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  1. Melina Elisa says

    I love these posts, they have come to be my favorites. I look forward to each and every one. I relate to them. I feel like we were similar. Growing up, I couldn’t wait to get older, thinking the best is yet to come. As I’ve gotten older, I think about all the time I wasted wanting to get older. I went through that phase where I hated being thought of as innocent or good, and yet while I still have to connotations attached to me, they no longer bother me. People can think what they want of me, and it doesn’t really bother me. I guess it just comes with age. I definitely go back and forth with being nervous about aging. Being 23, turning 24 in less than a month, doesn’t bother me. Definitely getting to a certain age, and feeling like I haven’t accomplished what I wanted to, is something that’s in the back of my head, but as of now it’s not really an issue. As Always, great post 🙂 xx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

    • LauraJ says

      I actually miss having some of my innocence. I hate that we grow up thinking it’s wrong and that we’re all suppose to be wild. Because you only live once and all that.
      I’ve done a lot of silly things, but I don’t let them define me. So I guess it doesn’t bother me now either.
      Like you though, I do get a fear sometimes that I will get to a certain age and have nothing to show for it. But then I think about when I was teenager and how much I use to worry – it’s fine in the end. So I just tell myself that it will always be okay in the end, as long as I keep working hard. xx

  2. Beyoutiful says

    I love posts like this and really enjoyed readin this! I can just totally relate to your stories. I also miss being 8 when you had no worries or a care in the world and I have to agree that I’m starting to no longer care too much and instead focusing on myself on loving and being a better version of myself. I’m so happy for you that you’ve grown so much and that you’re at the happiest point in your life girl <3 I have to do this coffee post sometime soon haha. You look gorgeous as always and cute childhood pics girl 🙂

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you girl!! I feel like the older we get, the more we come into ourselves and realise all the little things we use to worry about, are just not that significant.
      I’m glad your focus is on being the best you and loving yourself. xx

  3. K.M. Sutton says

    I LOVED reading this! I loved the different spin you took on “If we were having coffee.” With my birthday next month, and thirty creeping up, I can relate to this so much. You can’t have regrets, (easier said then done) the mistakes we make especially when we are young, are what lead us to who we are today. They are all part of out story, and we wouldn’t be who we are with out them. I think we, especially women, fear aging, but I have found that with growing older, I care less. I own who I am, and that is a freedom, that I wish I had had when I was younger and am so thankful I now have with the maturity of age. thank you so much for sharing beauty! <3

    • LauraJ says

      Women have a harder time with age, because men grow older and somehow become more attractive. Or they get called a ‘silver fox’. I think there are plenty of women now though, who are getting older but still keeping in shape and looking as good as ever.
      There is such a freedom to accepting who you are and owning that. Do you have any birthday plans? x

      • K.M. Sutton says

        You are spot on in your assessment. And their really are and there is! I wish I had this confidence when I was in my early twenties, but then I also wouldn’t have had the life experiences that taught me all of this.
        Yes! I am going to be traveling. Not sure where yet, but definitely feeding my wanderlust heart! 🙂 <3

  4. niccimcshane says

    A great and different style of post, thought provoking I really enjoyed reading this & it has started my own thought process of what I would say over coffee xxx

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you! I really like these if were having coffee posts, because I can kind of just collect at my thoughts at random xxx

  5. hoiyinli says

    Omg Tammy! I remember those days so distinctly. I had this top that I adored from there, which I wore to the school disco and I felt very cool in it. Now it’s not the same, little girls pretty much wear mini versions of adult clothes? Not all but some.

    As always, lovely post – I love how you’re doing these coffee posts with different editions. I don’t find growing old a worry. I find beauty in wrinkles that tell a story – of course, if it’s premature wrinkling then that’s a different story. But there is just something really beautiful in ageing that unfortunately not all women see. I want to be that woman in her fifties, or sixties, where someone can still say, “wow, she looks great for her age!”. My mum is a great example of this – and her skincare routine is ridiculously simple. I try not to stress about age or things that involve vanity since stress is pretty ageing itself.

    As for growing up…I think it’s definitely a confusing and difficult route for everyone. But I rather liked life after high school whether it’s finding my true friends for life or just simply feeling more comfortable in my own skin. It’s quite an exciting time, and now that I’m getting older, I’m still getting more comfortable in my own skin. Everything is a discovery. I don’t think I’d want to stay the same age forever because that sort of suggests that you stay the same in life. It’s great to move forward.

    • LauraJ says

      I loved Tammy so much! It was so easy to find clothes. I loved the tops with the little animated girls on that said babe and or cool etc.
      I guess the older I get, the more I appreciate the idea of growing old. It is a privilege in some ways because many people don’t get the chance.
      I get what you mean regarding the perfect age. Mine would be right now because I feel most comfortable in myself, but I don’t know what the future brings.

  6. Mrs.S LDN says

    I love this post!! You alays get me to stop and ponder girl!
    I’m one year away from being 30 and in the last year or so I have released a lot of that panic to! Grey hairs no longer scare the hell out of me! I to have stories to tell alongide them!
    Growing older isnt so bad anymore!
    By far my early 20’s where the best for me, hardly any fear and as you said the young but independant years nails the describtion!!
    Hope your having a lovely bank holiday weekend!!
    xxx

    • LauraJ says

      30 is still so young, but it’s kind of installed in us that 30 is when we are mature and have everything figured out. I’m glad you have released your panic.
      xxx

      • Mrs.S LDN says

        Everything figured out…. This made me giggle, if anything I have tit less figured then when I was 21! With age I think you just get on with it and roll with the punches in a more nimble way! Anything and everything can happen at anytime, that you can bet on 🙂 xx

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