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  1. ahiricreates says

    Happiest birthday dear! Wishing you lots and lots of love, smile, happiness and peace!

    This was such a real and pure post! I really loved having this trip to your journey through the writing! Sometimes NOT setting goals and living the present is also a beautiful goal being accomplished! Keep this pretty smile on your face always!❤️

    With love , http://www.ahiricreates.wordpress.com

  2. Poorwa Vishwakarma says

    Happy birthday Shelly!!! Loved reading your about your past experiences. I hope you have a wonderful day and a year full of happiness ❤️❤️❤️
    For me, I just like to have a stress-free day on my birthday. I do not plan anything but since I’m the youngest one in my family and among all my cousins, they always prepare a surprise party for me, haha.

    • Shelly DS says

      Thanks so much Poorwa ☺️ you’re lucky to have your family prepare something special for you. That’s very sweet of them! Stress-free is great, but spending it with those you love is even better 😉

  3. seankfletcher says

    A very Happy Birthday to you, Shelly 🎉🎂🎉 May your next orbit around the Sun bring you closer to what you deserve in life 😊 Keep being awesome 😎

  4. beth says

    happy birthday, shelly! i just have to say that each decade of my life has brought me more joys and self-confidence, i grew comfortable in my own skin, and now is my 60s, i don’t worry about things nearly as much, don’t care what people think and just live as i am, enjoying life. i wish this for you, in this year and the years ahead. your goal can be to just enjoy life as you see what it brings –

    • Shelly DS says

      That’s what I want! To just live happily and not care about what others think or how society expects us to live. Is that called being a hippie? 😅
      Thanks so much Beth, I appreciate you tenfold!

  5. samsahana says

    Wishing you happiest birthday! Have a wonderful year ahead and stay blessed. It’s not silly to celebrate a milestone. 30 is an entry into the prime of one‘s life. I hope it is filled with happiness, peace and adventure for you! Have a blast, dearest friend! 🤍🥳🎂🎂

  6. Helen says

    Happy Birthday!! 30 is a milestone worth celebrating on and off online. I turned 30 two years ago & I dreaded it for months. But now I’ve accepted my new reality. I feel the same as I did as a twenty-something. The only difference is that I sometimes have to ask myself how old I am lol My birthday isn’t for another six months so I still have some time to decide how to celebrate (a palindromic birthday lol (33).
    And you can absolutely count managing your own blog as a management role! It’s worthy to be on linkedin & will look impressive to hiring managers.

    • Shelly DS says

      Lol accepted your new reality? That isn’t so encouraging Helen! I get you about not feeling different… nothing really changes to be honest, and I still think I’m 18 at heart 😅
      Also, thanks for the vote of confidence, I’ll update my LinkedIn profile tonight! 😂😂

  7. Dacia says

    Welcome to the thirties club!! 😂
    We usually do a family dinner, but a weekend getaway sounds great!

    I, too, stopped setting goals. I’d make them and then never reach them. I know what I want to do and accomplish, but I’m no longer putting a timeline on them. They’ll happen when they’re meant to happen.

    • Shelly DS says

      Hahaha Dacia, I love that attitude! Sometimes things aren’t meant to happen when we want them to, and we’ve gotta be patient.
      Thanks for the birthday wishes~ please save me a spot in your suitcase if you do end up doing a weekend getaway!

  8. Deepthy says

    Happy birthday, Shelly!! Love how you’re just taking a step back and pampering yourself 😂💕 I hope you have a beautiful day and a wonderful year ahead where your plans play out! 🥳
    I’m not a huge fan of celebrating my birthdays and I’m definitely not looking forward to my 18th next year😑

    • Shelly DS says

      Thanks so much Deepthy! 😘😘😘
      I completely get not being big on celebrating birthdays, but you deserve to celebrate every year you’ve been alive on this earth because you’re awesome!

      • Deepthy says

        Of course!! 🤗Aw that’s so kind of you to say! 💖
        (I’m still D in case the new name is confusing 😂)

  9. Shahrin says

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET 🥰🧡🧡 You seem to have achieved a whole lot of your goals —you should be proud. I didn’t even start half of things I want to do but like you said, no set goals for now just enjoying the time and birthdays without putting too much pressure!

    Again, I hope you have a lovely year ahead filled with lots of love and laughter x

    • Shelly DS says

      Thanks so much Shahrin, I appreciate you! Trust me, achieving those goals didn’t make me any happier, some just added stress. So take each day at a time and do things that make you happy 😘

  10. Michelle (Boomer Eco Crusader) says

    Happy 30th! My birthday was July 13th. I celebrated by taking a few days off work and getting a haircut. Normally not too exciting but hair salons opened up in our area after a 5 month shutdown so I really appreciated that haircut! LOL

    • Shelly DS says

      Hahahah I can imagine how amazing that must’ve felt 😂 Thanks for the well wishes, and a belated happy birthday to you! We are only 3 days apart!

  11. Mama Lava says

    Blessings on your 30’s Shelly! I think it is a great goal to hold your goals more loosely ;).

    My birthday is next month and, if all goes according to plan, I will be on a road trip with my husband to visit one of my best friends. We shall see!

    Happy Birthday!

  12. LoseWeightWithAng says

    Happy birthday to you dear Shelly! I’m still 30 until December. I never did anything to celebrate turning 30, but your idea of having a day to yourself sounds great!

  13. vacationpending says

    Happy birthday!! It’s great you are still shining a positive light on your day when things haven’t gone to plan. Also I commend you on the no goals thing it really can start to take over and make you miss the life that’s right in front of you

  14. Bolaji Gelax says


    Firstly, happy happy happy 30th!🥳

    Secondly, I miss reading from you! My fault, that one.

    Thirdly, I totally enjoyed this post. I chuckled here and there and nodded a few times because how sweet it is to read your journey. Like we say in Nigeria, “You’re doing well, Madam Blog Manager!” 🤩

    Here’s to intentional living your 30s without undue pressure 🥂

    Lastly, please can someone explain why I had to number my thoughts? 🤦🏻‍♀️

    Okay, lastly lastly, Happy birthdayyyyyyyy!!! ❤️✨

    • Shelly DS says

      Omg you’re the sweetest! And no, it’s not your fault, I’ve also been posting much less because of lack of inspiration.
      You also probably numbered your thoughts because your film-making, blog managing, awesome self is clearly organized! 😂

  15. petespringerauthor says

    My opinion about aging has changed over the years. I know it sounds ridiculous to say I don’t pay attention to age anymore, but I really don’t. I’m that goofball that sometimes has to do a math problem when I’m filling out some form to remember how old I am. (62 for the record.) I remember when 30 seemed old, then 40, but now I don’t think about it except on the days when my body reminds me. 🤣 I believe in the principle of sound mind and sound body. When I retired, I finally got serious about taking care of my body and went from 285 to 200. I gave ten pounds back during Covid, but I’ve lost most of that now that I can get back to the gym.

    Happy birthday, and keep doing you. Everybody has to find what works for them. Congratulations on having a wonderful husband and sweet daughter. That’s way more important than anything else.

    • Shelly DS says

      Haha that’s brilliant, Pete! You will be as young as your mind believes it is, don’t listen to your body! Good on you for losing all that weight though, it couldn’t have been easy at all! And to think they say our metabolisms slow down after 25 😏

      Thanks for the well wishes!

  16. Delicate and brutal says

    Happy 30th birthday my dear friend! I wish your birthday could have been celebrated in a more grand fashion but I am glad you could spend it safely with your loved ones. Cheers to 30 spectacular wonderfully beautiful years of you being you!

  17. Lebogang Shazzygal Malatji says

    Happiest Birthday sis.
    You are a fierce woman and not to burst your bubble or what…but I look up to you.
    Cheers to your blog manager😆😆😆You have done well for yourself and cheer for many more wins in the future.
    Continue to be an awesome mommy to the little one who’s not little anymore, a hard worker, and a loving wife. 👏👏
    Kudos to you

  18. Lady B says

    Happy 30th Birthday, Shelly!🎉🎉🎉I hope you enjoyed your day. I’ll be 40 next year, and I plan to celebrate in a big way!!!

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  20. charliefarlie99 says

    Turning thirty can almost feel like a deadline when you’re supposed to have a bunch of things achieved. When I got thirty someone told me not to worry about all of that because I was already into my thirty-first year… Strangely the thought that the arbitrary milestone had already passed without me noticing did help!

  21. Happy Panda says

    Happppyyy Belated Birthday. I’m so sorry for being late to these posts – just been very irregular with the blogging world. Hope you had an amazing day. 🤗


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