I have heard it said that as you age, your tastebuds change. One good friend insists that by the time I am in my mid-30s I will adore olives - a fact I am yet to be convinced of. Foods that we thought should have been banned because of their inedible yuckiness when we were younger, may be craved a decade or two later.
Although my tastebuds where food is concerned have yet to change drastically, my tastes in many other things - from hobbies to clothing style - have radically shifted almost beyond recognition in the past few years. Looking back it is quite staggering to see how different my tastes are now in my mid-twenties to how they were in my early twenties.
For many of these new loves I can pinpoint the change to the process of planning my wedding. Over those eight months I developed a love of lace and homemade crafty items. An appreciation of real beauty and value grew over that time as the Photographer and I planned a day that brought together our personalities and made them into something new as we began the next stage of our journey as one.
I have absorbed my husband's creativity and now have a genuine love of writing, reading and photography. He has opened my mind to real opinion-making, based on learned knowledge instead of blind acceptance. He has encouraged me to be myself down to my core and in doing so has allowed me to discover a personality and style that I never knew existed.
I am relishing finding out what makes my smile reach my eyes, what makes me confident, what my dreams are and how all of those things connect to my husband, family and friends.
I am excited to see how these new loves continue to grow and am eagerly watching to see if anything else appears as I learn more about who I am, as a wife and just as me.