Why Turning 30 Isn’t Scary At All & Friday Favorites

It’s Friday! TGIF.

I am more excited than normal on this gorgeous Friday because it’s my birthday weekend. On Sunday, I say goodbye to my 20s as I make the big jump into my thirties.

But before I turn 30, it’s my brother’s special day first. Today my big brother turns 34! Yup, we’re just 2 days apart. Happy Birthday Chad, I hope you have a wonderful day, bubba.

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Going into a new decade has me looking back over my life a lot recently. I can’t help but to think over what I have accomplished, what I thought I would have accomplished by now, and how certain decisions have gotten me to where I am right now.

If you asked me when I turned 20 where I would be when I would be 30 it would probably go something like this:

20 Year Old Self:

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“When I’m old (because back then 30 sounded OLD), I’ll be finishing up my residency and finishing a business plan to start my own fertility and OB/GYN practice. I’ll have a toddler and a second on the way. I will be married to a tall, blonde, athletic guy  (I didn’t know Dan yet <– but this came true). And life will be perfect, duh.”

{Almost} 30 Year Old Self:

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“Okay so life doesn’t always go as planned. I don’t have the dream house, the kids, the medical practice or the perfect life. But you know what? Life is perfectly imperfect. I wouldn’t change the decisions I’ve made or the life that we’re currently building. I do, however, have the tall, blonde, athletic husband!”

Why Turning 30 Isn’t Scary… At All

In one circle of friends, I am the last to take this leap. I’ve seen many of my friends leave their 20s with dread and with a feeling of “gosh, I’m old.”

When I tell people I’m going into be 30 it’s often with a response that feels more appropriate for a funeral than for a birthday. “Oh, I’m sorry.”

Why?

To me, any birthday is a time to celebrate. After all, what’s the alternative? Oh, wait… a funeral.

I’m excited for a change. A new decade is a new chapter. A chance to start over, set new goals and new expectations. A chance to really accomplish my goals.

Unlike my 20s, I have a solid picture of what I want and what I will do with my life. No longer wishing, age has delivered a solid plan.

Do I feel old?

Heck no!

Research shows that women hit their physical peak in their early 30s. Old? Oh no, I’m just not seeing what this body can do! I still have time to get faster, stronger, better. Bring it!

Before I head into a few of my Friday Favorites, I thought it would be fun to share…

10 Reasons Why The 30’s Are

Going To Be Awesome

1. A new age group means I won’t have to compete against Tiny and Katie in races!

2. As a business owner, I’m out of the “you’re so young to be an owner” stage!

3. 30-35 is the range of peak physical fitness for most women. Big goals will be accomplished!

4. Who cares what others think? I know longer feel the need to please others. It’s my life, I’ll do as I please.

5. I know myself. No more questioning what I will be or what I want. I know and I go after it.

6. I can say “No” free of guilt. 20s were all about “yes, yes, yes”. I’ve learned that saying “no” is just as important!

7. I am seen as a real life adult. At 22, we thought we were adults. No, we’re still learning. Finally, at 30 I feel like a grown up.

8. If able, we will actually go after those kiddos. No questions about this one, the 30s we will put effort into building our family.

9. The 30s are the new 20s, right? So what’s the difference?

10. It’s better than the alternative! I would much rather turn 30 then not.

What about you…

If you are 30+, did you have a hard time?

If you’re not over 30, are you nervous for the jump? 

A few Friday Favorites…

Friday Favorites

Before I head off, I have to share a few things that I have been loving lately!

Propel Liquid Water Enhancer

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Propel recently contacted me about trying their new water enhancers. At first I was hesitant, but decided to give them a try. I get tired of flavorless water a lot and thought if anything, they would help give me some motivation to drink more water.

I didn’t anticipate that I would actually NEED them. After the race, I was extremely dehydrated. To the point of cramping and constipation for DAYS after the race. It was bad but I thought perhaps TMI for the blog.

The Propel came in handy because I knew I needed to bring my electrolytes up and this was the perfect way to hydrate and accomplish that. The Strawberry Kiwi is my favorite! Oh and it has ZERO calories, 80 mg of salt and 20 mg of potassium.

Iced Lattes

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Spring is finally here! Temperatures are on the rise and the sun is shining bright. That is the clear sign that it’s time to change from hot coffees to deliciously creamy almond milk iced lattes!

These Nike Capris

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While putting together yesterday’s post, I came across these awesome capris at Nike.com.

I think they might have to be a birthday present from myself. Yay or nay?

WOD Mobility Super Nova

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Dan and I fight over this. Sticks are good, foam rollers are great, but the Super Nova is AMAZING.

Dan bought this a few months ago, at first I rolled me eyes. We already had plenty of massage and muscle loosening gadgets. But this thing is like the magic fingers for self-myofascial release.

The Super Nova was very popular during the Palmetto 200 with my van mates!

What’s something you’ve been loving? 

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