Friday, April 6, 2012

my 1st 30 years

Tomorrow's my birthday and I'm okay with it!
Really. I am.

Do I enjoy getting older?
Of course not.

Do I enjoy what each new year brings?

I have a thing with age.
I'm one of those people who doesn't think that age is just a number.
I believe it's much more than that.

To me, age is: more life experienced.
I do believe that with age, comes knowledge.

I felt much more aware, self assured and comfortable in my skin from when I was 15 years old to 20 years old.

I felt much more free spirited, independent and driven from when I was 20 years old to 25 years old.

I felt much more well rounded, focused and grounded from when I was 25 years old to 30 years old.

I can't relate fully to a 25 year old, just like a 25 year old can't relate fully to a 20 year old. And a 35 year old probably can't fully relate to me.

At some point, I think those age gaps begin to blur and you start to see more commonality between you and females 5 years younger/older than you. Maybe it's in your 30's. Or maybe it's in your 40's - I really don't know. 

Today I'm living my last day being 30 years old and I can't help but think about how much personal growth will take place before I turn 35.

And that is so exciting to me!

In my 1st 30 years...

I wrote off a guy who told me beer made him bloated... and then married him a few years later!

I spent Easter in Hawaii and New Years Eve in Times Square.

I went to an American Idol concert.

I've slept in hostile's and on trains.

I earned a lettermen's jacket.

I ate ice cream for breakfast and egg's for dinner.

I totaled a car.

I watched The Bachelor with my grandma while laying in her hospital bed.

I've been to 48 states, 42 with Bryan.

I went on a girls trip to New Orleans with my mom to celebrate my 21st birthday.

I witnessed my metabolism shift and close get much tighter.

I dated older and married younger.

I kissed the Blarney Stone.

I stopped and literally smelled the roses.

I saw a therapist.

I've prayed in St. Peter's Basilica.

I cruised the Pacific, Caribbean and Adriatic Sea with Bryan.

I've woken to snow on Christmas morning.

I spent 8 days in NYC with my dad going to Broadway shows, museums and eating many fine meals... just the two of us.

I've been to 28 of the 32 NFL stadiums.

I puked in a car, on a boat and in a plane... all more than once.

I had my heart broken.

I've carved pumpkins and dyed Easter eggs.

I went to Wembley Stadium and held the Wimbledon trophy.

I bought a house.

I've pulled all nighters in Vegas and NYC.

I experienced the joy of becoming an aunt.

I've backpacked through Europe.

I danced with my dad at my wedding.

I've passed kidney stones.

I dated a guy in each time zone.

I've been approached by a Sony Pictures producer to be in a movie.

I drank Italian wine in Italy.

I received the Sacrament of Marriage.

I made snow angels.

I've seen Garth, Tim, Kenny, Keith, Ronnie/Kix, Jimmy, Jason, Brad and many, many more.

I traveled the country with my best girl friend.

I watched the sunrise over the Atlantic and the sunset over the Pacific.

I held a newborn.

I very much look forward to what this next year brings!

(And no, I'm not pregnant so don't ask!)


  1. I love this post, I can totally relate to age bringing more life experience, I feel that too. Also the age gap part. I laughed at the part about writing off a guy who told you beer made him bloated. When I read that it occurred to me that my boyfriend of 4.5 years told me that as well when we first met and now I've turned him into a craft beer lover. Have a great birthday!!

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  3. you forgot to add "made a new ginger friend." :)

    happy birthday.

  4. wow, loved reading this. you have definitely "lived" girlfriend. happy birthday, hope you have the best day! :)

  5. what a great post!! happy birthday, girlfriend!

  6. Love this!! Happy early birthday! Hope you have a fabulous weekend & a happy Easter!

  7. I hope you have an awesome 30th birthday Kate!!! You are beautiful, friend and I'm sure you will! :)

  8. LOVE LOVE LOVE this post. I hate aging...but this brings a whole new perspective on things. Besides, who doesn't love an April baby!

    Maybe I should do a similar post and recall all the blessing I've had in my first 35 years!!!

  9. Love this post - I read through all of your accomplishments - so fun! have a great birthday!!

  10. Happy early birthdddaayy!! Hope you have a great one! Today's my bday!!! :)

  11. Love the ending and how you acknowledge the question people love to ask!! HAHA!! Happy Birthday

  12. Have a wonderful birthday. You certainly have enjoyed each moment of your life, and I love it. Enjoy the next few years even more! Cheers!

  13. looks like you've had a blast these 30 years of your life! here's to the 30's!!
    happy birthday!

  14. Girl you have lived the life already!!
    Happy Eve before your 30th & I hope you have an amazing celebration this weekend!
    If you're ever in Austin let me know so I can meet up with you!

  15. Happy early birthday! Were you in a movie? :)

  16. Great post! Looks like you've accomplished a lot in your 1st 30 years! Happy early birthday :)

  17. So Sweet. I love it. Happy Birthday Kate. Hope you have a great day.

  18. Hope you have a great birthday!

  19. What a great 1st 30 years! Cheers to the next 30! Happy Birthday!

  20. This was lovely to read!

    Happy birthday!! Hope you have a great day xxxx

  21. Happy birthday!!! Hope you have a wonderful day and are spoiled rotten! I'll have a Jameson on the rocks tomorrow for you!

  22. Oh my gracious. I loved this post, very very good.

    I came over to wish you a HAppy Birthday, so here it is! Have a wonderful day today!

    Cheers to your next 30 YEARS!

  23. Happy Birthday! I adore your list of life experiences and even started making a list of my own. What a great way to look back on your life. I hope your next 30 years are just as memorable.

  24. Happy birthday- beautiful reflections & great attitude. Hope you have a lovely day!

  25. I know I'm lately but happy belated birthday! I hope it was wonderful!!

  26. CHEERS TO YOU on your birthday, girl!! I always love your rosey outlook on life...I feel like we are kindred spirits. I know Bryan spoiled you this weekend, and I hope Cali gave you lots of Cali kisses! xoxox

  27. Happy Birthday!!! (Are we going to see you in a movie soon?? I hope so! hehe)

  28. making it 30 comments for your 30th birthday...hope it's been an awesome one!

  29. You have done a ton!! Impressive!!


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