So Today I’m 32 Years Old

So today I’m apparently 32 years old. I kind of already thought I was 32, so it doesn’t really come as much of a surprise. I think somewhere halfway into 31, I decided I was 32. It’s hard to keep it straight once you start getting above 21.

The three new photographs of me in this post were taken by my friend and book photographer, Amy Tripple.

I love birthdays. I know some people dread them and don’t like to celebrate; however, I definitely feel they are a day to be celebrated no matter your age. I have always felt like I was many, many years older than I really am. And I truly look at age as simply a number. But if I am looking at it in terms of age, I feel quite proud of all that I have achieved at the age of 32. If the next 32 years look anything like the first, I am excited for the ride!

So since I’m writing about my birthday, I thought I would share 32 things about myself. Some are kind of personal, some are things you might already know, but here we go……….

1. My favorite food is shrimp followed closely by pasta and bread.
2. I am very domestic. Would definitely choose spending time indoors rather than out and I feel a sense of pride being able to make our house a home.
3. I am not a night person. I usually head to bed around 10:00PM.
4. I don’t do well during the day without coffee. Coffee with just a little bit of milk. No sugar.
5. My toenails are painted fushia-y pink right now.
6. I like reality telelvision. I am fascinated by how some of these people live. Like can’t believe that it’s even real (and it probably isn’t……but I still pretend).
7. I prefer red wine to white wine.
8. We have three children and I truly cannot decide if we should have a fourth. I had a miscarriage in between Savannah and Matilda and it has changed the way I view pregnancy.
9. I had postpartum depression after the birth my oldest and was treated for it through my second and third children’s births. The itty bitty baby phase is always a tough one for me. But I am completely fine now. Yay!
10. My parents got divorced when I was 19. My mom is remarried (to Pepo…..who we love) living in Texas and my dad has retired to the tuscany region of Italy. I wish they all lived closer.
11. My mom is my best friend.
12. I need my creative space to be organized before I create. And then it looks like a bomb exploded when I’m finished. It’s a vicious cycle. Organize. Clean. Create. Repeat.
13. I love writing my blog, but work very hard to balance at all. I do my best, but it is hard and I do get overwhelmed.
14. I am passionate about most things in my life……family, home, business……pretty much everything.
15. I am Catholic. I believe in God. And He has become more and more my rock as I get older. I find myself communicating with Him often.
16. My brother lives in Boulder, CO and is a professional chef. I miss him.
17. I have short hair, but I used to have really long hair. And I just got highlights for the first time ever a few months ago.
18. As much as we love our cottage home, we are hoping to move in a couple years. The hubby and I are ready for a new adventure!
19. I am very sensitive and get my feelings hurt easily.
20. I am really enjoying my children getting older. The conversations we are able to have are such special moments to me. Although, I still enjoy rocking my baby and singing to him each night before he goes to sleep.
21. My favorite movie is ‘You’ve Got Mail’. No it’s nothing super deep or intellectual, but I think it is so sweet and I love Meg Ryan’s life during that movie and the love story involved.
22. I married my high school sweetheart and he is pretty darn awesome. We have been together since I was 17.
23. I don’t really like baths. I prefer showers.
24. I love spending time with friends. I am definitely a people person.
25. I do not like when people rearrange things in my house. A place for everything and everything in it’s place…….that’s a good motto.
26. I thought I was going to grow up and be a broadway star. I spent my whole childhood training for it.
27. I went to Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and majored in Musical Theater. Then reality hit and I moved to Chicago, IL and got a degree from DePaul University in Finance. I decided stability and family life was more important than stardom. But I can still belt out a tune.
28. I used to work in commercial banking and real estate prior to having children.
29. I try my best to have positive energy and encourage others.
30. I love my life. I know people don’t always love to hear you say that. It seems as though, they would prefer to hear the negative. But it’s true. So there, I said it……I love my life.
31. I am by no means perfect. I just try to do the best that I can every day. And when I mess up, I always say I’m sorry.
32. I work very hard. Every. Single. Day.

So there’s 32 things about me…..good, bad, boring, ect. But I don’t always have the opportunity to come on here and talk personally with you, so I thought maybe those things would show you a little bit more about the woman behind this blog.

This past weekend I got to go out to dinner with my husband and kids, got to sleep in a little bit, they brought me some beautiful flowers (that you maybe have seen over on Instagram -@thecottagemama) and take a nap. This mama is pretty happy, so I’ll say that having a birthday on a Monday isn’t so bad since you have the whole weekend before to celebrate.

Thanks so much for reading and have a great day!

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  1. Happy Birthday! I’m glad I’m not the only one who forgets her age 😉 I usually have to ask my kids how old I am… sometimes I am pleasantly surprised!!!

    • Thanks so much…….and glad to know I’m not alone either!!

    • I missed you birthday’ So sorry. I remember turning 32. I was still in the fire service and my sweet Joshua made me a beautiful picture of me riding on the engine with a 32 on it. It still remains under glass in our master bedroom. Blessings and love to you all. And a late Happy Birthday.

  2. Happy Birthday to you !! I wish you a happy and sunny day !
    I have to make up 46 things about myself on July 18th hihi !
    x Syl

  3. Happy Birhtday to you!
    I wish you a memorable, fun day with a lot of likeable well-wishers, all the best in the world, healthiness, fun, success, happyness and joy!
    Forget the numbers! All ages are fantastic!

  4. Doğum gününüzü tebrik ederim! Allah, çocuklarınız, eşiniz ve sevdiklerinizle beraber hayırlı uzun ömürler versin! 🙂 Türkiye’den selamlar.

    Congratulations on your birthday. God, your kids, your spouse give you long life and good luck with your loved ones! 🙂 Greetings from Turkey.

  5. Lovely post…Happy Happy Birthday!

  6. Beautiful post and pictures… Happy Birthday!!

  7. Happy Birthday! You are beautiful inside and out!

  8. Feliz Aniversário!!!!!Deus te abençoe.

  9. Happy Birthday!!!

  10. Oh, Lindsay! Happy, Happy Birthday! Every year, as soon as I have my birthday (last month I was 64) I tell people I’m working on the next one! So right now I am working on being 65! A person needs some real time goals to work toward, and that one is certainly easy enough!
    Hope your day just gets better and better – Happy Day!

  11. You are SO talented! I’m curious to learn how you learned to create/draft gorgeous patterns?! Was it all trial and error?! Are you self-taught? I don’t think you learned it in finance school 😉 And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you!!

  12. That is a wonderful list and I enjoyed reading it. I love seeing how alike and different everyone is! 🙂

    Happy birthday!

  13. Think I have the same feeling about age, it’s just a number! I always have to count from my birth year when people ask my age!! Someone came to me last year and said “next year you’re 30” . I said, “can’t be I’m only 28 now!” I had got my own age wrong! They thought it was a ‘trying to be younger thing’ but it just honestly doesn’t matter to me! You are as old as you feel!
    Hope you had a great day and very memorable!!

  14. Happy Happy Birthday to you! So nice to read more about you. “You’ve Got Mail” is one of my favorite movies too… I can watch it over and over and never get tired of it! 🙂

  15. Happy Birthday! Today is also my 34-year old son’s birthday. I love your list, especially the clean and create. I’m exactly the same way. I hope you have a wonderful day. I love your blog and I love your patterns.

  16. Happy B-Day Lindsay! Beautiful pictures! Have the Best day ever!

  17. Happy Birthday, Lindsay! You are such an inspiration!

  18. Happy Birthday, Lindsay! May this be your best year yet!

  19. Happy Birthday! Enjoyed your post! What a great list!

  20. Happy birthday, Lindsay! Hope you have a fun and wonderful day 🙂

  21. Happy Birthday! I really liked your list and could relate to many of your items. I hope you have a great day – week – year! 🙂

  22. Super Happy Birthday! I left a message on facebook before reading your blog post and now I feel I should tell you again how proud you should feel of yourself and I’m sure all around you do as well. Enjoy your day!


  23. Happy, happy 32nd birthday, Lindsay! My birthday is next week. I’ll be 51.

    I remember a conversation with my granny when I was in my 30s. She told me even though she was in her 70s she still felt like she was an 8 year old girl.

    We are souls inside a God given body. Bodies age. Souls are eternal. God bless!

  24. Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you! May I just say you are a fabulous person, inside and out. Your creativity is truly inspiring, and I wish I had an ounce of your creative ability. What restaurant is your brother a chef at? We just moved out of Albuquerque and have found ourselves in Denver to be closer to the hospital for our two girls (severe food allergies).

    I hope your family has made your birthday as special as you are!

    Kim Desselle

  25. Happy Birthday! I’m with you – age is just a number. I tell everyone I’m not going to be old until I’m 100! 🙂 Hope you had a great day!

  26. Wishing you a very {{{HAPPY BIRTHDAY}}} Loved reading about you. Was a little sad to reach the end. LOL you do have a wonderful life and so glad you love it. I love mine too and am proud to say it. Hearing the negative is a turn off for me. Everyday is a new beginning and it’s up to us to make the most of it!!! Thank you for sharing a piece of your fascinating world. xoxo, Tara @ Trendy Treehouse

  27. Happy birthday, and I must say I loved this post!

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  29. Love this post!! Happy birthday, Lindsay! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for about three years – it got me into reading blogs and eventually starting mine. I love your style! Happy birthday again – hope it’s simply wonderful!

  30. Happy Happy Birthday! Thanks for sharing alittle more about yourself. Tomorrow is my DH’s birthday. He said he was goi g to be 57 and I said no, you’re going to be 56, hehe. He must be doing like you. Have an awesime week!


  31. I´m 31 on july 15. love this post. Happy birthday.

    kisses from Brazil

  32. LOVE this post! Thank you for sharing! Happy Birthday! 🙂

  33. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Lindsay! I so loved reading this post, I definitely learned some new things about you. I am honored to call you friend. Here is 32 – may it be GLORIOUS! You youngster you 🙂