Thirty, Flirty and Thriving!

Hi Guys –

I’m sorry for the delay in my latest post, but I’ve been out having “more fun” and really enjoying the world around me.

Since my last post, I have turned 30! I celebrated by going on a cruise with a dear friend of mine who I used work with in Chicago. We set sail Thursday March 1st from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and came back on March 5th.  The ship’s name was the Independence of the Seas (very appropriate, given my sassy personality). The destination was to Cozumel, Mexico and back. I want to do a separate post on this later, so I don’t want to give away too much from the vacation. I promise, more to come on this adventure. Instead, it has been really weighing on me to talk about the whole notion of turning 30 and what it represents in our culture as a milestone birthday.

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All of my friends who turned 30 before me, kept stressing that it was this age when they felt most comfortable in their own skin. Over the next few posts, I want to share 30 life lessons that have had the most impact on who I am becoming and eventually who I want to be. Some of these are quotes, others are stories and some are personal reflections:

  1. “I’d rather live a life of ‘oh well’s’ instead of ‘what if’s’”. This is the first thing you see on the homepage of my blog. I’ve really started to adopt this as my motto and the framework for my life. I never want to look back and regret the things I didn’t do or say. By embracing this motto, I’ve had the courage to do things I never thought were possible, and by doing so they paid off greatly for me personally and professionally. Have you ever been afraid to say how you feel toward someone or take a chance by picking up and moving across the country? My own advice that I’m hijacking from Nike, is to just do it.
  2. Your body is a temple. If you’ve read my previous posts, you know that I’m a health nut. What you put into your body you will get out. Nobody on the cruise could believe that I was turning 30. Almost everyone thought I was 22 – 25. The bartender at one of the bars even thought I was underage. If you want to look and feel good, then eat nutritious foods. The best ab exercise is 5 sets of stop eating so much crap. Also, get your a$$ to the gym. You need to create energy to have energy! Whether you chose to bike, walk, run, swim, barre, yoga, HIIT – just do something. Trust me you’ll feel great after that endorphin high, post workout as well.
  3. Learn to practice a virtue. This is REALLY new for me. I got this from the Dynamic Catholic video series for the Best Lent Ever. What virtue do you feel is lacking most in your life? For me, I really need to learn how to practice more patience. I am not patient when it comes to anything. When I want or need something, I need to have it as soon as possible. I hate lines and I am the worst person to be around when I’m hangry. As Matthew Kelly explains in Dynamic Catholic, when we grow in one virtue, we grow in all other virtues simultaneously. If I become more patient, I’m going to become more compassionate. There’s an element of compassion that is patience. People who are impatient tend to lack empathy, tend to lack compassion. Pick a virtue and own it for a couple of weeks!

 

 

That’s all the life lessons this 30-year old has for today, but I can’t wait to share more with you in the coming weeks!

~Briana

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