Getting older and loving it? Turning 26


Me on my 6th birthday with my favourite chocolate cake shaped like a bear



I’ve had the most wonderful week! It’s been filled with the best surprises, love and adventure; I’m so content and happy right now. My birthday has just been and that in itself is a day that I love. I’ve always loved my birthdays and I always wake up happy and excited on my own. This year is the first time I’ve actually felt old, and that I’ve moved on to a different part in my life. I’m now 26 (!!), no longer in my early 20’s and it feels both right and daunting. I feel like I’m no a “real” grown up lol and that’s a bit scary. But at the same time I feel ready for it and that I’m already there mentally, if that make sense.


Signs I’m now old:

  • I’m in a loving relationship with the person I want to spend my life with
  • We’re living together and are soon going to move in to a large house where we’ll liking be living for the next 5-10 years
  • I’m longing for quite nights in, watching films (although I’ve always been a bit of a granny)
  • The other day I got excited about gardening and making our garden look nice!! That’s when you know you’re old in my book
  • I’d rather buy essentials for the house than clothes. This is a bit sad
  • I have wrinkles around my eyes even when I’m not smiling (the horror!)
  • 18 year olds now look really, really young to me


Despite all this, I feel ready for this phase in my life. I’ve noticed that over the last year I’ve had a slow shift the way I’m picturing my future, my goals and what I want out of life. Most of my goals are still the same, but how I’m going after them or the reason for them have slightly shifted. I feel a lot more at peace with certain things in my life and I am also now wanting things I didn’t want before. I’ve always been career driven and my goals for my career are the same. The difference is that before I pictured myself by myself, and going for what I wanted with only myself to think about. Now I have a partner and our goals are very much shared and I’m planning my goals with him in mind. Moving in to a house also means that I know where I will be living for the next few years and for someone who’s moved up to 3 times in a year over the last year that is a big change, but no doubt a welcoming change.

I have so many hopeful plans and dreams for this birthday year and can’t wait to see how it unfolds. And happy birthday to any other Leo’s out there!


xx Rapunzel


xx Rapunzel