Usually I dread my birthday. Not because of the age thing (although I am one year closer to 30), but it reminds me of the promises I made myself on my last birthday that I haven’t kept. But this year is different. This year I’m actually pretty excited for my birthday, because at 27 I finally feel like I’ve found myself.
Just as people make New Year’s resolutions, I usually make birthday promises that I aim to fulfill by the time my next birthday comes along. But just like New Year’s resolutions, after a few months I forget all about them until my birthday comes creeping up again and I realise I’m nowhere near to fulfilling them. But for the first time in my life, I feel like I completed them.
My promises? One; to be the BEST version of myself and two; to be happy. They’re nothing too exciting, but they are two things I’ve been really focusing on. I feel like at 27 I’ve finally achieved these and it’s been down to a mixture of these three things…
Building Up My Confidence
If you’re an avid reader you’ll know that lately I’ve been on a style journey. Transforming my wardrobe with Helenlee Loves and learning about my style code has been THE BEST thing I’ve ever done. It’s amazing how a change of clothes can change your confidence. Before learning about my style code I felt like a frump who hated looking at myself in the mirror. I wasn’t confident in my clothes and every outfit would just drag me down. Now, I understand what clothes complement my complexion and enhance my figure. For the first time in my life I feel AMAZING in my clothes and I can’t wait to embrace my new found confidence and style code now that I’m 27!
Learning To Love My Body
Towards the beginning of the year I started to fixate on my weight and not in a healthy way. After gaining a few pounds I became obsessed with calories, steps and exercise. Putting pressure on myself to go to the gym and lose weight just made me unhappy and life is too short to be unhappy. So, I packed in the gym and started doing exercises that made me happy. I really enjoy dancing and running to the point where I don’t even feel like I’m even exercising – it’s so effortless. I dumped my fitbit and I stopped body tracking, and now I just listen to my body. At this moment in time I’ve never been more happier with my body and this was the BIGGEST promise I made to myself.
Bettering My Mental Health
Investing in myself is something I’ve really focused on this year. Taking time out for myself and clearing my mind is super important for my mental health. This is probably the reason I dance so much now, because I have hours away from my phone (you can’t be on your phone in class) and I just focus on me and having fun. In addition to dancing, I also read a lot more now and I take time away from my laptop and social media to enjoy what’s actually happening around me. I feel like I have balance now, which is something I struggled with for years.
Now that I’m 27 and feel like I’ve finally got my shit together, I’m excited for the year ahead. Are there any new promises I’m making to myself this birthday? To continue to focus on myself and ensure my happiness comes before anything else.
Are you feeling like the BEST version of yourself right now? Are you excited for your birthday? Do you make birthday wishes?
Sarah Jayne x