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