The Big 2-0

Romwe Blue and White Two Piece Set - Gold Balloons in Laguna Beach // Gabi Wells Photography

If you follow me on Instagram (if not, follow me!) you know that I celebrated my birthday last weekend. That’s right, the big 2-0. I’m officially no longer a teenager anymore! Only one more year left to go until I’m seriously considered an “adult.” Many people have told me that 20 is the longest year of their lives, but surprisingly I’m starting off 20 with a positive attitude and excited for what the future holds.

It’s normally a little out of my comfort zone when it comes to sharing about my private life, but I would like to start sharing more about my personal experiences so you can have a chance to really get to know me. This past year I’ve had my share of ups and downs – it was a tough year of learning some hard life lessons, but it was also an opportunity for a lot of personal and spiritual growth.

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned (and am still learning) has to do with control. I would definitely consider myself a perfectionist who wants everything to go according to my schedule. This is one of my biggest strongholds because I have a hard time accepting the fact that I am not in control of certain situations or other people. This year I’ve really had to put all of my trust in God, giving Him control over my life and having faith that He will lead me down the right path.

On the morning of my birthday, I was tested on this. I had set up plans to go to breakfast at Las Brisas in Laguna Beach and was excited for a relaxing day with my family by the ocean. My last few birthdays have been a little disappointing, so I really wanted to make sure this one went well. But of course, things happen and life doesn’t always go according to plan. The morning didn’t start off so great and long story short, we ended up arriving 15 minutes later after they stopped seating for breakfast. We were all craving breakfast and with 3/5 of us being vegetarian, their almost all seafood lunch menu didn’t sound too appetizing.

At this point I felt defeated, irritated, and found myself disappointed again. It was sweltering hot outside, everyone was annoying each other, and at this point all I wanted to do was go home. Why can’t my birthday just go right for once?  Thankfully I am truly blessed with an amazing family who helped me turn around my attitude and perspective on the situation. My aunt and parents teamed up Yelping nearby breakfast places and we ended up down the street at the Cliffs Restaurant with the same gorgeous beachside view and the most delicious strawberry layered french toast I’ve had in my life. The day turned out even better than I expected and hoped for. It was then I realized how stubborn and selfish I was being and how my control issues almost got in the way of us having a good time together.

I know I have to keep praying and relying on Him to release my grasp on control, and instead just enjoy what life throws at me and embrace the curveballs. It’s what makes life interesting, right? I believe that everything happens for a reason, even if we might not know it now or ever in this lifetime. All I know is that I’m not perfect and I never will be, but I am my best self when He is in me and inspires me to love others the way He loves me.

Another blessing that recently came into my life is working with Gabi from A Little Sweet Life. She is an amazing photographer (check out her stunning portfolio here) and food blogger that is truly one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet! I had the opportunity to shoot with her last week in this adorable two piece outfit from my birthday brunch. Lucky for you, it’s currently on sale for under $20. I love two piece sets and this one just screams summer vacation… Hopefully one day I’ll get a chance to wear it in Greece or Mexico! Maybe next year 😉

Romwe Blue and White Two Piece Set in Laguna Beach // Gabi Wells PhotographyRomwe Blue and White Two Piece Set in Laguna Beach // Gabi Wells Photography

Romwe set | Trouve heels (sold out, similar) | Kendra Scott earrings via Rocksbox c/o

I’ve also linked a few other two piece sets I’ve been eyeing and similar brown chunky heels below. Thanks for stopping by and I wish you all an amazing and blessed week!