Today’s the day. I just rounded the corner to 30 and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it. And I mean that. I feel like so many people around me have been freaking out about turning the big 3-0, but for some reason I’m calm and excited about it. Don’t get me wrong, if you recall, 25 was a tough one for me, so I guess we all have our year/s!But 30. It’s not feeling tough to me at all. I’m amazed at the last 10 years. What I’ve been through, what I’ve accomplished, success and failures. The learning experiences, the struggles, the smiles and the tears. It’s all been so amazing.In reflecting back on the last decade, I graduated from college, started my first job, married the love of my life, crossed running the Boston Marathon off my bucket list, watched my siblings, family members and closest friends get married and have kids, moved clear across country, and so, so much more!
I struggled to understand death as a young adult and the pain it caused those closest to me. I struggled to be strong for those I love when I was mourning too. We were faced with job loss multiple times and struggled to make it through. I took an invisible illness and kicked its ass, after being thankful that my body was no longer fighting against me.I took a huge risk and quit that first job out of college, that great job at Harvard, to nanny because I felt pulled in a different direction at that time in my life. I faced the criticism and questions from others, though, it was the best decision I ever made for me and my future career. It was exactly what I needed at that time.We’ve moved eight, yes EIGHT times, and every time was a new adventure. We’ve welcome spouses and babies into our families, we’ve lost loved ones near and dear to our hearts. We’ve faced homesickness, and FOMO real bad!I have absolutely no regrets. I am ready to face 30. I’m ready to see what this next decade has in store for me and for us. I continue to be grateful for our jobs, our home, our family and friends and each other. I’m ready to kick off another year with my love by my side. I’m ready to look 30 in the face and say bring it! I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t weird to be writing 30 (!), which seemed so old not too long ago. But now, now it’s nothing but young, healthy, fresh and happy. It is the new 20 after all, right?!
So here’s to 30, CHEERS to 30!