Why my 30s have been the best decade so far!

Last week I celebrated my 34th birthday, which means I am officially in my mid-30s! I remember hearing something about how you’re never supposed to ask a lady about her age or her weight but I’ve never had a problem talking about either….because both are just a number and that number is totally relative.  Do I feel young? Do I feel healthy? Absolutely! And now that I feel like I have “broken in my 30s”, I can honestly say that my 30s are shaping up to be the best decade so far! Something happened when I turned 30….I learned that there is no such thing as grown ups, we all are just winging it! I realized that despite many missteps, somehow my life had ended up in a pretty good place and I had this sudden, new found confidence and comfort in my own skin.  Part of me wishes I could go back and tell the 20 something me a thing or two, but then I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am today. No regrets about my past, even when I’ve made “catastrophic” mistakes, had my heart broken or broken hearts, was insecure, thought I was fat, cried too much, did too many tequila shots….it was all a learning experience and that is what our 20s are for!

20s

So….what is it that makes being in my 30s so awesome??

  • Being comfortable in my own skin, including being o.k. with my not so cool dance moves! I know I mentioned this one before, but it’s worth being redundant because confidence really is the BEST thing about being in my 30s!!
Play that funky music! 32 in Vegas!

Play that funky music! 32 in Vegas!

  • Understanding and appreciating that being a mommy is the single most important thing that I am going to do with my life! I found out I was preggers with Lana just a few days before my 23rd birthday and to be honest I was TERRIFIED! Raising a mini-me isn’t always easy, but it’s always been worth it!
Real Happiness! I'm 31 and Lana is 6 in this picture.

Real Happiness! I’m 31 and Lana is 6 in this picture.

  • Reaching a point in my life that I know what matters and what I want out of a relationship, which allowed me to connect with my second life love (aside from Lana). Danny makes me happy and makes me laugh every single day!
Being silly at my friend's wedding. (32)

Being silly at my friend’s wedding. (32)

  • Having great girlfriends and remembering to make time for them! Life experience has taught me…don’t get so wrapped up in a “boyfriend” that you neglect other relationships and NEVER trust a girl that doesn’t have a single girlfriend.
Reunited after a long work trip. Enjoying time with the girls at 31.

Reunited after a long work trip. Enjoying time with the girls at 31.

  • Reaching a point in my career that I have the time and can afford to travel (some). One of my bucket list items is to see as many places in this world as possible!

 

Temple in Japan.

Temple in Japan.

  • Learning to appreciate art and other things of beauty. It seems like most of my free time in my 20s was spent in clubs/bars/at parties….in my 30s I realized there is so much more to life!
Chihuly exhibit at VMFA in Richmond VA.

Chihuly exhibit at VMFA in Richmond VA

  • Having the courage to be bold and express my own unique style! I’ve literally had my hair dyed every possible color in my 30s and have tossed the high heels and spandex tops in favor for flip flops and retro t-shirts!
Bright red hair, Beatles T-Shirt, and Pink 80s sunglasses! Because I can! ;-)

Bright red hair, Beatles T-Shirt, and Pink 80s sunglasses! Because I can! 😉

 

  • Learning how to take care of my body and being in the best shape of my life. Since turning 30 I’ve paid more attention to eating well, limiting alcohol, exercising, and have done lots of running. I feel like my endurance and fitness are peaking in my 30s, thanks to treating my body a little kinder!
Baltimore 10 miler at 32.

Baltimore 10 miler at 32.

 

Anyone else in their 30s feel the same way? What has been your favorite decade so far? And why?


While I know it’s totally random, I’m going to throw my training log for last week in here because it was overall uneventful, and definitely does not warrant a full post. I’m continuing to increase my mileage and focus on stretching/cross training and still feeling good/pain free. Also a little bored not having a race to help guide my training and keep me focused so I’ve started looking at 2015 races and will be updating “My Races” section of my blog soon!

  • Monday: Run 3 miles/Stretching
  • Tuesday: Rest
  • Wednesday: Rest
  • Thursday: Run 3 miles/stretching
  • Friday: Run 3 miles/stretching
  • Saturday: 20 minutes stairmill, 3 mile run, 30 minutes weight training (Full Body)/Stretching
  • Sunday: 45 minutes spinner/bike, 50 minute Power Yoga

Total Weekly Miles: 12

Total 2015 Miles: 21

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8 thoughts on “Why my 30s have been the best decade so far!

  1. This is a great post! I have said many times that the 30s are a great period of anyone’s life! By that age, you have partied, been irresponsible, done embarrassing things..maybe some illegal things, raised kids, made a career and now you can reap the benefits of all of that and still so very young! Honestly, I wish I had learned all the lessons that you seem to have. You have a great perspective on life. You will rock the coming decades. 🙂

  2. I LOVE THIS. I say all the time that my 30’s have been the best decade of my life. I’ll officially be in my *gulp* LATE 30’s in March and I have so enjoyed all of it so far. My 20’s were a very confused time and in my 30’s it all became clear. I love this little walk back through your old pics too. 🙂

  3. I love this!! I was so freaked during my whole 29th year about turning 30 but it was that year that I also discovered there’s no such thing as being a “grown up.” Great post!!

    • Thank you! I know a lot of people who dread turning 30, but I was actually looking forward to it. For some reason I thought I’d magically become a grown up and be taken more seriously at work! Of course that didn’t happen! But discovering that there are no grown ups was even better and allowed me to start being a whole lot easier on myself! 😉

  4. I’m 31 and I don’t like to admit. I’m literally filled with glee when I get asked for ID. This post made me feel a bit better about everything. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

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