Holy Moly I’m 30 Today!

I have been preparing for the big 3 0 for a while now, but that still doesn’t help much with the shock of the fact that they day is finally here. I know that age is but an number, but you do have to admit that 30 is a big milestone. I am not one to have a big to do about my birthday every year. I like to acknowledge it, and sometimes go out to celebrate, but this year I was pretty excited to recognize the big day.

I did not want a big party because I thought it to be a huge waste of money. I certainly did not need to pay for my friends to get drunk. Especially when I myself could not indulge. I was very happy to go on our Sarasota vacation to celebrate the big event along with our anniversary. I have been thinking about how I want to say goodbye to my 20′s, and the only thing that really popped into my head was to go out and party with wine, martinis and beers to relive the decade as it had been….a very long party! But since I’m preggers that will not be happening any time soon, so I am left to reflect on the decade that was, and to think ahead to the years that will be. I do not know the future, but I am sensing it will be so much different than my 20′s.

I wrote a post as an Ode to my 20′s last June. I called them my transition years, because I did a lot of growing up during those years. So much has changed from when I turned 20. It’s insane to really think about it. I had to go from a dependent girl to an independent woman, to a wife. Now, looking ahead, it seems that my new role in my 30′s will be that of mother. I have heard that your 30′s are a time to define yourself. I can see where that would be. I spent so much of my 20′s trying to figure things out, and alot of that time was spent a little lost. Now, I have found my true partner in life (Captain Awesome of course), and am ready to build our life together as a team.

People keep telling me…enjoy your time while you can, once you have kids life changes so much. And I get that…I do. But I gotta tell you I’ve spent my 20′s “living my life”. I have traveled all over the world, I regularly sleep late, I have partied like a rock star (probably too much), I have stayed up way too late for no good reason, and I enjoyed all of it. I look forward to the new journies ahead, and the changes they will bring.  

I am ready to welcome my 30′s with open arms. I am truly excited to find what they have in store for me. So…So long and farewell to my 20′s. You have treated me well, but it’s time for a new chapter. Today, I am 30 years old!!!

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25 Responses to Holy Moly I’m 30 Today!

  1. Plaidy says:

    Happy birthday sweet girl! I hope it is as incredible as you are!

  2. Busted Kate says:

    Happy happy birthday! May our 30s be our best decade yet!

  3. wendiwinn says:

    happy birthday! the 30s are awesome. also. on a side note. please be sure to ask for an epidural.

  4. Sarah - Citified Country Girl says:

    Happy Birthday, I hope you have a lovely day. You deserve it!

  5. Happy Birthday! When I turned 30, my husband bought me a gift bag that said, “It took 30 years to look this good.” and a button that said, “30 never looked so good.”

    30 was just the beginning of the good stuff! Enjoy!

  6. Happy Birthday Jen! Hope you have a fantastic day!

  7. JessRaquel says:

    Happy Birthday!!!!!

  8. Ah..so young ;-) Happy Birthday, you really are entering an amazing new phase of your life. Twenties are fun, but thirties are so much richer. I had a blast turning 30 (and did it in style) but I can understand why you might want to go easy on the rock star element. Celebrate with your bump however you can!

  9. Tiffany says:

    Happy Birthday!!! So exciting to think this is how old you will be when your bundle of joy comes!

  10. Jin says:

    Happy belated birthday! The cake picture is just too cute! Or maybe I’m just hungry still, lol. But I hope you had an awesome day yesterday and may the next decade (and beyond) be good to you!

  11. jennifer says:

    happy birthday!!!! i gotta tell you, the 30′s rock. and since you have an extra special delivery cooking up, yours are bound to be the best of the best!

  12. christina says:

    Happy Birthday!! I loved this post and it makes me think back to my 20 year old self, too. I’m about 2 months behind you and really ready for 30! I guess because it’s how old I will be when I have my sweet Wren. I feel the same way–I’ve had so much fun, traveled, gotten to know myself, etc. Now I’m ready for life as a mommy to begin and I think 30 is a great year to do so!!

  13. LisaDay says:

    Happy 30th. And congrats on becoming a mother, the best journey of them all.

  14. Scraps says:

    Happy Birthday!!! As much trial and error as my 20s were, my 30s are so much better for having survived that decade and the lessons learned. May your experiences be just as good :)

  15. Lerin says:

    Happy Birthday!! I will be 30 in 9 more months. I’m also looking forward to it. :)

  16. Lori Barnes says:

    Happy Late Birthday!!! There is good news 30 is the new 20!!! I had my 30 B.D. 15 years ago and i can saw my 30′s were my turning point in life so enjoy!!

  17. Lori says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!

  18. It is so insane to think of all of the changes we go through in our 20′s. It has definitley been the best decade of my life thus far but I too look forward to what my 30s will bring. HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY!!!

  19. Tanya ~ The Chatty Mom says:

    Happy Birthday! Stopping by from SITS since I noticed that there was a birthday to celebrate. And THANK GOD that you are not one of those women that are freaking out about turning 30…what’s wrong with them anyway? As a 36 year-old, let me tell you that the 30′s are awesome…you gain respect, know ALOT more than you did in your 20′s, and if nothing else you have survived 3 decades of life (which too many never do these days).

    So, Happy Birthday To You!

  20. Krissi says:

    Happy Birthday! I also celebrated my 30th preggers, so I can relate! My hubby threw my twin sister and I a surprise party which was fun despite the fact that I couldn’t drink! Glad you’re doing well!

  21. MAK-now says:

    Happy Birthday!!

    The 30′s are amazing!!!

  22. Jessica @ Acting Adult says:

    Happy birthday! That is definitely a big milestone. :)

  23. Jenn says:

    Happy Birthday! Have a great weekend celebrating!

  24. Tree says:

    Oh yay! Happy 30th! Tis true that your life will change after kids, but much of the time for the better! I also had my fun before the first one arrived (at 25), and had no problem starting that new chapter in my life! Be blessed!

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