Turning 29

On Wednesday I turned 29 and even though I was excited by the fact it would be my ‘golden birthday’ (29 on the 29th, only happens once in your life and all that), I had dreaded turning 29 for most of the year leading up to it. As today is the last day of July and my birthday week (yes, I milked that a little longer than I should have), I thought I would share some of my thoughts on turning 29.turning 29Before I entered adulthood, I imagined my life to be totally different to how it is now.
I thought I would be married and have kids at least by the time I reached 25!
Maybe I was a little naive back then or maybe it was just what I thought that is what was expected as an adult.

The fact that I am now only one year away from turning the big 3-0 does still scare me a little and it does sometimes get me down that I haven’t achieved all that I thought I would by this point in my life, but I am trying to start my last year of my 20s with a more optimistic outlook.

A lot of this way of thinking or wanting to start thinking this way, has to do with the current issue of Cleo (August 2015), which I picked up to read on the train home from Melbourne on Wednesday.  To be honest my main reason I bought it was because one of my Comedy idols, Amy Schumer was on the cover, but I was pleasantly surprised! A lot of the content sounded like it was written for me.

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photo from my instagram @cottoncandydiva_blog

Without sounding like this post was sponsored by Cleo (It isn’t, I just really liked the issue) I will talk about some of the articles that really resonated with me and helped me to suck it up and get over the fact that I am now 29!

– Not apologising for the things we shouldn’t be (like being single), this made me feel a lot better about turning 29 and still being single, while a lot of my friends are in relationships, are married, have kids or all of the above! Your whole life you are told that you should start ‘settling down’ by a certain age and have your life mapped out, but sometimes us single people need to be reminded that is IS okay if you aren’t at that point in your life yet.
– Being your own ‘cheerleader’, being in my late 20s and still being single, and childless are just some of the things that I beat myself up over regularly. I will have those days where I will feel sorry for myself…sometimes obnoxiously so, but I’m slowly learning to tell myself that nothing will change if I don’t change my mindset and be determined to get out of whatever rut I’m in. I am so grateful for the love and support of my friends and family, but I now know that sometimes you need to kick yourself up the butt (as physically impossible as that is!) to make things happen.
– Amy Schumer’s interview! She is so inspiring to me, not only as a Comedian but also because of the woman that she is! She is confident, smart, funny and oh so fearless. I admire that she is able to unashamedly be herself no matter what people may think of her or say about her. Yes, her humor can be a little crude, but that’s why she is so hilarious! She says what most of us are afraid to say out-loud in case we offend anyone. 

I could go on about the other great things in this ‘Equality issue’, but I don’t want to make this post too wordy.

Wow, okay this post got a bit personal real quick, but it feels good to be more open on here…

Let me know what you think! Do you like ‘personal’ type posts or would you rather just read about fashion & beauty?


My top 3 adult colouring books

For a few months now adult colouring books have been becoming more and more popular. Books like The Mindfulness colouring book and mandala colouring books have been around for a few years, but it wasn’t until this year that they really became a ‘trend’. Below are my top 3 books to tap into your inner child! (okay, so two are more drawing/writing rather than colouring…but you can colour them too!)

I am quite surprised it didn’t become a ‘thing’ sooner…I was still buying colouring books well into my teenage years. Back then they didn’t really have adult colouring books, so I just bought those generic $2 colouring books.

adult colouring books1. The Enchanted Forest (I got mine from Dymocks, but it doesn’t seem to be listed on their site any more)- One of the newer releases from Johanna Basford, The Enchanted Forest is beautiful, but intricate! If you have the patience and time to colour in the little details, each page becomes a work of art! I love that there is a ‘puzzle’ element in it to, you have a list of 9 symbols that are hidden throughout the book to ‘unlock’ the castle gates at the end.

adult colouring books2. Citysketch New York, $19.99 from Dymocks – A little more ambitious than just colouring, Citysketch New York is great if you love drawing and the challenge of sketching what you see before you. Hopefully this will explain it better… “Finish partially created Manhattan skylines, sketch accessories to accompany a ‘chic’ 5th Ave wardrobe, doodle your own uniquely styled versions of Times Square, and loads more.” I love to draw and I plan on taking this book with me to New York (hopefully next year sometime). I may not get the time to fill it in, but it will be there, just in case inspiration strikes. Flicking though the pages, it mentions many iconic NYC locations…it may even inspire you to visit them.

adult colouring books3. Creative Lettering and Beyond, $19.99 from Riot Art & Craft stores (not available online) – If you have ever seen the typography pins on Pinterest and wanted to create your own, this book is for you! It does have some calligraphy tutorials, so you would need to pick up a flexible tipped calligraphy pen (or you can buy a Calligraphy marker, like I did), but it also has heaps of other lettering projects including blackboard writing, writing on porcelain and even embroidery! You will need extra supplies, but most items are inexpensive. Some writing styles look challenging, but practice makes perfect and there are plenty of ‘how to’ videos on YouTube if you get stuck.

Normally my colouring pencil brand choice would be Derwent, but unfortunately my Riot Art & Craft store were sold out when I went to buy some, so I thought I would try Prismacolor. They are okay, but I still prefer Derwents. One thing that did really disappoint me about Prismacolor is that there was no pink pencil in the 12 pack! The next tin up (which I think was 48 pencils) was twice the price! I didn’t want to pay that, just for the sake of getting a pink pencil. They could have done without the white, really.


Have you joined in on the adult colouring trend? what are your favourite adult colouring books?