Wow, it’s been a minute since I put pen to paper (or rather fingers to keyboard) and filled you in on the happenings of my life.
Obviously, I can’t fill you in on everything that’s happened in the past 11 months because it would probably take me 11 months to do so, so I’ll start with what went down in January.
I may be a little rusty, so bear with me as I fumble my way through this attempt at a Life Right Now update, but here goes.
I Turned 25
That’s right, I’m officially a quarter of a century old.
And I can feel it in my creaky old bones.
Okay, maybe that’s a tad dramatic.
But turning 25 really was a big deal to me because I’ve always viewed things like this: when you’re 18 and 19 you’re still a teenager, when you’re 20 through to 24 you’re a young adult, but when you’re 25… you’re a proper grown-up.
In my mind, when you turned 25, that’s it.
You don’t have leeway to make mistakes. You can legally purchase alcohol in India. Oh, and you’re supposed to have a crystal clear idea of where you’re going in life along with a house, a will, a home, and all those grown-up things.
I don’t know why I feel this way, but I have for as long as I can remember.
So now that I’m 25, I really do feel this self-inflicted pressure. I’m nowhere near where I want to be in life. That’s for sure. But I’ve got a pretty solid plan in place so I’m not melting down just yet.
For the eager beavers, I’ll be filling you in on the plan in due time — as my old age has taught me, patience is a virtue.
ANYWAYS! That’s enough about my early mid-life crisis.
My 5 Birthday Celebrations… What the Heck?
I got well and truly spoilt for my birthday this year. My birth was celebrated five times. FIVE TIMES! How ridiculously insane is that?
To kick things off, I had a little early birthday celebration with my mum while we were on holiday in Hermanus, which was lovely. Don’t worry, I’ll be filling you in on that soon.
My actual birthday was spent chilling at home followed by shopping for an electric hand mixer (can anyone say CUPCAKES FOR DAYS INCOMING?) and new makeup, courtesy of Daddydaims. I was also gifted a gigantic bag of speckled eggs and I ate so many of them throughout the course of the day that I actually felt ill, which was something I genuinely didn’t believe was scientifically possible.
Fact: it is.
In the evening, the three of us met up with my in-laws at Spur (the go-to birthday bash venue for mothers of toddlers) where we ate steak, and drank milkshakes. I even got the classic Spur drums, sparkler, and singing treatment which — no lie — I love.
On the weekend that followed, we met up with our nearest and dearest at my favourite sushi spot in Joburg for all-you-can-eat sushi. To prove to you just how much of a responsible 25-year-old I now am, I didn’t even stuff myself until I wanted to vom.
How’s that for being adulty!
The end of my birthday extravaganza marked my first time eating a taco! I was treated to a birthday lunch at a Mexican restaurant by my incredible team at TI Brokers and it was absolutely awesome. On top of my taco (which was so delicious I don’t want to taco-bout it. Heh.) I had THE most delicious virgin strawberry daiquiri that I’ve ever had.
Millennial Momma Came Back to the Blog…
After being away from my little corner of the internet for almost a year, I officially relaunched the blog you’re reading right now. In my welcome back post, I give you a far too thorough rundown of why I stopped posting, what has happened since, and what the future holds for Millennial Momma.
To top it off, I came back with a whole new website which was designed by the amazing AdminLink team. Hopefully, things don’t just look a whole lot prettier, but work a whole lot better too!
The always wonderful Daddydaims has been flexing his banner and logo designing skills all over the place. I must just say that my logo is exaaaaactly what I wanted and, as a result, he has unwittingly become my go-to design guy.
The new Millennial Momma logo is pink, because duh, and in the background, you’ll see all of the years that we millennial moms were born in. I hope you guys like it as much as I do.
As always, my kid has been an absolute darling. Way too much has happened in the life of Arabella since the last time I updated you all on her, but just know that she is doing SO well.
She’s thriving at school, despite a recent bullying drama that really had my inner momma bear clawing her way out. She’s started ballet, prays every night, and her appetite for sushi has blossomed so stunningly that we now have to pay for her spot at the all-you-can-eat sushi table.
In next month’s LRN I’ll give you a proper update on some of her more recent shenanigans, I pinky promise.
Posts You May Have Missed
I’ve eased back into the blogging world and took my sweet time doing so. This month two posts were added to the blog: Guess Who’s Back (It’s Me) and The 5 Labour Laws Every South African Parent Should Know.
I’m super excited about both of these posts. I’ve already explained what you can expect to read in my first post back, but I must admit that I’m pretty proud of my collaboration with Sheldon from Optimum Labour Law.
When I hear legal jargon, my heart starts pumping real fast and I can feel my eyes glazing over. It goes in one ear, over my head, and out the other. But when you’ve got a little mouth to feed, it’s super important to know what’s what in the labour law world. And so I set out to educate myself — and you lovely people.
All in all, January has been kind to the Elder clan. There’s just something about the first month of a new year. Maybe it’s starting a fresh dairy, or maybe it’s that sense of oomph that gets you out of bed in the morning.
I’m struggling to describe what I’m feeling — blame it on my old age. It could just be that childlike feeling of “anything is possible”. Perhaps it’s the daydreams of checking one item off your to-do list after the other. Or it could just be the fact that an admittedly difficult year is well and truly in the rearview mirror.
Either way, it can stay.
My word for the month is a simple one: excitement.
I’m excited to keep hold of the habits that seem to have cemented themselves in my routine this month. I’m excited to push myself, professionally, and discover what I’m capable of.
But most of all? I’m excited to finally be back and to see what lies ahead for this little blog of mine.