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  1. I love it and especially the 30 something part, I am happy for you that you are enjoying that and I really don't know you. I would feel as bad for you as I do for myself if you couldn't enjoy the later thirties. Go dance on those chairs and click those high heels and get all smelly with perfume. You lucky duck

  2. I love your meanderings! And Spring is slowly taking over Georgia – tucking little sprigs of lime green into the garden when I’m not looking, so that I can happen upon them later – and I relish this constant, gentle buzz of excitement that comes with the shift of seasons. It’s time for new things, new goals, new me!
    Jacqui

  3. Oh indeed it’s a good thing. I’m now 37 and am loving myself, my stretch-marked 2-baby-producing body and my life in ways I never thought possible! I hope you will discover the same things. Just be you – take the time you need to be who you are at any given moment. If that means giving up blogging momentarily, so be it! You must do what works for you.

  4. I turned 41 this year, and I am more at home in my own skin than ever, and finally living a life that feels like my own… And they tell me it only gets better! 🙂
    Great post!

  5. I properly laughed out loud about the ‘Mrs Moustache’ jibes, and having this sensitive news being broken to you by your Dad over Sunday dinner! (and obviously in earshot of your babba!!!). So typical of my family too – but would we have it any other way? Probably not…
    I turned 35 this year, and you voice what goes on in my head most of the time perfectly. I have noticed that some days I feel more of a silly teenager who wants to sulk and rebel more than I ever did when I was 16 – weird huh?! It doesn’t help that my daughter is herself knocking on teenage-hood’s door….. my poor husband with two of us to contend with! Except I’m NOT a teenager any more am I…oh yeah…
    Who knew we had to grow out of this, and into our ‘grown up’ selves TWICE??!!
    I say wear that perfume, try on a few versions of yourself until you find one you really like spending time with – just because, now we really are officially grown ups – we can!

  6. Phew! Oh for one moment I was worried that you were announcing the end of Brocante Home! But what a lovely post, once I got over that! I love the coming-of-broad-beans feeling of summer. Perhaps we are all like chicks hatching out, having to break out of our shells in order to grow?

  7. I came across your blog recently while surfing the net and liking what I saw, I subscribed. Today I received my first emailed blog from you and it came as I was in flurry of work emails, my phone was ringing off the hook, and I had sticky tabs stuck to my forehead reminding me to call the printer about a new quote for brochures and my mobile phone had started a vibrating dance on my desk while I ignored it. As the email came in my box, I thought “I’ll take just a glance,” which translates into, “If it’s interesting, I’ll read it later.” A glance turned into a minute and before I knew it was tapping down the stairs for a cup of tea. I returned settling back into my desk chair full fledged reading your blog, smiling over the Ikea ad in the next one, and simply enjoying the “time out” moment. The whimsy of your words caught me, as buried in your text I saw a myself.
    The Antiques Diva (TM)
    http://antiquesdiva.blogspot.com/

  8. Yep, that pretty well says it! We try to be all the things we want ourselves to be and what other people want us to be, and then feel guilty over what we are not, exhausted of being who we aren’t and excited about what there’s still hope for. And somehow God accepts us as we are. =) Blessings… Polly

  9. Wonderful post, I wish I could write as eloquently as you do. Seems to go with the territory, those feelings of guilt we women have, but at 46 I’ve noticed the guilt rears it’s head less and less, eventually you start being just you again. Lovely post.

  10. I'm going to enjoy catching up on the days I've missed your musings.
    Not to upset you….but these things you write about today…being all things to all people, indulging yourself, guilt, changes, choices…well it doesn't go away!
    I'm approaching my 60th birthday this autumn and I'm feeling just the same…kind of enjoying the discoveries though. Be yourself and revel in it…that's my motto!
    Love the blog. xxx

  11. I'm going to enjoy catching up on the days I've missed your musings.
    Not to upset you….but these things you write about today…being all things to all people, indulging yourself, guilt, changes, choices…well it doesn't go away!
    I'm approaching my 60th birthday this autumn and I'm feeling just the same…kind of enjoying the discoveries though. Be yourself and revel in it…that's my motto!
    Love the blog. xxx

  12. How would I get through the week without having the opportunity to escape into the insight of your blog, Brocante? It is always such a ‘breath of fresh air’ to take those precious moments from the chaos of obligation and compromise (your right, they are nasty, nasty words) and know that someone else (who can say it a whole lot better than me) has already discovered my daily thoughts and turned them into something with humility, understanding and wisdom! Thank you and keep writing…it keeps the rest of us going : )

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