On her 13th birthday, Jenna Rink wished to be "30, flirty, and thriving" and here I am on my 30th birthday, determined to make the next ten years the best years of my life. Every challenge, mistake, and lesson learned in my 20s has made me the person that I am today. This is not to say that I have it all figured out, but I feel like I am getting there. I am thriving.
So much happened during my 20s, and entering this new chapter feels a little bittersweet. I graduated from college. I got my first real job. I became a blogger. I started my own business. I rescued a dog. I cut off all my hair and then grew it out again. I moved to Chicago. I started another business. I am now surrounded by truly wonderful friends – some of the best people I've ever met, in a city that I love. My home was featured in a magazine. I am stronger than I've ever been thanks to CrossFit. I made it to Forbes. My relationships with my mom and sisters are better than they've ever been. And most important – I know who I am and what I want. I've learned that there's no point in mapping out your life. Things will happen when and where they should. Be open, work hard, and enjoy the ride.
So this is it. I'm thirty now.
Happy Birthday to me.