It's funny, because I feel the same as I did yesterday, and last week, and last year. But I turned thirty a little over a week ago and there's nothing like a major birthday to make a person start feeling reflective. So what's changed in the past ten years? As it turns out... A lot.
When I was twenty... I lived in a furnished basement suite with two roommates I would never have chosen. My bedroom looked a bit like Stalin had a hand in choosing the decor.
Now... I own my own furniture! It's mostly from Ikea but it still counts. And I like Ian (most of the time.)
When I was twenty... I knew how to boil water. So I survived on pasta, mashed potatoes and pasta and mashed potatoes.
Now... I also know how to stir fry! But I married a chef so I eat a lot more healthfully despite my lack of prowess in the kitchen.
When I was twenty... I worked in retail, and my pay cheques all went straight back to the store where I worked. I had so many cute clothes!
Now... I have a grown up job with a desk and post-its and stress, and my pay cheques mostly still get spent on clothes after the mortgage is paid. My wardrobe is even better now.
When I was twenty... I spent my Saturday nights with my BFFFFF, drinking vodka sevens through a Twizzler straw, eating popcorn and watching movies until it was basically morning and time to go for pancakes.
Now... I spend my Saturday nights with my BFFFFF, but we drink wine and both fall asleep on the couch before eleven pm.
When I was twenty... My idea of photography was aiming my 8 pixel Canon point-and-shoot camera in the general direction of my friends and hoping for the best. If I ever took a picture on my (pink flip-open) cell phone, it was accidental and probably featured my thumb.
Now... Two Nikon DSLRs, five or more lenses and a professional lighting kit later, I mostly excel at i-phone-ography. There's nothing I love more than arranging a great flatlay in the morning.
When I was twenty... I was never not in a rush. I'm pretty sure I ran everywhere, in heels, because I wanted to do thirty-six hours worth of things every twenty-four hours.
Now... Okay, I'm still in a rush a lot, because I do want to pack way more into every day than is humanly possible. But I'm learning to take some things slower, and more importantly, not to pressure people around me to keep up with my frantic pace. (Which is to say I'm giving Ian a break, so New York photos are coming soon, but maybe not as soon as I would consider ideal...!)
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