THIRTY. The number always seemed like the benchmark of adulthood. I can still picture 7 year old me, slightly appalled by the age, thinking “by 30 I’ll be a Mom to the cutest perfect babies with my perfect husband in my perfect home that we own thanks to our perfect jobs living our magical perfect lives! DUH” EL OH EL 🤣
Let’s be real, NONE of those things are in my immediate future… yet, while I may be far from what I’d once envisioned as “ideal”, I couldn’t be more grateful for all I have and the life I get to live each day. One filled with more love than I could have imagined and more wealth in family, community and incredible friends than I could ever acquire in dollars alone. My life may not yet be what my 7 year old self once envisioned, but it’s also more robust, adventurous, and fulfilling that that little girl ever could have hoped!
So, as I enter this decade, I acknowledge all that I have yet to achieve, I kindly reject the desire to “compare” MY 30 years to anyone else’ and embrace the one thing that 7 year old got right — That MY life would be MAGICAL. 7 year old me believed IN magic. 30 year old me believes we get to CREATE the magic. And man am I ready to abracadabra some ish!
THANK YOU for every text, phone call, DM, Carrier Owl and birthday wish shared - I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to step into this decade surrounded by so much love, support and -dare I say- Magic :) .
Now, celebrating in Japan to sprinkle some 30 y/o fairy dust across the land of the rising sun(!!!!) 🇯🇵
*PS- No oceanic animals were harmed in the taking of this photo. In fact, i dislike balloons.. but based on photo evidence, @kaitlynbarclay was right (per usual) with the GOLD 3-0 call. 🎈
FYI - MYLAR /FOIL balloons are NOT biodegradable BUT are reusable! Once they deflate, you can fold and store them & bring them into a party store to refill for future use 🙌🏼 (The Bay Area also recycles Mylar, but we all know how i feel about SF...) 📸: @jbanasiak 🙌🏼