September 22, 2016
>Insert surprised face here<
Okay, so in all honesty, I’m not one of those girls who is totally freaked out over turning 30. I’m not grieving my 20’s, I’m not believing that my life is over, but rather just starting. For me, it’s more of a surprised feeling! I don’t FEEL 30! I don’t think I LOOK 30…(what does 30 look like anyway?!)… in many ways I still feel 25! And like 30 is a long ways away…LOL!
I don’t know about you, but some of my 20’s were rough. Bad jobs, long hours, bad boyfriends, equally bad break ups, late night bar hopping and vodka cranberry drinking, 2 day hangovers, dropping in and out of college, changing my major 4 times, not knowing where the heck I was going in life, crying on my 25th birthday because I wasn’t married with kids yet… yeah, that was me. I was more terrified over turning 25 than I am at 30.
But here’s the thing: I believe that most people finally know who they are when they’re turning 30. We’ve learned through those rougher 20’s what not to do, how to decipher the good and the bad, how to choose relationships wisely, how to listen to our gut and to trust ourselves, and what we want in life. We’re capable of letting the not-so-good parts of life go, holding onto the good parts and the good people, and finally starting to think in a way that doesn’t just serve us as individuals, but how to serve others as well.
We learn that family is everything and we pour our heart into healthy and long lasting marriages, raising children in a way that makes us proud, hustling to make a name for ourselves, cultivating good and meaningful relationships, putting our faith into something bigger than ourselves and trusting ourselves along the way.
Your 20’s, as trying or as rough as they were, were necessary in shaping and forming the unique, smart, driven, go-getter 30 year old self you’re embarking on.
At 30, I own my own business, its thriving, it makes me happier than any other corporate job I’ve ever held and lights the fire within my heart. It’s my passion and my drive for this business is insatiable. I’m married to the perfect man, the man God create for me, I have a perfect (most days, LOL) almost 3 year old and we’re working on expanding our family in the near future. I drive the exact vehicle I want to drive, we built our dream home in the past year, my relationship with God has never been better and I’m truly content.
I think thats what everyone in life strives for anyway: feeling content. It’s a beautiful thing.
This is 30. Instead of running from it, I’m embracing it and loving every second.
I’m proud of where I am at 30, but 40…you can take your sweet time getting here ;-)
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I remember like it was yesterday when you were born. How could this happen?! 30 years old!!!!!
Grown up and making your own decisions. I also remember when I made your decisions – what you would eat, wear, and what time you went to bed. How I wish those days were back. The things I would have done differently. I miss you and Kk’s foot steps on the floor. Your little shadows from around the corner. Your little voices saying “MOM”. Where did it all go? Life is fast and it isn’t slowing down. Enjoy it and embrace the time with Aubree. Before you know it she will be “30” and you will be saying “WHERE DID IT GO”? LOVE YOU. . . MOM
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