Authentic Happiness Made 2017 a Year for the Books

Authentic Happiness Made 2017 a Year for the Books YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty Blogger

Here’s a funny story… or embarrassing, depending on which way you look at it. The year of my 29th birthday I had a mini-meltdown, publicly on Facebook like any good Millenial. You see, I’m not that great at math… numbers are painful, k? Make head not feel good.

On that day, I thought I was turning 30, not 29. For a few months leading up to my birthday, I had managed to forget how old I was. Or how to count.

Thankfully, my dad called me out on my ill-conceived Facebook status, also publicly, correcting my math skills and eradicating my woe-is-me-I’m-turning-30 meltdown. That’s what dads are for, right?

Once my actual 30th birthday rolled around I didn’t freak out, though. I had already put my energy into that a year earlier. So… silver lining?

My perspective shifted this year. Yesterday, I turned 32. Prior to this year, I had this fear of death, always feeling like there was never enough time. The reality is there’s so much time ahead of me. Once my thought process shifted I now feel as if I have all the time in the world. Now I see my 30’s as my best years yet, and I look forward to the years to follow.  It’s all about perspective.

2017 was a year of change. I feel like it started in January with taking my diet more seriously, creating a personal focus on self-care, and finding an amazing therapist before the New Year started. Because honestly, having an outside voice to work through life with makes it easier and I couldn’t have made it to this point without her help. There’s nothing shameful about therapy.

Never say never, either. I’ve learned my lesson there! I never expected to become a crystal loving weirdo. Yet here I am, being one of those girls I once thought were quirky and out there.

I mean look at the picture I shot for this post. Before this year you would have neeeeever seen that in my home, let alone here! I would be lying if I said I didn’t fight some level of embarrassment sharing it, because of people who know the old me. But that’s the beauty of shifting your perspective… I no longer give a shit. 

Love who you are and live it.

And yeah, I’m one of those people who thinks everything happens for a reason. I’ve always been that “there’s a silver lining in everything” person. I think this year played out the way it did to unfold my path to where I’m heading. Getting here was sometimes painful, but so worth it.

I don’t know if you guys noticed the shift, but I can see it in my content. The shift in You Glow Gal speaks volumes to the shift in myself. I’m the happiest I’ve been in a very, very long time. Having this creative outlet, being able to connect with all of you, you’re a very real piece of it.

With this being my last post of the year, let me tell you how much gratitude I have for you all. Thank you for the last two years, for listening. Thank you for reaching out with your personal stories, your questions, even your advice.

Without this community, You Glow Gal would be nothing. I can’t wait to take on the New Year with you. xo

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About Sarah Nicole

Sarah is a Denver based expert esthetician, known for returning abused sensitive skin back to a glowing state without harsh products while boosting her client's skin confidence and self-worth. Sarah has been featured in Allure, New Beauty, Greatist, NBC News, and D Magazine among others. You can follow her on Instagram @sarahnpayne.

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