Older and Wiser

by Olivia Barker

This weekend I celebrated the start of my 29th year. Being "older and wiser" I wanted to celebrate my birthday a little differently this year and I recruited my favorite human in the whole world to help...my sister. Our weekend was filled with volunteering, shopping, great food, so many laughs, a killer workout, 24-30 bottles of water, movies and a lot of thanks! 

I've said this before and I'll say it again, I am so blessed and grateful to turn another year older (and in turn become a little wiser). This year, I did all of my favorite things with my favorite person and soaked in the little things that make life so special. My sister and I have so much fun together just trying on clothes, getting our sweat on, lounging on the couch eating too much ice cream and staying up late talking about life, love and all things in between. As I've gotten older and wiser, I've realized life isn't about the Facebook notifications, the cocktails or the Kardashians. Life is about family, love and giving back to the universe. 

I responded to my birthday texts and had a few birthday phone calls, but I stayed off my phone, snapchat, Instagram, Facebook (for the most part) and all the other ways to connect with people and instead connected with the person who chose to come celebrate my day with me and it felt amazing. I had one of the best birthday's I've ever had and I'm so thankful I was actually a part of it! Some advice from the older and wiser...soak in the here and now, be present in your life today with the ones you love. Life is way more fun when you actually live it than when you are trying to convince everyone on the internet. 

I am officially on the road to 30 and praying this year is filled with lots of success, love and happiness! Cheers! 

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  1. Happy Birthday Olivia!! You are such a beautiful person with a bright road ahead.

    1. not sure why i am just seeing this but thank you so much christine! x


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