Today I turn 30! Say what?! I feel like it was only a couple years ago I got my learners permit and was allowed to drive. It’s crazy to think I’m THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRTY…….. But unlike most people I talk to I am looking forward to turning 30. Why? Well.. I look back on the last 10 years and I’m just like, wow! Everything I’ve done I am moving on to a new chapter in life. I am excited to celebrate this new chapter. I’ve been thinking about things I’ve learned/enjoyed/regretted in my 20’s and I am pretty happy with my 20’s. We all have some bumps in our life’s path but mines turned out good. I am glad everything that happened in my 20’s because it has led me to where I am today. I wouldn’t have the amazing friends, closeness with my family, Sean, Riley and awesome opportunities to grow.
Here are somethings I did/ learned/ enjoyed while in my 20’s:
+ Got a full time job with good pay. Just celebrated my 10 years with the company.
+ Partied. Got my wild party girl streak out.
+ Lost 70lbs and never felt better about myself. I started to learn to love myself and who I was.
+ Learned about friendship. What real friends are, how to be a friend and no matter the life decisions or distance true friends are always there.
+ Almost losing both my parents at the same time made me appreciate time more. Appreciate the time with them more. Get as much time as I can with my Mom and Dad. You never know when GOD will call them home.
+ I was meant to be a photographer and start my own business.
+ The shy self I once was branched out and now enjoys working with others. I am passionate about teaching others about photography.
+ I am a DIYer
+ I enjoy learning and reading A LOT! I love reading blogs most of all. *send me an email if you currently have a blog for me to subscribe to. Bonus points if its for Photography, DIY projects, and anything including shiplap or glitter.
+ I’ve learned personal development is a very important to me and I don’t need to attend college to do it.
+ I outgrew my love for wearing baggy shirts, putting my hair in a hair tie, and wearing tennis shoes religiously. I love letting my hair down, putting on a cute colorful outfit and some boots.
+ I learned to love and embrace being a woman.
+ I learned to not let my PCOS be an excuse but to empower women with the same condition. I want to help fight for a cure.
+ Pick your battles
+ Life has so much to offer. You have to work hard if you want something.
+ I love make up. Specially lipstick, eye liner and mascara.
+ I embrace my curly hair. It fits me and hubby loves it.
+ Being married to a firefighter/emt is stressful, but so rewarding. Some nights you are left home to eat dinner by yourself or go out with friends while they are off helping protect others in the community. It has given me the opportunity to meet new people, make new friends, and be part of an amazing organization. It takes a strong person to be selfless and put there life on the line for others.
+ Being a mom is a blessing. Its so worth the anxiety and gray hair. I enjoy being her best friend, playing dress up, singing and dancing around the house, doing crafts, and doing activities with her like swim and gymnastics.
+ I love being pampered and taking care of myself even though I don’t take nearly enough time do to so. I need to schedule little me sessions.
+ Living cheap can be stressful. Trying to bargain for the best price can be too draining and not worth the savings. Sometimes its best to spend a little more and help support others businesses. We are all trying to save a few dollars but sometimes stop and just spend the money to get something done. Stress less, live more.
+ Speak your mind but in a classy way.
+ Loving myself. Love who I am. Love what I do. Embrace my strengths and focus less on my flaws.
+ Live life. Stop being so intimidated to take chances and changes in life.
+ Pray. Believe in GOD.
+ Meditation is a real and makes me feel good.
+ Do more traveling. It really excites me and makes me happy.
What do I hope to accomplish in my 30’s:
+ Grow a successful Photography Business
+ Continue working on my health
+ Taking more time for my family. Less time on electronics.
+ Do more traveling. Like take another cruise and visiting the west coast.
+ Go to WPPI in Vegas.
+ Grow our family
+ Continue Self Development
+ Grow my blog. Be more personal.
+ Work with more small business owners
+ Continue working with other photographers
+ Embrace my craft and talents
+ Continue to provide for my family and be happy.
None of this is set in stone and will change as time goes on but for now this is what I’d love to achieve. Did you enjoy turning 20? 30? 40? 50? Etc.. Did you have goals and plans for each 10 years? Write to me and tell me.
I had the privilege of asking my friend/coworker and Mentee to take some pictures of me for my 30th Birthday. We planned on taking family pictures but the weather was not the greatest so we had to postpone. So look for those family pictures in the coming months. For now enjoy some of the amazing pictures by Jeannie Maddy. Also Big thank you to Crystal Dolan for also coming along and taking some pictures. Thank you both!
Here’s to 30 years and 30 more!