Onto the Next Decade

And just like that, my 20’s are officially behind me. I still don’t think I’ve quite grasped the whole concept of being- gasp– 30, but I’m sure soon enough it will sink in. A lot of people have asked me how I feel about turning the “dirty 30”, and to be honest, I think I’m OK with it. Sure, it’s a crazy thought to think about the fact that I’m no longer in my 20’s, but when I think about where I am in my life right now, I think it’s exactly where I should be and I’m really excited about this next chapter. I’ve got a good job, I get to teach fitness, I’ve got this little blog, great friends and family and a wonderful boyfriend, so when I look at it that way, I’ve kinda got a pretty great thing going right now!

As I looked back through my 20’s, I couldn’t help but think about how far I’ve come. From work to friends to relationships to my outlook on health and fitness, quite a bit has changed. I feel like the start of my 20’s and moving to Boston was a time in my life when I was really trying to find my own groove. There’s that weird transition from being a college student to being a “grown up” with a 9-5 job, living on your own, paying your own bills and figuring out what the heck you want to do with your life. Fortunately, as I look back at all my trials and errors, successes and failures, relationships and breakups, new jobs and old jobs, I think every step in the process over the past 10 years has really shaped me into who I am today. Even though there are some things that I would rather not re-live, without those experiences I don’t think I’d have the same outlook on things as I do today. I honestly feel like I don’t have any significant regrets, but rather have been able to learn from everything which has helped me over the years.

Here are some highlights from my 20’s (it’s much harder to think back over the past 10 years than you’d think!)-

  • Studying abroad in Bath, England the first semester of my Junior year
  • Turning 21 and sharing celebrations with my birthday buddy, Jess
  • Graduation
  • Moving to Boston and exploring the city
  • 25th birthday party with Rachel
  • Visiting San Francisco twice
  • Visiting my sister in Athens, Greece
  • Family Cruise to Bermuda
  • Jess and Brian’s wedding in Ireland
  • Friends getting engaged and married and having babies
  • Changing jobs a few times
  • Lots of dating
  • Getting into fitness and teaching classes
  • Moving to my own apartment
  • Starting my blog & getting lots of blog opportunities
  • Dating my landlord 😉

And since photos make posts more interesting, maybe you’ll enjoy a look over the past 10 years (well, 9, since I didn’t have photos for my 20th bday!) of birthdays. I got totally sucked into reminiscing over old photos on facebook as I looked for all of these! Where would we be without technology and social media to capture and store all these memories ?!

21st bday with my birthday buddy, Jess!

21st bday

22nd bday

22nd bday

23rd bday with my other birthday buddy, Rachel!

23rd bday

24th bday

24th bday

25th bday

25th bday

26th bday

26th bday

27th bday

27th bday

28th bday

28th bday

29th bday

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It’s crazy to think about how much has happened over the past 10 years! And what’s even crazier is I’m no where near where I thought I’d be at this age. I remember playing the “where do you see yourself” game in my younger 20’s and thinking that by the time i was 28 or 29 I’d be married and with a kid or having one on the way. I thought I’d be an elementary school teacher. I thought I’d live in a house rather than renting an apartment. Quite different than where I actually am right now, but you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way! I’m so happy that my 20’s were for living in the moment (well, as much as you can when you’re a Type A crazed person like myself 😉 ), going out too late on “school nights”, filling my schedule with too many things and traveling as much as possible. Because in reality, when do you get to do most of the things you did (especially in your younger 20 years) when you’re in your 30’s and 40’s?! I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t hang like I used to, so going out during the week (and even the weekends), just doesn’t have the same appeal to me anymore 😉

So with that said, and taking a look back at my 20’s, I hope my 30’s are filled with just as much fun. I hope they are filled with just as much laughter and love. I hope they are filled with good surprises and wonderful memories.  I hope that I’m able to learn to let go of things more easily. To worry less. To stress less. To take things in stride and realize everything is just a stepping stone along the way. I want to be healthy. I want to travel. I want to explore my health and fitness passion and grow this little blog into something more. I want to try new things. I want to go out dancing with my friends on random Saturday nights. I want to drink wine and day dream. I want to start a family and own a house. And based on how my 20’s went, I think I’ll be able to do all these things!

Here’s to the next decade…and if it’s half as good as the previous one, it’s going to be pretty damn fantastic!

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16 thoughts on “Onto the Next Decade

  1. Amanda says:

    Love the chronological pics! You have not aged one bit! Happy birthday and I can’t wait to celebrate with you on Saturday!

  2. Jess says:

    Happiest birthday!! You should be so proud of how much you’ve accomplished – here’s to the next 30. Ps love these pics and love being bday twins! Xo

  3. Kim says:

    Happy happy birthday!!! Looks like you enjoyed every single year in your 20s and I have no doubt that your 30s are going to be even better!!!

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