Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Last week of my Twenties ( A Reflective post)

So a week today i will turn 30. And, even though this doesn't bother me one iota it does make one look back and reflect on what i have done and accomplished in my twenties.
I recently mentioned to my stepdaughter that next week i would be turning thirty, to which she replied "Really? I thought you were about 34!"
I responded shocked with  "what the what?!" but afterwards it got me thinking.
My twenties have been a bit of  roller-coaster. Lots of good and some really bad. But overall i am actually happier in myself than i've ever been. And even though i may already look slightly older than 30,(i blame children for this.. they suck the life force and leave you wrinkled i swear! ;)
i know i will be going in to my thirties a more confident and happier woman.
My twenties have been good to me, i have a husband of 5 years (together for 9 years next year) i have two step children, a four year old son, a home I run, a job (multiple in fact) i hold down and all that was accomplished in my twenties.
Yes there are times i could look back on and dwell on or cringe even. But they have all shaped me in to this person who is happy to enter her 30's knowing who she is.
So there we have it.. the last week of my twenties.
I'm looking forward to my thirties, if anything it can only be easier, right?

On a materialistic note things i'm happy with?
Well..

My wardrobe is becoming exactly how i would like it to be. Lots of re-mixable pieces and a lot more casual items that i love to wear. My twenties definitely saw a change in my sense of style.
I experimented in lots of different colours and patterns and lots of peter pan collars.
But i am finally finding my signature style that im happiest with. Its basic, like with my last post and im ok with that (something else i've had to come to terms with)

My hair.. After having a major crisis last year what do women do to feel back in control? They cut their hair off, and that's exactly what i did.
After a year of growing it and regular trims, its close to being back where it was before i cut it all off.. Thank god! I did not like short hair on me one bit.
This time last year when i had just had walked in to the hairdressers and said "cut it off!"


On the note of the photo above it also makes me think of something else i am happier with. 
It might sound bizarre, but my eyebrows have been the complete bane of my life for years! After plucking too much as an over zealous teen they have never ever properly gown back. Thanks to the 90's and the skinny-always-surprised brow these eyebrows have never wholly recovered. As you can see above i had been trying to master a good shape with the limited amount i had to work with and filling in with a brow pencil. These aren't the best brows nut they were part of my brow journey to where i am now, where i actually am happier than i have ever been with them


My makeup collection is expanding and i am now buying products that i love!
Things that make me feel amazing, such as a great eyebrow product (much needed!) Great foundation and fabulous lip colours.
I am one of those ladies who doesn't feel ready unless i have my war paint on, and i'm ok with this. I don't class myself as a 'natural beauty' i can't just roll out of bed, brush my hair and go. To feel good i like to have a little help from some great products. and finding great products and adding them to my armoury has been a long quest, but i think i've finally mastered it!
I now know my own skin better than ever. I know what works and helps and what doesn't work so much. There has been some valuable lessons with make-up in my twenties.

My weight loss journey...After letting my weight spiral out of control after i had my son Neo, i finally found the strength mentally to do something about it. In April 2013 i started on Slimming World. And i can not tell you how amazing it has been. I am now 3 stone (42lbs) lighter and feel like a completely different person. I now eat a very healthy low fat, balanced diet. I have treat days and sometimes naughty weekends, but i always go straight back to my Slimming World plan. It wasn't a diet to me, it was and is a complete life change. The way i cook and see food now is completely different. I no longer binge eat or order takeaways 3-4 times a week, and because of it i feel tremendously better. Wight loss is a very personal thing, and everyone is different, heck its wonderful we are all so different, the world would be a boring place if it wasn't. But for me i was over weight and unhappy. I'm extremely proud of myself for loosing the weight and keeping it off also.
I have been asked lots of times over the past 6 months what my tips are, so let me know in the comments if you would like a more detailed explanation to my weight loss journey or any hints and tips i can give, and i shall blog about it for sure!
Me at one of my larger times, my weight would fluctuate up and down, i know it actually went up more from this point before it came down. funny , i hardly recognise this girl

And finally what else am i pleased with? Well Yosa of course! My love, my new baby and my jopes and aspirations.
So far doing what i love has been amazing, i just hope you lovely ladies will continue to like what Yosa brings and help support a baby business in its infant years.
As a thank you we have a 10% off all orders discount with the code: YOSAFRIENDS
We hope this will help for Christmas shopping or that treat for yourself



So there we have it, goodbye (almost) twenties, you've been swell. hello Thirties!!
Any advice for this nearly thirty year old?



I couldn't finish without a couple of my fav pics from this past year


aww jeez kids and puppies.. im a big ol' softie i tell ya!
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17 comments

  1. Aw, I absolutely loved this post, Rachel! :) You've definitely accomplished a lot in your 20s. It's so nice to hear that you are more than ready and very confident about your 30s. My 20s are coming to an end faster than I'd want but I'm enjoying the last few years as much as I can- I'm trying not to count my life in numbers or I'd go crazy haha. I have to say, the eyebrows thing also was a nightmare for me and it's not til the last couple of years that I am finally getting them together to look somewhat normal! I cringe so much when I see photos from my high school years of me and my very crooked eyebrows.

    xx

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  2. I think people generally feel happier in themselves as they get older. I certainly do. You seem to have accomplished a lot in your twenties! I wonder how much I will end up accomplishing throughout my twenties. I completely understand the eyebrow thing! I am currently trying to grow my eyebrows so I can shape them a bit better and at the moment they feel like an ugly mess! But I understand these things take time and patience. x

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  3. This was such a lovely read rachel. Wow you look incredible - That amount of weight loss is absolutely amazing. No wonder you're proud!
    Sophie
    X

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  4. Happy Birthday Rachel!!! You have done a good few things in that time!x

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  5. What a great post Rachel. I loved reading it. Happy Birthday for next week.

    P.s. I'm old enough to be your mum!

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  6. Yousound like you had a great decade and you have accomplished so much. I would not recognize the before you and not just from a weight perspective but from a style perspective. You are amazing and have done great. Embrace your thirties my dear, they do fly by

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  7. You look nothing short of amazing - it’s been so great to watch your style and confidence evolve. I feel much the same way, my twenties were a long journey towards finding what I like and don’t like and what best suits my body. 30 is a good place to be :) xxxx

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  8. Such a great post. Hope your 30s are amazing!
    Daphne.

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  9. Love this, you are a truly amazing woman <3

    Maria xxx

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  10. In a couple of years time I'll be writing something similar! Although my hair hasn't grown much at all since hacking it off, this makes me very jealous of your mane!
    Congrats on everything you've achieved in your 20s. Your son is such a cutie : D

    xx

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  11. Happy birthday! Being in your 30s is amazing, you will be surprised by the much you shall accomplish in it. And ooh, no more fears or insecurities, it's where you bloom! That's my experience......

    www.chic-on-thrift.blogspot.com

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  12. First of all Happy Birthday! I loved reading this. It was so real, thorough and raw. You are a beautiful person inside out and this reflects it. How old are your step-children? It is amazing how much weight you have lost and how different (great improvement!) you look now. BTW I have always loved your eyebrows. They always look great and I had no idea you have to use a pencil sometimes. I must say, the thirties have been some of my best years so far. They made me realize many things and that's when I became a mom, also.

    I wish you the best of luck always and may the 30s be the best decade of your life!! Also, once again huge congrats with Yosa!!

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  13. You look AMAZING and have accomplished so much in your 20's! I look forward to your fashion inspiration every week! Happy birthday!
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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  14. I love this post. I'm so proud of all you've accomplished! You're a wonderful mom, a fantastic wife, and a great friend. I love you lots!! Happy 30th, my dearest ♥
    xo
    Kym
    bitty.and.bunny


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  15. I'm all kinds of obsessed with blanket scarves! I have three! Yours is simply stunning. And congrats on the shop! So exciting!

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  16. Oops...commented on the wrong post. Ha. Hope you had a fabulous bday!

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