accomplish anything yet and I'm getting older everyday and that always puts me in a really bad mood but reading your post made me realize that sometimes we think we dont have the things that we want but we still have great things and experiences that maybe wont happen if we lived our lives differently. Great post and amazing blog looking forward to your next post. Xx

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  73. Happy Birthday!!!!! XXX
    You look amazing and definitely good enough to be 18 ;)
    Laila

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  74. Happy belated birthday, gorgeous! I was 26 a long time ago...enjoy this special time of your life!
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  75. I totally understand you, I celebrated my 25th birthday this year too and I feel the same way....
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  76. Wishing you a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY :)

    I really hope you had a wonderful celebration to celebrate your 26th!

    Please don't feel fearful that you're getting closer to 30 because it really is just a number :) Like you I didn't want to turn 30 as there were so many things I felt I needed to achieve by then.

    I'm now 31 and I've realised that I worried over nothing.

    In all honesty you'll find that as you approach 26, 27, 28, 29 and then 30 and so on and so forth, you'll realise that in actual fact you have learnt so much about yourself even more so then you already do.

    I certainly did that's for sure :)

    I think the most important thing is not to worry about numbers and age, what's important is concentrating on your inner happiness and what makes you you. I was just reading a post on one of your friends blogs small steps to happiness who is also in the giveaway you're hosting and she created a post about being you and being happy, this inspired me and she's absolutely right.

    It's so important to be you :)

    Enjoy your 26th and the years to come, embrace time and enjoy it, create memories that make you smile and surround yourself with positive people :)

    With love and it's great to meet you.

    Laura www.shehearts.net xx

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind words Laura, I needed to hear this and it's something that I just have to remember to tell myself from time to time. I hope you have a lovely holiday and thanks so much again :)

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  77. Belated Happy Bday Dear :)

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  78. Happy Birthday! I used to stress about my age and getting older a lot in my twenties and now I am in my thirties and I just don't worry about it as much anymore. You will def. get to a point where you'll feel confident with your decisions and be happy with what you've accomplished... I think I figured that all out in my thirties! Enjoy!!!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  79. Happy belated birthday and don't worry about being close to 30! Honestly turning 30 was the best point of my life! And you look amazing, definitely way younger than your age!

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  80. Happy Birthday! I actually thought you were around 21 years old, because you have a young looking face!
    I'm 23, and a lot of my friends are also getting married, settling into longterm relationships, and I'm.... not haha. It's too early to settle into routine. We're still in our twenties, we've got plenty of time!
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    1. Definitely agree! I'm cool with looking 21 haha, thanks Farrah :)

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  81. Happy belated birthday. I can totally relate to the weird feeling when it comes to the age thing.

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  82. First of all, Happy Birthday to you! I say this to everyone I work with all the time! Age is just a number!!! And you can still do whatever the hell you like whenever you feel like it :), you look like you have such a wonderful life from the posts that I read, you go girl!

    xoxo, Lauren | The Dazzle Guide

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    1. Thanks so much Lauren! I am pretty lucky but it's not fun feeling like the years are passing you by haha. Just have to remind myself of that I guess :)

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  83. Happy belated birthday darling!!!

    I turned 27 on November 25th and I can totally relate to what you're saying. Age is just a number, but it's hard not to ponder about life when it's your birthday, to see where you're at and you thought you should be.... but at the end of the day, like you said, if you had done anything differently, you wouldn't be where you are and who are today :)

    www.elleisforlove.com

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  84. I turned 26 the day after you and feel exactly the same way. 30 being so close is a bit scary, but as you say it's just a number and we shouldn't put the pressure of what we "should" have done by now on ourselves. Comparison is the thief of all joy and all that! Happy belated birthday!
    Laura x FloraLooTwo

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