Your 30s are to learn the lessons.

“Enjoy yourself. That’s what your 20s are for. Your 30s are to learn the lessons. Your 40s are to pay for the drinks.” – Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

Well, here we are. My 20s are officially over, and this quote has resonated with me for the past few days.  Although my twenties brought me moments of immeasurable happiness, there also was plenty of heartache, disappointment and sadness as I navigated my way through adulthood.

I’ve had many occasions to celebrate, and always had family and friends with whom to share the good times.  I’ve earned my Bachelor’s degree. I’ve have had jobs that have challenged me, excited me, scared me, and ultimately changed me. I’ve had consistent opportunities to grow, learn, develop, and advance. I’ve had 10 birthdays, including my 21st, the most monumental of them all.  I’ve been invited to share in celebrations for friends and loved ones as well: birthdays, graduations, weddings, wedding anniversaries, and babies. I’ve taken vacations, including three trips to Florida, countless trips to Chicago, and an impromptu honeymoon in Las Vegas.  I attended concerts, ate amazing food, and met and MARRIED a pretty incredible guy.  I’ve gained new family members, but also lost some, including our own little angel baby.

Now that I have a few life lessons under my belt, I feel more knowledgeable, and capable of handling different situations, good and bad, that are bound to arise. No, things aren’t going to be magically perfect all the time, but staying true to my goals, I’m determined to make 30 my best year yet.

So, I raise this glass of champagne Gatorade (because I’m now nursing a second day hangover) to all of you, for sharing in this milestone with me. Cheers!

Me, only a couple weeks old.
Celebrating our friends Tommy & Emily at their wedding this weekend.
The chocolate chip cookie cake my mom made for me. 🙂

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