Thoughts on turning 30 + my birthday wishlist

Flip flop, I can’t believe in just over two weeks I’m turning T-H-I-R-T-Y!

I’ve never really had an issue with getting older, it just all seems quite surreal, I don’t feel like I’m “adulting” enough to be hitting this milestone. And like most people (I think?), I don’t feel like I have accomplished as much as I wanted to. In saying that though, I have done many things that I never thought I would do and lived to tell the tale. I for one definitely don’t give myself a pat on the back nearly enough and so here are five things that I am really proud of myself for: both big and small:

  1. Packing up my incredible life in Cape Town and starting from scratch in Johannesburg as one half of a newly married couple. Four years later, I can finally call Jozi home, even though Cape Town will always have a special place in my heart.
  2. Making time for my friends after having a baby. I can’t express how precious my special girl gang is to me and how much their support and rude jokes get me through the tough times.
  3. Dan and I purchasing our first apartment and then fixer-upper home.
  4. Making it though the absolute horrific experience of having a miscarriage in one piece. Processing the loss took a very long time and the sadness would creep in at the most unexpected times. It’s not something I would wish on my worst enemy.
  5. Being a mama. You knew that one was coming, didn’t you? Raising a tiny human is not easy but I’m so proud at how well both Dan and I have parented Aria and that our marriage has remained solid, if not even more so after the last year.

My twenties were a rollercoaster of note, but I have feeling that was just the warm up, thirty, I am SO ready for you!

Want to see a few of the things I’ve been hinting to Dan that I want for my birthday/Mother’s Day/wedding anniversary (yes, they are all within two weeks of each other), well here you go:

Dear Rae half circle bracelet

Light pink classic Supergas

Mr Price Home marble canisters

Mr Price Home plant pots

The Body Shop coconut exfoliator

LUSH the comforter bubble bar

Chanel lipstick in Boy

Skin Creamery everyday cream

Nuxe dry body oil

Happy birthday month to me and happy weekend to you!

Oh PS: what do you think of the new site? Let me know in the comments…


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  • Reply
    May 5, 2017 at 5:08 am


    What a great post, although I do think for your 30th (being a big milestone) your wish list should be a little longer 🙂 🙂

    Your new site is incredible by the way! Just in time for your thirties 🙂

    E xxx

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    May 5, 2017 at 6:18 am

    Blog looks great 🙂 loving the colours!
    Hope you get everything on your wishlist 🙂
    P.S that is suuuuuch a beautiful picture of you!

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    May 5, 2017 at 8:07 am

    I LOVE the look of the new site! It’s beautiful! 🙂

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    Mariska Goussard
    May 5, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Your site is gorgeous!❤️❤️ ❤️ And I loved what you said: ‘I don’t give myself a pat on the bag nearly enough’. Resonated so much with me as I rarely just stand back and say: ‘you did well’. I hope you will get all the gorgeous goodies on your wishlist xx

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    May 5, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Turning 30 (and the year that followed) was a toughie for me – I’ve never been fazed by age, but turning 30 really threw me. I wasn’t expecting to feel as low as I did. That said, I had a lot of other personal issues going on at around the same time (you know about those!), so I think that impacted it as well. Turning 31, on the other hand, was AWESOME! Sometimes I think that the ‘big’ numbers (like 21, 30, 40, etc) are often so hyped up that they can’t possibly live up to the excitement – I feel that the less-hyped ages that follow or precede them are often so much better. Case in point? My 22nd and 26th years, which were both incredible, and 31, which is turning out pretty amazing too. Anyway. Sorry for waffling! I LOVE the new site, and I adore the photographs for this post. You are more beautiful than you realise – both inside and out. Hope you get everything that’s on your wish list and more… you deserve it all! Sending so much love! xxx

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    Cathy Booyens
    May 5, 2017 at 9:45 am

    I loved the old site but WOW the new site is even better. Well done! Article is super as always.

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    Melissa Javan
    May 5, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Happy birthday mommy! You sound a bit like me – moved to Joburg three years ago, had miscarriage, have a beautiful baby now 🙂

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    May 5, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Happy Birthday, Happy (early) Mother’s Day and Happy Anniversary to you and your husband!

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    May 6, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Love the new look! ??Sending wishes for all your wonderful celebrations ? ?Turning 30 was also a biggie for me but I loved my 30’s – what is age but a number! Enjoy every moment ?

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    May 6, 2017 at 10:55 am

    I was looking forward to be 30 for many many years (never 18 or 21, but a big yes for 30). I thought when you get to 30 your life is sorted out: you know where you work, live, if you have children or not etc; when I got to the big 3-0 my husband was struggling for more than a year to get a job and it seemed as if I couldn’t have children. Fast forward few years my husband enjoys his “new” job and we have 2 beautiful kiddies. It is important to look back and see what you survived and pat yourself on the back… and to enjoy the season you are in. Congratulations on your coming birthday!

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    May 13, 2017 at 11:25 am

    I am so sorry to hear about your miscarriage, that must have been an awful time for you and your family to get through and I doubt it ever really leaves you.

    Thirty was a great age, I am now hurtling very fast towards forty and I can’t help but wonder how fast it happened. I believe everyone thinks that they haven’t achieved enough, with the few exceptions of people like Mark Zuckerburg!

    I lost my teens and my twenties to addiction, and only now in my thirties am I building up my life. Always be grateful for what you have and remember material achievements mean nothing. My biggest achievement is being a mom.

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