Comfortable at 31

If you would’ve told me this time last year that 30 would be my best year yet…I probably wouldn’t have believed you.

I don’t know what it was about turning 30 that for most of my 20s, I feared.  Perhaps it was the southern stigma of not being married with children at this age or the fear of the unknown or the fear of “getting old’ (lets be real, you know you thought 30 was old when you were 21 too).  Now, reflecting on my 30th year, I was way wrong.

I think it takes this long to become comfortable.  Comfortable with who you are on the inside and out.  I can happily say I am there.  And I wouldn’t have my life any other way.

I am an independent, social, funny, sarcastic, happy, high energy, friendly, Type A, sales driven, competitive, loyal, loving, giving, young woman.  I think most of my friends would agree that these words describe me.

I spent a lot of time this past year doing things that I wouldn’t have done in my 20s-I don’t know exactly how to put it into words…lets just say different life experiences.  Taken more risks.  Enjoyed life more, worried less (I think).  I focused on myself.  Gained self confidence.  I did what I wanted to do.  And loved every minute of it.  Sure each day may have its ups and downs but overall my 30’s have started off quite fabulously.  I can honestly say I am the happiest I have ever been.  I think it all comes down to being comfortable.

Last year I set a few goals (bottom of post) for my 30th year and I must say things went quite well.

1.  I had a blast at Big Sur and loved my Big Sur TNT family.  One of my fav TNT experiences thus far.  Not to mention an amazing trip.

2.  Fall Marathon.  Check. With a big, fat, awesome PR too.  I have also finished (since turning 30) 6 1/2 marathons, and a few 5K’s and 10K’s.

Wineglass FINISH!

3.  The family/Lebanese thing.  I did learn to cook a bit over Christmas and attended a family reunion in July and we worked on our family tree.  Would still like to do more with this.

making grape leaves with my cousin Tony

4.  Go to Church more.  Yep.  I joined the Church last winter.  Am I perfect about going?  No, but its much better than it has been.
5.  $$ for a house.  Oddly enough, I ended up buying my own place.  Didn’t think it would be in my cards for a little while but I am very happy it all worked out.  I am really starting to love my place and it’s starting to feel more like home.

6.  Clean out and organize.  I did that.  It was insane.  Like 5 garbage bags of clothes insane.  And it is still a process.  

7.  I haven’t been great about tracking my food.  I do eat more organic now and I found I wasn’t getting enough protein eating vegetarian (or so it seemed).  I am contemplating Weight Watchers though.
8.  Visit 3 new states.  CA, RI, UT.  It seems like I am missing one…either way I have been to a ton of cool places this year.  New Orleans, Napa, Big Sur, NYC, Vegas, Park City, Providence to name a few.

Allison, Andy, me in Las Vegas (December)
Meeting Alma in New Orleans (February)
The Beach for one of my best friends bachelorette parties (April)
Big Sur (May) 
Red Woods (May)
Me, Lisa, Rob, & Ryan in Napa (May)
Providence, RI
Park City, UT 
Finger Lake Area in NY

9.  No international trip with the home purchase but looking at the list above, my life is still quite fabulous.

I think I will stick to goal setting for the calendar year from now on (for organization sake), but was happy to have done it for my 30th.  It was a big year.  An awesome year.  It seems to only keep getting better.

I’m ending my 30th year and starting my 31st in NYC.

Happy 31st to me.

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