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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

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Twenty-one is one of those funny ages. Not funny haha...but funny odd. People fill the number up with lots of expectations. I suppose I'm guilty as charged. Twenty-one is supposed to symbolize true adulthood. I thought that by 21 I would have all of my little duckies in a row and know exactly where I was headed in life. My ducks are still working on getting their acts together. Sometimes I wish my ducks would just hurry up. I thought that all the awkwardness of the gangly teenage years would have completely worn away. Let. Me. Tell. You. Awkwardness does not go away. Case in point this morning. I strutted up to D-boy with my very grown up high heels and pencil skirt with a bright pink silky top. I was feeling very 21. I can say that with experience now. Anyway, whatdaya think the first thing he noticed was? That would be the fact that my brand spankin' new hot coral lipstick smells like old woman lipstick. Yup. Slap a big gawky on me and call me Sally. Most people think you should celebrate with a big drink fest. I don't drink. I thought that I would have a closet full of high heels that I could prance around in with the best of 'em. I usually look more like a cross between Olive Oil {Popeye} and Miss Congeniality. Good thing pictures don't walk. I thought I would be able to pull together and pull off any look with comfort and ease. Most mornings you can find me standing waist deep in a pile of rejected outfits wondering why everything I want to wear is dirty. Of course. {Answer would be that I need to wash clothes more than once every three weeks. I'm still coming to terms with that sad fact.}


I've said all of this to say that I resolve not to place such high expectations on myself. Not to worry so much about all the menial details because things will be no matter what. I resolve to live more in the moment, whether it means being more spontaneous, or more thankful, or simply more present in the every day of the every day. Here's to 21 being the best year yet!


Love,


Ramsey


P.S. I got t-o-tally spoiled! Dusty got me a fantastic tripod. I could use the thing standing on stilts if I wanted to. That is an important criterion for a tripod, you know? And it has a very professional-looking black bag. Always a plus in my book. Sissy Had got me the darling shirt. And a new tag for the front of my car. With my initials. Because she may or may not have run into my old one. Not. Because I would DEFInitely not ride around with a dented tag on my car for the past few months. And my sweet Mommy and Daddy got me. Pause for it. A Movado watch. I know, read it again. I am an official adult now. And it is officially beautiful. And I am officially in love with it. And in love with the word official. Apparently. And I got my cupcakes {and and aaahhmazing cake} from the Cake Shop in Tallahassee. They were just as fabulous as they look in the pictures I assure you. Ok. Done bragging now. Love these people!

60 comments:

Ana* said...

(insert chorus) HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!

being 21 myself (turning 22 on september), I must day awkwardness doesn't go away with age, we just become more confident as being awkward

leigh said...

Happy Birthday!!!!
I spent my 21st birthday on crutches at--get this-- the ballpark. My husband (boyfriend at the time) had purchased the tickets BEFORE I badly injured my knee.
Yes, I crutched up 50+ cement steps. I don't drink either, but that would have been a TERRIBLE sight!
Just wait until you turn 22 . . . then things start to get really crazy!!
<3 <3
Love, Leigh

Alexis Kaye said...

Happy birthday!!! So exciting :) welcome to adult-ness. Adults can also make up their own words, fyi. And UH, am I seeing a ring on a special fingeR?! Did you get engaged while I was gone?!?!

Brittany-Trends250 said...

you're only 21? you seem so much more mature than me! haha. happy birthday! such a cute little family/friends you have!

Abby said...

Happy Birthday! It sounds like it was awesome :)

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

happy birthday ramsey!!! yay for being 21!! i hope it was amazing bc you deserve it :)

<3 steffy
Steffys Pros and Cons

christine donee said...

happy bday! and yesss to the tripod! what a great gift!

Nav said...

Love the birthday pictures! Happy Birthday to you! big 21!

I love Movato watches - totally spoiled you got.

xo Nav
http://navlandstyle.blogspot.com/

Holly said...

Happy 21st! Wow - I thought you were WAY older than 21 already, lol! :)

Dana Richards said...

Aww happy birthday! 21 was the best, congrats on being a grown up!!

Katie said...

Happy Birthday!! I'm working on lowering my expectations for myself too, because you just gotta realize no one is perfect and everyone's just trying to do their best.

CessOviedo said...

So glad to know I'm not the only one over 20 and wearing a tiara for my bday, I'm almost 23 and my ducks are still swimming around, let's make them hurry! Olive and Ms.C wish they were as pretty as you are, here's to 21!

Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

Danielle said...

Happy Birthday!

Stephanie in Suburbia said...

Happy Birthday! I had lots of expectations at 21. And then at 25. 30 was my best year to date :) But it looks like you had a blast and I am very jealous of your Movado, fancy pants!

genevieve said...

Happy birthday, darling! Don't worry about your duckies; they'll come along!

Jess said...

Happy belated birthday. I definitely didn't feel like an adult at 21. Shoot, I am 26 and still don't feel like an adult.

Jennifer said...

aww happy birthday! it looks like you had a fun party!

BryanaEllen said...

Happy Birthday!!! I had no idea you were only 20 when I started to follow you! You look and act older than that haha.
I hope you had a great {and safe!} birthday :D

-Bryana

pigeon pie said...

Happy birthday!!!! Your 20's are the best years ever, not that I've reached my 30's yet, but I'm loving mine and I promise you feel less awkward and gangly as each year passes :)

Amy said...

Happy birthday pretty girl! 21 wasn't a big deal for me since we don't drink either. But it does make you feel a little more legit! :)

amy day to day

Gentri said...

Happy happy birthday Ramsey!!!! :D you did get spoiled! I spoil myself for my birthday because no one else does.. Hahaha! Jk. :)

Olivia.Dee said...

don't worry. at 25 I still spend nearly every morning standing in a pile of rejected outfits cursing myself for not doing my laundry 3 weeks ago. :]

SIENA.STYLE said...

happy bday!!!!forever 21;)
kiss from prague
http://sienastyle.blogspot.com/

Anjela said...

Happy Bday! Glad you had an amazing time celebrating :) My big 21 is coming up too, and I completely understand what you mean about expectations!!! ;)

Melissa said...

Happy, happy birthday lady! The pictures are great, it looks like you had a wonderful time with people who are very important to you!

If it makes you feel any better, I'm 31 and still not sure where my life is going. Things took a weird turn last year and my plans got all skewed so now I'm starting over. Living in the moment instead of worrying about where we *should* be going is a great idea!

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amber said...

happy birthday!!!!

Love at First Shoe said...

Happy 21st!! You're still so young! You're 20's will be the best ever!

I'm about to turn 28 on July 3rd (NOT HAPPY) and it seems like my 21st birthday was yesterday.

Cheers to the best year!

Callie Rew said...

Happy birthday to your little grown up self!!!

xoxo Callie

Liz said...

Happy Birthday Ramsey! 21 was such a great year for me and I hope it is the same for you!

Shellsea said...

Happy Birthday!


Love, Shellsea Blog

Sist and Sist said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I've always been taught to celebrate each birthday as a blessing so I'm glad you're doing just that!

GoodFrameofMind said...

Happy birthday girl! You have plenty of time to get all your ducks in a row - enjoy!!

London said...

happy Birthday!! Looks like a fun one.

Chaucee said...

happy birthday dear! It looks like you had a great time celebrating : )
also are you engaged?! that's a pretty nice ring.

illumined said...

Happy Birthday!

And a word from an old lady (okay, I'm 30, not old)... your ducks will never be in a row. Haha.

Eclectic Flair said...

Happy Birthday, Ramsey!! Hope it was the best birthday yet!! Just remember that life is a journey, not a destination...take your time! :D

Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

Carrie said...

Happy 21st! Yay!
xo
Style in the City

Chynna said...

I seriously want to be you. Or your best friend. Creepy? ehhh probably. Anyway...I think it's really awesome that you don't drink. I don't either...definitely not the norm for girls in their early twenties, huh?

Chynna said...

I seriously want to be you. Or your best friend. Creepy? ehhh probably. Anyway...I think it's really awesome that you don't drink. I don't either...definitely not the norm for girls in their early twenties, huh?

Rin said...

Happy birthday! You looked like you had a fantastic birthday. Its making me excited for my 21st, which is in exactly 22 days.

Sweet Pea said...

Happy Birthday :)

Anja said...

Happy B-Day girl! Don't let that number bother you! With 26 it's no different :)
Hope you had a carefree party and D. spoiled you immensely!!

Whitney & Devin said...

Happy (late) Birthday!!!!

Stylishly Short said...

Now you're making me feel old :) My magic number was 25. 25 came and slapped me in the face since I didn't get everything I thought I should have...On the other hand, I never thought to have blogging on my list so take that universe!

http://stylishlyshort.blogspot.com

Laura said...

Happy belated birthday Ramsey!! It looks like you had a lovely celebration with the important people in your life :) Enjoy 21 fully, because as that second digit increases, so do the responsibilities! And ummm that ring is making me wonder.... :)

Abby said...

Happy Birthday!!! It looks like you had an amazing one! Don't worry I still feel awkward and 17 inside. I forget that I am 23 and supposed to be an adult now.

brittni said...

I'm so glad that you aren't a total drinky-face! And kudos to you for putting that out there on your blog. I spent my 21st birthday in Canada (ironic because that's where all Michiganders go on their 18th birthday since that's the drinking age in Canada) seeing a Hamlet play with my boyfriend. It was amazing. AND the border patrol said, "you are spending the wrong birthday here" .. NOT EVERYONE DRINKS PEOPLE! Haha

Happy Birthday! :)

Isabella Kiss said...

you're adorable ramsey! happy 21st. :)

and I have to say, kudos on the nondrinking thing. i think it is a little unfortunate that people seem to think that is all there is to do on a 21st birthday. I'm 21 in February and i side with you on this one!

wildchild said...

happy birthday :) glad you had a good day.

Mr. Taylor and his Lady said...

ahh, cute! happy birthday! turning 21 is such an exciting time!
Xo

http://ericplustanya.blogspot.com

Jazmin @ Happily Ever After said...

You are sooo blessed girlie!! :o)

Savannah said...

Looks like the perfect 21st! HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope it's the best year!

Don't feel bad my ducks are sooo not in a row and I'm less than 2months away from 22! :/ scary!

allie margaret said...

OH you are just so adorable! I love it. Sounds like you had a fantastic day, Happy 21st girly!

allie

Erin said...

Happy 21st, sounds like you had a wonderful day! I don't drink either, kindred spirit! :)

rebecca said...

This is crazy to me. I always pictured you to be older than me and I'm almost 23. I thought you were 25! You may not feel like your ducks are in a row but you look so lovely and mature!

rebeccawithanR

Teresa: Life and Style said...

I am so happy that you had a wonderful birthday :) you deserve it!

Congrats on the cupcakes and cake, the awesome watch and the sweet and thoughtful gift from Dusty!

xo Teresa
www.teresalifeandstyle.blogspot.com
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littlemiss said...

Hi dear! I just stumbled across your blog, and I love it! I was scrolling through your pictures, admiring your outfits when I saw you recently celebrated your 21 birthday! Congrats!

It reminded me of my own 21, which passed just a month before yours. Take a look at what I said about it here: http://livelylittlemiss.blogspot.com/2011/05/birthday.html

Mariel Torres said...

Ahhh! Happy belated 21st birthday Ramsey! It looks like you had the most marvelous time. This is a good year for us darling, i have the feeling 21 will treat us good ;). Kisses! Mariel

Marie-Eve said...

HAPPY B DAY TO YOU FABULOUS !!! Hope you had a great time ! And thanks again for guest posting at my blog !

Miyan said...

happy birthday, babe!!!!!

Miyan

www.miyan-overseas.blogspot.com