It feels like just yesterday my little sister was born and I was bugging mum to let me hold her. It’s hard to believe today, August 8th this little madam is now 25 years old. She ain’t my child but a sibling still I am faced with this question “how did she grow up so fast”. I don’t know why but for me I am stuck with an image of her as an 8-year-old and can’t let it go. Recently I confessed to her that I can’t go out with her on a night out because my brain sees her as the 8yo. Can you imagine seeing an 8yo getting drunk or kissing a boy? Lord knows what I would do but anyway I know she is not but my brain refuses to accept that.

Of late she and I have become close but we still annoy each other. We are spending more time together than we thought possible, like I said we annoy each other. We can spend a good few hours before we start to bicker and we know it’s time to split. But today as it’s her birthday I asked her to put together a birthday wishlist. I don’t know what I have gotten myself into but here goes nothing.

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So I’m about to turn 25 today, the big 2-5. I am so excited and there’s so much that I want to do for myself. I want clothes, clothes, and more clothes! No am messing. As a person I physically and mentally feel I am in the best form ever. I feel so confident and just content with life. It’s taken me a while to get here.

As women we spend so much time (years) putting ourselves down, to then realise later on in life that we should-be been loving ourselves and smelling the roses on the way. I am in my Beyoncé years. The sooner you learn to love and be easier on yourself the less time you have to spend regretting the years prior. Don’t get me wrong, I do have bad days. where I just feel so down and out and can’t physically pull myself out of it. I’ve just learnt to accept that bad days do exist. I am a person and I do make mistakes and my luck at times will switch.

8 months ago I decided to change myself, I started eating healthier, I slowly cut sugar and empty carbs out of my life. I introduced healthier options like kale, lentils, quinoa and Huel. I train 3-4 times a week. This includes 3 intense crossfit sessions (1 cardio session, 1 cardio and strength and 1 strength session) and a 5-6 mile run on Sundays. So am fighting fit for the week ahead. I want to be prepared.

Ever since I introduced exercise and eating better I have just felt better about myself. It’s a bonus that I’ve lost weight. I feel with training that I’ve added at least 3-4 more days to my life.To me what’s important is that I am physically and mentally stronger. This physical confidence has meant that now when I go shopping am not so much in my head, where I intentionally pick sizes that I know are just too big for me, so that I don’t have to face the reality that, I may require a bigger size. The sensible size as my friends and I call it. There’s nothing wrong with needing a bigger size, it’s how you see yourself and what you feel confident in.

To reward myself with the hard work that I’ve been putting in. I’ve come up with a wish list of things I want to get myself;

1: Beats Ep headphones

2: Topshop jumpsuits  

3: MacBook Pro; 15 inch screen: to work more proficiently on.

4: Camera to catch the moments so I can reflect back.

5: Public desire shoes; I love heels! Especially when their super high! I just think they’re so sexy and as women give us that sexy edge. Where your hips wiggle etc just lush

6: to spend more time with my sister; more girly adventures, we always have such a good time and can just be super honest with each other.

And there you have it, my sister’s birthday wishlist and what she means by “honest with each other” aka bickering. 

Read the full original post here authored by Miranda Malanga. You can visit her blog here.

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