Jersey Girl, Texan Heart: Happy Birthday to Me and a Linkup
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Happy Birthday to Me and a Linkup

12:00 AM

Dress:  Kewl Shop // Booties:  UGG (old) similar here (only $25!!!)

Well, it’s my birthday!  I’m officially 29 years old today.  It’s crazy to think that a year from today I’ll be the big 3-0.  I don’t really care as much as I thought I would.  Well, I mean I care that I’ll have another decade behind me, but I won’t really care that I’m older.  However, it will be a huge deal.  I was actually dreading my 30th birthday.  I feel like it’s a milestone in life and that you’re expected to have everything all set in place.

I also started a 30 before 30 list a few years ago when I first started this blog.  You can read that post here.  Out of 30 I crossed off 14.  I won’t be able to fulfill all of those, because it has been crazy year and I can’t do everything all within this year, but I’m going to try.  Plus I feel like I need to change my list a little bit so maybe I’ll update that list and do 40 before I’m 40.  Who knows!


I hope this year brings some more good things.  Compared to last year so many things have changed.  I mean even with all of the bad, I think the good cancelled it all out. 

There isn’t a thing I would have done differently in this past year.  I sound like a broken record, but I don’t have any regrets in life.  Every path we choose is for a reason.  Whether you went along with your gut or you actually sat down and thought about it logically, it happened for a reason.  You have to remember that you chose to be where you are at this very moment.  No one is forcing you to do anything.  You are sitting in front of your computer, phone, tablet, whatever, reading this because you chose to.  It’s just like everything else in life.

As I get older I realize how many things I used to think were problems are not even close to how major I thought they were at the time.  The friends who stabbed me in the back are no longer in my life and now that I’m older I actually feel bad for them.  I feel bad that they weren’t confident or happy enough that they had to bring someone else down.  Some of them I’ve reconciled with because I didn’t think it was healthy to hold a grudge.  Other’s on the other hand I just pretend like they don’t exist because it’s better for everyone that way.  I wish my ex boyfriend’s the best in life.  Even the ones who broke my heart because at the end of the day they were meant to be with someone else, we were only supposed to teach each other how to better handle certain things in the future for the one who is supposed to stay in our life and even though I cried and thought I couldn’t get through it at the time, it was so worth it because I started dating my boyfriend now because of it.  Thinking it was the end of the world when my car had a flat tire whereas now I’ve been in two accidents with the car that was totaled the second time around and I don’t think any car problem is as major as an accident.  It’s all about perspective.  I think that’s something you learn with age, and I’m still really young, well in my opinion.

Even though a lot of bad things happened this past year, a lot of good things happened too.  I’d prefer to focus on those because no one likes a negative Nancy!  Well, I moved out (again lol), I adopted another rescue pup who is the goofiest pitbull of all time.  I really don’t think any dog can get any goofier than her but I’m willing to hear your stories!  Goofy dogs are my favorite, especially when they’re big dogs!  Anywho, back to my positive list of things. I lost a LOT of weight and inches along with gained back my confidence.  If you look at any of my posts from before the middle of June you can see it in my face that something is missing.  There’s a little bit of spunk that wasn’t there.  Once I started eating right and exercising regularly this ALL changed.  I surpassed my original goal!  So I made multiple new ones.  The reason why I made multiple ones is because I don’t want to just lose weight.  I want to achieve other goals like toning up and learning how to cook more because right now my diet consists of similar things.  I want to broaden my horizons with this whole clean eating thing.  Alright, back to my list!  I bought a new car.  I mean, I didn’t have a choice in this matter BUT I have a new one. 

Are there any other October babies out there?

Moving on to the linkup with a co-host today!

I am Annie Foreman, The Real Housewife of Fresno; I am a wife, mama, Realtor, and lifestyle blogger.  My blog is about family, friends, food, fashion, and my favorite finds.  I was born and raised in Fresno, CA and I truly love this place I call home.  I married my high school sweetheart, Kevin in 2009 and we welcomed our first bundle of joy, Emily Grace in 2011 and our second baby girl, Madison Anne in 2014.  I wear a million different hats a day but typically love all my roles.  My obsessions include reality tv, anything sweet, high heels, handbags, arm candy, sunnies, lip gloss, buffalo chicken salad, hot tea (I hate coffee), Instagram, Pinterest, and a good book, a pool, and a cocktail!

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  1. Happy Birthday! What a fabulous dress and of course I love the balloons! Stop by my linkup this week if you get a chance :)

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Beautiful!!! Love that dress and those wedges...oh my!!! YOU look stunning and I hope your day is as fantastic as your are!!

  3. It sounds like you're starting this year off on a good foot ... at peace with where you are. I am 29 too and 30 is next June for me. While I may not be where I thought I would be 5 years ago, I'm happy and living in Europe ... so that is amazing!


  4. Happy Birthday Monica! What a cute outfit!
    Rachel xo

  5. HB gorgeous!!!

    Check out how I merged a bit of Fall and Summer in a single look at the blog this week and let me know what you think!

    Happy Wednesday!


  6. You're GORGEOUS HERE! Happy birthday i love you so much!

  7. Awwww, yayyyy, thank you sooo much!!!


  8. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! You look amazing in that dress!! Stunning in fact!

    xx, Elise

  9. Happy Birthday!! Love your dress.
    xo, Lee

  10. Happy Birthday! You look beautiful!

  11. Happy Birthday! I wish you a very happy day with lots of friends, family and....presents!

  12. Happy Birthday to you beautiful! I have always loved this stunning black+gold dress and those laceup wedges are awesome with it. Love the balloons too!

    P.S. Would you like to co-host with me again this Fall?

  13. Happy Birthday!! You look so stunning and happy in these photos!!

  14. Happiest of birthdays to you! You look fabulous. Enjoy crossing off what you can on your 30 before 30 list!

  15. This dress is incredible on you! Happy 29th birthday. Hope you have a terrific day. :)

  16. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday!!!! Cheers to you and the last year of your 20's! Thank you so much for letting me co-host with you today:)

  17. Happy Birthday love!! You look stunning in this dress and I've been following your transformation on Go Girl!

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

  18. Happy Birthday! You look stunning in that dress! xoxo

  19. Happy birthday!!!!! 😀

    Brooke and Erica

  20. Happy Birthday, I hope you have a fabulous day!!


    Kelly @Birdieshoots

  21. Happy belated birthday! Hope you had a good one. You look fabulous in that dress.


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