Do you ever find yourself dreading a birthday coming up? Believe it or not, I used to dread them too. But I’m hoping I can help you stop dreading it and start embracing it – that’s right, give that birthday a great big HUG! One of the things I’ve learned as a top eyebrow specialist in Sydney is that birthdays are every bit as good as you make them. I’ve never been a bit secretive about my age – I’m 37. And the best bit for me of having a few great years under my belt is looking back at how far I’ve come. Way back when I thought I knew so much – but now that I realize how much richer and more wonderful life is once you’re past that marvellous 3-0, I have a few pieces of advice I’d share with me in my teens and twenties, that young lady who thought she knew it all. And sometimes, when I’m feeling bold, I do share them with beginning professionals who come to me for my eyebrow shaping course or other professional training. Because a happier YOU also makes you a happier, more beautiful professional. So what would I tell the younger me? Here are three tips, for starters… 1. Keep it in proportion! When you don’t have a lot of life experience, it’s totally natural to lose your sense of proportion. Then you get carried away, overwhelmed, tense, just generally – not at your best. When you have lived through a few extra years, just putting one foot in front of another, you realize that some days are not going to be your best but if you keep your cool, stop to smell the flowers and remember your priorities, and hang in there, you’ll also get to experience some unbelievable triumphs. 2. You’re going to need that money! All those years I earned money and didn’t care about saving it? Yeah, I’d have something to say about that if I could talk to twenty-something me. Of course, I’m happy I got the chance to travel, meet people and have unique experiences. I’d definitely thank her for all that, though maybe not for her obsession with gorgeous shoes! But I would let her know that she should probably start putting something aside. 3. Find your tribe! Back in my 20s, basically anyone I hung out with was considered a friend. I didn’t want to seem to judgmental or burn bridges, but more recently, I’ve realized that if there’s someone bringing you down, it’s worth it to cut them out of your life before they can damage your own positive energy. Surround yourself with people who build you up, who support you, who reflect the great person you KNOW you can be. One thing I’ve learned the hard way: make sure they’re people who will stick with you no matter what! Helen Keller said, "Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light." You said it, sister. People are sometimes amazed that I’m so open about my age. But honestly, there’s no point in lying, and more importantly, I wouldn’t want to lie. I’m proud to have those years under my belt! It doesn’t hurt that I have a number of beauty techniques, such as feather stroke eyebrows, to ensure that you’ll look and feel terrific at any age. The most important thing is that I have learned so much, worked so hard, and become so empowered that I wouldn’t give any of it up to be young again… not for all the money in the world!