twenty three years.


I feel like every child has an age in their head when they think they will be "old." Well for me... that was the age of 23. I know that this is laughable now, to think that 23 years old means you are "old" but that is truly what I thought. Being 23 seemed SO far away, and it seemed like being that age meant I was truly an adult, and when you are a kid, you think all adults are old.

So here I am. I am now 23 as of today (the day after ground hog's day) and do I feel "old"? Well yes and no. I have graduated from college, I am married, I am working full time and supporting me and my husband while he goes to law school. I guess you could say, I am an adult! But I still feel young. I guess that is where the term young adult comes in.

You always try to imagine where you will be in life at certain ages. To be honest, where I am now, what I am doing, and who I am with, is not really what I imagined.

But life has a way of changing your plans on you... and I am so grateful for that. I truly am happy.

Some fun things Trevor pointed out to me about my birthday today...

This birthday is as close as I will ever get to celebrating my golden birthday, seeing I was three when that happened.  You see Trevor pointed out that I will be 23 on 2/3 :) haha

Trevor also said to me (with a big smile on his face mind you)
"I was 23 when I met you :)"


81 comments

  1. Happy 23rd birthday!! :)

    You're definitely not old lol...and I love that lace top in your picture!

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  2. Happy BIRTHDAY!!! You are definitely NOT old. I hope you have a super fantastic year. :)

    www.glamorsham.blogspot.com

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  3. Happy Birthday!!! I love your red top, it's just gorgeous. For me I always thought 25 would be my "old" year, and now that I am 25 it feels just like how you mentioned, not exactly where I thought I would be but loving every minute of it. Hope you're birthday is amazing!!!

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  4. Happy Birthday!

    I always had it in my mind that 22 was the age that people got old. Because 21 is that finally an official adult but still so immature age. Then 22 is just the next year. So boring. Now I'm 25 and still feel like I'm 18. So I dunno.

    Abby
    www.taintedperfectionist.blogspot.com

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  5. Happy birthday Alycia! Hope you have a wonderful day!

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  6. Happy birthday! I'm 25 this year...but I'm not worried about age yet. I used to think 40 was old - so maybe that's why I feel good about my age. I think I'll be nervous to turn 30, although I hear it's the new 20 : )

    Jenn

    passengerseatperspectives.blogspot.com

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  7. As a 23 and a half year old, let me tell you, 23 has been the best year yet. I know you will love it. Happy birthday beautiful!

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  8. Happy Birthday!! I'll be 27 in two weeks, and that feels old to me...back pains and all! :) Enjoy your day and birthday weekend!

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  9. happy birthday!! I am going to be 25 in 6 days and that, my friend, is old! ENJOY YOUR DAY :)

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  10. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! :) YOU ARE GORGEOUS!!!<3

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  11. happy birthday gorgeous!
    I agree with what you said about 23 not being what you imagined. So true

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  12. 23??? That's it? Oh, boy! Now I feel old! And I'm only 26! :)

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  13. Happy birthday! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  14. happy happy birthday! have the best day ever :)

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  15. Happy Birthday! I hope it's a great one!

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  16. happy birthday!!!! even though i'm about 5 years younger then you, you are SO not old :)

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  17. Happy Birthday!! I always thought 25 was the 'old' age for me- and I'm looking at myself thinking "I guess I'm old now?" I think age is beauty. I'm sure I won't think this forever but I get excited to get a little older every year. Having an older husband is a good thing, you'll always feel young compared to him- or at least that's how I look at it! haha!! HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HOpe it a blessed day.

    xo
    Nicole

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  18. Happy Birthday!
    I am pretty sure I found your blog on this day last year. Cause we share the same exact birthday! :) and I agree I think that 23 was the "old" age and now I am here and don't feel any different until I say it out loud and I'm like "agh, I am 23!"
    And I was just thinking that this could kind of be my golden birthday since the 2/3! :)
    Anyways, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

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  19. Happy Birthday, Al! If 23 is old, then I am ancient at 27..... You are darling!

    jessi from hopes and dreams
    http://cherishinghopesanddreams.blogspot.com/

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  20. Happy Freakin Birthday! You are a gorgeous 23 year old with so much accomplished.

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  21. Happy Birthday!! Oh I WISH I was turning 23! It's my 29th birthday tomorrow and I feel like I just celebrated my 21st! Wow!
    Hope you're having a special day
    Much love, Bailey from Vanilla Blonde

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  22. Happy Birthday! You're definitely not old...That means I would have one year left before I'm old! Although sometimes I feel it. Haha.
    Have a great day! :)

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  23. Happy Birthday! 23 was a good year for me so I'm sure it will be for you too! It's 25 I'm dreading!!! LOL Have an amazing day!

    xo
    thoughtsbyapetitebrunette.com

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  24. awww! Happy Birthday, girly! 23 isn't nearly as bad as it seems. ;)

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  25. happy birthday! Mine is tomorrow, and I also missed my golden birthday...of course I guess I also missed celebrating anything close to my golden since I'll be 29 tomorrow!

    hope you have a fabulous birthday weekend!

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  26. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIRL! We share a birthday, mine is today too! I'm 22 and I happened to write in a post today that I feel older because this is my first birthday as a married lady and because I'm about to be graduating college, and I put that next year, 23 would feel really OLD. So it is so ironic that I read this in your post today. So glad to share a bday with such a cool girl! Hope it's a good one! :)

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  27. HAPPY 23rd BIRTHDAY!! May this year be your BEST yet! :)

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  28. HAPPY SEMI-GOLDEN BIRTHDAY!!! :) I'm sure that 23 will be the best year yet for you...after all they usually get better and better! Hope your day is wonderful--you deserve it! :)

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  29. Happy Birthday!! I always thought I would be married by 23 with one baby. I just turned 26 a week ago. I have been married for 4 months and no babies as of yet. Funny how life doesn't go as planned most of the time!

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  30. happy birthday!! i hope it is amazing for you! and isnt good that life plans change... i know i am definitely not where i thought i'd be at 24. but i am glad for that:)
    and, this reminds me of that old blink 182 song about being 23...lol.

    <3
    Kenzie

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  31. Well then Happy golden Birthday!! enjoy it to the fullest and don't let a number weigh you down :)

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  32. Happy Birthday, have an amazing weekend!

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  33. happy birthday! growing up really plays funny tricks on you like that, never feeling like an adult and feeling it all at the same time.
    my husband is three years older than me and it always amazes me when i reach an age i thought was old on him. i thought he was so old when he turned 23 and now here i sit at 24!

    enjoy being 23!
    sincerelyfreya.blogspot.com

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  34. That is so sweet! I hope you have a great birthday weekend girl!

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  35. Happy Birthday! I love being 23. So great to meet you last weekend!

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  36. Happy Birthday...New follower.

    ~Lauren

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  37. Happy Birthday! Such a huge and fun milestone and hope you had an amazing day,

    Lacey xoxo

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  38. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEAUTIFUL!
    I hope you have a lovely day and find something fun to do!

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  39. I turned 23 in September, and I too can say that I definitely felt like I had 'turned a corner' or something. It just ... feels closer to 25, which is 5 years from THIRTY, which is ancient. Geez.

    Happy birthday. :)

    I'm your newest follower!

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  40. Happy birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day! I know what you mean, I'm 22 this year and still think of myself as a girl, not a woman. I think I need to start accepting the facts haha.

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  41. Happy Birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day! I agree with thinking that some ages were really "old"...I'm turning 27 in 6 days and I always thought that was so old, but now that I'm almost there I don't feel old at all!

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  42. and a very beautiful 23!

    lea
    xo

    PS. I love those cinnamon buns in your post below! LOVE!

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  43. cute cute cute. My "old" was 25. I felt like such a big girl when I hit that age. So, now ten years later, I am still sticking to it. Happy Birthday!! :)

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  44. you are too funny. i remember i used to always think that being 23 was really old too. but then i turned 23 and decided that 24 is now the old age. and here it is creeping up on me next month. i can't believe i will be old and 24. nope, i decided 25 is the new old. yep, it's decided!
    xo TJ

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  45. Happy Birthday Belle! I love Trevor's comments :) 23 years ago was a beautiful day and you are still beautiful and bringing joy into our lives.

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  46. Happy Birthday Alycia! It's a funny, weird, and good things to be a young adult. I fear I am leaving that stage far too soon...ha

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  47. Happy Birthday!!!! You're practically a newborn.

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  48. I think 22 was that birthday for me, since I felt like 21 was the last really exciting bday. Now I'm turning 25 (1/4 of a century!) in a week and I can't believe it!

    You look amazing and not a day over 22! ha!

    xxx
    Jenna

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  49. twenty-three and beautiful as ever :) many more!

    SoUtHeRnPiNkY.bLoGsPoT.cOm

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  50. My "old" age was 25. When I was a freshman in college I remember thinking that the 25 year olds were old. Now here I am about to turn 26 in a month. I don't feel old most days, but looking at high school kids sometimes I do. Happy Birthday. You are only as old as you feel.

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  51. I'm 27 and I still don't really feel like an adult although I am married and have a child. Maybe 30 will be that magic number for me.
    Happy Birthday!

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  52. Happy birthday and I love the dress you are wearing, so pretty!
    Modern Modest Beauty

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  53. Happy HAPPY Birthday beautiful Alycia!! hope you have a wonderful day!

    and i totally know what you mean when you think of having expectations of life at certain ages, and it doesn't always turn out that way...which is sometimes a good thing, and sometimes a hard thing. But what a blessing that you're truly happy with your life right now :) *cheers* to that!!

    xo Haley

    PS - that red & lace top you have on is beyond lovely :)

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  54. Happy, Happy Birthday! You wear 23 beautifully and just think you will get even more so with each year! Love that quote about life having a way of changing plans on you...so true! Glad you are happy! :)

    Liesl :)

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  55. your blog is so cute! too much fun going on over here and i need to join in!

    xo the egg out west.

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  56. Happy Birthday! 23 was my favorite age. Hope it's a great age for you too! :)

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  57. happy belated birthday! glad to know I still have a few years before I'm "old" :) Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

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  58. Happiest birthday wishes sent your way..

    Oh 23.. it's gonna be epic:)

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  59. girl you looking hot in this pic!
    -Meg
    mysideispinker.blogspot.com

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  60. congrats on your 23 years last week!! hope you had a great day and hope it was a start of a great year for you

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  61. I'll be 22 in two weeks and I totally know what you mean!! Happy Belated Birthday

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  62. THANK YOU ALL :) I had the best birthday!

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  63. well, i'm going to be the big 40 this year, so if you are old at 23 there's no hope for me! lol

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  64. Happy Birthday pretty lady!!
    23 is a good year. It's a semi-adult year. You'll love it!

    PS- I gave you a cute blog award!!
    http://www.cheekycheeky.info/2012/02/cute-blog-award-pay-it-forward.html

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  65. happy birthday! i always try to drag my birthday out really long too ; ) mine is at the end of this month! yay for feb birthdays!

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  66. happy 23rd birthday! <3

    I just started following your blog and i adore it
    this year i am trying to make my dreams come true

    follow back please?
    thank you, much appreciated <3 :)

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  67. Awww happy late birthday! you look gorgeous! I remember thinking 23 was the pits and for the life of me i don't know why, everything just keeps getting better with age :)

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  68. Oh gosh we are of the same thread. I had a mini breakdown on my 23rd....silly me :)

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  69. cute blog!
    follow me if you want :

    fofosfashion.blogspot.com
    xoxo
    :))

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