It’s March, which means my birthday is just around the corner.
As such I’ve been doing a bit of reflection on my past year and just life in general.
It’s crazy how dramatically life changed once I turned 30 (yes, I’m already past 30 – I’m turning 32 this year if you MUST know).
One minute I was living that city girl life in my late 20s and then BAM! 30 years old and a MOM – lol ok, universe. Thanks for gradually transitioning me into my next phase of life.
Despite the whirlwind these past couple of years have been I thought I’d take a look back and reminisce a bit by sharing with you some things I’m glad I got to do in my twenties.
Then, next week, we’re going to ring in my birthday with some things I hope to do in my thirties.
Sound fun? Good. Let’s jump into it.
8 Things I’m Glad I Did in My Twenties
Move to Chicago
I grew up a military kid, so I’m no stranger to moving to new places. But my move to Chicago was the first big move done by myself. I had no one to greet me at the airport, I had no prior connection to my roommates – in fact I only met them the day I moved in. And I technically didn’t even have a job, I’d secured an unpaid internship (which by a stroke of luck turned into a paid position on my first day).
For me, it was one of those moves you see in the movies, where small town girl makes her own way in the big city. I was fresh out of college, didn’t know what I was going to do with my life, and wasn’t even sure I’d stay in Chicago for that long. Fast forward 8 years later (the longest I’d ever lived anywhere) and Chicago will forever hold a special place in my heart.
Get into debt
This is a weird one, I know. In an ideal world I would’ve never got into debt, but it happened, and I’m glad it did so when I was still a “youngin’”. Had it not, I wouldn’t have been able to write this post on getting rid of the debt.
While I am all about that debt-free life, I wouldn’t appreciate it as much had I not stockpiled a bunch of debt in my twenties. I also think it’s made me much more aware in order to prepare for when Mason and TBD enter this stage in their lives.
Just to be clear, I’m not saying if you’re in your twenties go ahead and get in all the debt. But if you’ve made some mistakes, know you still have plenty of time to work it out.
Say yes to every opportunity
I did a lot of random things throughout my twenties. As I said before, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life (still figuring that one out), which I’ve found to be both a blessing and a curse.
Curse in that I feel as if I’m always starting from square one with whatever I do, and I tend to feel a bit scattered since I’ve never had any single path to follow.
Blessing in that I’ve had experiences and opportunities that I would never of had, had I stuck to one thing. And yes, I’m still figuring out what I’m doing in life, but having gone through so many different things, I’ve learned more about myself, what I’m good at and what I should probably avoid in the future.
It’s hard to believe it’s almost been 10 years since I first went natural. I still vividly remember the moment I decided I wanted to go natural. I was sitting on the bus headed into work, having a bad hair day, and this girl sat down across from me with the most magnificent fro. And I thought to myself, my hair can do that – right? Then I spent all day at work researching ‘going natural’ and was pretty much set to chop my hair off by the time I got home that night.
It has to be one of the best decisions I ever made, as it really put me on the path of discovering who I really was and what I valued. And it ended up giving me a massive amount of confidence in my ability to just do me.
Party like it’s 1999
I know it’s hard to believe that this soon-to-be mama of two was a partier. But let me tell ya – I could throw down. And yes, there were many a sloppy night, but for the most part it was all in good fun. I’m just glad I got it all out of my system early on.
I still love to have a good time with good people, and don’t mind a wild night out here and there (though a wild night out now usually involves me being home by 11). But it’s definitely not something I’m itching to do every weekend. I’m totally happy with staying in and splitting a bottle of wine with the hubs or a small group of friends.
Find my partner in crime
Another milestone in the making – the hubs and I will actually be hitting the 10 year mark in the next year (being in a relationship – not marriage). Which is CRAZY. To think that we’ve not only known each other, but been in a committed relationship for a DECADE.
Becoming parents has thrown a whole new dynamic into the mix that we’re still navigating. But I’m glad we met and got to spend quality time on our own before stepping into this new life role.
Travel the US
As I mentioned, I grew up a military kid so I traveled the US a lot during my childhood. Which I believe makes me crave traveling to this day. There is an alternative universe where I completely embraced my bohemian tendencies, become a nomad, and just spent the rest of my life traveling by any means possible.
I’m a firm believer that traveling is one of the best ways to enrich your life. And I’m so glad I learned that at an early age, and then continued to do so throughout my “young” adulthood. I’ve pretty much been all over the US, from major cities to obscure towns. And I can say, despite our failings, America truly is a beautiful and diverse place. And I’m incredibly thankful I’ve had the opportunity to experience it in all it’s different forms.
I’ve talked on the blog before about how ever since my first trip abroad I DREAMED of moving here. And while day-to-day it’s become pretty normal, there are still moments when I have to stop and pinch myself. I’m living in London…not only that, I’ve started a family here….what is this life?!
The fact that I live here is proof that dreams do come true if your heart is really set on them. It may not be exactly as you envisioned it – I certainly didn’t think I’d be here, married and with kids. But if you’re willing to seize the opportunity, you’ll find that the universe does deliver.
And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this post, I definitely enjoyed doing a little reminiscing of my life and sharing it with you.
Anything that surprised you? Let me know in the comments!
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