Friday, November 4, 2011

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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52 comments:

Heidi said...

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!

the Gardener said...

Happy Birthday, Paloma! I'm turning 30 as well this year. :) It's an exciting age and there's so much to look forward to!

Phie Buechek said...

Beautiful wise words!

Happy birthday from Denmark! :)

Anonymous said...

Hello love your blog. I read it everyday. Have a wonderful birthday.

Karlita said...

Happy b-day Paloma! I hope I could turn 30 feeling as you feel!.. Wish you the best!

Emily S. Davis said...

Happy Birthday Paloma! If I can be as fabulous as you are at 30... then bring it on!! Celebrate BIG!

xo, Emily
www.mainstreetchic.blogspot.com

Sherry said...

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!

Miya @ Design Indulgences said...

Happy bday, enjoy your day and your trip out the country..

Natalie said...

Happy Birthday Paloma! I so enjoyed meeting you at Furniture Market and I hope you have a fantastic birthday weekend!

http://wifelife-natalie.blogspot.com/

Tina said...

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.

Jasmine Sinclair said...

Happy Birthday! I am 27 and definitely looking forward to 30! I think I will finally have it figured out by then!

3 Peanuts said...

Happy Birthday!!!! I hope all your dreams for this next decade come true:)

Valorie Hart - The Visual Vamp said...

Wishing you 30 more, and looking forward to yourblog post on that day.
Much love,
xo xo

claudia b said...

Super happy birthday, fellow Scorp! I have to say that my thirties have been wonderful, except for losing my dad - I'm turning 40 in 8 days, eeeek!!!

Marianne {Style For Living} said...

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!

Julie Khuu said...

Happy Birthday Paloma! Although I am just a wee bit older than you (sshhh!), you're a continuing source of inspiration for me! Keep doing your thing girl, it's only upwards from here! I promise :D

Hope you celebrate a fabulous birthday weekend!

xo-Julie
Peace. Love. LOL!

www.HauteKhuuture.com

For the Love of a Cottage said...

Have a wonderful birthday!!

Katie said...

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." :)

Kim Grey said...

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!

LindsB said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

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 :)

Redlilocks {Swoon Worthy} said...

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

Anonymous said...

My birthday as well! I always need a daily fix of your blog, congrats on turning 30 and happy birthday!

My Notting Hill said...

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.

MITICA ILLUSTRATIONS said...

wooow love these interiors!! Just perfect :o)

You have good taste :o)

Urska M. said...

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

Kristy Griffin said...

Happy Birthday, and what a great aspect towards life you have. Hope your day is filled with lots of love and well wishes. Enjoy your day! ~K

Kristy Griffin said...

Happy Birthday, and what a wonderful view on life. Hope you receive lots of love and well wishes for your day. Enjoy! ~K

cacao said...

Felicidades, guapa!

Love from Barcelona.

Carla

A said...

Happy Birthday, how perfect to have such a special birthday on a Friday!
Have a wonderful one.

Jennifer Hand said...

Happy Birthday !

Tiffany Riedel said...

Happy birthday Paloma, I will be 30 next year and I can't wait! I think I get wiser as I get older! Hope you have a fab day xo

The Urban Market Houston Antique Show said...

One day 30 will seem so young - trust me! :-)
Look forward to seeing all the great things you will continue to inspire us with.
xo
Jackie

imperiojp said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY - LOVELY POST, AS USUAL FROM A LOVELY YOUNG WOMAN!! MAY YOUR VITA BE AS DOLCE AS THIS LOVELY POST - BEST, IMPERIO JP

amy said...

beautifully written- Happy birthday Paloma!

Serena {Pretty Fluffy} said...

Happy Birthday!! I felt exactly the same way about turning thirty. I actually loved it! I didn't feel like I was getting old, just more comfortable in my skin and more passionate about enjoying life.

Lindsay K said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day. This post is so positive. 30 is still years away for me, but I till get nervous. Thank you for being inspiring.

Michele from Boston said...

Happy birthday, Paloma!

jubee said...

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 :)

L.A. in the bay said...

Happy Birthday! You are so stunning, you don't look a day over 20!

Ivy Clad said...

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,
Keri

Master Blogger said...

Happy Birthday! The candles are perfect, the cake looks so delicious!
I think you have a great night!

Zero Dramas

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

Happy Birthday Paloma!!! 30s are fabulous!!! xoxo

Megan Abigail Chandler said...

wow! happy happy birthday!!!!

The Cuban In My Coffee said...

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!

EDYTA & CO. INTERIOR DESIGN said...

Wishing you all the best Paloma! Happy Happy Birthday!!!
xoxo
Edyta

Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll said...

Happy, Happy!

Amanda said...

Happy birthday! stay Fab!
xox
amanda

www.lovenycstyle.com

Amanda said...

Happy birthday! stay Fab!
xox
amanda

www.lovenycstyle.com

travelkate said...

Happy BIrthday! I love your perspective...I hope I make peace with turning 30 next year!

Ann said...

Happy birthday! Direction is priceless!

lifeloveluxe said...

Happy Birthday!! I can truly say, being in your 30's feels like the world opens up to you. It's so wonderfully different and exciting. Best and success to you!

Jacquelyn said...

Happy Birthday Paloma!