Turning 30…

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Good morning everyone! Happy Thursday…we’re almost to Friday, whoo hoo!  I loved hearing all your responses to unconventional dinners and about being real yesterday.  One thing I can definitely relate to what some of you said in the comments, is that being real for many has gotten much easier the older we all get.  That definitely rings true for me…now at 29 (almost 30!) I really could give a hoot what others think about me.  I remember back at 24 when I taught Spin and Group Power classes, I would be anxiety ridden over what everyone thought about my class – how I instructed, whether or not I was good enough, etc. – and god forbid I said anything (I thought) was stupid and wasn’t funny enough, I’d be so embarrassed.  Now, I could care less and pretty much say whatever is on my mind, even if it’s stupid, who cares?!  The best thing in life to do, is to laugh at yourself and move on 🙂

So speaking of turning 30…last night hubby and I were watching Friends and it was the “The One Where They All Turn Thirty” episode.  It was showing how Monica got drunk to ease her being upset over turning 30, and Rachel crying about how at 30 she hasn’t yet accomplished all her goals.  I thought the way they were reacting was silly and ridiculous because it got me thinking, will I be upset when I turn 30?  And the answer is, no.  Sure it may be because I have a lot of my goals checked off – I’m married, love my job, financially stable, own a home – but I can’t help but think it’s more than that.  Sure I thought at this age I’d have more money in the bank, but we can never predict the economy and never would I have imagined that last year at 28 years old would I be unemployed for an entire year.  Sure I thought I’d have a baby by now but that goal was put on hold because of my said unemployment and economy.

So it got me thinking, above all these goals we try to achieve at a certain age, I think it more depends on where you are in life and if you’re truly happy.  I believe that money won’t bring you happiness and getting married just to be married by a certain age won’t bring happiness either…this sounds cheesy, but I truly believe that to be happy means to be happy with your life and who you are in that moment.  We all have a lot of meaningful accomplishments to be proud of.  What about how great of a friend you are, or mother, or that workout you accomplished?  For me, I try to remember that life is too short to get hung up on my age and how years ago I envisioned my life to be…each year brings new milestones, goals, and achievements and we should relish in all we have accomplished instead of always thinking ahead…and like they say, it’s all about the journey not the destination 🙂


Yesterday’s lunch was kinda borning, but a yummy one indeed!

Here’s a different angle for you to see how beastly of a salad it was…

Spinach, butter lettuce, turkey, avocado, sauteed bell peppers and carrots, croutons, drizzled with Italian balsamic vinaigrette


Yesterday I was feeling that if I ate one more piece of turkey I’d turn into a turkey so I was happy to see these sausages on sale at the grocery store for $3.99!

Love all the natural ingredients and no preservatives! A winner in our book 🙂

Grilling action…

Final Product…

Hey I made an S for Shayla with my ketchup!  Ha I know I’m a cornball 😉

The sausages were really delicious and I highly recommend them.  Hubby highly approved of them too and gave the green light to buy them again in the future…and if hubby approves, you know they’re good 😉

Dessert: More TJ’s Dark Chocolate bars!!

Ohhhh yeah…


For some reason, I always eat my yogurt bowls for lunch and never breakfast…well today I decided to change that!

1 container Fage yogurt, 1 serving (3/4 cup) Fiber One cereal, 1 large sliced banana

Perfect bite! 🙂

Hope you’re all having a great day so far and I’ll see you tomorrow for TGIF! 🙂

Questions: Are or were you scared of turning 30? Are or were you concerned with accomplishing certain goals at age 30? Were goals put on hold for you because of the economy and/or unemployment?


13 thoughts on “Turning 30…

    sarahsmodernbites said:
    August 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    When I was younger I thought that turning 30 was going to be a huge event. I thought that I would definitely be married, have kids and that I would be a professional opera singer. Life doesn’t work that way! You never know what life is going to throw at you and I am so happy where I am right now 🙂
    Now that I’m 29 (the big 3 0 in February!), it’s not a big deal anymore. I’m actually excited! I know it’s cheesy but 30 is totally the new 20 haha So really, turning 30 is like becoming an adult. I want to go to Vegas. I love it there and I think luck will be on my side on my 30th

    I do think that on my 30th I want to start to think of goals… like serious bucket list goals. There is SO much I want to do. I didn’t start making ‘real’ money until just over 2 years ago. So I am a little behind with some of my goals. But we are never too old!!

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      August 4, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      Sarah I absolutely love your comments, I totally agree with everything you said. I learned too that life definitely doesn’t always work out the way you had envisioned it. When I was 18 I had imagined that I would have some big fancy schmancy corporate job and be making the big bucks…yeah not so much. I realized once I got in the real world that kind of environment leaves me unhappy and stressed. I’m so much happier in a lower paying job working with great people for a company that advocates a work/life balance, and in the future, know I will be able to focus on being a mommy while working too.

      I love hearing how happy you are now…that’s awesome and I’m so happy for you. I love that you said 30 is the new 20! I totally agree! And I think that’s why I’m not so worried about turning 30, I still feel young and that I have so much more to learn and do in life….like you said, we are never too old! 🙂

      And ditto on Vegas! Hubby and I still want to take a trip there together sometime soon…once pregnant we’re thinking of taking a babymoon there…in a way seems odd (can’t drink and the smoke) but I just love the energy, shopping, and FOOD in Vegas! I think you can enjoy that city at any stage in your life 🙂

        sarahsmodernbites said:
        August 5, 2011 at 8:28 am

        Vegas is SO fun even if you aren’t drinking for sure! I love the energy there too… and all the oxygen that’s pumped into the hotels and casinos to keep you awake! And the shopping, shows, and restaurants. We may go for Andrew’s 30th in late October. Hopefully!

        Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
        August 5, 2011 at 11:18 am

        Ooooo that’s so exciting! Celebrating the big 3-0 in Vegas is awesome! I hope you get to go so that we can see the recap and live vicariously through you 😉

    Amy said:
    August 5, 2011 at 5:24 am

    30 was really scary for me but after that its been no big deal you don’t think about it anymore. I look at it as its just a number who cares. People graduate college at 50, have babies in their 40’s. 30 is the new 20!!! you rock it girl!!

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      August 5, 2011 at 11:13 am

      Exactly, I just look at it like a number too and we should just embrace who are and live life to the fullest 🙂

    Lauren said:
    August 5, 2011 at 6:47 am

    30 seems more of an milestone than something to be scared of to me.. I still have a few (7) years but I do have the dream of owning my own house, being married with a baby by the time I’m 30… We’ll see 🙂

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      August 5, 2011 at 11:21 am

      I love that outlook Lauren…seeing it as a milestone is a great point. A lot can happen in 7 years..time goes by so fast so be sure to enjoy your 20’s and live it to the fullest! 🙂

    Shannon said:
    August 5, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Well now that I’m 35 I look back on 30 and say “what was I worried about?” It is truly a progression in how you feel in your own skin and at 35 I’d like to think that I am more comfortable with “being me” and being accepted for who I am. Do I have everything I thought I would have at 35? No but I’m learning that’s ok. I have so many things to be thankful for: job, house, amazing families and friends, and most of all my health. So Sissy, you take 30 and rock it! I definitely agree that 30 is the new 20, but I might be a little biased that way! 🙂

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      August 5, 2011 at 11:16 am

      Love this sissy! So inspiring to hear and I’m so happy for you and your outlook on everything…love it! 🙂

      Not only do you have an amazing life but you rock your thirties so well since you’ll always look 10 years younger! 😉 xoxo

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    Sherri said:
    August 14, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Being 30 was one of the happiest times of my life.

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      August 15, 2011 at 3:32 pm

      I think it will be for me too….good things to come for us in the next year 😉 xoxo

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