On Sunday 7 August, I became a whole year older. Not 30 1/2 nor 30 3/4, but 31.
When I turned 30, I was filled with joy and expectation and a naive happiness. I had three birthday parties – one per decade – and a yellow dress and the sun was shining. It was pure bliss. Looking back, I did have an amazing year even if nothing happened like I imagined. Maybe reality can actually beat imagination on this one, and LMJ can be pretty imaginative, I tell you.
This year my passion for photography grew and LMJ was born (she's only little, really!). LMJ the blog came online. My camera is now an extension of my arm and a different way for me to see the world. 
I laughed and smiled even more. I went on a great family holiday and great doesn't even begin to describe it. I'm knitting a cardigan! I made sure I appreciated the important people in my life. I fell in love. I learned to fall out of love. I was less harsh on myself. I put things in perspective. I told perspective to leave me alone. I let perspective back in the room. I spoke more on the phone with dear ones who are away. I ran. I played squash. I watched films and read books. I lived. I was happy.
Looking at the collection of presents on my bed and the people around my birthday cake, I am all of the sudden aware of one thing – the people in my life know me all too well and they still love me. And this, my friends, is to me what happiness is all about…!
My little piece of wisdom about being 30 is this… life goes on. and you can enjoy it.


  1. slightlyme
    8 August 2011 / 21:36

    Once again happy birthday! I love this post . Working on These Moments with you has been such a gift for me this year. Beautiful candle shot!Much love Kate x

  2. slightlyme
    8 August 2011 / 21:36

    Once again happy birthday! I love this post . Working on These Moments with you has been such a gift for me this year. Beautiful candle shot!Much love Kate x

  3. buebau
    8 August 2011 / 21:41

    Espero que daqui a um ano sejas novamente surpreendida por mais um ano maravilhoso que passou em que realizaste muito mais coisas que hoje nem sequer sonhas!Muitos beijinhos e Parabéns!

  4. Little Miss Joey
    8 August 2011 / 22:05

    @slightlyme: Oh thank you Kate. It has been such a great experience to work with you on These Moments, I love the concept and where its going! Thank you for having me there :)xxx

  5. Little Miss Joey
    8 August 2011 / 22:06

    @buebau: Obrigada Ana! Que mensagem bonita 🙂 Beijo grande

  6. Ana Eugenio
    8 August 2011 / 22:27

    🙂 sinto-te tão sábia! das pequenas coisas, da alegria, da beleza que te rodeia. também tenho celebrado as décadas. o meu 30º aniversário foi o mais memorável, ainda vivia em Lisboa e consegui reunir mais de quarenta amigos. o meu 40º aniversário foi o ano passado e a minha melhor amiga veio de Lisboa de propósito, para estar comigo em família. para celebrar as quatro décadas tencionava saltar de páraquedas (adorava fazê-lo), inscrevi-me e durante o curso de preparação tive de aceitar que não estou fisicamente apta para a aterragem, o que colocaria em perigo as minhas pernas e as do instrutor. então, com o valor que tinha reunido para o salto, comprei um bilhete para ir a Londres visitar a minha irmã. voei na mesma 😉 foram as minhas primeiras mini férias no estrangeiro. já tinha estado fora antes mas sempre em trabalho. em Setembro volto a Londres e tu vens ao Porto. que pontaria! lol adoro ler-te. fico sempre mais feliz 🙂 obrigada, linda. xo

  7. Little Miss Joey
    8 August 2011 / 23:07

    @Ana: 🙂 gosto da tua história e do teu mimo. Obrigada por me leres, pelas palavras de incentivo e por partilhares o teu mundo aqui :)Um beijo grande. Gosto de saber que gostas de me ler 🙂

  8. Dobbin
    8 August 2011 / 23:53

    I can still taste the delicious chocolate cake in the photo (this is because LMJ kindly gave me some leftovers which I have just devoured)! Can I suggest you share the recipe with your readers? Please…?

  9. Little Miss Joey
    9 August 2011 / 19:03

    Thanks Nicky :)Its in hand, in hand!

  10. cococita
    15 August 2011 / 16:38

    I love this post: the feeling it gives me reading it, the goosebumps, the little smiles … These words are so you … Being 31 is great! I know for sure this will be a good year for you … Lots of love xxx

  11. cococita
    15 August 2011 / 16:39

    PS: and yes, I want the recipe too :p

  12. Little Miss Joey
    18 August 2011 / 21:25

    Thank you sweetie :DIn the process of sorting the recipe, one way or another 🙂

  13. Fenny Setiawan
    19 August 2011 / 07:24

    Happy belated birthday, darling. Sorry I missed it. I wish your dream comes true and have a happy life abundantly 🙂

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