Aging With Elegance


I'm approaching a couple of anniversaries; one being my ten year anniversary of blogging. Yes, this humble blog before you was started as an even more humble-bumble blog back in 2007. So, I've officially been blogging for nearly a decade. I started blogging as a college student, aged 20, and now I'm still blogging away at 30. While I'm still trying to think of some way to celebrate this milestone (IG story live for the first time???), it also has put me in the mind of a series I'd like to work on--one about aging with elegance. You see, while I did not grow up online, my blog has always been a place of learning and growth for me. I figured out my personal style through those daily outfit snaps, capturing style hits and misses (some I'd rather forget). I experimented with and learned so much about photography, from awkward dorm-room snaps imitating various artists I admired, to searching out vintage photographers to study to actually learning so much about how to use a camera well and adjust settings to get the best picture no matter the conditions. It wasn't necessarily me growing up, but it has been me figuring things out as best I could. Now I no longer get to call myself a young adult and while I've lived independently on my own, pay my own bills, moved across the ocean, and crossed various check points off the list of being a grown-up sometimes I still feel like 30 going on 13. That's sort of what I'd like to explore and maybe document, the process of learning how to age with grace and elegance. I don't like the term "adulting" because I feel like it means achieving the bare minimum of being an adult and that's not really my goal. And this isn't about trying out tips for the perfect tablescape for your weekend brunch that you organized for half a dozen of your nearest and dearest. I cooked my first full Thanksgiving dinner with turkey by myself last year and that was a milestone even though we had to borrow a table and chairs and dishes to fit everyone we invited into our tiny house! While we put some ivy and candles on the table between the dishes, it wasn't a scene worthy of Kinfolk! But that's sort of the point--we all start somewhere and we all have these goals or ideas of what elegant aging looks to us. So my idea is somewhere between doing the minimum and being Pinterest perfect (at least yet!). It's finding healthy recipes for people who hate salads (me), and developing a healthy exercise routine for people who are intimidated by the gym (also me), it's finally getting a proper bra fitting because you're an adult for goodness sake...For me it's about finding balance and continuing to work towards the person I want to be; well-rounded and perhaps a little bit elegant.

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