My “How Did You Age” Challenge Photos!

OK—I got sucked into the “How Did You Age” challenge along with everyone else. I won’t lie, it’s been super fun diving down into the FB rabbit hole and looking back at the very first profile photos I uploaded. They were so great, I brought 3 of them here to show you! This stuff truly cracks me up.

All right: Here it is, my very first profile picture ever. As a student at Syracuse University in graduate school, I got early access to Facebook, so my very first profile picture actually comes from 2006:

Yup, that’s me . . . probably on a typical Friday or Saturday night at the grad school apartments. I was a California girl very far away from home, having the time of my life attempting to become a journalist.
Here’s another amazing photo—one of my most memorable celebrity sightings. During a weekend trip in New York City, I waited outside rehearsals for 12 Angry Men and managed to meet and take a photo with Liev Schreiber. He’s hot, yada yada, but how great is my 22-year-old skin!! *weeps softly*

And, finally, the third photo I ever uploaded onto Facebook: myself and the girls out partying on a typical evening in Phoenix. This was at my second TV job, and we worked late and partied hard. Most Sunday evenings, we were going to see a killer 80s rock cover band play at a club downtown. Then, we’d head across the street to nosh on 2AM nachos and plan the next weekend’s shenanigans. Ah, to have zero responsibilities and be able to sleep until noon again!!

Back to Reality (AKA 2018/2019)

Yes, it’s time to come back to the present. Look, life in my twenties was shamazing. I have memories I wouldn’t trade for anything. I could move across the country with just a couple of suitcases and start all over again, and I did it—more than a couple of times. I left home and spent a total of 14 years on my own, getting my Masters degree, starting my first, second, third, and fourth jobs. Leasing my first car, renting apartments, getting a cat and then a dog. Growing up and forming a life of my own.

Life changed with a family, and I am totally OK with that. I mean, I think it’s something you can clearly see in the photos below. I am settled. Satisfied, on smooth new paths, not as hungry as I used to be for the next big thing.

So, here’s a family portrait from late last year. We’re almost all smiling at the camera, which makes this one a real winner. This was taken in their Nana’s backyard, a place they play in almost every day.

Then there’s my current profile picture, the one below. It comes from the latest Content and Connection meetup from Auctus Social. It’s one of the many small ways in which I am trying to network and branch out this year and find myself as a mom, a blogger, and a writer.

Yes, I am older. I’ve got wrinkles. My body after two children is entirely different and a little battle-worn. I’ve learned SO much about myself: What I like, what I can tolerate, how I define success. And don’t even get me started on the impact of years of sleep deprivation. Oy vey.

But hey . . . *shrugs* it’s called life, right?? It is both beautiful and cruel in how quickly it passes. And I can look back on crazy fun memories and smile because I survived it. And, to tell you the truth, the only place I want to be now is right here.

Daphne Gaghagen

I am a wife and mother of a 4-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl, living in Chula Vista, California! My day job is working from home as a Social Business Manager for IBM. I also maintain my Instagram account, @mommyiloveyousobig. I love weightlifting, yoga, and trying out new recipes. I look forward to traveling the world and experiencing new things with my little family. I spend my free time at the gym, obsessing over Netflix shows, discovering new places and having a beer with the hubby or pals. I love making new mommy friends!

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