Chapter 29

“You look young for your age.”

I never took that compliment well. And while all of the advice says, “You’ll be thankful when you’re older,” that’s not what you want to hear in the moment. It’s always been a point of frustration for me. What made all the other women look their age, but somehow, my age was up for discussion?

So needless to say, I’ve never been one to dread birthdays. When I was 18, I wished I was 21. When I was 21, I wished I was 25. Always wanting to reach the next milestone.

Welp, now 30’s knocking at the door. And I’m READY for it. In fact, deep down in my soul, I know i’m going to thrive in my 30’s. I can feel it in my young-looking bones.

But first, 29. 

I need to remind myself that 29 is now.

It’s time to slow down. And focus on evaluating how I spend my time.

At work. At home. On the weekends, and in-between. This is the year of slowing the pace,  letting go of things that do not bring me joy and filling the gaps with hobbies and people that do. It’s about letting go of friendships that don’t come easily and relationships that are draining.

It’s about reinvesting energy. I want to push myself to become a better leader, to step out of my comfort zone more and learn to say no to doing things just because I think I should or feel obligated.

Randomly enough, my girl crush and role model, Taylor Swift, wrote about “30 Things I Learned Before Turning 30” for Elle this month. She talks a lot about taking the last year in her 20’s to focus less on keeping up with the Joneses on social media, and spending more time on family, self love and meaningful relationships. Particularly #20 and #30 on her list stick out to me the most. But also, #10,  because now I need to try all of her favorite recipes.

I am so unbelievably excited for 29 — one day at a time.

Your Pal,
KJ

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