Ava Grace's Closet: The Birthday Girl
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Friday, April 29, 2016

The Birthday Girl

 Today is my 46th birthday.
When I look back on my life, the days are indeed long while the years? So short.
I honestly cannot believe I am 46.
That I have 3 children of my own.
There are days where I still feel 27.
And then, there are others when I look at my parents and realize my own age. And often all of our mortality.

I've learned a lot in these 46 years.
And every day, regardless of whatever is happening around me, I find I continue to learn things I never knew before.
I appreciate other people's stories.
Revel in their trials and appreciate how lucky I am. How lucky we are.
Aging is indeed a privilege - wish I could say the same about wrinkles.

If I could go back in time, to say 27...what would I tell my then self?

1. The friends you have today? They won't necessarily be the ones you will have tomorrow. Or forever. Some of the best friends you will make be ones that you will meet through your children.
2. Life is all about balance. Save some of what you make - you will be thankful for it later on.  But also treat yourself. Go ahead. You work hard and you deserve it.
3. Life is short. Buy the shoes. Tell your mother you love her even when she drives you crazy. Try to never go to bed angry or live with regret.
4. If you can, always have a pet. They give you so much unconditional love and truly make a house a home. If you follow me on instagram, you will see our newest addition. My only regret is not getting him sooner. But then, it wouldn't have been him.
And I'm so in love with him.
5. Keep key pieces from your wardrobe. I had a fuchsia blazer years ago that I would kill to have today. My mother always did this and today, all these years later, I have found a ton of gems in her closet. Like this and these.
6. Women can be mean. And sometimes, you won't know why. Say a little prayer for those ones - for they know not what they do.
A good heart and kindness will always prevail.
7. Sunscreen. SPF 60+ on your face. Especially your forehead. And botox? There is a time and place for it. Like right now and right here. Or anywhere really.
8. No matter what you go to school for. Or what you end up doing as a full time career. Never ever let go of your passion.
Mine was always fashion though, ahem, it never paid enough and over 5 years ago, this little blog became my outlet for that love and allows me to indulge my creative side.
9. Your children will be your biggest, proudest and best accomplishment. The rest really doesn't mean that much in the end.
10. Your mother was wrong when she said women over 50 can't wear long hair or red lipstick. I say, that's the time to grow your hair and buy the brightest one you can find!

Age ain't nothin' but a number.

Happy Friday.
And Happy Birthday to me.


  1. Happy Birthday, Susan! I would have never guessed you were 46! Hope you have a fantastic day!

  2. Happy Birthday. Thank you for sharing your bits of wisdom and your fashion sense with us.
    I hope you have a wonderful day.

  3. Loved this! Yes to #6 + 7...ok and all of them! Happy happy happy birthday pretty friend!!! I hope your spoiled rotten today and enjoy TONS of sweets...we all know birthday calories don't count.

  4. Wonderful words of wisdom! Happy Birthday to you!

  5. Dearest Susan,
    Again congrats, even though I am late for the party.
    Had to finish my stack of photo albums and now only some remnants need to get scanned. I'm free again and feeling so happy, mainly for Pieter as I pulled it off in time for him to enjoy on a big screen!
    Yes, what you say about your parents is so true, it reminds us about the importance of living life intensely and for not wasting negative energy.
    If I learned ONE thing from scanning our life in photos, it is that I know 100% certain that I got my wrinkles from laughter; lots of laughter. And I'm very proud of it. Time just goes way too fast but we know we are just mere mortals.
    Yesterday we got the best gift from Lady Chef Maria and her husband Heinz; a free 5-course dinner so we did celebrate Pieter's birthday a day late(r) and it felt great with the accomplishment of such a mega job.
    Hugs to you and stay the way you are; spunky, smart and beautiful (with or without some help...).


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