Who’s Counting?

So.. I will officially be 30  in 3 yrs 6 mos 1 day — but who’s counting right?

Thirty seems so far, yet so close… like it’s just there daunting me. When I turned 25 things felt different. More mature, not 21 anymore (haha) and officially closer to 30 than 20. If we were rounding I would round-up not down…

I don’t think I will mind being 30. Everyone says things are a little easier, life falls more “in place.” Things are more “settled.” – Those are love words to my type A personality.

Right now, everything is in limbo. I seriously move almost every year, apartment to apartment to house with roommates to living alone to who knows?? I have calculated that since high school I typically stay at a job for two years then I up and change sometimes to completely different fields. Let’s not even talk about the guys that have weaved in and out of my life these last 6 years.

Anyways… my friend from work sent me this link: 30 Things Every Women Should Know by the Time They are 30.

I thought it would be fun just to see where I am at on this list…. even though I already have a bucket list and a year-to-year goal list. (Can’t you tell I am type A now?)

By 30, you should have …

1. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come. — I got the boyfriends that already make me see how far I have come!

2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family. – I have furniture that didn’t come from family…but I won’t say any of its decent. haha.

3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour. – Yeah.. I think I could pull this off.

4. A purse, a suitcase, and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying. – I have the purse just need the suitcase and the umbrella.

5. A youth you’re content to move beyond.Sure…

6. A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age. – Yep… I have some funny stories! Thanks college!

7. The realization that you are actually going to have an old age — and some money set aside to help fund it. – Hopefully I do have an old age, but I probably need to work on the money part.

8. An email address, a voice mailbox, and a bank account — all of which nobody has access to but you. – Got all this.. except I don’t really use my voicemail.

9. A résumé that is not even the slightest bit padded. – Mines not!

10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry. – Yes. I have a couple. 🙂

11. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra. – I have been thinking lately, about how I really might need those first two things.

12. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it. – Coach purse.

13. The belief that you deserve it.  – Yep.

14. A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine, and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don’t get better after 30. –  I do need to take better care of my skin but I do have an excercise routine! Yah me! – I don’t know what  that last part is about…

15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship, and all those other facets of life that do get better. — UGH… Not yet. Not yet.  I still have 3  and 1/2 years…
By 30, you should know …

1. How to fall in love without losing yourself.   — HUGE! This is why I am doing my dating experiment!

2. How you feel about having kids. – I already know… BUT after watching my friends have kids I understand how they can change things but better and worse.

3. How to quit a job, break up with a man, and confront a friend without ruining the friendship. I am still not very good really at any of these – but I am working on it and I still have time.

4. When to try harder and when to walk away. A lot better than I used to be!

5. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next. – Hmm…

6. The names of the secretary of state, your great-grandmothers, and the best tailor in town. – I do know all my great-grandmothers names! I can sew myself but maybe an actual tailor wouldn’t be such a bad idea.

7. How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.Got this down already a year and some months under my belt!! I am so glad I have had this opportunity.

8. Where to go — be it your best friend’s kitchen table or a yoga mat — when your soul needs soothing.1. To God 2. the gym 3 My car.

9. That you can’t change the length of your legs, the width of your hips, or the nature of your parents. – Really??genetics are so unfair?

10. That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over. – Mine wasn’t that bad.

11. What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love. – Pretty sure I have this down.

12. That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs, or not flossing for very long. – I understand this as well.

13. Who you can trust, who you can’t, and why you shouldn’t take it personally.Got it!!

14. Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault. – Ohhhh man.. I am a very apologetic person. Very much working on this.. It really does need to stop. Sorry! – Just kidding.

15. Why they say life begins at 30Guess I will learn this when I get there.

I guess I am not doing too shabby eh?


One thought on “Who’s Counting?

  1. I don’t think you’re doing to shabby at all. You’ve lived through twenty six years of joy, pain, love, sorrow and with each passing year you will see and experience more and more of the wonders that we call life. As I look back at the past troubles or successes I’ve had I begin to wonder about what troubles or success I’ll have in the future. There are always milestones that you will remember. Whether it’s a joyful experience like a baby being born or a time of sadness when someone passes away, these experiences help you develop and grow into the person you are. I’m so thankful for the experiences I’ve had in my life. The wonderful family and friends God has blessed me with truly molded me for the better which I’m sure is the same for you.

    So in 3 yrs and 6 mos you will be 30. And when you look back at your life and think about what your most thankful for, what will that be? There will be many situations in life that will give you a deeper appreciation for things and I hope you grow in a way that is not only beneficial to you but to others as well. I try harder each day to be the Christian that God wants me to be. And we have to be thankful that he has given us the past to help us grow in that way. So don’t grow up to fast. Each day we have is a blessing and an opportunity. Live each day to the fullest, striving to encourage everyone you meet. You are very fortunate, and we all have much more than what we need to be content. Enjoy life how it is and as it comes. There are many things in your life that will catch your eye but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue those. For tomorrow you will be another year older and closer to 30. So use the time you have wisely, it is so precious. Twenty six years, O’ how they go by in a blink.

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