Friday, April 13, 2012

friday coffee date {comfortable in my own skin}

It is Friday, that means one week closer to flying out to Rhode Island to see the hubby {5 more weeks come Tuesday!}

If we were to sit down for coffee today I would have a laundry list of things to share with you, maybe even confess if you will.

{i've been obsessed with iced coffee in a mason jar lately}
On Sunday I turn 29. {and on monday I celebrate my 3rd wedding anniverary}

I enter my last year of my 20's and I have to say I am not stressing it all.

I can honestly say for the first time in so many years that I am truly comfortable in my own skin. I have lost almost 20lbs in the last 4 months and I feel great. I finally feel like pictures capture the way I always thought I looked in my head. My clothes fit better, I feel better and my confidence has blossomed. I am excited to see my hubby, to show him the new me. Not because he disliked the old me, but because I did. No longer will I insist on turning of the lights or keeping my shirt on.  You know what I am referring to right?? no need to spell it out, hehe.

It is funny how when you feel good, and like the way you  look it affects so many other aspects of your life. I wake up in the morning and feel like I can conquer anything. I am finally starting to look at my dreams and realize they can become a reality. I remind myself that I an do anything I put my mind to. Who can stop me? Only me.
As I enter the last year of my 20's I can honestly say I am so glad to not be 21. I do not miss trying to fit in, trying to be cool and just overall trying too hard. I don't miss being hungover every Saturday morning and random week days when I just had to go to happy hour turned bar hopping turned close down the bar outings.  I am happy to know what I like and not be afraid to not be at the cool table. 

Another thing I am glad about is that facebook wasn't a huge phenomenon when I was 21. Reading status updates from 21 year olds is like watching a train wreck. You want to cover your eyes but you just can't. I think we can all admit to some foolish decisions in our early 20's. I am glad that the world was not able to see those foolish 1am decisions I made. 

I am OK being me. In fact, I am more than OK with being me. I don't want to be anyone else. The decisions I made have shaped me to be who I am now. When I was in my early 20's I looked at some of the decisions I made and thought they were wrong. I thought I had messed up, made a mistake, ruined my future. WRONG. Those decisions lead me down a path that brought me to my husband; who is by far the greatest decision I have ever made. He believes in me far more than I believe in myself. He encourages me to dream big and think that the sky is the limit. He works hard so I can pursue my dreams and because of that I will forever be grateful for the wonderful man the Lord allows me to call my husband.

I am excited to see what the next year has in store for me.


The New Normal said...

Happy Birthday! This was such a beautiful post. I agree, I would so much rather be my age than back at 21. I think I finally became comfortable in my own skin when I hit 30 and it was so nice to finally be at peace with myself.

Manda Jane said...

what a fantastic post! so true on everything! I'm now 32 and I'm enjoying my 30's. I know who I am, I have a better understanding of my purpose and really feel like I'm finally free to be me! Happy Birthday beautiful lady!!

Beth @ the city said...

Beautiful post, Jen! I can totally relate to feeling more confident as we get older. I'm 31 and totally love my 30s :)

I hope you have a wonderful birthday and wedding anniversary :)


Congrats on your birthday, your weight loss and being comfortable with yourself.

I am hopping over from UBP. Happy party week.


Megan Wille said...

Hello from the UBP! (and I have definitely been on an iced coffee kick lately, too lol). Great post :) My hubby and I will be celebrating our third in July so congrats on yours :) Where has the time gone?
Many blessings to you!

visiting from Here to Find Him

Alissa Circle said...

Happy Birthday friend!!! I hope you had a fabulous night and a great last year in your 20's!!

Epic said...

Hi Jenelle! I LOVE your tag line! I'm popping by from UBP2012 to say hi!

Cascia Talbert said...

Nice to "meet" you! Just dropping by from The Ultimate Blog Party I am looking forward to networking with you and getting to know you better! I hope you have the opportunity to visit our blog!

Court said...

I'm 32 and my thirties have totally rocked. I think it's all uphill from here!

Tiffany Nicole said...

Happy birthday! Just stopping by from the UBP. You have a great little space here. Love your writing style, too. It almost feels like I wrote it, almost. I just turned 25 a few weeks ago and I had practically the same conversation with my mom. It feels great to be me. Yay us! :)

Happy Friday,


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