It’s July again. Which means my birthday is around the corner. The big 3-0. *gasp*
The photos above were taken at my 20th birthday party. Ten. Years. Ago. So I thought I’d take this moment to reflect back on the crazy roller coaster that has been my 20s.
20-year-old-me did it big. My birthday celebration wasn’t just one day. It was all month long baby.
“Part 1” was at my college apartment, where we celebrated with midnight shots to officially count down my birthday (it was a bigger holiday than New Year’s Eve after all 😜). Having a Criminal Justice paper deadline didn’t stop me—I typed whatever came to mind as my friends did my hair and took shots to celebrate. The paper seemed to turn out coherent enough to warrant an A-grade somehow. Disneyland had free birthday admission so that’s where we spent the actual day of.
That weekend was “Part 2”. At my parent’s house in Corona where there was a heated pool, water slide, jacuzzi, mini-golf, basketball court, and BBQ area outside. Inside there was a custom sushi bar, billiards, entertainment, seating, tons of Filipino food, and cake of course.
Fun fact: I wasn’t a fan of sushi back then so I didn’t fully appreciate the sushi bar, but now it’s my favorite food! Also the #1 thing I’ve been craving during my pregnancy, lol. Fun fact #2: the guy who DJ’d my party is actually my fiancé now and we are expecting a baby…
Which brings me to the present. You might have seen my pregnancy announcement on Instagram (https://instagram.com/p/BvPbgs-BKAb/) and if not, well now you know. There’s a chance that baby girl might come early so we are having the baby shower in mid-July on my 30th birthday weekend. It’ll be my birthday/baby shower rolled into one. After all, the only thing I want for my birthday is to be prepared with baby gear for her and make sure she has all she needs.
My focus has shifted so much throughout my 20s. From studying law, practicing law, battling chronic illnesses, to motherhood. Priorities and perspectives changed. Friendships lost along the way. Learning resiliency and real, reciprocated love so I can show my daughter the same values.
I’m really looking forward to this new chapter. My baby girl is a rainbow baby (which I might share more about later) so while I do feel overwhelmed at times, my gratitude is always much stronger.
I’ll be holding a giveaway this month to show my gratitude for all of you, too! Make sure to follow me on Instagram (https://instagram.com/ExploreBeautyXO) so you don’t miss it! Thinking about having another every month after that too.
What content (beauty/lifestyle/parenting) do you want to see more of? I’ll try my best to work on that for this following year!
Feel free to share how you feel (or felt) about your 20s or 30s, too! Any tips for the baby shower, registry, or mamahood in general?
Speaking of, here is my registry link in case you want to check it out: https://www.amazon.com/baby-reg/maryanna-mansat-ryan-vicente-september-2019-longbeach/3O0HKSOGTY88A (or search Amazon Baby registry for “ExploreBeautyXO@gmail.com”)
Thank you for reading and drop a comment if you’ve made it this far!
Hugs and kisses,