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Thirty, Flirty and Thriving!

Lake Mahinerangi New Zealand

I’m pretty stoked to say that today I am 30 years old! Yes, the big 3-0. And I am so very happy to be turning 30. I think that a lot of your 20’s is about finding yourself. And I’ve done a lot of soul searching over the last decade, and I’ve done a lot of exploring about who I am, what makes me happy (hint: making things is a big part :), and what is my place in the world. I’ve hurdled seemingly insurmountable obstacles. I’ve met and married the love of my life. I’m proud of what I’ve figured out, where I am, and who I am. And I’m ready for the next phase.

purple linen dress and waterfall

So why do I say 30, Flirty, and Thriving? I borrowed the phrase from one of my favorite put-a-smile-on-my-face movies. And I kinda like that Adam rolls his eyes every time I say the phrase :) But, really, it’s about recognizing where I am as well as continuing to challenge myself for the future. There’s no question about me being 30. But to be flirty and thriving, I need to be as self-confident, self-aware, happy, and proud as I can be and I think that all of those are lifelong journeys. I’m so happy with where and who I am right now and so looking forward to where and who I might be in the future!

bungy jump grimace

To help me celebrate, I would love it if you shared not just happy birthday wishes (although those are certainly welcomed!) but anything about turning 30 or life in your 30’s. What turned out to be awesome about them for you? What do you wish someone had told you before you experienced them yourself? What do you look up to in someone over 30? Thanks in advance!

bungy jumping

[Yes, I really truly did just go bungy jumping. I’m terrified of heights and had absolutely no desire to do so. But Adam really wanted to bungy jump while were in New Zealand and I thought we would do it in tandem as an amazing shared experience. And then the time came and they recommended that we do it solo and I was too stubborn to back out. It’s the scariest thing I’ve ever done and I hated every second of it (turns out I am NOT an adrenaline junky). But I did it with a smile/grimace on my face and I am SO PROUD of myself for doing it. So here’s to plunging into 30!!]

bungy jump upside down

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  1. Happy birthday! I’m turning 30 next year so I can’t share any personal revelations about being in my thirties. I’m hoping my life will quiet down a bit so that I’ll have more time to spend with friends and family.

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I also got married just before my 30th birthday. For me, my 30s were tumultuous, as those were the years that I adjusted to married life, had TWO children, went back to work, learned a boatload of stuff about pregnancy, babies, and raising children, and was divorced just before my 40th.

    I hope you 30s are great! :)

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  3. Happy 30th, Erin!! :) I’m so glad you’re feeling so content and excited about your life right now – and you should be! You just achieved a huge professional accomplishment and are about to dive into a new one, not to mention all the great things happening in your personal life. Keep the momentum going! :)

    I’m enjoying my 30s way more than my 20s for various reasons, but mainly because, as you said, you learn a lot in your 20s about who you are and who you want to be. I think I’ve known who I am at the core for a long time, but my biggest lesson learned in my 20s was that being yourself is WAY better than trying to be someone else. It took a long time to figure that out.

    Hope your 30s are filled with much success and love!

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  4. Happy Birthday Erin. i’ll be 33 at the end of the month and I can safely say I’ve been happier in myself, my self-image, my style and how I express me than I’ve ever been before. I know who I am now and I’m not frightened to let people see me in all my craziness. 30’s are great, despite the increasing grey hair and responsibilities (kids!)

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  5. when i turned 30, i thought i was such a wise elder. only five years have passed since then, but i have to laugh. i was such a baby when i turned 30! since then, i moved halfway across the country, have been dealing with my partner working on his doctorate (probably harder for him than for me, but it’s still no picnic for the partners), started to get a handle on how i really want to spend my time & how to say no, & had a kid. & not just any kid, but a preemie born two months early, who had to spend her first month of life in the NICU. oh, & i learned how to sew.

    i have friends who are still in their 20s who are always complaining about how they’re so old, they never want to party anymore, they just want to be sophia petrillo, etc etc. i felt the same way when i was like 26 or whatever. but being in my 30s, & especially having a kid & learning to sew (ie, tackling two huge new skill sets about which i knew nothing), has taught me that getting older is really just a constant lesson in all the things you don’t know yet.

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  6. Happy birthday!!! I probably can’t give you any good advice about turning 30, since I’m not there yet.So I’m just going to say that age is only a number and you’re only as old (or young) as you feel. Pretty cliche, but there you go.

  7. Happy Birthday, Erin! I am now moving in to the latter end of my 30s. I will soon turn 37. My 30s have been so much better than my 20s were. Though my 20s were a great source for stories and memories, be they good or bad. In my 30s I have learned who my real friends are, and that having 2 really close friends is so much better than having 20 fair weather friends. Life is just more comfortable in my 30s and I find deeper pleasure in simple things. I have also learned that it is ok to be a little selfish; it makes me a happier wife, mother and friend, resulting in better relationships with all the people I care about.

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  8. Happy birthday beautiful girl! I’m so happy you’re greeting the new decade with open arms. For me, entering my thirties has been exhilarating. I left behind the soul-searching, “who am I” ruminating of my 20’s and have instead by focusing on growing, learning, working on the things that matter to me: being more compassionate, more loving, more present, more aware. It’s obviously not easy abut the good thing in life never are… hope this decade brings you the same kind of empowering growth!

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      Thanks so much Heather! I appreciate the wishes and hearing about how this decade has been for you so far. I feel like I’ve been seeing some of that empowerment in your blog and it’s great to see!

  9. Happy birthday, Erin! (If somewhat belated.) When I was in my 20s, I dreaded turning 30. But once I was in my 30s, it somehow seemed like I started to be more intentional about enjoying life. I have no regrets about my 30s (or my 20s) – I wouldn’t trade that time for anything! I think the older you get, the less you take for granted in life. Though the truth is, I keep forgetting I’m in my 40s. I guess it is just a number after all. :) So stay curious, stay adventurous and keep loving life! Big hugs to you – I hope you’re having the time of your life! xo

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  10. Happy belated 30th! My 31st is getting closer and I have to say, I really didn’t mind turning or being 30. Nothing magically changes, although people really make a big deal out of “the big 3-0”. I’ve never really felt better! I’ve accomplished some pretty cool things in my 20’s but I’m really glad I know who I am (or want to be) now, and I’m so happy with where we’re headed! So yeah, not really any advice but being happy with where you are and who you are seems like the best start!

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