2 Summer looks + Birthday Reflections

2 Summer looks + Birthday Reflections

I turned 32 years old yesterday. I want to share 10 reflections that have been on my heart and mind. They say with age comes wisdom. I hope to grow in wisdom as I grow older but for now, here’s what I got! lol 

1) Freedom isn’t free. Don’t take your freedom for granted but rather live out your freedom fully as a thanks to those who’ve gone before us. 

2) You can’t please everyone, so stop trying now. 

3) Don’t hold back on being you. People love your uniqueness and are inspired by your differences. 

4) Celebrate every victory even if it’s small. It will help to keep you going. 

5) Focus on things that matter and have an eternal value. 

6) Invest in a few quality relationships where the friendship is loyal, safe and reciprocated. 

7) Do not overextend yourself. It’s not worth it. 

8) Don’t be quick to judge people. We all have a story. 

9) Family is forever. Hold them close, hold them dear, tell them you love them everyday. 

10) We get one life. No dream, prayer or aspirations is too big for God. Give it your all. 

Below I’m sharing a few bday looks!! Which one is your fave?!?! As always, thank you for stopping by the blog!! Much love,

Ruthie Xo

Look # 1:

Dress- H&M

Shoes- on sale at Marshall’s

Sunnies- Karen Walker via Shop Ditto. Use code ‘RUTHIERIDLEY’ for your first month free! 

Look # 2 

Dress: H&M

Bag: DSW

Shoes: Rire Boutique

Sunnies- Karen Walker via Shop Ditto. Use code ‘RUTHIERIDLEY’ for your first month free!  


  1. TONYA MICHELLE June 22, 2016 / 7:59 am

    Again, Happy Birthday Love.

    Thank you for sharing some wisdom, can never have enough of that! xo

  2. Joyce Davies June 22, 2016 / 8:19 am

    Happy Birthday my love! You have been such a blessing to my life. I pray that God continues to shower you with blessings and favor. Love your yellow dress, great on your skin. Love your reflections, I agree with focusing on things that matter and it’s definitely okay if you can’t please everyone! Amazing post!

    Happy Birthday once more!

    Love & Hugs

  3. Nicole Leffew June 22, 2016 / 10:12 am

    Love both these looks! Love all of these tips! I agree everyone does have a story and it’s hard to remember that sometimes! You are a true beauty xo

  4. kerona June 22, 2016 / 10:14 am

    i loved this pots so true on everything you said and happy belated birthday to you!!

  5. Jaime Cittadino June 22, 2016 / 1:01 pm

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your reflections!! Everything you said is so true and we often need to be reminded. Hope your birthday was amazing!

  6. brittanyclark28 June 22, 2016 / 1:29 pm

    Happy Birthday! I love that yellow dress! It looks so fabulous on you! <3

  7. Lauren of An Explorer's Heart June 22, 2016 / 2:04 pm

    Happy Birthday – love that yellow dress on you!! I also enjoyed reading your list – I’m working on #2 🙂


  8. logan Can June 23, 2016 / 8:16 am

    These are all so true! Happy belated birthday! I love that mustard dress! H&M is one of my go-to stores for trends! Love it!

  9. Jennifer Frick June 23, 2016 / 9:56 am

    Oh my goodness! You are killing it in both looks so I can’t choose! Again, happy birthday my sweet friend – you deserve every bit of wonderfulness in your life and hope your day was filled with blessings! You continue to inspire me and this post was no different – thank you for being YOU!! xoxo

    Jen | MrsJenFrick.com

  10. Elly Leavitt June 23, 2016 / 10:09 am

    Happy birthday! Love your tips and both dresses are absolutely gorgeous- perfect for summer x

  11. Elaine McKellips June 23, 2016 / 4:26 pm

    You look absolutely FABULOUS! 🙂 Those sunnies and that mustard color is so your color! I love anything mustard colored lately.

  12. Danielle Greco June 23, 2016 / 10:00 pm

    Love this post ! Such powerful advice. Happy Birthday! You look fabulous :). Thanks for sharing your wisdom!
    Danielle | AccordingtoD.com

  13. Madeline Hall June 24, 2016 / 7:18 am

    Love that yellow dress! Such a great color on you!!!

  14. Iryna Bychkiv June 24, 2016 / 8:08 am

    Congratulations on your birthday! The dresses look very pretty! I love them!

  15. dashingdarlinblog June 25, 2016 / 11:03 am

    Hope that your birthday was as a amazing as you are!! So happy that we are friends… You are the best!! I love your list but love 8, 9, & 10 the most ?✨ you look HOT in both dresses. I so what them too!!


  16. Janna Doan June 27, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    ruthie–i hope you had an EPIC birthday babe, i know i always say this but you are an inspiration to me. thanks for always imparting that knowledge and wisdom the “ruthie way” in your posts and on instagram. i loved reading about your reflections in those short (but powerful) and to the point sentences. wishing you a year ahead of so much FREAKING LAUGHTER (bc you know i love your laugh), and smiles with loved ones, bc life is too short for anything else. keep doing your thang babe. #cantstopwontstop xoxo,

    janna | http://www.jannadoan.com

  17. simplygailg June 28, 2016 / 7:54 pm

    Both looks are fabulous but I do love an off-the-shoulder look. I hope you had a wonderful birthday – with age come wisdom definitely. You are an inspiration Ruthie – keep doing you. Xoxo

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