Today I turned 30 years old — and officially transitioned into the new decade! 30 is a strange number: you are no longer in your 20s, but you’re not in your 30s, either. You’re just… 30. Whether you’ve already hit the big three-oh or just approaching the threshold, here are some of my celebratory moments that made me feel lucky to be this age.
- I know exactly who I am, why I am, and have the confidence to be it every day.
We spend our 20s trying to prove ourselves and agonizing over how others perceive us. You tell yourself you shouldn’t care, but deep inside somehow you still do. But it gets better, and by the time you turn 30, that pressure is suddenly gone. My 20s were one big experiment: personal style, careers, relationships — I’ve done it all! I’ve tried on a million and one masks to see if one fits and magically makes me, me. But what shapes you is the aggregate of all those things and experiences. Sometime during my 29th year I started noticing the ease with which I made the decisions that used to take lots of back-and-forth and second-guessing. It’s as if someone wiped the front wind shield, making the view crystal-clear. When you turn 30, you chuck a lot of uncertainties aside, stop apologizing for who you are, and just… enjoy the ride.
- I know how to dress for my body type – and make my best features shine.
Heaven knows, I’ve gone through many awful (ahem, experimental) outfits, hairstyles and makeups in my history of online blogging. It was like battling a giant, polka-dotted, neon rag monster that wouldn’t be tamed! Well, I’m happy to report that I’ve grown out of my blue-streaked bangs and ripped fishnets and graduated into a style much more befitting of my personality: artistic, color-intensive, with a retro edge.
A quote, often attributed to Coco Chanel, taunts: “If a woman is still not beautiful by the age of 35, she is probably not that bright.” Whether Coco actually said it or not, the message is clear: experiment away, you have plenty of time to figure out how to make yourself look great! A woman in her 30s has a level of confidence that females in their 20s have yet to discover — the type of confidence that is attractive to men and women of all ages. By now, you’ve either accepted and learned how to make the best of your flaws, or found a way to minimize or get rid of them altogether. I know that a good belt works wonders for my waist-to-hip ratio, long hair is always beautiful, and false lashes are more than just a luxury, they are a way of life! Here’s to finally being able to say you’re a beautiful woman — and mean it!
- I am ready for my Golden Age of creativity!
If history is any indication, mathematicians generally produce their best works in their 20s, and artists in their 30s. What happens to creativity as one gets older? The mind is already set on a definite track, we stop trying to please others and work harder than ever because we enjoy our craft. I am looking forward to reaching my fullest potential in my 30s with Lime Crime and fashion alike!
Hello, 3-0: I love you!
- I am content with my career’s trajectory.
Being named one of Top 50 Inspirational Women Entrepreneurs of 2010 came as an awakening shock. In spite of running my own business for a couple of years, I’ve never thought of myself as a serious businesswoman. It made me take what I do more seriously and strive to get better at it. I’ve learned how to command respect in a business meeting, negotiate like a pro, give an elevator pitch, and manage conflict. I am so ready to become a kick-ass businesswoman and a force to be reckoned with!
- I know how to spot a fake.
Whether it’s a handbag, a diamond, or a potential friend — I know what’s real and you can’t pull one over on me. Although I’ve always been a fairly good judge of character, my intuition now is more acute and I know I can rely on it completely. I’ve cleansed my life of fair-weather friends and hidden agendas, and surrounded myself with an amazing network of individuals I can trust and who keep me inspired every day!
- I am more financially secure than ever.
I’ve worked hard through my 20s to earn my independence. I’ve lived in a cramped Brooklyn apartment with my boyfriend, worked out of a kitchen, and mailed hundreds of packages out of my attic. I’ve learned the value of money before I had any. At 30, I am grateful to be able to afford a beautiful apartment in a central area of Los Angeles with my husband, provide a royal living for my 3 cats and still have some money left over for shoes and little luxuries. We don’t own a house yet, but that’s just something to look forward to in the upcoming years!!!
- I get to plan out a whole new vision for my 30s.
Switching decades means I get to refine my Candyfuture and reinvent myself in a whole new way. The process has already begun: my style is shifting towards more polished & ladylike, and my fashion choices become more intentional. I’m developing a taste for art and interior design, and gaining a deeper understanding of what beauty is, its significance and its limitations.
They say, 30s are like your 20s except you’re 10 years wiser. I say: Bring it on!
Here’s what Twitter thinks:
- ClassicGrrrl Happy Birthday! FYI- My 30′s have been WAY better than my 20′s!
- ashleyinfo Hell yes! Ppl respect u once u hit 30. 20somethings are still children. Your work gets BETTER rewards cause youre taken seriously.
- Oddwhims Your 30′s r better than your 20′s…u become more confident with your appearance!
- CloverisQueen I’m turning 30 this Sunday…idk how I feel bout that…specially since I work w people who are 16-22 for the most part =.=
- cherry_MUA 30 is so much better, your old enough to not let silly things bother you but still look young enough to enjoy it!
- DanaDelaneyMUA I turned 30 in Jan. As for “it” getting better? Age really is just a #. I feel no different. Maybe too soon to tell?
- x_MissClaire_x 30 is like being 20 you’re just 10 years wiser
- nici_chan nici_chan You bet, but it starts to go faster too! So live every moment to it’s fullest!
- ShellyAnnSilks hell yes! I just turned 36 and u couldn’t pay me enough to relive my 20′s!!!
- fayemarieblogs it does get better from 30 – my life suddenly got better as soon as I turned 30 :) xxx
Deerlings: What are your feelings towards this round number? Are you excited for it, dread it, indifferent? Do you have specific expectations or a list of achievements you’d like to accomplish before turning 30?