This morning I looked at the 30 Before 30 list I made for myself last year, and I just had to laugh. I accomplished exactly two of the things on the list (rebranding and moving into our new house). It was just one of those things that I kept saying – I’ll have time for that stuff in a couple weeks/months, but then they never happened. Going over the list this morning, it wasn’t even something I felt upset over. I’ve had a lot of awesome adventures over the last year. They weren’t the adventures that I carefully wrote down and thought I’d plan for, but they were still pretty fantastic. And in six days I leave for Australia… so there’s that. Australia wasn’t on my list last year – it seemed unfathomable to me – but here we are. I’m beginning to think the unplanned adventures are more fun than the planned ones.

My emotions have been all over the place in the last 24 hours. It’s not that I feel old or anything like that, it’s just jarring how quickly time has passed. Thirty. How can I possibly be thirty. I remember when my parents were thirty. Adults are thirty. I don’t feel like one of those.

Do you remember when you were little and everything just seemed to stretch out forever in front of you? A week seemed like a significant amount of time. And now a week… what’s a week? A week is nothing. A week is the blink of an eye. I wish I could slow things down again. It’s all just going too fast.

My 20s were pretty great. I moved to New York City; did a fair bit of world traveling; started a business; got married to a wonderful man; made some incredible friends who I suspect will be around for my 40th and 50th birthdays as well. If you asked me when I was twenty where I thought I’d be at thirty, there was no way I could have predicted any of this. So who knows what this decade will hold. Hopefully a lot more unplanned adventures.

  1. Lorraine
    Aug 26, 2013

    Happy Birthday Katie! You are only as old as you feel, remember that! I hated turning 30 last year, but actually once you are there it is all good. Now I am dreading turning 31 in a couple of months ha ha! You say you only crossed two things off your 30 before 30 list, but what an achievement both of those things are! You should be proud of yourself and where you are! Enjoy your trip down under :)

  2. Christy Tyler
    Aug 26, 2013

    Here’s to unplanned adventures – because they are the BEST! And my 30’s have been my favorite decade thus far. Can’t wait to see what you do with yours! XOXO Happy Birthday love!

  3. Jasmine E.
    Aug 26, 2013

    Wishing you a Happy Birthday! So far, 30 seems great for me! So I’m sure you’ll love it just as much. Kudos!

  4. Sarah
    Aug 26, 2013

    Happy birthday!

  5. Kandise
    Aug 26, 2013

    Happy birthday! I imagine by 40 you will be ruling the world.

  6. Amanda Miller
    Aug 26, 2013

    Happy Birthday love!!!!! You have done your fair share of amazingness for 30 already, so I suspect there is even more greatness ahead! Soak it all in! :)