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3 Things I realized when I was 30

Turning 30 was not easy for me.  This is the year of my life where ALOT changed.  Physically, mentally, spiritually, everything has shifted a bit more than I imagined.  My birthday is next week, and as I reach the end of 30 years old, I took some time to reflect on some of the most valuable things that I’ve learned.

  1.  I can’t party like I used to.  Going out used to be so easy and fun!  I would usually leave the house around 10pm and to go check out some music or meet friends.  I was able to have multiple beverages, stay out late, sleep on someone’s couch without a worry for the next day.  Now 10pm is late, if I have more than two glasses of wine, my tomorrow is botched, and I’ll pay Uber $50 to get home instead of sleeping at your house if that means I get to go home to my comfy Tempurpedic bed.  I now leave shows early, part with friends before 2am, and clear my schedule the next day if there’s an important celebration.
  2. Not everyone is going to like me.  For years and years, I wanted nothing more but acceptance and love from everyone around me.  I fought to make friends with strangers, and when someone didn’t care about me the way I wanted them to, I was sad and felt bad about who I was.  This last year I’ve accepted that not everyone is going to want to be my friend and not everyone is going to want me to shoot their wedding, and that is ok!  There are many flavors of people out there, and I’ve come to terms with the idea that my own personal flavor (rainbow with unicorn sprinkles) is not going to satisfy everyone.
  3. Balance is actually a real thing.  I’m a workaholic.  I love what I do and 60 hour weeks are real in my life.  This last year, I’ve started to pull back and really respect my time and energy.  I’ve cut back on teaching yoga, now it is very very part time, but I’ve also cut back on how many gigs I take.  Before this year, I said yes to every single opportunity that came knocking on my door, even if it was inconvenient and really was not worth my time.  I still over schedule myself once in a while, but this last year has been more balanced.  I’ve been less stressed about work and feel that I can manage what I’ve taken on much better.

This last year has been very special.  I’ve started to take care of myself by healing my back, working to heal my gut, and care about how I spend my time.  It’s been the year where I’ve made peace with who I am. And now that I’m at peace with myself, I am finally caring for myself.  In this day and age, it is so important to take care of yourself and be at peace with who you are.  When we nurture ourselves, we can better serve the world.

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