Why I’m Embracing Turning 27

Opening up about turning 27 and why I've decided to embrace it rather than dread getting older!

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What I'm wearing: Dress | Bag | Sandals - pictures by my love Kat

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"That's the beautiful thing about self love - you wear it like a dress and it becomes more and more exquisite with time."

When I was younger, the thought of getting older terrified me. But not anymore.

Next week I turn 27. The dreaded 2 7, it was something I was always like 'gahhhhh how did that happen, can't believe I'm 27 soon', but here I am post-run-cool-down, thinking about the prospect and writing this to you.

I'm no longer dreading getting older or turning 27, but I'm actually looking forward to it! I've never been so sure of myself or my postition in life, I feel like as I'm getting older I grow with courage and wisdom and confidence. Every day I grow more into the adult that I'd always wanted to be.

16 year old me was terrified of what people thought of me, or not knowing what I wanted to do with my life or worrying constantly about how I look. I was so naive and confused about what I wanted from life, there is always so much pressure to 'have your life together' at that age, when the only thing you're *really sure about is what flavour WKD is your favourite LOL.

Nearly 27 year old me couldn't care less about what people think, although there is always a part of me that wants to get on and be liked by everyone, I know that's not always the case, so in life I've decided to stay true to myself; those who are meant to be there will be there. I'm confident and unapologetic in the way I look, training for a marathon is making me feel strong and sexier than ever. I'm saving to buy a house with the love of my life and feeling more ready than ever to start thinking about having kids. I've travelled the world and been to countries I never in my wildest dreams thought I'd ever visit!

Whilst of course there are days when I doubt myself, my career and life choices, I've learnt to accept that its completely natural to have 'those days'. In fact self doubt is kind of healthy in a way, I think it makes you question your decision and leads you to think things through a little more!

I'm feeling more content than ever with life right now, confident that at this moment, this is where I'm meant to be. So, no longer am I dreading getting older or worrying about adding on another year to my age. But instead, im going to embrace getting older, and everything that it comes with, from my body and mind changing to my life priorities shifting. 

I'm excited for everything that the big 27 will bring me, for I have a cheeky feeling it's going to be a good'un, from completing the London Marathon and fundraising for an amazing charity; Age UK to an EPIC girls holiday to Vegas with 6 of my best life long friends.

27, you're not going to be bad after all - let's do this! 

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Are you embracing getting older or is it something you still dread? What have you learnt with age? Let's embrace becoming grannies together gal pals! <3

14 Comments

  1. Laura 7th September 2017 / 10:17 am

    I could recognise myself in so many chapters of this post! I was always so unsure and terrified of the future when I was younger, but the older I get, the more content I get, and more confident too.

    Ps. These pictures are so beautiful and you look gorgeous! Hope you have the best birthday next week. 🙂 xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • Hayley 7th September 2017 / 11:27 am

      So glad this post resonated with you lovely! Exactly that, being a teenager you think you know it all and you’re an ‘adult’ but ohhhhh there are some lessons to learn over the years haha! Thank you beauty! 🙂 x

  2. Angie 7th September 2017 / 10:40 am

    28 was my favourite age so the best is yet to come 🙂

    • Hayley 7th September 2017 / 11:26 am

      Ah love I’m so glad to hear that – I have no doubt it will! 🙂 x

  3. Immy May 7th September 2017 / 11:19 am

    Ah love this Hayley! It is so important to embrace each age, every year is so special for different reasons. I definitely agree in feeling SO much more confident as the years pass, it feels so good to stop worrying what people think of you! These photos are lovely lady. Have the most amazzzzing birthday! Immy x

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    • Hayley 7th September 2017 / 11:30 am

      Definitely lovely, I’m growing so much more content as I get older – so here’s to celebrating that! 🙂 Thank you lovely x

  4. Sophie 7th September 2017 / 12:57 pm

    All the high fives to this! I turned 27 a couple of months ago and could definitely relate to so much of what you said here; its amazing how much more self-assured I feel at this age than at 16, 20 or even 23 for example. Still struggle with it sometimes, as do we all, but nowhere near in the way I used to – and it feels amazing to stop caring about what people think of you doesn’t it! Looking incredible as ever, amazing dress! xxx

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    • Hayley 9th September 2017 / 11:56 am

      Ah yay so glad to hear that you feel the same lovely! Exactly love, I feel so much more self-assured the older I get! Thanks Gorj! xx

  5. Rosa 7th September 2017 / 4:52 pm

    This is such a beautiful post. You make some great points. I’m kinda scared about turning 24 soon but at the same time, I have noticed that the older I get the more comfortable I feel in myself.

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    • Hayley 9th September 2017 / 11:58 am

      Thank you lovely lady – so glad it resonated with so many people! Definitely love, I think it comes with age for sure! 🙂 x

  6. Jasmin Charlotte 7th September 2017 / 8:26 pm

    Woo I’m 26 soon and actually looking forward to it too! I’m definitely enjoying my late 20s – it’s nice to feel more sure of myself and able to do the things I want in life!

    • Hayley 9th September 2017 / 11:58 am

      YES GAL – so happy to hear that! Same love, such a nice feeling 🙂 x

  7. Jenny Cole 7th September 2017 / 8:52 pm

    I turn 29 next month and am feeling pretty sad about it to be honest. When I was little I imagined that, by this age, I would be in a secure relationship, perhaps be married and thinking of children, live independently and have my career sorted. But that hasn’t happened – partly down to illness and partly because it’s just how life has turned out. I feel like time is ticking and can’t help but feel like I’m running out of time for all these things. I really didn’t want to be approaching 30 and still living with my parents, needing support to just get through each day. And I can’t help but feel sad about it. I’m trying really hard to gain some acceptance of my situation, and for a lot of things I’m gradually getting there. But there are things that I so desperately want that I have absolutely no control over, and I think that’s the hard bit. I think it’s helpful to read about other people’s experiences of getting older though, so thank you for writing about your feelings on turning 27. I hope I can reach that positivity one day 🙂

    Jenny xx

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    • Hayley 9th September 2017 / 12:00 pm

      Oh love I completely understand that, I thought I’d be married by like 25/26 but as I got older what I thought I wanted changed completely, I think as kids we’re so naive to life and we think 25 is ‘old’, we imagine that we’ll have our life together but the older I actually get I’m like mmmmm 25 really isn’t that old at all haha. I’m just a firm believer that we’re meant to be exactly where we are in that moment you know? Don’t be so hard on yourself love, take happiness in the small things and enjoy each day to the fullest! Sending lots of love xx

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