I’ll admit it: I’ve kind of been in denial that my 30th birthday was coming up this year. It just feels so strange to think I will no longer be in my twenties! Oh, and my husband has made sure that he hasn’t forgotten to remind me about it either… Thanks, Mike!
I hadn’t quite found the words to describe exactly how I felt about hitting this birthday milestone. Then I got a card in the mail from my mom that was absolutely perfect! It reads:
Feeling comfortable in your own skin.
Realizing you can do whatever you put your mind to.
Being surrounded by loving friends and family.
Knowing you deserve to be happy…
Turning 30 is a celebration of the free-to-be-yourself decade!”
I just kept reading the last few words to myself. “The free-to-be-yourself decade.” Some of you may think to yourselves, “I’m in my 20’s and I always feel free to be myself!” And you know, I envy that confidence! When I think back to when I was in high school, self-confidence was definitely not my forte. I had a few friends that I felt like I could be myself around, but for the most part I just kept to myself and tried to blend in as much as possible. I wore regular jeans, baggy t-shirts, and a zip-up jacket that was at least one size too big for me. Drawing attention to myself was not what I wanted and I had far from embraced my own skin.
As I went through college, I kept most of the same habits. School. Work. Home. Sleep. Repeat. I just felt like I was on this endless loop of working as hard as I could and not really gaining any traction. Things were good, but I was missing the fire inside myself– that spark that gave me a reason to want to get out of bed every day.
It wasn’t until the past few years that I began to feel confident and accepting of who I am. I realized that I had the power to make my life what I wanted. I didn’t have to accept things the way they were and just try to be content. I deserve to be happy. The undertaking of starting my own business was waaaay more than just trying to financially support myself from something that I love to do. It wis a way to make something that brings me joy part of my everyday life rather than just something I do in my spare time. It is an avenue for me to express who I am and open up to others in a way I have never done before. It is a path that leads me to meeting new people and developing friendships that I would’ve never had otherwise.
Today I’m waking up excited for this new life chapter. My 30’s! I know what my goals are and I’m going to keep working hard towards achieving them. And then surpassing them! And then eating my body weight in sweets because… well… it’s my birthday!
Here’s a fun article that I loved reading and nodding my head in agreement with: 5 Reasons You Should Truly Be Excited to Enter Your 30’s
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