I’ve officially been 30 for one week now. I know a lot of people have a tough time dealing with getting older. It wasn’t so bad for me, but that probably has to do with the fact that I have been telling people I was 30 for the past three years. I mean, anything after 25 is close enough, right?!
I have been reflecting a bit on the last decade of my life. As fast as it seems that time has flown by, it feels like 20 was so long ago. There was so much that happened, it has me anxious and excited to see how life will change over the next ten years.
At 20 years old, I gave birth to an amazing little boy who was so excited to see me that he came 9 weeks early.
I married a man that I thought I was going to raise a family with.
I struggled with figuring out who I was.
I gained an excessive amount of weight.
I left that man that I thought I was going to spend the rest of my life with.
I learned how to drive a stick shift.
I lost 60 pounds and really began to love myself again.
I started a job that could have turned into a life-long career.
I lost my father, my mother, and my grandfather.
I lost touch with friends that I love.
I made new friends.
I met an amazing man who has changed my life for the better.
I quit that “great” job when I realized that I was being underpaid and under-appreciated.
I’ve traveled to places and experienced things that I would have never even dreamed possible.
I’ve taken chances and fallen on my face.
I’ve taken chances and soared!
I’ve learned to appreciate good wine.
Most importantly, I’ve learned that life is what you make of it.
You can sit on the couch scrolling through Instagram unhappy with life, or you can go out there and do it your way. You can’t wait for someone to hand you what you want, you have to take it!
I experienced a lot of bad shit in my 20’s and I’ve had people tell me, “you’ve gone through a lot at such a young age.” But I refuse to let any of that hold me back. There are people out there that have probably had it way worse. With all the negative, it makes me even more thankful for the positive. I am going into my 30’s stronger than ever before but I can’t wait to see what lessons I learn along the way!
I am the mother to one wild child and 2 fur babies. I have lived in the Cincinnati area my entire life. It is unbelievable the amount of things there are to do and see in this city and I can't wait to share them with you! Stay tuned for announcements about our monthly Girls' Night Out events and opportunities to showcase local businesses.