Hello, and happy birthday! MY birthday, that is. 🙂
Today is my 30th birthday, and I’m excited to be celebrating this huge milestone. To me, 30 is the age I’ve always considered to be when you are really a real adult. For most, 30 means no more school, no more entry-level jobs, and probably having had a huge life shift from “It’s all about me” to “Life’s actually more about people other than me.” I know that I have experienced that shift recently, mostly as a result of having a baby and leaving full-time work. Now my days are less consumed with what I’m doing for me and my goals and more focused on taking care of those around me—namely, my family.
A few years ago, when I shared my “Thirty by 30” list with some older friends, they sort of laughed at my idea of continuing to accomplish goals after having children. They warned me that all other goals will fade away when that day comes. And while that’s partially true, I still have aspirations of doing most everything that I set out to do five years ago. I was definitely unprepared for how challenging it would be to continue doing these things. In fact, I think I spent most of the first year after my daughter was born not doing much of anything for myself!
But now that I am at a more stable place in life—not birthing babies, not selling/buying/moving houses (I did that recently, too, by the way), and not struggling to figure out work/life balance—I’d like the chance to tie up the loose ends on the goals set by my 25-year-old self.
I’ll be taking some time over the next year, while I’m 30, to work on some of these things, and I’ll spell out which ones and why in a future blog post. I’ll also be sharing some of the progress I’ve made lately that I simply haven’t had the time to blog about.
So… CHEERS to 30 years, to becoming the people we want to be, and to dreaming new dreams!