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!  

  • Comments ( 30 )

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    Jessica W

    Happy birthday! It is so nice to reflect on the year and see what you have learned. And I love that dress!
    xo Jessica

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    Happy belated birthday girlie! I hope it was amazing!!! Sending virtual hugs and kisses!

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    Again, Happy Birthday Love.

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

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    Happy Birthday!! Love the yellow dress.

    xO – Steph


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    Joyce Davies

    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

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    Heather with WELLFITandFED

    Happy birthday! I love the wisdom we get (hopefully) as we get older. It is a true gift!

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    Nicole Leffew

    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

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

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    Ivana J

    Love both of looks, second dress is amazing, print is so nice xoxo


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    Jaime Cittadino

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

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    Kait Elizabeth

    All great tips babe! I love that mustard dress on you. Happy Birthday gorgeous, I hope this next year is fantastic for you. Hugs, Kait

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

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    Lauren of An Explorer’s Heart

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


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    Birthdays do make you reflect! I’ve been doing a lot of that lately. Happy Birthday! I love that second look on you!!


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    prettyweirdbombshell (@kandja_sylla)

    Belated Happy Birthday boo! Your first look is my favorite. I dunno, I just like seeing you in vibrant colors. Thanks for sharing your wisdom about life. True that we all have a story and I’m always inspired by yours. xx


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    logan Can

    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!

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    Suzanne @ my kind of sweet

    Happy birthday, mama! Such wonderful reflections 🙂

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    Adaleta Avdić

    I love both of your summer looks, but I think the second dress is my fave 😉 xx Adaleta Avdic

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    Jennifer Frick

    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

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    Elly Leavitt

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

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    Happy Birthday! I love that mustard yellow dress!

    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

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    Jana Meister

    I love both of these looks! Very cute and so perfect for summer! xo Jana

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    Elaine McKellips

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

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    Danielle Greco

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

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    Madeline Hall

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

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    Iryna Bychkiv

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

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    Brie Bemis Rearick

    Happy Birthday! I love both looks, the H&M dress looks amazing on you!

    xo Brie

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    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!!


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    Janna Doan

    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

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    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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