This Is Thirty

I love birthdays. It is a time to celebrate the past year and the upcoming year. I think of it as a reset – an opportunity to hit the refresh button on what you want out of life for the next year or so. 

So when I turned 30 last July, there were a few things I wanted to accomplish. Now that I have  been 30 for a full year, I believe I am absolutely an expert in the world of being a 30 year old. In fact, a 23 year old told me I look good for being 30 last week. So there’s that.


If you have an upcoming birthday or are on either side of 30, I am hear to tell you, it’s okay. I have always heard that 30 is a magical age where you finally feel comfortable in your own skin and in your abilities but are still young enough to take risks. For me, that has been nothing but true. One of the best things 30 has done for me is offer me perspective. It has made me realize what’s important and what’s not. Life is short and no matter what stage of life you’re in, it’s important to be present and embrace it.

So if you’re turning 30 – or have another milestone birthday approaching- or you just like to celebrate, here is my list for a successful #thisis30:

  1. Take smash cake photos because….why not? Lucky for me, I have the best friend who is also a photographer and we had a blast doing smash cake photos!
    Heather Kleber Photography
  2. Do something you’ve always wanted to do – This year, I started working out again, I went to Mexico with my friends and husband, I got a tattoo with some friends, I went to CMA fest/CMA Awards, I had a surprise 30th birthday party. I have had a blast! Life is all about experiences – enjoy it!
  3. Stop eating like crapor maybe that’s just a note to self. 30 is can be so cruel. It hits you right in the gut (pun intended). My metabolism also died the day I turned 30. I rang in the big 3-0 with the big 3-0 lbs. And unlike 5 years ago, it’s taken me a year to lose it and I am only halfway there.
  4. Don’t sweat the small stuff – realize what is important and do that. Do less of the stuff that isn’t important. Learn to say no. Forget the guilt. It’s so simple yet so hard.
  5. Be present – see #4. But seriously, I walked right past a girl that I know who was on her phone while her kid was trying to get her attention. I am guilty of this too but honestly, nothing is that important. Your kids need you, your spouse needs you, your friends need you. Be with them – not on the phone.
  6. Be intentional with your time. I decided 30 would be the year I would try to learn more about myself and continue educating myself to be stronger in the business world. So I read, I listen to podcasts and audible but none of this would have happened if I wasn’t intentional.
  7. Enjoy life – the good, the bad, the fabulous. You learn from the bad, you enjoy the good and you post pictures of the fabulous on facebook 🙂 

Because after all, #thisis30

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