Happy Birthday to….me?

Alicia Ann Daw is a film & digital wedding photographer who specializes in New York City and European destination weddings. With over 15 years of experience photographing weddings, she's spent two decades globetrotting to over 37 countries and working with clients around the world. She delivers images that are effortlessly romantic and chic, telling a story about the start of your heritage in a way that will leave you in awe.


Today, I turn 30. *insert every old lady joke I’ve heard in the few hours since I’ve been awake*

In the last couple weeks leading up to this milestone of a birthday, I’ve taken some time to think. About my life now. About my life in the past. About what I want the rest of my life to be like. 5 years ago I had the most epic of birthdays, in Copenhagen Denmark, where I brought in my 25th year in style. I had a huge birthday party with a “high fashion” theme, everyone walked the red carpet to get in, and we passed around fancy appetizers. It was a blast! And it was absolutely perfect for where I was at in life at that time – young, vibrant, single, living life on the edge. In the past 5 years, my life and goals have taken a drastic turn. I’m still young (hold the jokes, thanks) and I like to think I’m vibrant. I’m definitely not single (yay!) and my edginess has calmed down a little. These last few years have been some of the most challenging, trying, and growing years of my life. It’s in these years that I started to realize what was really important to me, and what my values were. And it’s during that time that I really began feeling comfortable in my own skin.

I want my next 30 years to be marked by an insatiable desire to serve others and to invest in relationships. I want them to be full of life, love, laughter, and adventure. My first 30 years set the foundation for those things to happen and I do hope that 30 years from now I’ll have brilliantly silver hair, a twinkle in my eye, and my signature smirk that let’s everyone around me know that I still enjoy getting into a little trouble.

But before I get old, I need to stay young. And I have a lot that I want to accomplish in life. So, taking things one step at a time, before the milestone of 40 hits, these are some things I want my 30’s to be marked by:


  • I want to start a family. First of the fur kind, and then the human kind. 10 years from now I would be the happiest woman in the world if I had two dogs and two kids. Ideally 1 samoyed and one labrador, but the breed is still up for debate. Regarding the human breed, I can only hope they are spunky little things that give Adam and I a run for our money.
  • I want to build our dream house, as much as possible with our own hands, and have it fully paid off.
  • I want to take a trip to New Zealand. Ideally for our 5 or 10 year anniversary.
  • I want to give copious amounts of money and time to organizations and ministries that need it.
  • I want to take my Grandfather to Italy and spend some time in the village our family is from.
  • I want to travel to 10 new countries.
  • I want to be a contestant on a reality TV show. Or make my own 😉
  • I want to start a little side career of speaking at conferences and workshops.
  • I want to write a book.
  • I want to host regular dinner parties and game nights.
  • I want to invent and take 2 products/ideas to market.
  • I want to shoot weddings in Santorini, Greece, India, Scotland, Africa (Kenya?), The Faroe Islands, and Bora Bora or Fiji.
  • I want to love so fully and authentically that my heart literally feels like it’s going to explode.

The bottom line is that I want these next 30 years, and my life in general, to be marked by love, servanthood and adventure. It all boils down to those three things for me. And I know this is a lot of milestone birthdays away but, when I’m at the ripe old age of 99 and facing being a century old, I want this to be me:


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  1. Deborah Zoe says:

    Babies!! Just kidding, you’re going to do amazing things in the next 30 years my friend!! Happy of Happiest Birthdays to you!!

  2. Emilia Jane says:

    Heck to the yes. Happy birthday love, and I can’t wait to see what the next part of life brings! <3

  3. Vanessa says:

    Happy Happy Birthday! Excellent blog! I have no doubt you will be successful and cross off many of those wishes! Xoxo

  4. mom says:

    I want to speak at conferences too and help Bionca write a book. Perhaps I can be your book signing manager haha

  5. Heather says:

    Happy Birthday Alicia!! I LOVE this post! What a great idea to do – and to keep you accountable with! And thanks for sharing that link. Those ladies are awesome! I can for sure see you being the lady on the left at 99:) Enjoy your big day!

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  7. tina lee says:

    bahahaha. i LOVE them!!! what the hell? operating system!

  8. Uncle John says:

    “I want to take my Grandfather to Italy and spend some time in the village our family is from.”

    If you are taking my brother to Italy sign me up:)

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