Life: Normal by 30

I just stumbled across this article on Refinery 29 titled ‘Weird Things That Start Happening In Your 20s And How To Deal’ or rather ’10 things that will seem normal by the time you’re 30′.

I’m a sucker and I clicked because I wanted to know, am I normal? Their list included things like:

  • Your friends start making more money than you.
  • You can’t sleep in anymore.
  • You will find yourself engrossed in food and health magazines.

I lol’d at a few of them because they are so true now that I’m on the cusp of 30, but #10 on their list shocked me. Not because I didn’t already know it was true, but because it validated all my feelings that I’ve had for the past 2 years.

10. Time starts going by much, much faster.
Even if your job drags and you keep having bad days, it’s somehow always the end of a weekend and your birthday seems to be just around the bend every single year. You’re busy now, doing grown-up things. You’re paying bills, doing laundry, cooking dinner that doesn’t originate in a box, catching up with friends you haven’t seen in months, planning getaway weekends by the beach, working your ass off, and putting in extra hours, making sure you still call your parents, making room for a love life; girl, you are furiously multitasking through life, and you might not even realize it. So, stop. Put that phone down. Your deadline can wait five more minutes. Find a quiet place where you can sit cross-legged. Grab a piece of notebook paper and write down 10 things that you love about life. Savor them, because they’ll pass you by if you let them.

Sometime in my 27th year of life, I had an epiphany (and a small meltdown) that every year was picking up speed. It was all flying by and while I was enjoying it, it was just happening too fast. I tried to rationalize why I was feeling it all now because every day was just as long as the one before, but I couldn’t and it drove me nuts. So I did what any over-achieving 27 year old would do. I came up with a motto and then tried to do everything I ever wanted to do. I tried to DO MORE. And just like that, 2011/2012 became my year of doing more. Feeling more. Loving more.

There were fun adventures like flying a plane…


And visiting one of my best friends in Seattle…


And falling in love all over again…


Then 2013 rolled around and I didn’t just want to ‘do more’. I wanted to cross big goals off my list to challenge myself; so my motto went from DO MORE to ‘Never let your fear decide your fate’ and with that I set off on tackling some big adventures; namely traveling again, but more on that later.

Time still flies, especially when you’re having fun or making plans or some other old cliche that gets thrown in with getting older. So maybe I will take the time (and Refinery 29’s advice) and share 10 things I love about life, because why shouldn’t I? Isn’t that what this blog is for? And we all know how much I love a countdown!

I love…

  1. My relationship with my mom. It’s stronger than ever.
  2. That I’m finally figuring out what will make me professionally happy and working towards those goals.
  3. That my sisters are having babies and I get to be a part of those little lives.
  4. That I don’t give up on dreams, but understand they might change.
  5. That I have really supportive friends who I can text or call in a heart beat.
  6. That I’m crossing things off my yearly goal list and my big bucket list!
  7. That I’m writing again. Still keeping my Happiness Project going every day!
  8. My relationship with my BF. Best friend doesn’t even begin to describe it.
  9. That I’m reading more and that I get excited to talk about books with people, even if it is The Hunger Games or 50 Shades of Grey
  10. My dirty little secrets that make me unique (just like everyone else) and allow me to not take everything too seriously, because Kimye is a big deal to me!

So will I be normal by 30? I don’t know, but I guess finding out will be half the adventure.


1 Comment»

  crankypants wrote @

I don’t even remember my 30s so…yeah, keep up with your mindful living…I wish I’d started earlier

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