One third of my life is over…

19 Apr

Hey, y’all!!  OK, before you say anything about this post’s title, let me explain with a little side story…Most of you know that I celebrated a milestone birthday- the big 3-0!- last weekend.  Well, at one point, my mom- with her arms wrapped tightly around my neck- chuckled ‘You know what this means, right?  One third of your life is over!’  John quickly retorted, ‘Yeah, the best third.  How depressing!’  Then, without hesitation, my mom replied with something that I’ve thought of daily ever since: ‘Not on your life.  You couldn’t pay me enough to go back to those first 30 years.  The best is what’s starting right now.  You just wait.’

Just in case you were wondering what 30 looks like!

How cool is that?!  It’s not that I was one of those girls who was arriving at my ‘Dirty Thirty’ kicking and screaming and clinging to my youth, but I’m not gonna lie, I found it totally comforting to hear that I didn’t need to start pricing denture providers!  When I think back on my first 30 trips around the sun, it’s impossible to wrap my brain around it all.  There were SO SO SO many highs…but then there were sure alot of lows, too.  And I don’t necessarily mean ‘rock bottom lows’- believe me, I know how fortunate I’ve been (knock on wood) and how much worse so many people have it- but I just mean all the ‘lows’ that come from being a kid, a teenager, a 20-something…Do you know what I mean?  There’s just so much uncertainty…insecurity…doubt… heartache (at least what you’re convinced is heartache at the time!)…It’s tough to describe really, but I think most folks can relate to what I’m getting at.

The ship staff got wind that it was my birthday, so they got me this little tart and sang me a little tune. 🙂

Needless to say, I think 30 and I are going to get along just fine.  I’m looking forward to all the things that supposedly come with age…More wisdom, less taking oneself so seriously (not that I’ve ever really done that, but still!), more comfort in my own skin and confidence in my abilities…Yep, all that jazz.  30 is going to ROCK!

We travel like true Southerners- yep, we stopped at the bakery en route to the ship so we could take our cake and candles onboard with us! Yall know Im serious about my cake!

Waiting for me in my stateroom. My moms the BEST 🙂

30 reasons why turning 30 rocks:

  1. I get to check a new age group box on forms.
  2. I get to say, “I remember when I was in my 20s…”
  3. It’s a milestone birthday, which means a reason to TRAVEL!  (Like we need one, but still!)
  4. It is more exciting to say “I’m 30″ than “I’m 29 or 31.″ It just has a nice ring to it.
  5. It’s fun to blog for an entire week about my 30th birthday adventures.
  6. I get 10 years to prepare for my next milestone birthday. Don’t even get me started on 40!
  7. I will smile even bigger when I still get carded to buy beer :).
  8. I’m using it as an excuse to revisit one of my mantras: “I don’t need to find myself, but continue creating myself.”
  9. I like the idea of having a ‘fresh slate’ to start anew.
  10. I have some KICK ASS experiences from my first 30 years, so I can only imagine how the new ones to come will stack up!
  11. I already know what colors/styles/accessories work for me, so no need to chase the fads. *Note: skinny jeans don’t even look good on Giselle.  Same goes for ballet flats.
  12. I’m still years away from being legitimately called ‘ma’am.’ (And I will remind anyone who tries to ignore this fact.)
  13. I’ll see it as even more of a compliment when college boys hit on me :). (“I’m old enough to be your aunt!” Ha!)
  14. I know exactly who my true friends are, who my ‘family members that God forgot to give me’ are and who are just party partners.
  15. I no longer have to fret about turning 30 because I already AM.  It’s done.
  16. If I don’t want to do something, I can simply say ‘no’ without feeling bad whatsoever.
  17. I don’t have to do it alone since many of my friends are turning 30 right along with me!
  18. I have proven professional experience. So even if I wasn’t self-employed (and I thank my lucky stars for this every single day!), I wouldn’t accept insufficient salary, crappy contracts, poor job conditions or blocker bosses.
  19. If I’ve learned nothing else from Perez Hilton, 40 is the new 30 and 30 is the new 20.
  20. People naturally take you more seriously when you are in your 30s. Although I’m still 5’1″ and blonde, so that’s an uphill battle I’ve just hunkered down with…
  21. I get to smile devilishly when people can’t believe I’m 30. 🙂
  22. I no longer have to struggle to be an adult because I’ve been practicing for years!
  23. 5 more years and I can be President.
  24. No more stressing about acne- now I can stress about wrinkles, sun spots on my skin and grey hair.
  25. When I was younger, 30 was OLD, but now I know that it’s actually SO young.
  26. Don’t I wait for Santa to bring me goodies, I can go get my own.
  27. I’m in the BEST physical shape of my life.  Yep, compared to my high school AND college graduations, right now I: weigh less, wear a smaller size, can run many miles further, can lift infinitely more weight…What a great feeling!
  28. Turning 30 makes you appreciate your 20s, but really look forward to what’s ahead.
  29. I think it sounds a little more legit to say ‘I’m old’ when I’m in bed by 10p just about every night of the week.
  30. I can relate to- and embrace- Lady Gaga’s song now more than ever…’Baby, I was Born This Way.’
So there you have it- I’m super-pumped about the second third of my life and have no doubt that it’s going to be even better than the first.  Need proof?  Just stay tuned this week as I take you along for our AWESOME birthday cruise around the Virgin Islands. 8 days in paradise with your husband and your best friends/your parents…what could be better?!  Bring it on, 30!

Happiness ❤

2 Responses to “One third of my life is over…”

  1. PJ LePine April 19, 2011 at 10:59 PM #

    I’m so happy you all had a safe and fun celebration. Your Mom is right, you know. Love, PJ

  2. Julie Smith April 19, 2011 at 8:46 PM #

    Happy birthday 2 U again! Great blog on the big 3-0. Believe me, your 40s will be even better–and 50 is the BEST, especially if you keep your hair long and BMI @ 20 or less :-)You’re old enough to know when you’re being lied to, and mature enough to shrug it off. You’re wise enough to know that Jaegerbombs are not your friend, and still cool enough to have buds who are 25. Erin… it only gets better. Woot! Woot!

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