Happy Friyay, friends! We’re officially one month and a handful of days away from the big one. The 3-0. THIRTY! Eeeeek!
I had a busy October. First up…
DISNEY!!! I’m actually glad that I got to experience Disney for the first time as an adult. I was interrogated by storm troopers, ate lots of cotton candy and dole whip, and didn’t make it to the fireworks because I’m old af… oops!! But, we had soooo much fun!
Doing barrel rolls and figure eights and sweeping through valleys at 400 mph in an L-39 Albatros fighter jet was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And we didn’t even vomit or faint! Happy golden birthday to you, Kristi! Let’s go somewhere cool and jump out of one next time ; )
Lastly, Happy Halloween! It’s one of my favorites, but I haven’t dressed up in ages. This year I decided to take a trip down to the paradise city where the grass is green and the girls are pretty (I hope you sang that as you read it). Also, shout out to last minute costumes and shenanigans in WeHo… #40inabrownpaperbag #cannibal #willyoubetheaxltomyslash ♥
So, I’m thrilled to say that I’ve met and/or planned all of my Dirty Thirty goals with the exception of TWO:
(1) I haven’t found my cause of choice
(2) I haven’t had a photo taken of me
Also, I’m not totally sure where the photo thing came from… I’m guessing I was new to the city and started following a bunch of LA-based photographers on Instagram with profiles full of “cool girls” and thought it looked like fun. Truth be told, I don’t really meet the LA cool girl criteria (aka smizing in a bar bathroom mirror, rockin a black bodysuit with a plunging neckline, high-waisted mom jeans and clear aviators). Not for me… #sorrynotsorry. Needless to say, I don’t really care about having my photo taken, especially since I decided to embrace all the food (and all the curves) this year. But, I do want to start focusing on being more selfless and giving back, whether it’s for one cause or twenty.
As it gets closer to my birthday, I feel incredibly grateful while reflecting on lessons learned and wondering what the future holds. Tbh, I have no expectations for 30. I’ve found a comfortable place living in the present, enjoying the happy times and learning from the shit ones. Also, I may or may not have written the sequel to Baz Luhrmann’s “Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen.” If you don’t know what song I’m talking about, it’s likely you were born after 1990. In that case, let me impart some wisdom on you, friend.
- YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD FOR DISNEY!
- Practicing gratitude is a fantastic way to put a smile on your face.
- Physical challenges can be medicine for the soul.
- Find your tribe and hold on to them dearly. These are the ones who will support you through thick and thin.
- Running away will NOT solve your problems. Life will strip you of your happiness if you can’t confront your problems and accept the outcomes. That being said…
- Not everyone has your best interests in mind – learn how to let those people go.
- Set goals and reach them, but only if it makes you as happy as you thought it would. There is no harm in changing course.
- Be vulnerable. This is a tough one for me. I’ve always associated vulnerability with weakness, which is just NOT RIGHT. Don’t be so fearful of getting hurt that you close yourself off from love and joy. How do you get to that vulnerable place? Good question. I’m still figuring that one out. But, you can start by being honest with yourself. And then talk to someone if you need to. Go to therapy if you need to. There is absolutely no reason to be trapped in a glass case of emotion. And I can promise you one thing – your true friends will not think you’re an idiot for ugly crying over too much wine (love you, Tesi ♥).
I’ll probably have oooone more post on this blog before it’s all over, and it will almost certainly be after I turn thirty. So, I have ONE thing to ask of you all for my birthday – PLEASE!! Reflect on your life. I hope it makes you grin from ear to ear. If it doesn’t, make some changes. Make them today! Life is too fucking short and beautiful for you to step away from this post without a smile on your face or a plan to put one there. And last, but not least…
May all our biographies contain at least one shocking twist. – Morley