As I’ve been mentioning recently, very soon I will be turning the grand old age of 30! I know that some people aren’t that bothered about birthdays or milestones like the big 3-0 (James certainly wasn’t) but I love birthdays and turning 30 is a pretty big deal for me. Please forgive me as this is a bit of a self indulgent post!

CIMG3799Me at about 4 years old and my Nana – she had a huge influence on who I am today :-)

For me, turning 30 represents a major point in my life. My teenage years were difficult and I had very low self esteem, then my early twenties were spent in a long term relationship which ended very painfully, so it wasn’t until my mid twenties that I felt like I started to discover the real me. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to have travelled a lot, got married to an amazing man, bought my own flat, and built a good career. My healthy living journey and losing the weight has only really been the tip of the iceberg in terms of how much I’ve changed over the past 4 years.

CIMG3796My 18th birthday

I guess the point is that I feel like I’ve been on a huge journey of self discovery which has landed me where I am today, almost 30 years old with a very strong sense of who I am and what I want in life. I think that as my twenties were about finding the real me, then my thirties are going to be about coming into my own. The self doubt and lack of confidence has been replaced by focus, belief and a sense of knowing.

CIMG3798‘The’ photograph – when I realised I needed to make some big changes and started my weight loss, taken about 3.5 years ago

I’m so happy with where I am in my life right now, I think if you had asked me a few years ago what I would have been doing at this point I would have envisaged something different, but since then my mind has been opened to a whole new set of possibilities beyond anything I’d ever dreamed of. Now I have the opportunity to pursue true self fulfilment, success and happiness.

105_4952Our beautiful wedding in Italy 4 years ago

I think that something a lot of 30 year old women may relate to is the old ticking of the biological clock. I’m not going to lie and say it isn’t on my mind because it is, and that ticking has become a lot louder due to my health problems, but overall its not a big deal for me yet. In fact James and me have discussed whether or not we would even like to start a family or if we may want to go down a more non traditional route. However, I am only going to be 30, still so young in so many ways with plenty of time for all that! One thing I am sure of is that I want to lead the most full life possible. Writing my personal mission statement has really clarified what I would like to do and the difference I would like to make in the world.

A couple of weeks ago I decided to ask some of my amazing 30+ Twitter and Facebook followers what the best thing about turning 30 was for them, and here was what some of them said:

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I loved all of these responses, seems that I have a lot to look forward to!

I guess you could say that I am mega excited about this milestone! I know that my thirties are going to bring the best years of my life so far, I can not wait, bring it on!

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If you have already turned 30, how was it for you? Had you achieved all you had envisaged? If you are not yet 30, is it something you are looking forward to?