Wednesday, May 22, 2019

hi, i’m 30

Hi. Remember me? I'm still around, promise!

Life in general got the best of me, but I want to come back and start writing more. And what better way to do that than to share some things I've learned before turning 30.

1. You're still figuring out life and that's OK.
When I was little, 30 seemed so far away. I had all of these ides what being in your 30s would be like and not a single one of them is true. In fact, I feel like I'm in the middle of a mid-life crisis and am trying to figure out my next steps and my purpose. I'm still growing a person and that means that life isn't going to be as perfect as I imagined.

2. It doesn't matter what other people think of you.
It's sad to say that I used to care so much about what other people thought of me. I look back and know that it stopped me from doing certain things, wearing certain things, saying certain things. And all because I wanted people to like me or I wanted to fit in. I've realized over the years that being true to yourself is more important than trying to please everyone.

3. Be spontaneous.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love plans. I love making plans and filling out my planner, but the down side has always been that I wouldn't do something if I didn't know about it in advance. I know I've missed out on a lot because of this. Nowadays, I try to be better about being spontaneous. Impromptu shopping trips or lunch plans with friends have led to some of my favorite moments.

4. Say 'no' if you need to.
Piggy backing off of number four - it's OK to say 'no' to things. If I have things that take precedence or am just feeling drained, I'll decline no matter how fun or good it sounds. You don't have to be 'yes, yes, yes' all the time.

5. Read, read, and read some more.
Or do something that keeps you thinking and your mind active. I try to read as much as possible, even if that means only ten minutes before bed. I've taken up crossword puzzles recently {the NY Times is no joke} and have found that it really gets me thinking. Plus, they're super fun!

6. Wear SPF everyday.
I didn't start doing this until I was in my mid-20s and regret it. Living in Florida has just reiterated how important SPF is. Even on cloudy days I make sure my face and neck are covered in sunscreen.

7. Look for the positive in each situation.
I used to be a pretty pessimistic person. It's not a fun way to live life, trust me. Now, I try my hardest to always look for the best in whatever comes my way. Even if things don't go right or the way I want, I try to turn it into a positive.

Did I mention today is my birthday? If you have any advice for me today, the day I turn the big 3-0, I want to hear it!

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