My Last Day as a Twenty-something

Good morning!  I just got back from a sweaty session at the gym and am pondering turning 30 tomorrow over a leisurely breakfast on the patio: a bowl of Greek yogurt, granola and pineapple with orange slices and of course, a cappuccino.

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As I punched in my age on the Elliptical machine at the gym this morning (2 – 9) it dawned on me that today is the last day of my twenties and as of tomorrow I’ll be punching in 3 – 0 into my cardio machine of choice.

Holy cow.  When did I get this old?  I spent the past 2 hours flipping through my 20-something photos.  Man was I busy!

At 21, I graduated from Boston College a Communications degree I thought I’d never use and 6 best friends.

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At the age of 23, one of these best friends, Kim,  persuaded me to move south to Chapel Hill, North Carolina after she was accepted to UNC Medical School.

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I had no job but I did have a sense of adventure… and within a few months my belongings were packed!  We still are like peas and carrots.

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Also in my 2os, I fell in love with a guy, found out he was a jerk, lost him, found myself and came out of it a much stronger, happier and independent woman.  I also deleted every picture I ever had of him/us… great decision on my part.

I traveled with my girlfriends to Scotland, Seattle and Hawaii.


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I kissed the Stanley Cup the first year I ever went to a professional hockey game.

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I drove a tractor and fed cattle in Montana in the dead of winter.

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I ate my way through the NC State Fair THREE times with my best friend, Katie.

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I met a lovely guy at a bar in Chapel Hill one night…

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who lived in San Francisco…

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and who’s taken me hiking, camping and skiing all over northern California.


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We’ve also explored Italy, Hawaii, Cabo and Mallorca, just to name a few.

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I decided I wanted to be a Registered Dietitian and worked my butt off to get into grad school… which is where I found these girls. Love them.

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I started a blog because I think healthy minds and happy bodies are important.  It just so happens I also found a way to put my Communications degree to use!

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And one of my biggest accomplishments: I’ve become happier and healthier over the past 10 years.

I’ve run 3 half marathons.

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I stopped valuing being skinny just to be thin.  I now value being healthy and strong and having a good relationship with food.

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I’ve certainly come a long way in the past 10 years – which only makes me more excited for the next 10!  I’m looking forward to turning 30 tomorrow and starting a new decade!  :)

What are some accomplishments you’ve made in the past 5 or 10 years?  After writing this post, I think it’s important we recognize and celebrate them!

Well, it’s time to hit the beach for a dip in the ocean, shower and pack for another surprise getaway tonight!

I received some specific instructions from my boyfriend this morning:

  1. Pack an overnight bag with a nice dinner outfit and one bathing suit.
  2. Meet him at his office at 5:15pm.

I have zero idea where we are headed. I’ll be back tomorrow with an update on our destination and photos, which could be entertaining if there is a bottle of champagne involved in turning 30.  Have a great rest of your day!


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