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Happy Birthday To Me

by Miranda on March 15, 2012

So, my birthday was Tuesday. I turned 30. It was probably the best day I’ve had in a long, long time and not because it was anything spectacular and over done. It was really just a normal day with a few “Happy Birthday’s” and a dinner at Longhorn thrown into the mix.

(Oh, and the Hunger Games trilogy courtesy of my husband who knows the way to my heart is probably through books.)

Sometimes I catch myself thinking “I’m 30? No way. I mean, I just turned 20 yesterday, right?” As I’ve looked toward my birthday over the past weeks, I’ve been kind of blown away by how packed with everything my 20s were. Seriously. My 20s were stuffed with…stuff.

At 20, I was living in my college town, on my own, supporting myself and doing okay.

At 21, I bought my first house, all on my own and sold it three years later.

I admitted to and sought treatment for clinical depression and generalized anxiety disorder. I kicked its ass.

I experienced a bank robbery first-hand.

I graduated college. Twice. Once at 24 and again at 26.

I got married two weeks after the first graduation. I had a baby about eight months after the second.

I battled postpartum depression and anxiety. I kicked their asses, too.

I traveled to Mexico on my honeymoon, and even though it was to a resort, it was a stamp in my passport.

Oh yeah. I got a passport.

I settled into my career and hit my stride as an educator.

I got the most kick-ass part-time dream job ever writing about television.

There were parties and trips with friends. There was our family vacation last September.

Memories were made.

But there are more memories to make, and I started my fourth decade by making them with Joshua and Dan. (And New Girl was there, too, because where I go, she goes.)

I spent Tuesday really in-the-moment and aware of my life and I realized that life? Is pretty freaking good, y’all.

Here’s to my fourth decade and all the memories to be made.

 

 

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1 actuary mom March 15, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Happy Birthday! Sounds like your 20s were great. As an old wise woman (at age 31), I can say with certainty that your 30s will be great too.:)

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2 Christine @ MoreThanMommies March 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Happy Birthday! Welcome to your thirties! They are different from the roaring twenties but I feel like I am finally hitting my stride. With so many firsts in my twenties now in my 30′s I feel like I can really enjoy being a mom, being a wife, loving my body, developing friendships and I know exactly what I want. I can’t believe I’ll be 35 this year (I am still the same nerdy little girl I once was in a lot of ways) I think it’s true you are only as old as you feel. I plan to enjoy every minute!

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3 Caitlin MidAtlantic March 15, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Happy birthday!! Love your great outlook on the next decade… I’ll be starting mine in June, about two weeks after I get to meet my baby boy!

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4 katery March 15, 2012 at 4:38 pm

happy birthday! sounds like life has been pretty good so far!

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5 Sally March 15, 2012 at 6:05 pm

That is sweet and Happy 30th!!!
Blessings to you as you begin the next 10.

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6 Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom March 15, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Happy belated birthday!!! You have a lot to be happy about (and proud of). Wishing you a tremendous year!

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7 JM March 16, 2012 at 11:51 am

Happy birthday, lady! You know what?

We are exactly the same age- I turned 30 on Tuesday too :) You, however, seem to be taking it a heck of a lot better than I am!!!

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8 JM March 16, 2012 at 11:52 am

Also super cool? We turn 31 on 3-13-13.

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9 MomEinstein March 16, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Happy Birthday! You are going to rock your thirties. With an attitude like that, you’re going to rock your whole damn life.

What’s the bank robbery story??

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10 Elizabeth Flora Ross March 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Happy Belated birthday! I’m sorry I missed it. This has not been the best week for me. I remember freaking out at 30. And 40? Ugh. But it’s all good. We can’t stop life from moving forward. Best to just fasten our seatbelts and enjoy! Cheers to you on your birthday! I shall enjoy one in your honor tonight! :)

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11 Mama March 17, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Growing older is sure much better than the alternative!

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12 Katie March 26, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Hooray for your birthday!!! I know I am late to the party, but I have been backed up on blog reading and there was no WAY I was just going to “mark as read” all of yours!

Go you being flirty and thirty :)

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