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Today is the day that I officially wave goodbye to my 20’s forever! Yep, it’s my birthday and I’m turning the big 3-0.  It’s sounds so weird to say ‘hi, I’m Jemma and I’m 30…’ and similarly to tick the 30-40 box when filling out a form.  I’m entering a whole new decade in my life and honestly, I’m not as scared about it as I thought I was going to be.  In fact, now that the day has actually arrived I couldn’t be any happier. 

There’s definitely no turning back and in my teens, the very thought of turning 30 sent shudders down my spine – to a 14-year-old me it just sounded so old!   Now that I’ve crossed the threshold, this moment in my life isn’t as daunting as my younger self once thought. It’s a massive milestone and in many ways also a great achievement. 

I never regret anything.  I’ll be the first one to say that I’ve made some bad judgements in my life, however without my brief spells of insanity, I wouldn’t be the person that I am today.  Plus, with most things in life the bad is always largely outweighed by the positives.  Recounting everything that I’ve achieved so far in my 30 years on this earth is pretty awesome.

Without wanting to sound big-headed I have a lot to be proud and thankful for in my life. With two degrees including a Ph.D., an amazing husband, a happy and healthy little boy, a beautiful family, supportive friends, a wonderful  home and car, a small business and a job that I love I really can’t complain.  Truth, I never imagined that my life to turn out this way, but I will be forever grateful that it did because I’m loving it! 

I’m far happier now than I ever was in my twenties.  I finally feel like I’m finally in the driving seat and on the right path.  My twenties were filled with ill-informed decision-making, second guessing, insecurities, body woes and a whole heap of issues.  Right now as I write this, I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.  I can sigh a huge sound of relief because I feel settled, comfortable and more relaxed than ever before. 

Having an air of confidence appears to be a common theme to turning 30 because this can also be extended to my relationship with my body.  Rest assured, I’m not immune to body image issues, comparison traps and ‘fat’ days, but now that I’m a bit older and have some life experience under my belt my mindset towards my body and how I care for it have completely changed.  Having a baby certainly flicks a switch in this department, you’re swiftly reminded that there are far more important things in life – I think that is a whole other post in the making there! 

So, I raise a glass to all of you turning 30 this year.  It’s really not that bad, in fact, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that it’s going to be my best decade yet!

What are your thoughts on getting older? How did you feel about turning 30? How does your 30s compare to you 20s?

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