Thoughts On Turning 30

I can’t believe that this time next week I’ll be 30. The big 3-0. Although most women dread getting older, I’m actually excited about saying goodbye to my twenties and saying hello to a new chapter. Now I know it’s not like I’ll wake up on the morning of the 20th and feel like a totally new woman but I’m still pretty excited to see what this new year will bring. I’m excited for growth and change and self-discovery. I’m excited for challenges and emotions and pressures. I’m just excited.

I still can’t believe I’ll be waking up in EGYPT on my 30th birthday. Gotta thank B for that one. Because we’ll be traveling next week, I decided to take some time off from the blog but I wanted to share some of my thoughts and hopes for year # 30 with you guys before I leave. Sorta feels like writing in my diary and then giving you all the key. I am also dying to know what 30 was like for any of you that are 30+. What can I expect? Should I not expect anything? Spill the secrets!

For me, the thing I’m most looking forward to is falling more in love with myself. I look back to 15 year old Lauren, to 22 year old Lauren…to 29 year old Lauren. They were all so different but somehow the same. As each year has gone by, I’ve come to love myself a little more each year. I’ve come to learn more about who I am, what I stand for, what I won’t put up with, etc. That’s an amazing feeling. To know that another year means I’ll get even more of that awareness – well, why wouldn’t I want to get older?

My goal for year 30 is to simply love myself more.

I won’t lie, I’m also sort of dreading some of the pressure that comes along with being one more year older. When will I get married? When will I have babies? When will I make a career change? Some pressures are said and some are just understood. I’m definitely not looking forward to not being able to give folks the answers but I am sort of excited to just see what life throws my way this year. Whether any of those things happen or not, I have zero expectations or pressure on ME and that’s what matters.

Are any of you ladies currently thirty & thriving or over thirty and just have some bomb advice for me? Please drop it below!

Photos by Shelby Gordon