Monday, July 25, 2011

A Reflection on 30

I turned 31 last month and found it a pretty difficult thing to do. I thought 30 was rough, I was depressed to leave my 20s behind and enter the next decade of my life….the one which starts with a 3. Shiver. Of course on the big day, the people around me told me that 30 was going to be the best year of my life and even my younger brother threw out the “30 is the new 20” cliche. I didn’t believe any of them.

But turning 31 was tougher than 30 because, unexpectedly, 30 actually did turn out to be one of the best years of my life. Definitely the most exciting. In between my 30th birthday where I spent the night singing and dancing at dueling piano bar Howl at the Moon in Chicago and my 31st birthday where I shared an Italian dinner, bottle of champagne and huge dessert with a wonderful guy in London, I really have had one hell of a year.

Reflecting on the year, one of the biggest realizations I’ve had is just how unbelievably lucky I am. In a way that I sometimes don’t understand why I deserve all that I’ve been given. In a way that my friend Lisa suggested I take that grateful energy and give back through a mission trip. Maybe. I like the idea.

My family, hesitant at first, seem to have really come around to me living abroad. I believe that life is yours and sometimes decisions have to be made for yourself, but it sure is nice to feel the support. My parents are even planning a trip to visit London and Rome next month. Similarly, I’ve realized just how wonderful and helpful my friends back home are. They’re my cheerleaders…they visit me, send cards, care packages & encouragement, help me deal with all the hassle of renting out my apartment in Chicago and throw me parties every time I come back! In addition, I’ve met a stellar group of friends in London who are interesting, motivated, wild, welcoming and genuine. They somehow dual as part Sex & The City and part family to me.

I’ve also managed to learn a lesson in work / life balance from my European colleagues and clients and have been able to remove some of the work stress from my life. While doing so, I’ve added 8 new countries to the list of places I’ve been.

Oh and then there’s that wonderful guy too. As he said in my birthday card…To health, wealth, luck, lots of smiles and true happiness. Right now, I have it all.

Things could have turned out so differently. I’m so lucky. Life is good. Even at this age.


  1. I LOVE reading this!! So glad to hear that you are having a wonderful time and are enjoying every minute of it. MUCH deserved.

  2. Thanks, Betsy! I love that you are still keeping up with my blog.


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