Turning 30 wasn’t something I feared, in fact I'd been looking forward to it for at least a decade. My 20’s were certainly an adventure but a mess. I thought if I could just turn 30 I would have it all; life would be easier and all my goals and dreams would come true. I failed to see that turning 30 wouldn’t solve my problems but the experiences leading up to 30 would make the decade magical. Like many, I thought I would have a great career, marriage, kids, house, loads of travel, great hair, and a bikini body all by 30. I didn’t realize how much I would grow in my late 20’s.
The last 2 years of my 20’s taught me so much, it wasn’t that my goals were no longer valid, but my mindset had changed on what I saw for my future and I redefined my goals and idea of success. That pivot in my late 20’s made turning 30 a gift and felt like a fresh outlook on everything. I know that each year is another year of new experiences, adventures and aging isn’t something I avoid but am now proud of. It honestly feels like I shed myself from a comfort of complacency and am now focused on growth and taking chances and changes. I may not have my dream job, but I have a good job and appreciate not working multiple jobs anymore. I may not have a perfect body, but I also know there isn’t a perfect body, just your definition of a perfect body- and I want to be healthy more than anything.
If I learned anything, your 20’s are for exploring, finding your voice, learning lessons and evolving; your 30’s are for honing in on what the 20’s taught you and excelling from there. I know leading up to my 30’s I cared less and less about what others thought and focused on gaining the confidence to do what I want for my future. My 30’s are already focused on improvement for myself, my community and the world and less about keeping up with the Jones’.
Some goals of mine I’m looking forward this decade are:
Throwing roaring 20’s parties for every birthday I have from 2018-2028 because why not!
Going to Edinburg, Scotland where J.K. Rowling’s wrote and write too.
Making my marriage better each year.
Approaching setbacks as growing opportunities instead of a crisis.
Focusing on the products I buy and how they are sourced.
Weekly meditation, consistent workouts and drinking more water.
Cursing less because I have a potty mouth from time to time.
Paying off my student loans.
Attend conferences and learning more about my desired field.
Discover new music and go to concerts.
Read 20 books each year (on book 5 for the year).
Finish my own book and get it published.
Buy a house, adopt more dogs and maybe a pig.
Launch my blog.
Have a kid and or adopt.
Travel internationally on a yearly basis.
Mark off visiting my 25th country.
Self-care aka Treat Yo Self within moderation.
Find a good therapist.
See the northern lights.
Complete a 5k and 10k.
Go to Hawaii and see a sea turtle in the ocean.
Nourishing my relationships and keeping in touch.
Donate on the regular.
Be flexible with my goals and dreams
30 is already gearing up to be a great decade and I can’t wait to keep checking items off my list, changing items and embracing the adventures that await me!
Special thanks to Krys for sharing her story! Checkout thekrycollective.wixsite.com/mysite to learn more about this fab 30 something. Email Guideto30@gmail.com to have your 30's journey featured!
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