On being 30 …

Travel Blog: San Diego 2017

So, today is my birthday. I turned 30 – a birthday I’ve been not looking forward to since I was little. Isn’t 30 when you’re old? I’ve learned quite a few things in my 30 years, though I still feel like I’m a 15-year-old girl that has no idea what she’s doing.

I’ve learned that not all friends will be your friends forever. Some are meant to be in your life for a long time, and some aren’t. Wonderful new ones will pop up out of nowhere and sometimes you’ll feel like you have none. Friendships have their ups and downs, but I truly believe every person has had or will have a purpose in my life.

I’ve learned that you can’t always make everyone happy. Scratch that – I’m LEARNING that you can’t always make people happy. And I’ve learned that it’s okay.

I’ve learned that the sh** everyone tells you when you’re single about how you’ll find someone when you least expect it is SO freakin’ true, no matter how many times you roll your eyes.

I’ve learned that there is no better stress reliever than cuddling with my dog and fiancee.

I’ve learned that regular soda is NOT worth the extra calories. You can have SO much food for that tiny soda.

I’ve learned that hair is not a security blanket and cutting it can actually be fun.

I’ve learned that while flying is still scary, the experiences I have are totally worth the few hours of terror and anxiety I feel.

I’ve learned that passions change. Careers change. You change. Thankfully we’re in a day and age where that’s okay, and trying out a few different jobs is fine. I anticipate I’ll try at least a few more jobs and careers in the next 30 years. OR I’ll just make a bunch of money and not have to worry about working my life away.

I’ve learned that ideas and fears instilled into me when I was younger will be hard to break, but it makes you stronger in so many ways. Guys that treated me poorly and caused me to not trust any man that came into my life. Thoughts about money being a scarcity and “bad” still cloud my vision. While I’ve had some trying times, thoughts and feelings in the last 30 years, I wouldn’t trade any of them because they’ve gotten me to today and will continue to push me in the future.

I’ve learned that life just isn’t that serious. Love, have fun and try to keep a grateful heart. If you go through a rough patch (like now …) know that you’ll come out on the other side. How? Because you have before!

I’ve learned that flared jeans just do not work for me.

Neither does the color orange. ^^

Or booties – my legs are just too dang short! ^^^

I’ve learned that while my passions in careers have changed, my love for blogging and creating an online community has continued to grow and it’s time for me to explore that.

Most importantly, I’ve learned that I can do anything. I’ve worked three jobs while barely scraping by living in a city I hated. I’ve gotten myself out of (and back into) credit card debt. I’ve left abusive relationships – whether it was friendship, romantic or work-related. I’ve stuck to my morals, my passions and my heart … and I’m determined to continue to do just that.

Thanks for reading today, friends! I’m off having the TIME OF MY LIFE in Harry Potter World – make sure you check in on Instagram stories!


  1. Jordyn says:

    Happy 30th Birthday! 30 isn’t old, whenever I think of 30 I think of the movie thirteen going on thirty when she says she wants to be “thirty, flirty and fabulous”. I love the life lessons you shared, you have already accomplished so much, I can’t wait to see what you accomplish over the next couple of years <3
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  2. Liz says:

    Happy 30th! 30s are good so far. It’s less crazy, more stable, more fun, more adventurous, all at the same time! And all those lessons we learned in our 20s really have made a difference and we know how to apply them. Thankfully. Because otherwise we’d all still be messes.

    • Jessie says:

      Thank you! It was amazing. I’ve been dreading it as well, but I don’t really feel any different. To be honest, it really didn’t feel like a birthday to me. So strange!

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