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I’m Feeling’ 22!

April 2, 2018

Another year older already and I’m not sure if I am actually feeling’ 22. Physically, I still look like a middle school child and action-wise I am still acting as if I am 18. Can 22 come back to look for me another year? I still need to learn how to adult and become a better person haha. I know I say this every single year, but being 21 has brought my so many amazing memories, people in my life and the year I truly grew the most.

People

I can never stop talking about the group of people I have in my life. I’m always wishing I can give them all awards for making my life amazing. I wouldn’t be where I am today without any of them missing. I chose quality over quantity and it made life so much better. Having a large group of friends didn’t matter to me. Instead, I made sure to hone in on the relationships that already existed to deepen them. Every single friend has brought a different characteristic into my life. From the motivator to the inspirationalist, I am able to fulfill my dreams because of their push. One big thing I noticed this past year was that conversations between these amazing people and I transformed from conversations about petty things to conversations about life. To be able to sit down with these people who have so many different takes on life is beyond fascinating. So, thank you to my friends who have made 21 FABULOUS!

Distance

The year of 21 definitely has be going home more often. While some people can’t wait to fly away from their nest, I find myself continuously returning. I am continuing to build my relationship with my family and each year I learn something new. With my parents, they will forever be my best friends, mentors and listeners and in the year of 21, I further solidified my relationship with them. Their opinions mean everything. With my sister, who is all the way in LA, I’ve learned understand and love her through the distance, even though it’s been so hard. Watching her grow and flourish on her own so far away has made me so proud, but realize that distance is okay. And lastly, for my brother, who have become a man in the past year from taking on more responsibilities in the family. I love you all more than words can describe!

Me-Time

In the year of 21, I also made sure to include a lot of me-time. While relationships with my friends and family deepened, I really wanted to deepen my relationship with myself. I got to understand myself better in so many areas. I established times set aside only for myself, whether that be reading, writing my thoughts or meditating (attempting to). These moments of alone time has really made me appreciate who I am, see my own growth and target areas I can work on. So often, we are tougher on ourselves than anyone else, but I’ve learned that taking time to appreciate yourself is just as important. The year of 22 is going to also focus on a lot more of self-love and me-time!

Just Go For It

And lastly, I learned to just go for it. No matter how many people are holding you down, you need to rise above it all and just go. In part, I think I stopped being as afraid of failure. I swear if you try to let go of that failure, it will bring you farther. Stop letting roadblocks stop you! If you see them on a real road when you’re going somewhere, what do you do? You think of another route or just go around them. You don’t sit there in your car forever waiting for that roadblock to disappear or turn back around to go home. So go for whatever you wanted to. I wanted to grow my blog and to turn in into more than a hobby on the side for my friends/family. And I’ve been working really hard on it even though I’ve heard may nay-sayers. Block out the negativity from the criticism you need. Just go for it!

when you can’t decide what you want to eat on your birthday hahaa

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All in all, I’m very excited for turning 22 today. I know I will forever stay a child at heart, but I want to continue learning and growing. I am forever thankful for the people in my life who lift me up higher than the sky. And I want to thank YOU for being here through an entire year of my growth and ranting. Now off I go to celebrate being 22!

A million and one thanks for reading — until my next lil’ thought then!

xx Jen

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114 Comments

  • Reply Zoë April 2, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    Happy Birthday!! Love these photos, they are so pretty! Great post! Hope you had an amazing birthday! xx

    https://zoe-ware.blogspot.ca

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 2, 2018 at 1:34 pm

      Thank you so much babes!
      xx jen

  • Reply Alina April 2, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    aw happy birthday! so cute!

    http://www.theclosetcrush.com

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 2, 2018 at 2:17 pm

      thanks so much girl!
      xx jen

  • Reply Amy Arnold April 2, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Cute photos and happy birthday! I think you are right about the people in our lives making all the difference.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 2, 2018 at 2:34 pm

      Thank you so much Amy! Having the right people in our lives is so important for growth!
      xx jen

  • Reply Reine April 2, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Awe I love your photos! Happy belated birthday, hope you’ve had a wonderful time celebrating your 22nd!

    Reine | The Blush Luxe

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 2, 2018 at 2:34 pm

      Thank you so much gorgeous!
      xx jen

  • Reply A Modern Mom Blog April 2, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Happy Birthday! Don’t worry, it takes a life time to master adulting. I’m 30 and still feel like I’m figuring out how to be a true adult

    Have a wonderful week!
    Carly at A Modern Mom Blog

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 2, 2018 at 9:38 pm

      thank you Carly!! And that’s so resassuring to hear! I feel like so many people my age have already mastered everything! And thanks for stopping by!
      xx jen

  • Reply Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom April 2, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    I think I have that same exact pink/lace top!! I love it paired with that lacey white skirt! Hope you had a WONDERFUL birthday!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 2, 2018 at 9:39 pm

      It’s so cute!! And thanks so much!
      xx jen

  • Reply Felicity Phillips April 2, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Happy birthday! Hope 22 tells you well!

    Felicity | http://oliverandmoose.com

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 2, 2018 at 9:54 pm

      Thank you so much love!
      xx jen

  • Reply Deborah April 2, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Awww Happy Birthday dear! You look absolutely gorgeous and most importantly, happy!!! Wishing you the best for this new year of life <333
    xx

    http://www.stylebydeb.com

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 2, 2018 at 9:54 pm

      Thank you so much deb! I am so happy!
      xx jen

  • Reply Alice April 2, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Happy birthday. Lovely photos!xxx
    http://www.basicallyalice.blogspot.co.uk

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 2, 2018 at 9:55 pm

      Thank you so much Alice!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Emily April 2, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Awww so cute! Happy birthday beautiful!!

    -Emily | http://www.East91Blog.com

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 2, 2018 at 9:55 pm

      Thanks so much Emily!!
      xx Jen

  • Reply myrrazenkate April 2, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    Happy birthday, cutie! I’m totally loving your outfit here as well. Stay fab!

    xx Myrra, http://www.myrrazenkate.com

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 2, 2018 at 10:02 pm

      Thanks so much Myrra!!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Shauna April 2, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    Happt Birthday gorgeous!! Such cute and fun pics!!

    Shauna

    http://www.lipglossandlace.net

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 3, 2018 at 9:15 am

      thank you so much shauna!
      xx jen

  • Reply Chanel April 2, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    Happy 22 Jenny! You look so beautiful and happy!

    x,
    S | Je M’appelle Chanel

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 3, 2018 at 9:15 am

      Thanks so much gorgeous!!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Chloe April 2, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    Happy Birthday lovely, you look absolutely stunning xx I hope 22 treats you well!

    Chloe x
    http://www.softoctobernight.com

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 3, 2018 at 9:16 am

      Thank you so much Chloe! I am so excited for this year!
      xx jen

  • Reply Carolyn April 3, 2018 at 12:23 am

    happy 22! that was such a fun year — enjoy it!

    http://heyprettything.com

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 3, 2018 at 9:28 am

      Thank you so much Carolyn!
      xx Jen

  • Reply busyandfab April 3, 2018 at 12:52 am

    Wishing you a happy 22nd birthday! You’re so young yet you are determined to get what you want. That’s the spirit. I find that not many people can understand why I started a blog too but if you’re passionate about something just go for it, otherwise you’ll be regretting later on.

    http://www.busyandfab.com

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 3, 2018 at 9:17 am

      Thank you soooo much for your endless kind words! I totally agree that we have to just do it regardless of what people are thinking–just do you! And your blog is so beautiful!
      xx jen

  • Reply Codrut Turcanu April 3, 2018 at 2:13 am

    Happy b’day girl! It’s good to know you value quality friends over quantity.

    Since I study the hidden power of numbers, I wanted to share with you something really quick

    22 will bring some qualities to your life, like for e.g. you will have more opportunities to make more friends, travel more, or get involved in more projects. Pay attention to your inner feelings, emotions and the relationship with your partner/brother/father, etc.

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 3, 2018 at 9:19 am

      Thank you so much for the insight!
      xx Jen

  • Reply caroline April 3, 2018 at 4:07 am

    Happy birthday babe, you look amazing !!!

    https://www.pardonmyobsession.com/2018/04/in-other-news.html

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 3, 2018 at 9:21 am

      THank you so much!
      xx jen

  • Reply tiffanymesvoyages April 3, 2018 at 4:47 am

    Happy birthday dear!! You’re so cute!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
    NEW POST: DENIM JACKET & SNEAKERS | CASUAL CHIC

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 3, 2018 at 9:23 am

      Thank you so much girl!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Gemma April 3, 2018 at 5:32 am

    Happy Birthday! Have a great day. I love your outfit!

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 3, 2018 at 9:24 am

      Thank you so much Gemma!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Trishna April 3, 2018 at 8:23 am

    A very happy birthday to you, you look amazing!!

    tipscapsule.blogspot.com

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 3, 2018 at 9:26 am

      Thank you so much Trishna!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Courtney Hardy April 3, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Happy birthday babe!! Keep on doing great things, and shining bright.
    https://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 3, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      Thank you so much Courtney!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Audrey April 3, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Happy belated birthday! omg I’m the same. I turn 22 this August, and I can’t believe I’m considered an adult, but I could pass for a middle schooler haha. // I found that I love my family more since moving away for college and having that distance 😛 I realised what I had when I didn’t have them so close to me anymore. It’s nice going back for breaks and seeing everyone again 🙂 // Wishing you a wonderful 22 ahead! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 3, 2018 at 8:16 pm

      Thank you so much Audrey!! But I am feeling the same way! I love that we are still able to have an amazing relationship with our family through the distance. Thanks so much for reading!
      xx jen

  • Reply coatandcoffee April 3, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Yasss! One of my favorite T Swift songs of all time! Happy 22nd birthday lady! That’s such a huge milestone. Hope you have a good one!

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 3, 2018 at 8:16 pm

      Hahaha I had to use it!! Thank you so much Emily!
      xx jen

  • Reply Gabrielle April 3, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Happy birthday! A great reflective post, I hope you have another great year!

    Gabrielle Isabella x

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 3, 2018 at 8:17 pm

      Thank you so much Gabrielle!
      xx Jen

  • Reply thelittlepeaceofme April 3, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Aw happy birthday! Looks like you’re having a fab time xo

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 3, 2018 at 8:19 pm

      Thank you so much! I had an amazing time celebrating!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Saima Karim April 3, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Happy birthday & wish you all the best for year ahead 🙂

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 3, 2018 at 8:19 pm

      Thank you so much Saima!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Mode femme blog April 3, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Happy birthday !
    Nice look 🙂

    http://www.modefemme.blogspot.com

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 3, 2018 at 8:19 pm

      Thank you!
      xx Jen

  • Reply thecutielicious April 3, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!

    Federica
    http://www.federicadinardo.com

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 3, 2018 at 8:19 pm

      Thank you so much Fedrica!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Ice Cream wsps Clara (@IceCreamClaraBg) April 3, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Aw Happy Birthday!! You look so beautiful in these photos, haha I definitely still look like I’m 15 or 16 xD I have a two year old and I get so many strange looks xD xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (PS I’d love to invite you to come and win a lovely bundle of Disney goodies and I’m following back on bloglovin too :D)

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 3, 2018 at 8:20 pm

      Thank you so much–you are too sweet and yes, the looking young struggles haha
      xx Jen

  • Reply Jessica April 3, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Happy Birthday!! How cute are these pictures!? I love your skirt!

    http://www.jessicabroyles.com

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 3, 2018 at 8:20 pm

      thank you so much jessica! And the skirt is from Xenia Boutiques!
      xx jen

  • Reply FASHION TALES April 3, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Happy Birthday lovely. What a cute outfit. Wishing you the best week ever! /Madison
    FASHION TALES

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 3, 2018 at 8:21 pm

      Thank you so much Madison!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Nafisa April 3, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    You’re so cute ☺️

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 3, 2018 at 8:21 pm

      Aw thanks girl!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Olivia April 3, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    Happy birthday! What a fun post. Looking forward to what this year brings you.

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 3, 2018 at 10:40 pm

      Thanks so much Olivia!
      xx jen

  • Reply jane April 3, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    You look amazing at 22 dear.
    Happy birthdaY!

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 4, 2018 at 1:06 am

      Aw thank you so much Jane!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Nikki Boether April 4, 2018 at 12:36 am

    Such adorable pics! I love this. Happy Birthday!

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 4, 2018 at 1:06 am

      Thank you!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Olivia Poncelet April 4, 2018 at 1:43 am

    Happy 22 !!! nice pics 😀
    Olivia Poncelet <3
    http://www.oliviaponcelet.com

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 4, 2018 at 10:53 am

      Thanks olivia!
      xx jen

  • Reply paige harker April 4, 2018 at 3:51 am

    your bday outfit issssss soooooo cute!!!!!!

    I hope you had a blast happy birthday babe!

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 4, 2018 at 10:53 am

      Thanks so much Paige! I had an amazing birthday!
      xx jen

  • Reply Annick April 4, 2018 at 6:29 am

    happy belated birthday!!!

    https://annicklau.com/home/2018/3/chatting-with-alejandro-arenas-of-thinking-mu

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 4, 2018 at 10:54 am

      Thank you so much!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Rae April 4, 2018 at 7:42 am

    Happy Birthday! I wish you all the best! 🙂

    xoxo, rae
    http://www.raellarina.net/

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 4, 2018 at 10:55 am

      Thank you so much Rae!!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Kara Aragon April 4, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Happy Belated Birthday gorgeous! Love your outfit & this post. I hope you have a wonderful year of 22!

    Kara Aragon
    http://www.thekaragon.com

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 4, 2018 at 5:48 pm

      Thank you so much Kara! I’m excited for adventures of this year!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Missy May April 4, 2018 at 11:44 am

    You look so beautiful. I love love your lace skirt a lot. Happy birthday Jen!! Wishing you all the best. Enjoy your day!

    http://missymayification.co.uk

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 4, 2018 at 5:48 pm

      Aw thanks so much for your sweet words babe!
      xx Jen

  • Reply lesley kim April 4, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Happy 22!!

    Lesley-Kim

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 4, 2018 at 5:56 pm

      Thank you lesley!
      xx Jen

  • Reply lilyamber415 April 4, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    happy birthday gorgeous! loving your lace details
    xx
    http://thedemeler.com

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 4, 2018 at 9:34 pm

      thank you so much girl!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Andrea April 5, 2018 at 10:22 am

    HAPPY BDAY LOVE!!!

    Andrea//

    https://justohana.blogspot.com.es

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 5, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      Thank you Andrea!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Daniel April 5, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Happy Birthday!! xx

    http://www.thedanieloriginals.com

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 5, 2018 at 6:51 pm

      Thank you Daniel!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Marie April 5, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Happy birthday love ! May your 22nd year be the best you ever knew… until the next one !
    I’m also turning 22 in a month… Is it me or are we grown ups ? Ugh, I still feel like I’m a kid! Lol

    Marie

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 5, 2018 at 6:44 pm

      Thank you so much Marie!! I feel the same way haha–time is passing by too quickly and I still feel like a child!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Yasmin April 5, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Happy birthday babe! At 22 you have the world at your feet. Enjoy the day. And I had the same situation – I looked way younger than I was. But definitely start using an eye cream now, because that’s where your age won’t lie haha.

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 5, 2018 at 6:47 pm

      Thank you so much Yasmin! And girl I don’t know what you are talking about because you look so gorgeous!!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Gabrielle April 5, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Happy 22nd Birthday gorgeous girl!! Focussing on plenty of self-love and me-time in your 22nd year sounds like a very good plan 🙂 I hope your 22nd year is your most fabulous yet!

    aglassofice.com x

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 5, 2018 at 6:48 pm

      Thanks Gabrielle for your sweet wishes and for stopping by!
      xx Jen

  • Reply nisthasaraf April 6, 2018 at 7:52 am

    You look damn pretty and love your skirt!
    Nistha
    https://www.fashionistha.com/sporting-a-polo-tee-shirt-ft-style-by-sm/

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 6, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      aw thank you so much!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Katya April 7, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Happy birthday! I wish you for more adventures and success for you!

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 7, 2018 at 11:38 pm

      thank you so much for your sweet wishes Katya!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Jessica April 8, 2018 at 2:35 am

    Happy birthday dear! You look amazing, I feel 22 too! ha! Anyway, love your skirt, so cute and sexy!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 8, 2018 at 11:26 am

      thank you so much jessica! And girl you look so fabulous all the time!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Aleeha April 8, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Happy birthday! You look so gorgeous, love the outfit!
    Aleeha xXx
    http://www.halesaaw.co.uk/

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 9, 2018 at 12:53 pm

      aw thank you so much Aleeha!
      xx Jen

  • Reply BeingChloe April 10, 2018 at 3:11 am

    Happy birthday! You’re photos are so cute, you look great! x

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 10, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      Aw thank you so much!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Patricia & Miguel April 10, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Gorgeous pics 🙂 wishing you all the best on this time of your life, full of good vibes and so much love! Happy Birthday 😀
    Have a wonderful week ahead,
    xx

    Patricia & Miguel
    http://www.freeoversea.com

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 10, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      Thank you so much for your sweet wishes!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Lucy April 16, 2018 at 8:19 am

    Happy belated birthday! Hope you had an amazing day! x

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 16, 2018 at 12:51 pm

      thank you so much lucy!
      xx Jen

  • Reply adorechicago April 16, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    happy birthday girlie! Super cute skirt btw!

    xo, Andrea // http://www.adorechicago.com

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen April 17, 2018 at 7:06 pm

      Thank you so much Andrea! And the skirt is from xenia boutique!
      xx Jen

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