Birthday Thoughts

I thought I’d take today to look back at my first year of being in my 30’s. Unlike many, I actually looked forward to turning 30 last year. Maybe because I don’t look it and take some glee at the reactions from people when I tell them how old I am, or that I’ve always felt older and that being 30 just suits me fine.

I remember prior to my turning 30, some of my friends in their 30’s “warned” me about how things change once you hit that age. I honestly didn’t believe them until about 8-9 months into being 30, I realized I couldn’t eat as much as I used to without feeling ridiculously stuffed. (I don’t look it, but those who know me know I can eat more than you think!) After speaking with a friend of mine about it, she’s nodding knowingly and all she says is, “Dude. You’re 30. It’s heartburn.” Heart… burn…..? No… it can’t be! I used to be able to eat a big lunch, still be hungry in the afternoon and then wanting a big dinner as well! I used to chuckle when an older colleague would have a big lunch and say she was good for the evening with just a small dinner. Now I’m eating like that! When did this happen?!?

I’m also lucky to realize at a relatively early age to not feel obligated to do things. I had been speaking to an individual who said that at 60, she now felt comfortable to turn down invites that she didn’t want to attend. This past year, I did what I wanted to, attended events I wanted to without feeling like I had to. I stopped caring as much about what other people will think of me if I don’t go to this or that, or if I’m missing out on something that might happen. I was able to say goodbye to some toxic friendships (one of which my 30th birthday was the catalyst for) and welcome in a lot of new friends, thanks to this amazing book blogging community.

It’s been quite a year, with moving into & closing our first home to getting more exposure with my blogging & photography to completing a pretty major nationwide project at work.  I had such fantastic opportunities to attend amazing events where I got to (unbelievably) meet so many fantastic authors. I was able to travel to L.A. in May, NYC in August & December and then Paris earlier this month. 3 of my favourite cities in one year.

Time flies, as I can’t believe it’s already been a whole year.

Thank you to all those who have wished me a happy birthday on Twitter! <3


  1. Happy Birthday!

  2. Awesome post!! I just turned 30 and notice that I can’t eat the way I used to either. (I also can eat a lot even though I am small) I think the 30’s will be great!! Happy Birthday chick!!

  3. Happy birthday! Hope you have a lovely day! You’re scouting out the terrain ahead for me–I’m turning 30 this year 😉

  4. Happy birthday again, Michele! I’m glad you had a great first year in your 30s and I hope that the rest of your 30s (and beyond!) goes just as well. You’re a wonderful woman and a great friend to have. I’m so glad that you’re one of mine. :)

  5. Happy Birthday Michele!

  6. Happy Birthday (yet again)!!!

    Wait. Are you telling me that in less than 2yrs I’m not going to EAT as much?! NOOOOOOO!!! *cries*

  7. Happy birthday! Hope you had a good partay and have a great year.

  8. Happy belated Michelle! I thought you were like 23 when I met you… a few months ago. Hurrah for Asian genes :)

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