10.21.2007

Thirty Rocked

Last year, I entered a new decade in my life, and if that first year is any indication of the next nine, my thirties are going to be great. That's not to say that there weren't some seriously trying times this past year, but all in all, some decisions I made about they way that I want to live my life and the changes that resulted made my thirtieth year my best year yet. Whether it is due to these changes, or simply to growing older, I can't say, but this year so much of the insecurity and self-consciousness that prevailed in my twenties began to shed away, and I became a lot more comfortable in my own skin. Piggybacking off of Andrea's wonderful birthday list, here's my list of thirty changes that I made last year that made being thirty fabulous.
1. I ran approximately 20 miles every week. I am not a natural born runner.
2. I read several of the books that I'd been meaning to read for a long time.
3. I stopped taking taking cream and sugar in my coffee.
4. I started wearing less make-up.
5. I regularly stayed up late to watch Seinfeld reruns on weeknights (a.k.a. school nights).
6. I paid attention to Barry's tips on camera use.
7. I stopped shopping as a sport.
8. I relaxed my obsessive tendencies - just a bit.
9. I took advantage of my MOMA membership.
10. I indulged in good wine and beer.
11. I made an effort to meet new people.
12. I cut out white flour from my food choices.
13. I made exceptions to rules, especially when a good baguette was involved.
14. I finally let myself take a break from teaching.
15. I started valuing my personal time as much as my professional life.
16. I got over my fear of computers.
17. I figured out that splurging on one great piece is better than getting lots of cheap mediocre stuff.
18. I gave sincere compliments more frequently.
19. I stopped fretting about my ultra-rosy cheeks. Hopefully by the time I'm forty I'll be over my ankle and calf fixation. Check back with me then.
20. I got rid of more stuff than I brought in to our apartment.
21. I carried my camera with me everywhere I went.
22. I started wearing skirts and dresses.
23. I said no to unwanted commitments that I would have felt obligated to accept in the past.
24. I got over my fear of driving a car with a standard transmission. (It'd been a long time...)
25. I swam deep in blog waters.
26. I spent plenty of time by myself.
27. I stopped eating fried food.
28. I enjoyed the company of my family every chance I could get.
29. I moved across the country with Barry.
30. I decided that my life can be anything I want it to be.
I hope that thirty-one proves to be as great as thirty was. I'll let you know tomorrow, when it becomes official...

49 comments:

Village Vegan said...

That's such a great list! You've done so many things in the last year-- wow.

Happy Birthday! I hope 31 is even greater than 30.

shari said...

a fabulous list. happy {early} bday susan. xo

leya said...

such a great list, susan. so inspiring.
happiest of birthdays to you!

shy_smiley said...

Oh, happy Happy Birthday! So far my thirties have been the best years of my life. I hope the same holds true for you.

Shona~ LALA dex press said...

Happy birthday- if I knew it was your birthday- i'd a baked ya a cake!
I welcomed 30, I thought I was silly in my 20's. Ok, I still act silly, but I think that once you hit 30, silly is no longer stupid. (It makes sense in my head).

sarai said...

Happy birthday, and thanks for sharing your list of things to celebrate.

Artsy Momma said...

Have a wonderful, stupendous birthday! Congrats for making your life one you want to live and enjoy!!!

maritza said...

Happy birthday Susan! What a wonderful list - congrats to you on your many accomplishments in the last year.

kristi said...

wow! your list blows me away! what an amazing way to celebrate a year that many people dread. sending you birthday wishes for another incredible year. thanks for diving deep into blog waters. your blog is quite a treat.

kat said...

That is the best list ever. Really :)

Congrats on achieving so many great things. You should go out and have a drink. {pretend it's on me}

Happy Birthday in advance. The best things happen in your thirties :)

picperfic said...

well, I remember my thirtieth birthday very well, I was living in the Channel Islands, Jersey in fact and it was such alet down...I wanted a trumpet and fanfare and all I got was a normal day....so sad, but that was way back when and now every day has fanfares! Especially as my Barry can play the trumpet haha!! You sure he's not a clone of your Barry, I'm talking cameras here?? xx Happy Birthday to you...lovely SuLu!! I wish I had had your confidence when I was thirty.

amisha said...

happy birthday susan!
this is such an inspiring list... as i approach 30 (next year) i hope it will be half this good!! have a wonderful wonderful day my friend.
xox

Karin said...

Wow! That's an impressive and inspiring list!

Happy birthday!

Debi said...

Good for you Sue! Happy Birthday!!

amandajean said...

happy birthday, my dear! I am so glad that you swam deep in the blog waters. ;) it wouldn't be the same without you here. that is one impressive list that I enjoyed reading immensely.

Chickenbells said...

What a wonderful list...and a perfect way to mark another year in your life and welcome a new one! I tell you, life does indeed get better the longer you live...

Happy Birthday dear heart! Now...what's in those wrapped boxes???

marilyn said...

Have a wonderful birthday tomorrow. Your lunch club will be thinking of you,missing you and sending our best thoughts.

abby said...

Happy Birthday!
I hope you are having lots of fun and indulging in good beer+wine...
what a great list, but I have to say that I hope you are over the calf thing soon because you have great calves (calfs?).....
Hugs to you-see you soon!

feli said...

Happy Birthday Susan. I wish you all the happiness and many many more birthdays to come.

P/s: I agree with you on no.17. I realise that this year too.

Miz S said...

A very happy birthday to you! I love your list. It's not too late for me to make some of those changes, is it?

erin said...

i love your list susan! happy happy birthday!

gracia said...

A great list of thirty things... enjoy!

see you, gracia

Mom said...

Happy Birthday Suzy!!

Remembering all those birthdays that we were able to celebrate together! Hope you have a wonderful day and that you and Barry enjoy a birthday dinner out tonight (my treat not pretend)!

Your 30 list was very impressive - have some items I am still working on at twice your age!

Know that Dad and I miss you terribly and wish you all good things in life today and forever! Love always, Mom

Lynn said...

Your list is wonderful. Hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Anna at D16 said...

Oh!! Was it your birthday yesterday? It was mine, too! I also made a little list last night, but seeing yours now, it seems sort of small and sad. :D

Happy birthday!

A Fanciful Twist said...

Oh Miss Sulu!!! Yes. I feel the same way. Something shifted and changed. I think I also was tired of drama and sadness and all the silly reasons I was feeling all those things... Not It is about reading and enjoying, and dealing a bit better.

COngratulations and cheers!!! How wonderful!!!!(Happy Happy Happy B-day, 31 is even better than 30!!!)

mariss said...

What a great list! I hope you are as proud of yourself as you deserve to be.

Have a wonderful birthday!

P.S. I'm glad I got to see your mom's adorable comment.
P.P.S. I want to see some of Barry's camera tips too ;)

Erin said...

Wow 30 sounds like an incredible year for you, lot's of big life changes too. I hpe that 31 will be an even better year for you. Happy Birthday Susan!

Melissa said...

happy b-day fellow october baby! you've accomplished so much in the past year, wow!

The Lenart's said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you are having a special day no matter what. I hope you will treat yourself to something to celebrate another birthday year.
Your list is amazing. You really jumped out of your box in the last year to accomplish so many amazing things. You are an inspiration. I hope I can follow in your footsteps a tiny bit. And 30's are very liberating.

capello said...

happy birthday!

oh yeah. i've been thinking i should venture outside the jeans/plain t-shit wardrobe. you know, life on the edge. have more than four outfits.

traci said...

happy birthday susan!! that's one helluva list my dear. change is good. really good. and so is thirty-one and thirty-two... for thirty-three i'll have to let you know in a few months.

Terry Graziano said...

Happy Birthday!! You are quite an inspiration! Can't wait to see what you have in store for this next year...

andrea said...

happy birthday, friend! HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! hope it was fantastic... absolutely loved reading your list. you are such an inspiration.

now, you must let me take you out and treat you for your birthday. sooo many places in portland to choose from... :)

xoxo

luv Abby said...

have a wonderful birthday.
luv Abby

Kathleen said...

happy birthday!!!!! oh i hope it was amazing!
you will rock your thirties, sister. i know it.
30 - 40 is a great decade.
i'll let you know about 40 - 50 in nine years. : )

rock on with yer groovy self. xo

marilyn said...

I reread your list tonight. I have been thinking about it and decided that are truly amazing. I haven't accomplished 1/2 of what you have accomplished at my ripe old age. Your love of learning new things, fortitude and self-discipline are inspirational. I am sure that your 32nd year will be the best year yet. Hope your day today was everything wondeful and more. May all your wishes come true. Did you remember that tomorrow is Cyera's birthday?(oh what a joy!)

meg said...

such a great list!
very inspiring.
happy birthday, sweet susan!
xoxo

Robyn said...

Susan! Oh you did so much this past year. Happy Birthday! I hope this year brings many more good things your way. :0)

Holly said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! And what a wonderful gift to your readers - your lists are always so well thought out and inspiring.

Wende said...

OH! I hope you had a terrific day. (And that's some list!)

whiteapple said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you're making an exception to eat loads of birthday cake!!!

Lesley said...

happy birthday! here's to another great year and i love your list.

michelle said...

What a great post lady. Such an inspiration for me as I begin to make many huge changes in my own life, some of them very exciting and scary too :) Isn't blogging great, two people can become friends who have never met, how cool is that! I am so glad that you had a great 30, heres to 31!!!! yeah 31

Bruce Katlin said...

Happy Belated Birthday.

I somewhat remember my thirty's as that decade was a bit of a blur. They say you come into your own in your forties and now that I'm approaching 50 this December I can hardly believe that life will get better than it already is. Keep up the great design work and good luck with all your changes.

Eva said...

h a p p y [belated] b i r t h d a y Susan! Hope you had a wonderful celebration. Cheers to many, many more!

ambika said...

Belated happy birthday! This is definitely a list to aspire to, in so many ways.

laundrygirl said...

Happy belated birthday! I love your list!

Sonya said...

Yay Susan! What a wonderful list. Happy belated birthday and may I say it has been wonderful doing the breast stroke along with you in these deep, bloggy waters.