As I approached my 30th birthday I’ve thought about a million different things. It’s just another birthday, but really we make it a milestone and I’m all for celebrating. I don’t have a list of things to cross off. I don’t have a list of things I think I should have done by now. I tend to think all the lists about your twenties and thirties are stupid. We are all pretty different people and there is no one way I should be living my life. There are no set things I need to have accomplished. What I do have is so many wonderful, amazing people that have been part of my life over the last thirty years.

First, I am so grateful for my amazing family. I am unbelievably lucky to have the unwavering support and love that I have from my parents. I am glad that at almost thirty years old my parents and I are friends. Thank you for everything. I wouldn’t
even know where to start so I won’t. Second, only because he came along after me, my wonderful and amazing little brother. I couldn’t be happier to have him in my life even though he is 6000 miles away. He’s there when I need him. And he has brought a fantastic woman into our lives who I can’t wait to have as my sister. To Levi and Alix, I wish you were here and can’t wait to see you in a month.

To my friends, new and old, I find myself so lucky to have the friends that I do literally from coast to coast. From Cedarburg to Oconomowoc to Madison to DC to Milwaukee and everywhere else you have all moved, it means the world to me that I have people in my life that make it so much better. No matter what piece of my life you have been a part of it has all shaped me. There have been so many important people that I won’t even begin to try and list you all, but you know who you are and thank you. You have been there for the good, the bad, the fun, and the adventures. People have said it’s hard to make friends as you get older and move around. This is true to an extent, but I’ve found if you are willing to join groups or try new things you can meet some pretty great people: running groups, Ragnar, Book Club, Barley’s Angels. I wouldn’t change any of it. Here’s a peek into the last thirty years and I swear this is edited down.

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Turning thirty doesn’t scare me. I don’t mind getting older. I’m excited for what is to come.

3 thoughts on “Thirty

  1. Happy 30th! Saw some silly photos of you posted on Saturday, more to add to your great photo slideshow here! I agree with not having some crazy list of things to accomplish, being grateful for everything that you have is so much more important!

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