Down Under Dirty Thirty

There’s such a stigma attached to turning the big 3.0. Saying goodbye to your 20’s and ushering in this new decade of actual adulthood seems to be viewed as a negative thing. But I have to say that I’m looking forward to being done with that time in my life. I spent those “good” years being too grown up for my own good. Working way too much. Not taking time to enjoy things. Constantly working on advancing my career and never worrying about the time I was losing chasing a goal I had actually outgrown long before it became a reality.

There was a time not very long ago when I wasn’t even sure I would ever see my 30th birthday. Looking back at those terrifying months of uncertainty, I remember feeling so lost and panicked. What had I really accomplished so far in my life? What would people say about me? I wasn’t happy with the answers I came up with and decided to focus on making the rest of my life exactly what I wanted it to be. And right now, that’s embracing my 30’s with no job, a dwindling savings account and literally no plan for the future. And guess which version of myself I’m happier with? Yes, I am turing 30 with no actual direction in life, but most importantly, no regrets. My life is my own. It’s exactly what I want it to be. I don’t have to answer to anyone, ask for permission, or forgiveness. After a decade of clawing my way to what I thought was the top, professionally, I’ve never been happier with my choice to walk away.

My 30’s will be about unapologetically pursuing the things that matter to me. I’ve been traveling now for 16 months and I’ve seen 51 countries. If this is what getting older looks like, bring on the next Birthday! I’m lucky enough to be celebrating this milestone in one of my favorite places in the world, with my favorite person in the world, my mother.

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