So today I turn 30!!
I didn’t really know how I’d feel about turning 30, but really I feel like it’s just another birthday, taking me a year on in my life! And I’m definitely looking forward to what my thirties have in store for me!
My twenties have been pretty damn good! I guess going in to the next decade is a reason to reflect on the one before. So, here goes…!!
I’m not really someone who has their life planned out. I’m more of a ‘go with the flow’ type. I didn’t have any expectations of where I would be by the end of my twenties. I would have suspected that I would have at least one child, maybe two, so not too far off the mark, with number two due in a matter of weeks.
When I look back, I realise that I’ve definitely been a doer in my twenties. I want to carry on being a doer. I like experiencing new things. I like life taking me on little adventures that I would never have predicted.
I moved to Manchester in my early twenties to do a Masters degree, after finishing my degree in Durham. And that’s probably been a big turning point in my life. I’m still here now! It’s where I met my best mate ever who is now my husband of nearly 6 years and the father of my kids! I was single when I moved to Manchester, and ready to be as well! I definitely wasn’t looking for anyone. But the one just happened to come along! And Sean has definitely helped to make my twenties amazing!
We travelled Canada for a bit when I was 23, and lived and worked there for a few months. It was an amazing adventure!!!
Married at 24….Never thought I’d get married that young! It just felt right! And I’m so glad we did get married then. We had no money but the best wedding ever!
And we started our first business then too. It was tough. Really tough! But it’s lead to my career today. I’ve started three businesses in total now, 2 still going, 1 successfully, allowing me to work part time hours for a good wage. Again, never something I would expected to have happened!
I’ve started numerous hobbies as well in my twenties. I became a runner. Albeit not a very good one!! I always seem to be back at square one after a break! I can’t wait to get back in to it after this baby is born! Maybe my thirties will be when I look to run further than 10k! I’ve tried and carried on with lots of other fitness stuff too, like doing the 30 day shred regularly and going to bootcamps. I have to exercise cos of my stupid underactive thyroid and crap metabolism or I pile the weight on, and I am a little addicted! Pregnancy has been hard not being able to keep it up.
I’ve started my blog, which I love!! I’m really in to writing on this virtual journal now, and sharing so many of my thoughts with the blog’s readers!
I’ve recently gotten into crochet! Can’t see myself giving that up anytime soon! So, I expect my thirties will include lots of new crochet projects and annoying my family with the constant stream of crocheted presents that they get!
I think the biggest tough period of my twenties was having a miscarriage. And losing the baby the day of the 12 week scan. For all miscarriages are so common, I don’t think that makes it any easier when you experience one. It’s hard. But for me the hardest period came in trying for another baby. There was 14 months between having the miscarriage and getting pregnant again, and when I look back I really wasn’t myself at all in that time. It was a constant niggle on my mind and I definitely went through a really low period.
But pregnant I did get, in the end!! And motherhood is everything I had hoped it would be! I absolutely love it! I’m so glad now that I stuck out working for myself and get to spend so much time with Ella. She’s such an ace little kid to be around (obvs completely biased!) and I can’t wait for her sibling to be born and to go through the whole development from newborn to toddler again.
I think one thing I’ve come to realise in my twenties is what makes me happy. With the business where it is at now, I could work 5 days a week and earn a really nice wage. But I don’t want to. That wouldn’t make me happy. I’d rather be comfortable than rich, and get to spend the time with my children instead. I know now that having a bigger house, a nicer car and other luxuries is not what brings happiness. It’s experiencing life with your family. It’s being able to give and receive cuddles and kisses every day. And it’s being there to experience it all.
I can’t wait to see what my thirties are gonna bring! I just hope they’re as fab as my twenties!
And I’m sure by this point you’re pondering what to get me for my birthday…? Yes?
Well, there’s something I’d really like that you’ve already got and won’t cost you a penny.
I’d love for you to go and give a pint for me of the red stuff. Your blood! No, I’m not a vampire! But I do think it’s now so easy for us to donate to charity that we put our good hat on, click a link, put our Paypal password in and it’s done. Yet it’s much harder to give something we have that takes a bit more effort that will save lives. If there were no blood donors, there’d be no blood banks. There’d be nothing to keep alive those who lose masses of blood. You probably even know a few people who have had blood transfusions and who’s lives wouldn’t be the same, or even exist, without it.
It’s not hard to do. You book in, turn up, and it takes about 10 minutes. And you get tea and biscuits after!
So, please do something amazing and go give a pint for me! You can click here to find your local donation sessions.
And time for me to celebrate turning 30 in an 8 months pregnant stylee….with a nap!!