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Hello 30…

As a teenager, I pretty much idolized my twenties and dreaded anything that followed after that. In my eyes, being in your twenties signified one being in their prime- mentally, spiritually, and physically. My twenties meant that I was an adult – free to do what I pleased and fend for myself; and boy did I ever. Well, now that I’m twenty-nine and only a few months shy of turning the big 3-0, I have no choice but to face what I’ve feared for so long.

To me, becoming thirty meant that I would officially be old – then it would simply be down hill from there. Thank goodness I was wrong! Because I can honestly say that I don’t think that my twenties were my “prime”, in fact, they were more like a warm up. Yea, I accomplished a lot and learned a bunch, but to me, I only recently found my stride in life. Sure, I can no longer inhale an entire cheese pizza (Judgment Free Zone!) or be out until 4am partying without some serious repercussions. But I feel that I am the best version of myself – better than I’ve ever been. My impending peak has a lot to do with that fact that I’m more mature and yes, older. Back then, I had my life and the world around me figured out. I knew what would happen, when it would happen, and who it would happen with (silly me). In fact, if it were up to my twenty-year-old self, I would be married by now with two children, living in the home I own, and running a clothing boutique. Clearly I was naïve and things couldn’t be further from the case. Because actually, I’m unmarried, have no children, and have no desire to own a home (at the moment). Instead, I’m making a name for myself in Corporate America and going after my dreams of being an author. And you know what? I’ve never been happier.

Back then, I didn’t know that I was putting unnecessary pressure on myself by trying to control my future and placing an invisible time clock on my life. Life is a rollercoaster and it will definitely slap you in the face! Trust me, I’ve been slapped a few times and I’m sure their will be a few more waiting for me at some point. Regardless, in this last year of my twenties, I look at the life I’ve lived thus far and truly feel humbled by all my experiences because it made me the woman I am today. I’m entering my thirties as a woman that knows what she wants, who embraces her imperfections, is more confident in who she is, and who is a hell of a lot wiser. Today, I’m a woman that welcomes her thirties because she knows that she can do great things. All I can say now is, hello thirty and bring it on, because I’m ready for you…

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    Samantha Lowery
    June 21, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Yes Monique Elise! Your 30’s are truly an amazing adventure! You have what you need and you have what it takes to have a fabulous decade! But your 40’s will supercede your your 30’s and your 50’s will be the sh….t! Hello!!! Love you! So proud!

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      Monique Elise
      June 23, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      <3 Thank you!

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    jay
    June 23, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Love your style !! Youre gonna rock you thirties hun !!

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      Monique Elise
      June 23, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      Aww thank you so much! I hope so!

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    Shirley
    June 23, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    I just turned 30 and can relate! We place a lot of expectations on ourselves in our 20’s but sometimes life has other things in store. It seems that you have grown a lot as a person and that is the most important thing.

    By the way, I love that outfit!

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      Monique Elise
      June 24, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      SOOOO true! I am a master planner, I had to learn how to take that unnecessary pressure off of myself and I am so glad I did! Happy belated birthday <3

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    Gina
    June 24, 2017 at 1:20 am

    30 is the new 20!

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      Monique Elise
      June 24, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      That’s what I keep hearing!

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    Jael
    June 25, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    i turned 20 and I’m so nervous about "making it" this was sorta soothing, thank you

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      Monique Elise
      June 28, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Jael… Have fun! Your twenties are your time to get to know yourself – what you like, what you hate EVERYTHING! I swear don’t put all that pressure on yourself. Enjoy your life and pay special attention to things that make you happy <3 Oh to be 20 again!

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    Krissy @thoughtfullyunraveled.com
    August 8, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Your 30’s are so much better than your 20’s. You have so much more figured out! I’m turning 35 in a couple months and honestly am loving this age.

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      Monique Elise
      August 8, 2017 at 11:48 pm

      Thanks Krissy! Only two months left! I’m ready lol

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    WyTrina Wright
    October 19, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Loved this !!! In 2 years I’ll be thirty !!! Looking forward to it! I’ve never really been excited about age lol

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      Monique Elise
      October 23, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      Yes! From what I hear 30’s is where it’s at!! I’ll keep ya posted <3

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    ciurtney
    October 19, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    This was such a great post!! I used to dread my thirties too, but they’ll be here before I know it. Its so funny how we have all of these plans in our head and then life pans out completely differently. I think it just makes us stronger and prepares us for whats to come. Cheers to 30!! 🙂

    Xo,
    Consuella

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      Monique Elise
      October 23, 2017 at 5:20 pm

      So true! Naturally I plan everything but I’m learning some things are just left up to GOD. So I learn the lessons and trust the process!

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