Birthday Reflections: 6 Things I’ve Learned Within the Last Year

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I can’t believe I’m turning another year older today! Honestly, I feel like I’m at a point in my life where I no longer care to have a big celebration anymore. I prefer to be more low key and do things that I enjoy rather than be the center of attention at a party. I decided to write a post about my birthday reflections and talk about 6 things that I’ve learned within the last year. Hope you enjoy!

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1. Learn to accept my body the way it is.
Truth be told, there has never been a time when I was 100% happy with my body. I would either feel too short, too heavy, too skinny, or I would pick apart certain features of my body. It really doesn’t help that society expect girls and women to look a certain way. As a blogger, I post lots of photos of myself and every time I go through my photos, I always find something that I don’t like. I finally told myself to stop being so hard on myself. I’m always trying to promote positive messages through my blog and it’s about time I practice what I preach! As I get older, I’m becoming more confident with who I am and that includes embracing my flaws.

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2. It’s important to make time for myself.
As a SAHM, I feel like I’m running around non-stop in able to make sure Gabriel is taken care of. Even if I look like I’m not doing anything, there are a million things going through my mind since I always feel like there’s something that I have to do. Although I love being home with Gabriel, my time alone is very limited. I wrote a post here about the importance of making time for myself and what I do to relax.

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3. Make time for people that are important to me.
Although having time alone is crucial to me, it’s also a priority for me to make time for those I care about. As I get older, I feel like it takes a lot more effort to keep friendships and relationships strong. Everyone is always busy and not everyone wants to take the initiative to plan something. I have to keep reminding myself that every passing day is flying by fast and I must make time for people that are important to me.

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4. It’s OK to agree to disagree with others.
I used to only like hanging out with people that were just like me. It was hard for me to get out of my comfort zone so I would surround myself around others that had the same interests and lifestyle as me. Nowadays I love meeting people that are different than me and have a story to share about their background and experiences. What drives me crazy is when someone thinks their belief or way of doing things is the “right” way and only way to go. Sorry, but that doesn’t fly with me. We may not have the same view on every issue but what’s important is that we respect each other. This also allows me to see things in a different perspective and maybe even learn something new.

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5. It’s OK if someone doesn’t like me.
Some people like me and some don’t, and that’s perfectly OK! I’ve realized that no matter what I do, there will always be someone who doesn’t like me for one reason or another. Although I’m not perfect, I know that I always have good intentions towards others. I truly believe how someone treats me is a reflection of themselves and who they are as a person. This is why I choose to be around people that radiate positive energy.

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6. It’s never too late to learn something new.
I recently mentioned in this post how important is is to never stop learning. In the past, I felt like I was stuck being too comfortable. Nowadays, I am constantly pushing myself to keep learning. Being a blogger has definitely challenged me in many ways and I absolutely love it! Sure, it can be stressful sometimes, however, I really believe that the day I stop learning is the day I stop living. My husband takes most of my blog photos and we are both newbies in the world of photography. There’s just so much knowledge to absorb! That’s why I think it’s important for you to find something that you are passionate about and see how you can grow and learn from it.

Thank you so much for reading my birthday reflections! As I read over this post, I realized that there’s so much more that I can add but I didn’t want to turn this into a novel! I am truly grateful for everyone who supports my blog and has helped me grow as a person. Blogging definitely isn’t easy but it’s a great way for me to be creative, express myself, and reach out to people that I have never met. I am happy that I am able to share my birthday reflections with you and I hope you can take a moment to reflect on the wonderful things in your life. 🙂

Dress: I was unable to locate this exact dress online but found similar ones here, here, and here! 🙂
Shoes: old (similar here and here)
Necklace: Kendra Scott


  1. April 24, 2017 / 2:08 AM

    Happy birthday! What a lovely post!

    • Polly
      April 27, 2017 / 12:39 AM

      Thanks so much, Meghan!

  2. April 24, 2017 / 7:32 AM

    This is something everyone needs to read. All points you made are so important and things that I am still working on myself. Thanks so much for sharing and happy birthday!!

    • Polly
      April 27, 2017 / 12:40 AM

      Thank you, Sarah! I’m happy you enjoyed this post!

  3. April 24, 2017 / 7:57 AM

    These are great reflections. Happy birthday!

    xoxo, Katie

    • Polly
      April 27, 2017 / 12:44 AM

      Thank you, Katie! I’m happy you liked reading my reflections. 🙂

    • Polly
      April 27, 2017 / 12:46 AM

      Thank you, Lisa! My goal is to inspire others!

  4. April 24, 2017 / 10:29 AM

    Happy birthday!

    It’s always good to look back and see how much you have grown as a person and all you learned. Just always make time for yourself and do things for you ♡

    • Polly
      April 27, 2017 / 12:47 AM

      I agree! Making time for yourself is so important!

  5. April 24, 2017 / 10:50 AM

    Happy birthday! 🙂

    • Polly
      April 27, 2017 / 12:47 AM

      Thanks, Amanda!!

  6. April 24, 2017 / 11:12 AM

    Happy birthday!

    I love this list, but number 1 is particularly important to me. I am so good at telling others to stop being critical of how they look, but I am unable to do the same for myself. I dislike most pictures of myself, and one thing that has stopped me from making youtube videos is that I know that I will hate how I look. The relationship with our looks stops us from doing things that we are interested in, and this is inexcusable. Thank you for your words!

    • Polly
      April 27, 2017 / 12:52 AM

      Hi Nina! I truly believe that we’re our own worst critics, especially when it comes to our appearance. I hope you find inspiration to continue making youtube videos. I would love to watch them! 🙂

  7. April 24, 2017 / 1:20 PM

    What a great reflection! I agree with all of them and it’s sad that so many of us don’t realize these things until we are older.

    • Polly
      April 27, 2017 / 12:53 AM

      Life is definitely a learning journey!

  8. April 24, 2017 / 1:47 PM

    I will soon turn 30 and this post is so relevant right now . No 4 is the biggest struggle for me. But the more it goes, the more I am patient with myself and others.

    • Polly
      April 27, 2017 / 12:55 AM

      It’s important to value other people’s values but it’s also important to stay true to yourself!

  9. April 24, 2017 / 7:42 PM

    Such amazing lessons! I’ve also learned it’s okay that not everyone will like you, which has been a hard lesson.

    • Polly
      April 27, 2017 / 12:56 AM

      It really is a hard lesson but it’s important to value yourself!

  10. April 24, 2017 / 8:55 PM

    Happy birthday ♥ The reflections that you shared are all so wonderful! I have learned that life is full of surprises and you can never be completely positive of the outcome. The best thing to do is roll with the punches and remain positive. Not to mention be grateful for the little things!

    • Polly
      April 27, 2017 / 12:57 AM

      Thank you, McKenzie! Life really is full of surprises- you never know what curve balls will be thrown at you! However, you’re absolutely right about remaining positive!

  11. April 25, 2017 / 1:04 AM

    Happy Birthday, I love that you have shared what you have learnt in the last year. I think it is one of the best things I enjoy about getting older, getting wiser and being kinder to yourself.

    • Polly
      April 27, 2017 / 12:58 AM

      Thanks, Meg! Yes, I always want to get wiser as I get older!

  12. April 25, 2017 / 3:53 PM

    I agree. It is very difficult to accept yourself for who you are! Happy Birthday and thanks for sharing!

    • Polly
      April 27, 2017 / 12:59 AM

      Thank you, Casey! I think sometimes we just need to stop being too hard on ourselves and be proud of who we are!

  13. Aubrey
    April 26, 2017 / 8:06 AM

    Love this! It’s really important to make time for yourself, self-care is so important.

    xx. The Coastal Confidence – Aubrey

    • Polly
      April 27, 2017 / 1:00 AM

      I agree, Aubrey! Self-care is very important!

  14. April 26, 2017 / 12:22 PM

    I love the birthday reflections you shared! Especially the two points about making time for yourself and how its okay to disagree with others. Hope you had a wonderful time celebrating your birthday this year 🙂

    • Polly
      April 27, 2017 / 1:01 AM

      Thank you, Emma! I am so glad you enjoyed reading about my reflections!

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