So usually, I write my blog posts ahead of time, go back and edit them, and then schedule them. But today is my birthday and I didn’t have a post written, so I wanted to acknowledge it on my blog somehow. So you’re getting an off-the-cuff post from me today. Turning 30 has made me quite reckless.
Does it feel weird to turn 30? Not really. I’m actually really excited. Part of me hardly recognizes my 20-year-old self, the other part of me knows I haven’t changed all that much.
I loved my 20’s. I was quite innocent and naive when I turned 20, but during that decade, I finished college and made lifelong friends. I met Nick when I was 20 and we got married when I was 26. I moved 3 times in my 20’s. I read more books than I can count, learned how to hike, and learned how to cook. I went to New Zealand and Europe and lived in Hawaii. My 20’s were awesome and I wrote all about them last week in this post.
I remember when I turned 27. My clothes started fitting differently and I felt like I was getting older. 3 years ago, I absolutely dreaded the idea of turning 30.
But we can’t turn back the clock and since there is no fountain of youth, I’m going to embrace 30. Today, I’m thankful for my 20s and thankful to be 30. I’m thankful for everything I learned in my 20s, everyone I met, everything I did, everyone I loved.
Because honestly, I love who I am even more now than I did when I was 20. I can actually cook a meal now. I’ve lived on my own. I know who I am. I feel more confident in myself and my choices and I don’t worry about what other people think about me. 30 feels good.
In my early 20s, I think I was much more concerned with doing the “right thing.” I never really figured out what the right thing was until I realized that the right thing looks different for everyone. That was a huge lightbulb moment for me and I want to go into my 30’s remembering this.
I am not one for New Year’s Resolutions but a big birthday like 30 makes me think a lot about my life and where it’s heading. I love everything about my life right now. I love my husband, my family, my friends, and where I live.
In my 30’s I want to keep doing the things that matter most to me. I want to make time for family and friends, spend entire days at the beach, hike all over Hawaii, cook delicious food, and save money for travel. If I had to pick one area of my life to improve, it would be my own career. I want this to be the year that I dedicate to writing. I want to become a better writer. Take classes. Take risks. Think outside the box. Publish something.
So here’s to turning 30, to taking risks, to the ones we love, and to chasing our dreams.