My 30th birthday is this Sunday. Many people see this birthday as a big milestone. A lot of people don’t look forward to 30 because it seems like you are supposed to be meeting so many goals and reaching them seems daunting. Others, like myself, try to take the day in stride. After all, turning 30 is better than the alternative.
That being said, I am always reflective around my birthday. I’ve been thinking about everything I’ve accomplished over the last year and the last three decades. I’m proud to say I’ve come a long way.
Remembering What’s Important
One of the things I have grown to focus on in the last year is remembering what’s really important in life. A lot of the time, my anxiety tries to take over and I have to take a deep breath and remind myself that it isn’t the end of the world.
More importantly, I need to remember why I work so hard, and why I do anything. I want to be able to provide a spectacular life for myself, my baby, and my family as a whole. So, when things start to get heavy, I’ve started to unplug and focus on the most important people and things in my life.
Financial Accomplishments And Beyond
Over the last year, our family has had a lot of changes financially. My husband got a full-time corporate job with benefits and it has changed our lives for the better. We were married to the idea that we both want to work for ourselves (and still do). However, holding down this job has made it possible for us to have the quality of life we want and deserve.
Slowly but surely, we are stacking up money for savings, paying off debts, and preparing to move into a new home later in the year (hopefully). Considering six years ago we were homeless and living in a motel, that is amazing! It still blows my mind sometimes when I sit back and think about it.
On top of that, I have accomplished a lot personally as well. I have stepped outside my comfort zone to make new friends, friends who have become important parts of my life. Throughout the year, I have also worked on communicating better and listening. These two things have served me well in various areas of my life.
Hey, 30 Isn’t That Bad
While I know I haven’t accomplished everything I’ve ever set out to do in my 30 years, it doesn’t matter. The things that didn’t work out weren’t meant to be. More than that, the sequence of events led me here – where I have a beautiful family, a fulfilling career, and everything we could need.
So, I won’t be having any breakdowns around turning 30. It’s not all that bad. In fact, from where I’m sitting, it looks fantastic.
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Amanda Blankenship is the Director of Social Media for District Media. In addition to her duties handling everything social media, she frequently writes for a handful of blogs and loves to share her own personal finance story with others. When she isn’t typing away at her desk, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, and dog. During her free time, you’re likely to find her with her nose in a book, hiking, or playing RPG video games.