This is 30!

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Hey y'all

"The time has come,' the Walrus said,
      To talk of many things:
Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax —
      Of cabbages — and kings —
And why the sea is boiling hot —
      And whether pigs have wings."- Lewis Carroll

I don't know why that excerpt has always been a favorite of mine but it has. I mostly think it's because I love to talk about "many things". But yes, the time has come! I am the big 3-0 today! (insert cheers and applause)
I have finally hit that one milestone in my life I have been so excited to reach! This milestone is a little bittersweet because my hubs isn't here to celebrate with me... but overall I am excited this day has come!
I recently wrote a blog post about the things I learned leading up to my 30th birthday which a few people have said "it was inspiring"... so thanks guys! If you haven't had a chance to read all that "insightful" stuff lol, head over to this post I did about 29 Things I learned in 29 Years! 
Or, if you are wondering what I put on my birthday wishlist, you can check it out HERE!

When I sat down and thought about what I could do to celebrate this milestone, I knew I wanted to do something different, something fun, something that shows me for who I am. So, I decided to do a photo shoot! I wanted to let go and have fun! I also wanted to do something memorable and that I could eventually put in a scrapbook or hang around my house one day! 

When I was planning my photo shoot, I was very nervous. I haven't lost all the weight that I gained after Italy plus moving back to KC made me really sad in the beginning, so I ate those feelings.. Terrible I know! But I still wanted to do this photoshoot! One night while planning I asked my husband "just how well can you work photoshop?". His response was what gave me to confirmation that this is what I should do. He said, "You don't need photoshop, let the world see the real you and they will love you.".  EXCUSE ME WHILE I GO GRAB A TISSUE!

Ok, I'm back..

My husband saying that gave me the confidence I needed to really let loose and enjoy my photoshoot, which was also the day he left to go out of town... I needed all fun and happiness I could get that day lol.

So... for all the world to see, here are my photos.. THIS IS 30!

Thai's birthday is 10 days before mine, of course we had to do something SPECIAL!

God gave me a crown, and I am determined to keep it!

Your face when you are about to turn 30! 

These next photos were so important to me! Not only was (and is) this my favorite movie, but I always felt like my goals and dreams were bigger than Kansas ( or really the midwest in general). When I moved to Texas in 2006, I remember telling my advisors I was from Kansas.. their reply " Honey, you're not in Kansas anymore!". I felt like I had finally made it over the rainbow and on to see bigger things! Even though I traveled back to KC to be with my step-daughter, my heart always tells me that I am a Texas girl at heart!

 So there you have it! This is Officially 30! Thank you to all those that have been brave enough to go with me on this journey, thank you to those that have left my life and allowed me to flourish.... and thank you to my husband, the one that hears me laugh, cry and thank God daily. Without you, I wouldn't be me!
Thank you for reading and as always, if you have something to say.. let me know in the comments below! 

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  1. You are stunning! Yay for turning 30 & celebrating it in s big way!

    1. Thank you so much Sarah! This honestly has been one of the best moments in my life!

  2. Love this! I'll be thirty on May 30th, and I'll admit I was dreading it at first. But this looks like so much fun that I may have to give it a go!

    1. DO IT! I would love to see your photos! Honestly, I had been looking forward to this time period in my life for a pretty long time ( early 20ish lol). Happy early birthday!

  3. I love the idea to celebrate with a photo shoot all about you! Happy 30th!

  4. Thanks for sharing these photos. I hope you had a lovely birthday! The best is yet to come!