On March 13th I turned 30. One decade ended and another welcomed. Yes, welcomed. With open arms in fact. I’ve never really given age much thought. Maybe it’s because I’ve always looked at least 5 years younger than I am, or is it that I’m saving my break down for when I turn 40? Well, if that’s the case it will happen on some sunny beach by a pool because Jessica and I have our 40th birthdays all planned out. Just us, the sun, a pool, and a good book. Now back to my 30th. I’m not struggling with this new number, my insurance premium going up, or jumping to an entirely different age group when checking that box. And since I didn’t fight the inevitable 3-0, I didn’t even give that little list of “What to do before I turn 30″ much thought until a couple of months ago. And even when I did begin to think about it, I couldn’t really come up with anything worth while. World peace, writing some sort of NY Times bestseller. You know. That things that really matter. wink wink. Ok, back to the goal stuff. I have the husband I asked for, 3 amazingly beautiful children, and a photography business that is growing at the pace I want. So I began to think about what I would change about myself, and here is what I came up with.
1. Take up running. I would have liked to be farther along by this point, like running some sort of race, but life happened. Kids got sick, I had a lot of work to do. Just life. But I am still going out when I can and plan to do it more as the day light increases. It is one of the best things I have ever done. It gives me a clear head and I actually get more done throughout the day because I’m focused. I also don’t suffer those “winter-blues” when I get that cardio exercise.
2. Be a size 6-8. I know. Super superficial. But we are completely done having kids, so why not work my tail off (literally) to get down to a size that I am comfortable? I never want to be as skinny as I was when we got married (more like a 4-6), so I thought I would be more comfortable at a 6 – 8. AND…I did it!It was mainly the exercise that worked because I all ready eat fairly well (excluding those pieces of chocolate every so often) and know what to eat when trying to lose weight. I do miss those days when all I did was ban sugar from my sight and the pounds would melt off. Nevertheless, I did it. I just bought a size 6 gap jeans, and we all know they aren’t a true 6, but more in between a 6- 8. I would still like to be down about 5 more pounds, but I got to my goal and I am comfortable here. And really, isn’t that the most important thing when trying to lose weight? Not to look like a super model, but look like what you should at your healthiest.
3. Learn to get over it. All of us get our feelings hurt, and honestly – it’s completely and utterly awful. It’s no fun and it isn’t something, especially us women, like to experience. But how freeing would it be to just let it go? And that’s what I got to thinking. This is something that I truly, whole-heartily want to learn to do. So I practiced. And practiced, and practiced. It was difficult, but I believe I have honestly come to that place where I can let it go and not dwell on it if someone has hurt my feelings.
What did we do for my big 3-0 you ask? Wellll, we were going to have a family birthday on my birthday, but THE ELECTRICITY WENT OUT! So we had to spend the night at Paul’s Mom’s house and we rescheduled a small party for the following Friday, but the present from Paul, Sharron, Jessica, & Jason is an Epicurean tour in Portland on April 2nd! I am so excited I can barely stand it! I first heard of this heavenly tour when our friends Robert & Wendy were posting pictures on facebook throughout the day of the food they were eating. It was all so interesting that I emailed them and asked where the heck are you?! The tour is 3.5 hours long and the tickets are $49- $59/each. Expect TONS of pictures on the blog after the 2nd.
My only regret I have at this milestone is I was expecting more grays. Yes, you heard me correctly. I want those beautiful streaks in my hair. I think it’s puuurty.
My absolute favorite show. Kenneth is just as funny as Tina Fay.