Turning 30

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Thirty seems to be an age that some people approach with fear or dread. No longer in our twenties, are we suddenly old? If you’d asked me five or ten years ago—maybe even a year ago, I may have cringed a little bit at the thought of reaching this milestone birthday. However, things have changed. Today marks my thirtieth birthday and I am totally okay with it. In fact, I feel really good about it. I am proud of where I am in my life and am happy with the person I have become. Since graduating college, I’ve tried a few careers out for size and I have finally found the perfect fit. I am so thankful to be doing what I love and to hold a position that suits me so well at a company that I have loved for years, but I am just as thankful for everything that has not worked out along the way. Even when I have failed, I have been able to take something away from the experience—knowledge, growth, new skills, perspective.

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I’ve realized that life is really about how you look at things– how you handle challenges, obstacles, and opportunities that come your way. Perspective. Sure, there are things that I would have liked to achieve by age thirty or things that at a younger age I thought would have definitely happened by now, like starting a family. However, my journey has been different and that’s okay. All in good time. I’ve been willing to take a few risks and have trusted that my journey is leading me where I belong. Today, I am grateful to have a wonderful husband who loves me and supports me unconditionally. I am grateful for our home and our sweet pup who has taught me how special a dog’s love is. I am thankful for family and fantastic friends. And I am thankful for you. Thank you for reading what I have to say and for encouraging and supporting me along the way. You are a huge part of why I feel that turning thirty can actually be fabulous!


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  1. I used to think that turning 30 was some awful event, but now that I’m almost 29 and getting closer by the day my thoughts have changed. I’m in a field that I love, I’m happily married, I have a house, I have good friends, and two adorable dogs. Sure, I don’t have kids or a closet full of shoes, but those will come in due time. Bring on 30!

  2. Hope you have a wonderful birthday! It’s amazing how the older you get the younger 30 and even 40 seem! I celebrated the big four zero yesterday and still feel very young! Of course I have a 9 and 12 year old who remind me daily just how old I really am! LOL!

  3. Happy birthday! My 30s were a fantastic decade, and now I am in my 40s and it keeps getting better.

    Best wishes for a great 30s decade – I remember reading that you planned to start a family soon, best of luck with the adventures that will bring.

  4. Happy Birthday, Paloma! It just gets better with age. I thought my 30’s were good, but now my 40’s are even better! Wishing you much love, joy and success for the coming year.

    P.S. loved meeting you at High Point, at least finally at the airport waiting for our delayed flight!

  5. Happy Birthday Paloma! Beautiful post and my thoughts exactly (I hit the milestone in August). As my mom always said, “Getting older is better than the alternative, so approach each birthday with gratitude.” 🙂

  6. Happy Birthday, Paloma! Wishing you all the best. I definitely had a little freak-out moment, when I turned 30. Looking back, I can say that being in the 30s is more of a relaxed, down-to-earth time of life, and I love it. Enjoy!


    I turn 30 in one week and I was dreading it. But you made me look at it a different way. I’m happy to have someone like you pave the way for me- you make it seem so much better 🙂

  8. My 30’s (still in ’em) have been some of the best years of my life. With age comes wisdom and the realisation that you don’t have to be perfect (nor do others) to have a perfectly fabulous life. Happy Birthday and may the next decade bring you even more to be grateful for! xxx

  9. Happy Birthday!! It was great to meet you at High Point. The best combination is to be young at heart and wise in perspective – and I can see from what you’ve written you are that. Hope you have a terrific year.

  10. Happy birthday gorgeous! Wish you all the best in all your ventures & may all parts of your life, including career.. bloom as never before <3 much love, XoXo

    – Urska @ Live.Create.Inspire

  11. Happy Birthday to you!! Having just turned a delightful 62 just a couple of weeks ago, I can only share with you, you have many wonderful and exciting years ahead of you! Enjoy each day…..Bella Viaggio!

    Julie 🙂

  12. Happy Birthday! I’m so happy to hear positive feelings about turning 30. I’ve had mostly reluctant thoughts about turning 30 (next year). Anyway, I hope this year and all of your thirties are all you hope them to be and more!

    Best wishes,

  13. Well Happy Birthday! I turned 30 last year which was the same time that my father was in his worst days of battling cancer. I remember having luch with my friends and then crying for what I knew was to come on the phone with my dad. Life is a journey and age is so relative. Enjoy your now 30s where life is less confusing and we are more assured as women! You go girl!