On turning 35…
Saturday was my 35th birthday. It had a feeling unlike any other birthday, even turning 30. Those of you who are older may view me as still young and those who are younger may not be able to fathom age 35. But for me it’s been significant.
This moment feels like REAL adulthood has begun. Everything has more meaning,
more risk, more power. And I truly feeling like I’m coming into my own in a new way. I’ve been anticipating turning 35 for the last few months, and I have to say, with all the inner pressure I am placing on myself now to achieve and create the life I want to live, I’m really excited to be 35.
I’m thankful to be able to say I’m stronger, WAY smarter, more fit, leaner, more giving, and more worldly at 35 than I was at 25, and I’m really proud of that. I’ve progressed personally and professionally, and that number – 35 – while scary in some ways, signifies this personal growth just as each birthday does for all of us.
It’s my goal to always be better than the last year. I realize this measure of success will change as the years go by, but in support of this goal, I’ve committed to doing things this year that make me REALLY uncomfortable or feel really challenged. They include:
- Pursuing personal business goals that often scare me (more on this coming)
- Worrying less about what other people think. I can’t live my life fearing being judged or talked about. I’m going to go out there and ask for what I want in life!
- Working out in a sports bra (without a shirt over it!). Never in my life have I really done this publicly because it makes me super uncomfortable. It’s a silly thing, but I hey, I’m committed to moving into discomfort!
- Talking to strangers. Despite the fact that I’m highly extroverted, I really struggle with talking to my peers and inserting myself into new crowds. I will stop avoiding these situations.
- Giving more. I have a goal to raise $10,000 by the end of the year in the name of my cat, Snacks, who passed in May. This money will be donated to vets locally to help people who can’t afford to pay for their animals. You can read more on that here (and it’s NOT donation based!!).
- Helping more. I have a goal to help 200 women transform their lives in 2017. I’m well on my way, but this means I need to create more opportunities for people to join me to start or continue their journey. (more on this below)
These aren’t all of my year 35 goals, and I won’t stop doing these things once I’m 36. 😉 I love how the way you see the world changes with every passing year, and I think it’s so important to stop and note that significance. I’d love to hear what your most recent birthday revelations or commitments have been! 🙂
Thanks for reading, and I hope this leaves you inspired in some way!
P.S. If weight loss is on your current goal list, I’d LOVE to have you jump on board with my newest 21 Day transFORMation Challenge. You can realistically expect to drop 8-16 pounds over 3 weeks, which means your confidence goes through the roof as you take back control of your eating, your body, and your health. Grab all the details here, and be one of those 200 women whose lives I have the privilege of touching in 2017! :)