Thoughts on turning 27

Yesterday I turned 27 years old, I am now far closer to 30 than I am to 21. (Major sad face) I spent the week before my birthday with a group of my best friends out in Portugal, sunbathing, playing tennis, eating, competing in a round of crazy golf, and drinking. On Sunday, we headed for our favourite beach bar to enjoy a long, boozy lunch to celebrate, and I couldn’t have imagined a better way to ring in my 27th year.

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I took a bit of a social media break whilst I was away, choosing to enjoy spending time with friends rather than obsessing over what was happening on twitter. I find it all too easy to become overwhelmed by what everyone else is doing, how they seem to be training more, having more fun, be thinner, more tanned or have more followers.

I believe that with every birthday, you have the chance to start over again. You can make it your own ‘new year’, so this year I’ll be focusing on enjoying the things I have, working on the things that are important to me and cultivating my relationships.

I’m not where I thought I’d be at this age, but where I am is pretty darn good. This past holiday was the most confident I’ve felt in a bikini for years (despite definitely not being my slimmest), I feel happy to be making a career change to do something I feel really passionate about, and I love having this little blog to chat with you guys. I’ve got some big decisions to make over the next year, and some plans to lay down.

Some of my words of wisdom (if we can call them that) from my 27 years…

  • It’s never too late to change your life.
  • Smiling makes you and others around you happier.
  • If you want to do something, you’ll find time.
  • Care what you think, not what others think.
  • Set goals- not succeeding is better than not trying.
  • Life is better when the sun is shining.

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23 Comments

  1. Chiswickmum
    July 9, 2015 / 1:56 pm

    Should I be doing a post ‘Thoughts on having a 27 year old daughter’ ? You are the most smiley person I know, and I’m very proud of you and everything you have achieved, especially this year. Happy Birthday!

    • charlotte
      July 12, 2015 / 3:58 pm

      No but it’s very sweet xx

  2. July 9, 2015 / 2:18 pm

    Turning 30 this year was something I was really worried about but actually, so far my (short) experience of being 30 hasn’t been too bad. I know what I enjoy, I’ve started a new job, my friendships have been strong for years, I’m about to move house and I finally feel much more settled. Getting closer to 30 isn’t as bad as people make out! πŸ™‚
    Big happy belated birthday! Sounds like you celebrated in style!

    • charlotte
      July 12, 2015 / 3:57 pm

      Thank you lovely!

  3. July 9, 2015 / 7:17 pm

    Lovely post and belated happy birthday! I’m turning 30 this year and it kind of freaks me out but I’m trying to be grateful for how far I’ve come and not worry about how quickly the time has flown…

  4. lilylaval
    July 9, 2015 / 7:27 pm

    Great idea. I love no. 5- Set goals- not succeeding is better than not trying. Happy birthday

    • charlotte
      July 12, 2015 / 3:57 pm

      Thank you!

  5. July 9, 2015 / 9:23 pm

    Happy Birthday! I’ll be turning 28 in a few weeks and I’m already starting to reflect on the last year so nice to hear someone else’s thoughts. Great pics and hope you had an awesome holiday. What a way to ring in your birthday! πŸ˜€

    • charlotte
      July 12, 2015 / 3:57 pm

      I did thank you, hope you have just as great a day when you turn 28!

  6. July 10, 2015 / 3:00 am

    Happy Birthday! I just turned 25, but either way I feel like we change so much during our 20s!

    • charlotte
      July 12, 2015 / 3:56 pm

      Thank you! Hope you had a good birthday too!

  7. Jasmine
    July 10, 2015 / 10:53 am

    Great post! I turned 26 this year; I’m not where I thought I’d be either, but life is SO GOOD! I really think it’s all a matter of perspective, and choosing your own adventures (as cheesy as it sounds). Happy birthday Charlie!

    • charlotte
      July 12, 2015 / 3:56 pm

      Such a great attitude to have!

  8. July 10, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    30 rocks! It was my best year yet – definitely not something to fear. By 30 you really know who you are, and are confident in yourself (I’ve found). At 27 I’d just thrown in my job and had moved to Canada to be a ski-bum…how life has changed!

    Happy Birthday Chick!

    • charlotte
      July 12, 2015 / 3:55 pm

      That makes me feel much better!

  9. July 11, 2015 / 1:09 pm

    Ah happy birthday Charlie. I don’t like getting a year older. I’m now 34 and since I was 27 I have felt a bit like the years are running away and I haven’t had time to do all the things I want. You seem to have an excellent outlook, and I love the idea of treating your birthday as your New Year, I shall try that one come November. Thanks for your words of wisdom… I’ll add mine to that – Life is all about the journey – make the most of every step.

    • charlotte
      July 12, 2015 / 3:55 pm

      Thanks Zoe! Love your words of wisdom πŸ™‚

  10. July 11, 2015 / 10:33 pm

    Happy birthday Charlie! Hope you had a great day and holiday. I’m approaching 28 which is a rather depressing thought at times, but then I remember I’m just where I want to be in life so maybe 28 isn’t too bad….! x

  11. July 12, 2015 / 4:51 pm

    Happy Birthday Charlie! Sounds like you had a fantastic day πŸ™‚ I’m 28, and am DEFINITELY not where I thought I’d be at this age, but hey, not being there, doesn’t make where I am now any less awesome. Hope 27 is a great year for you xx

  12. July 14, 2015 / 11:19 am

    Happy birthday to my new favourite blogger! Hope you had a good one.X PS not to ruin your day or anything, but you’re actually now in your 28th year not your 27th – sorry! If it helps, I am about to turn 29, so entering my 30th year. Eeep.

    • charlotte
      July 21, 2015 / 9:23 am

      Thank you Lauren!

  13. November 16, 2015 / 12:57 pm

    Super belated happy birthday, Charlie! πŸ˜€ I’m just checking out posts about turning 27 as I will also be turning 27 on the 19th of November. I like what you said, “I believe that with every birthday, you have the chance to start over again.” I definitely agree! That’s how I feel and I’m not afraid to start over or change anything as long as it’s for the best! <3

    Thank you for a wonderful post, Clari of ClariSays.com

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