You guys. Yesterday was my birthday. I looooove my birthday. I used to claim the entire 7 day period around my birthday and title it: My Birthday Week.
But this year it was not quite as wonderful. As October came and went, November snuck by, and December approached, I started to get nervous. Thirty One. I was turning 31! How is that even possible?! But as my birthday week began (which I had not been advertising, but apparently people have gotten used to celebrating my birthday all week long), I realized it wasn’t so bad.
So I figured that today I’d share the top 5 things about being 31, even though I’m now definitely “IN” my thirties. (ouch.)
I am financially stable. I remember when I was 27 and my first round of friends were turning 30. I asked what it was like, and my friend N told me that being 30 was awesome because you’re finally no longer broke. You can actually make those pesky student loan payments, live in a decent neighborhood and still afford to go to happy hour.
I doubted that as I was digging myself out of credit card debt and making about $40,000 a year. But so far, it’s proven to be true. I still live as if I’m broke, sending all of my extra money toward my student loans. But in reality, if I need to upgrade something in my house or go on vacation, I can adjust my budget without waking up in the middle of the night worried about my power bill. It’s such a relief and I am so thankful for God’s blessings over the last few years to get me here.
I have learned about moisturizing. You know those women who are 40 and have no wrinkles? No, I’m not talking about the flawless Jennifer Aniston. I’m talking about the girl you meet at bible study, or the gym, or a networking event and you think, “She’s super nice, I bet she’s like a year or two younger than me. We should go to happy hour and talk about Fuller House!” And then as the conversation goes on you realize, “Oh my gosh. She’s 10 years older than me! We should go to happy hour so I can drill her on her skin care regimin!”
Moisturizer. That’s how they do that. And for some reason, 25 year old Brittany didn’t get that memo. Eventually, when I was like 28, a girlfriend did tell me her secret, but for some reason I didn’t heed her advice. I have wrinkles, you guys. And I even have smile lines now. Those can’t get worse. So the motivation to moisturize has never been more real. I keep Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer in my bathroom at home, at J’s house, in my desk at work, in my car, and in the bag in my purse that has my ibuprofen and stuff. I also use their Moisture Surge product. If you’re getting the urge to moisturize, or running low on your supply, here are some options. The yellow is the Dramatically Different, the peach is the Moisture Surge. Simply hover over the product to get the most up-to-date price! These are affiliate links, which means that if you purchase an item, a small commission is sent to me to keep WMSB running, at no additional cost to you.
Relationships are easier. I no longer agonize about if people are texting me back or hanging out without me. I am confident in myself and who I choose to be friends with, or not be friends with. J and I have really great communication. I am more comfortable in my identity. It’s all around a lot easier to interact with people, and put up the appropriate boundaries, to lead the healthiest life.
I love my job. It took years to get here and the feeling of not only loving the work I do and the people I work with is invaluable. If you currently hate your career, or even if you’re just unhappy in the path you chose, you can read the steps I took to no longer hate being a lawyer.
I’ve learned what makes me happy. I appreciate a night on the town at a fancy restaurant as much as the next girl. But you know what I enjoy more? Quality time with the people I love. Last night, I came home and J had surprised me by cooking me an amazing birthday dinner. He had the steaks coming out of the broiler when I walked in, the salad already mixed, and a birthday cake hiding in the fridge. I don’t know how much he spent, but I guarantee you it was at least $100 less than a night on the town.
Likewise, I’ve started having girlfriends over to my house to have wine night or make dinner. There’s no waiter interrupting us. There’s no need to order more food to not feel bad about staying. There’s no worry that another lawyer will be around and overhear our discussions about the difficulties in practice. Plus, wine is $8 a bottle instead of $10 a glass. All around, I’ve learned to cherish the time with people and not the glamour. Maybe that helps #1 be possible.
Thank you all for being here. It means so much to me. This week was also the four year anniversary of transitioning from my old blog to WMSB and using the WordPress platform. I am so happy, you guys.