When I turned 29 last year I wanted to write every Tuesday about things that happened in my twenties that were interesting, fun, weird or whatever. As you can tell I’m a) awful at keeping a blog schedule and b) ran out of material. Don’t get me wrong my twenties were pretty amazing, I lived alone, I drank too much, I got married, raised a puppy and became more at peace with who I am. I also found a tendency to live in the now rather than let the past be an excuse.
Birthday celebrations, living for the day!
I’m lucky to say that I have a really great life. I’m so thankful for all the experiences I’ve had that have gotten me here and for the people who have changed my life.
For instance, these ladies have been with me through thick and thin.
Each year has gotten better; I have no fear about being thirty. Thirty means worrying much less about what people think, and doing what I know is right. At 29 I quit my job so that I could be at home with my husband more often. That meant giving up the idea that making money was part of my identity as a “strong, independent woman”. As I’ve worked my way through the beginning phases of owning my own business I’ve learned more about myself and I’m happy that I took the risk.
Thirty means having a sense of authority and experience that was non-existent in my twenties. Do I know it all? HAHAHA, of course not, I know less now than I did when I was in my twenties, but that’s because I continue to search for more information that opens me up to brand new ideas. It also means that I’ve lived a certain amount of life to have a strong bullshit meter. Professionally I’m learning each day, my experiences have shaped me into a savvy go-getter with a knack for asking the right questions.
Thirty means being comfortable.
All my basic needs are met, I have a roof over my head, food to eat everyday, and people who love me and would do anything for me. Beyond the basics, I’m lucky to have the ability to travel.
To jump on a plane to visit far away lands and celebrate different cultures. Additionally, with the help of my husband I’ve been able to get rid of credit card debt, and continue to chip away at the student loans. I’m grateful for this comfort and feel fortunate to be able to give to others who may not have everything I do.
Thirty means taking care of myself so forty will be just as great.
At thirty I’m running faster, lifting more and feeling better than I did in my early twenties. My regime of CrossFit and running keeps me strong and sharp. Without exercise and movement I don’t think I’d be such a positive person. Being involved in the fitness community through coaching and this blog helps keep me inspired and has made me a lot of wonderful friends. I love meeting anyone who is willing to live their best life, which almost always includes movement.
All these things I learned throughout my twenties, just as I’m going to continue to learn throughout my thirties. Is life perfect? No. I still do stupid things, I get mad over petty mistakes, I’m too “in my head” about competition in the gym and while racing. But I’m happy being me, it took me awhile to get here and I try to remind myself when feeling of self-doubt creep in, that I’m still one person, seeing their way through life the best way I know how, with love and support of friends and family. Not taking that for granted is always a priority.
Thanks to everyone who sent birthday wishes!!