The Picture

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Huge leap of faith for me here today. I am joining Jen (and many others) for a "kitchen table" vlog. A few disclaimers:

(1) The lighting is not right.
(2) I mispronouce Soli Deo Gloria. Ugh.
(3) My laptop started overheating/venting halfway through - that's the weird noise.

Okay, enough stalling. Here you go . . . .


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How do you see yourself? Do you think of yourself as still being twenty-something (if you're not), and are you okay with the picture in your head not exactly matching your reality?

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  1. It's awesome to hear your voice! You look exactly the same to me as the day I met you in the ERHS gym. You were gorgeous then and even prettier today! Wise=beauty in my book!

    Also? I still wish you were my neighbor!

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    1. Leslie, I do too! We would have SO much fun together as neighbors now. I'm just glad that we can stay connected online. You still crack me up and make me smile with your witty commentary and wise words on a daily basis. And oh good gracious, the ERHS gym - memories!!

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  2. wow! I LOVED YOUR VLOG! I was sitting here thinking, she could be my friend (even in real life) I could see it! You are 34 now, I have ten years on you and I look at myself in the mirror and say, "I still FEEL as if I was in my 20's!" I do think this feeling young makes one keep looking youthful~ha! That is my theory any way.

    You are a beauty there is no getting around it.

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    1. Hi Marlece - We are friends, in real life! And if you were down the road, I would be picking your brain for wisdom on a regular basis :) That is one of the things I love about blogging - getting to connect with people I might not otherwise know. So glad that includes you. Thanks for your sweet words, too. You are the best!

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  3. I have crossed the threshold of 50, have a head full of gray hair, and am about to be a grandma. And yet it seems only yesterday I was in my 20s.

    You did an amazing job with your first vlog. It occurred to me, as I was listening to you, that if I were to do one and truly keep it real, I would be recording myself in my pjs. I do almost all of my writing before getting dressed in the morning. Not sure I'm ready for that image to show up on the internet!

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    1. Now that is a vlog I would love to see. Will there be fuzzy slippers, too?

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    2. Me too - do it!

      Nancy, I always learn something from your blog. I'm just glad you share with us in whatever way works for you. Thanks for sharing so kindly here. And congrats about almost being a grandma - how exciting!

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  4. Courtney, it was so great to "see you" after visiting your blog so many times. Thanks for sharing!

    Just yesterday, I was thinking about how I am now closer to 50 than I am am to 40. How did I get this old? Seriously, in just a few years, I will be half a century old.

    I love what you shared about wearing your glasses instead of your contacts. I think as we get older, we just learn to be more comfortable in our skin -- less concerned with appearances and more with just being practical. I still remember putting hot rollers in my hair when I was in college, and now I don't even use a blow dryer any more... just wash and let it dry.

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    1. I enjoyed YOUR vlog today! And thanks for your sweet comment. I used to do the hot rollers thing too . . . now, I cannot even imagine doing that every day! Ha. Hugs to you.

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  5. I hated, hated, hated turning 30. In May, I'll join you in being 35 and, surprisingly, I'm taking it a bit more in stride than I thought I would. Much like you I think-- it's good to be able to turn 35. It means I'm still alive. I have the blessing of 2 kids, one of whom is standing right here and she said -- "And you're getting wiser." Love it!

    So proud of you for taking a risk, sweet friend. You are beautiful, inside and out!!!

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    1. What a sweet thing your daughter said! She is right, you know.

      I didn't think much about turning 30, but 35 made me pause. I laughed and grumbled with a friend about it (the one in the picture - our birthdays are close) but then we both decided it was "better than the alternative." I have MUCH to be grateful for, and I am. I embrace these years, and whatever comes next. Thanks, friend, for helping to make this time so rich with your words and the community you have created.

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  6. You're so cute! I love your accent, too. And girl, you still look 27!

    I'm with Jen, I hated turning 30, but I loved turning 37. I don't even know why I loved it - maybe it's because life took such a different turn last year when our little man was born and I've just come to appreciate every day for the gift it is. And maybe because I realize now that even at 37, I still feel very much like I'm in my twenties, except more comfortable with who I am.

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    1. I'm cracking up that you think I have an accent! I suppose I've been in the South long enough now to have developed one. If we weren't thousands of miles apart, I know we would be regular coffee-sharing friends.

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  7. First of all I admire your bravery for doing this. I choose not to make a vlog but after watching some of them may just try one someday. I hate to tell you but I am in my 60 s now. and yes I don't feel that old at all. One thing that has amazed me about growing older is I dreaded the 50s BUJT found them one of the best decades. I wish someone had told me 50s' are great. I hope in a few years I feel the same way about this decade. In reality every season has been wonderful, full of blessings and challenges that help me grow. I wouldn't go back, only forward - ha, as if I had a choice.

    Good vlog!!!

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    1. Yes, Jean - try it! I would love to see and hear you. But I do treasure your written words, all the time.

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  8. Great job! I am so impressed! You look fabulous then and now. I know I don't "feel" different then I did when I was in college but I definitely look different. I don't mind getting older at all. I love where I am right now. Great VLOG!

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    1. Caroline - Me, too! I love where I am, and wouldn't go back even if I could. Thanks for your encouragement. You are a super friend!!

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  9. i enjoyed your vlog! i like getting older, because i think that older equals wiser and i really want to be wise :). i do think that 40 will be hard for me for no particular reason, but 50 will be fantastic! 38 here. found my way here from jen's sdg fb page...take care!

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  10. Love the vlog! You still look like the 18 year old that was on the dance team with me! I know I have changed, some for the better and some not, but I guess it is just the way it is going to be. I definitely miss some things about my pre-baby/20s body but would not go back if I could!! Great job!

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  11. Yay! Round of applause. I join the chorus of real life/online friends who loved hearing your voice and seeing your "youthful" face in motion. :)

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