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Today, I’m thirty years old.

I’m not the type to get freaked out about getting older; as every year passes and new wrinkles appear, it doesn’t throw me too much. And yes, I realize 30 is still pretty young. But there is such a jarring change that happens when you now belong to an older age bracket, different demographic, and have a new digit at the start of your age.  I still feel about 16, and look 12 (especially without makeup)- as I’ve been known to be teased about- especially when everyone in my group gets carded because of me at a bar or restaurant. Basically, what I’m saying is that this decade means looking more and more like a wrinkly 12 year old.

As I prepared to say goodbye to my twenties, I started looking through my photo archives to see if I’ve really changed  that much from 20 to 30. While looking back, I was a little horrified by the tanorexia, bleached blonde hair and heavy makeup phase I went through in the early 2000’s, as well as the weird lip chapping epidemic of  ’06/07.

It was surprisingly hard to find photos of just myself any time after 22 years old, because somewhere along the line I stopped liking having my picture taken. I know, strange, since I spend my life asking people to be comfortable in front of the camera nowadays. I did my best to find something to represent every year of my 20’s where I didn’t have a fake smile or pained look on my face.

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and here’s to the start of a new decade.

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  • You look beautiful in all the years 🙂 Yay for more fun times ahead. Love you friend.ReplyCancel

  • Aw, I love this post!! You’re so gorgeous, btw! I cannot believe how quickly time has passed. New York trip #1 and Paris do not seem like they happened that long ago…ReplyCancel

  • Great series, Leslie…don’t worry about a thing; your life is unfolding as it should. We can learn lessons about aging gracefully. I fully believe it can be done…stay true to yourself and you’ve got it made.ReplyCancel

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