It’s a wrap! The big 3-0 is over and I must admit being a bit sad about this end, but last night, while doing a recap of everything that happened in the last 12 months, I was pleased. The year was exactly how I hoped it’d be on January 15th 2014. On that day, I was pretty anxious about turning 30, but I can say without a doubt it was one of the best year ever and it has a lot to do with the freedom I had and the choice I made to take advantage of this new reality.
It could sound weird to some, but living on my own at 30 with all that this implies, gave me a strong and powerful feeling that I could do anything. I felt I was beginning a new book and I could write every fantasy I had and actually realize them. And it goes for every life aspect, not just relationships. Think about it: no boyfriend, still less marriage, no kids; I could do whatever I wanted to. It was like I was being born again.
I had to go through the most painful installment of my life to be where I am today and all the tears shed have been worth it. Not that I recommend or wish you to live such a cruel situation, but for me, at that time, it was a necessary evil and if it hadn’t happened, I would never have really met the person I deeply am and I kinda like this girl a lot! In fact, I think she’s awesome!
Last year, the title of my birthday post was 30, single and fabulous (exclamation point). I could have certainly turn this Carrie Bradshaw quote into a new version like 31, taken and still fabulous and use it once again, but somehow I wished for something new and fresh. Because a lot of new things happened to me in the last 12 months and very exciting projects are on their way for 2015. Lesson learned: ask and you shall receive!
Given that every item I wrote down on my secret wish-list a year ago can be checked, I’m a bit caught off guard for this year’s list. What could a 31 year-old woman wish for? I could certainly pray for a brand new wardrobe, dozens of high heels and a shiny ring (this will make some girlfriends smile), but we always get tired of our material stuff (except for the ring, of course!). So for this year I decided to set myself some goals to achieve.
First, I started at the beginning of the week my 16-month interior design course. I know it will be very demanding, but I don’t want to find myself buried under the work and overwhelmed by all the tasks that have to be done. Therefore comes the #1 goal: doing everything in time and finding the perfect balance (hello planning!).
Second: a couple’s goal. A major project began during the Christmas holidays and the more time will progress, the more it will certainly ask us time + energy. With my course, I can foretell we’ll have less time to just hang out together, but those moments we share just the two of us are precious to me and I want to make them a priority in this upcoming busy new year. So goal #2: taking time to be together (even if this means watching a movie full of guns and explosions!).
Third, since I moved in with M, going to the gym had became a real pain in the a** for me. I had to quickly eat my dinner between work and gym and I was back home only around 8… That’s not my exact take on a fun night. Instead, I thought I could turn all those Just Dance living room sessions into some physical training and added a Zumba “game” to our collection. And it works! And you know all those 30-day fitness challenges we see on Pinterest? We’re trying one right now, and beside making us sweat (I’m talking about fitness here), it always makes me laugh, so it’s a good sign! Also, the recent excesses of the holiday season resulted in a desire to eat lighter and I have to say that so far it is rather successful! So I give myself the challenge to go on this path for the entire year. Goal 2015 #3: having a healthy lifestyle.
While some of last year’s goals has been achieved, others were abandoned, but I think those three new targets are achievable with a little motivation and perseverance. Being 30 was amazing and I’ll keep many great memories of this year and I hope the one starting today will be just as sweet as the last one. And now let’s enjoy this special day!