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Turning 30 – Is it all downhill from here?

Wow! 2017 hey? I can only imagine what this year is going hold – all good things I hope.

This week marks more than just a new year for me; I suspect is also the beginning of adulthood. This week I turn 30! I am not quite sure how that happened as I am pretty confident I only just turned 25, but that is a whole other can of worms.

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It’s happening – I’m turning 30!

So the big ‘30’! I don’t really know why everyone makes out like turning 30 is the peak of life and that it only goes downhill from here. That grey hair is imminent and my face will suddenly droop with wrinkles but I am feeling more confident in myself, inside and out than I ever have. I am definitely not in peak physical condition but I had a turning point the other day when we went to the beach as a family. I wore a bikini without a cover and I honestly didn’t care. I was way more focused on having a great time with my husband and kids, and I think because I let go of my angst, I had the time of my life.

While I have no doubt that yes the grey hair will come, I also have to question – does turning 30 mean that I have to grow up? Am I expected to have all the answers? I’m very indecisive at the best of times so I don’t think this will work for me. Is 30 the turning point when you suddenly know what you want to be when you grow up? Because if that’s the case, I’m fucked! I have no idea.

While I am a mum to four beautiful (and sometimes feral) children, I don’t feel like I am an adult. I feel I am an imposter playing the part of a sensible, decision making and responsible person. Is it possible to be all the above and carefree at the same time? Because I am a very go with the flow person and this imposter is a risk assessor!

What do I expect from my 30’s?

Moving forward, into my 30’s I have no idea what to expect. I love that life throws opportunities at me in the most random ways and don’t want that to change. I want to travel more so hopefully we are able to plan out a few epic trips and come home with some great stories.

I want to do more myself. I have spent the past ten years putting everyone else first and putting experiences on the backburner due to lack of time or other family and work commitments. I will no longer feel guilty for wanting to try something new. I have a list so long full of things I want to try and I haven’t even started. Maybe I should start a 31 before 31 list. Skydiving, stand up paddle boarding, indoor rockclimbing, high tea and so much more!

I don’t know whether it has anything to do with turning 30 or if I am just at that stage in my life but – this year is about me!

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  1. 02/01/2017 / 8:15 am

    I bearly can remember turning 30! I’m about to turn 45, and lots has happened in those past 15 years! I was definitely the time I started to find the real me!

  2. 02/01/2017 / 9:22 am

    Happy birthday! It is nice to do things for yourself for a change. Enjoy your 30’s!

  3. 02/01/2017 / 9:35 am

    Happy birthday! I’m a few years into my 30’s and am enjoying them immensely. I’m sure you will too!

  4. 02/01/2017 / 9:36 am

    I found it didn’t change a thing for me. I guess it depends on how attached to age you are – and that’s never been something I’m particularly attached to.

  5. 02/01/2017 / 9:45 am

    Well. if turning 30 means you go downhill, then I am buried already at 67!! The age we are seems significant when we have to write it or tell it to someone, but I think we are still whatever age we are inside and sometimes for me that can be the wonder of being a child, the fun of being a young teen, and the great time of being someone in her 30s and 40s. Each decade brings something to our lives and I say, as someone who does remember turning 30 (I had a Maccas bday party with our young family and another family) LIVE the age you are with as much energy and gusto as you have …because you will never be this age again!! Happy New Year Kell. Denyse xx

    • Renae
      02/01/2017 / 4:01 pm

      I love how you celebrated your 30th… that’s how I wanted to spend mine… about to turn 41 in a matter of days…. it’s never to late to organise that hehe

      • 03/01/2017 / 11:52 am

        Go for it!! I have always had a kid-like sense of fun and it was good!!

  6. 02/01/2017 / 10:04 am

    Being in your 30s is the best! I feel as if a lot of people really come into their own after the turn 30. You know what really matters

  7. 02/01/2017 / 10:12 am

    30 is an awesome age! I loved that time of my life… I still felt 25 but had more confidence (and I still feel 25 today – so maybe that’s the age where we start to know more consciously who we are). Enjoy you’re 30’s…. age is after all largely a mindset 🙂

  8. 02/01/2017 / 10:15 am

    Happy Birthday, I turned 30 last year and loved it 🙂 More comfort in myself and direction in my future.

  9. 02/01/2017 / 11:38 am

    Happy Birthday! A 31 before 31 list sounds great – there’s some adventurous things on your list already!
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  10. 02/01/2017 / 12:16 pm

    It is such a turning point when you have that ‘I don’t care what I look like in swimmers, having fun with my family is more important’ moment. That happened to me a few years ago. Happy 30th!

  11. 02/01/2017 / 12:43 pm

    It’s wonderful to reach 30, then 40, then 50 etc., So if you have a ‘to do’ list, tick things off as you achieve them. Go skydiving! When I did, I was asked, ‘Why would you jump out of a perfectly good plane.’ Answer: ‘Because I wanted to know what it felt like.’ There I was free as a bird ‘tandem’ soaring through the sky, looking at the world below, seeing the tops of buildings, houses, people waving madly and the beach slow mo towards me. That was 15 years ago. I only needed to do it once. I had a video made so I could watch myself over and over to actually believe I did it. I say: Go For it!!

  12. 02/01/2017 / 3:31 pm

    My 30s were great. You finally achieve a level of confidence in yourself and you start to let go of some of those inhibitions. I’ll be 42 this year and I have to say my 40s have started out even better. Good luck with your year of you – there is so much to look forward to!

  13. Jacq
    02/01/2017 / 8:41 pm

    Being 30 did not change anything about me that much except that I took more chances and risks. I became more adventurous because I realised that I’m getting older and I might as well enjoy the adventure before I get really old. Bahaha!

    Cheers to being 30! I’m pretty sure you’lol have a blast Kell! Happy birthday. xx


  14. 03/01/2017 / 6:44 am

    Well I just turned 33 and I still don’t feel (or probably act) like an adult, so I’d say you’re safe there. Does anyone really have all the answers? Or more than half of them? I dunno. I sure don’t. It makes things so much more interesting.

  15. 03/01/2017 / 12:40 pm

    I was okay about turning 30 cos I think there’s a sense there’s still a lot of time ahead of you…. to fall in love, have kids, buy property, do something career-wise.

    Turning 40 was more depressing… and I’m turning 50 later this year.

  16. sharyn w
    03/01/2017 / 10:38 pm

    happy birthday xx – i think the 30s were my best decade yet as i had stopped doing all the silly things of my 20s and found out the most about myself that i had never known – even now i no longer in that decade (early 40s) i dont even worry about age – i just celebrate the fact that i am around still to see my children grow 🙂

  17. 04/01/2017 / 8:41 am

    For me turning 30 crystallised the fact that my life was short. It was the year we found out very likely wouldn’t have children, so we decided to live our lives as if we wouldn’t be able to, which led to me getting pregnant.

    It was also the year I started to distance myself from the toxic relationships in my life. I realised that I was propping people up and making myself miserable. I actually changed a lot that year!

  18. inthegoodbooksblog ( Michelle)
    04/01/2017 / 2:19 pm

    Wishing you a very Happy 30th Birthday!! I hope that you are blessed with many more healthy and happy ones!! Many thanks again for my beautiful Christmas card! xxxx

  19. 04/01/2017 / 8:06 pm

    I loved turning 30…I think that’s because my 29th and 30th years were the best of my life in which I evolved as a person. My body though, seems to have fallen apart since 30 — knee problems, ankle issues, harder to lose weight I gain — but 30 was fine. 31 and 32, not so great — I felt like I was having a 30-life-crisis of sorts. Happy birthday to you! I turn 33 later this month 🙂

  20. 08/01/2017 / 11:11 am

    Happy 30th birthday! The thing I loved about turning 30 was that finally people take you seriously. I always felt like in my 20’s people listened but not really. Apparently when you hit 30 you know stuff!! I did like that plus like you said, I think you just feel much more comfortable and settled with who you are so you don’t sweat the small stuff as much. Enjoy it, it is a great time and so much to look forward to. I agree I was able to do more for me as I knew more what I wanted by that point. Unlike you, I was only just starting out with kids then, but still, it is a fantastic time. Enjoy the year for you!!

  21. 09/01/2017 / 3:01 pm

    30 is great. I have enjoyed my 30s much more than my 20s – I have way more of my shiz together. Getting hung up about age is only wasting the time we have left. I turn 40 next year and am so not bothered except what I’m going to do for a party!

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