It's my birthday! Hello, 30s.

Monday, September 17, 2012


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.

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43 comments

  1. Happy Birthday! You have alot to look forward too; your 30's are great. Strap in for the ride!

    Tara

    http://tarabelle-adropofink.blogspot.com/

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  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Everyone is right when they say the thirties are so much better than your twenties because you find such tremendous grace in who you are and it comes upon you naturally. I haven't even been thirty for a full year and I'm already convinced my confidence has soared and my compassion for others has climbed even higher. Best of luck with your next ten years!

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  3. and a very happy birthday to you! cheers to the best year yet!

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  4. Have a beautiful birthday fellow Virgo! Sending lots of love xoxo
    annawithlove

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  5. Happy Birthday! I love that you listed all the joys and accomplishments of your 20's. Hope your 30's bring you even joy!

    ~Natasha Fatah~

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  6. Happy Birthday Danielle! Have a fantastic day and year. I know that your 30s will bring you as much love and accomplishments as your 20s have, and hopefully more! Enjoy the day!

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  7. happy birthday! i just turned 30 in july, and honestly it is an amazing feeling. i love where i'm at and can't wait to see where i'm going!

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  8. Happy 30th, friend! Hope your day {and the next decade} are amazing. xoxo

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  9. Happy 30th love! Here's to the next decade being just as awesome as the last. :)

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  10. happy birthday!! ... i love thirteen going on thirty!

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  11. Happy Birthday my beautiful, hard-working B-I-S-T friend! It's been such an honor getting to work beside you this past year - the trips (one day we'll get a vacation!), the late work nights, the meltdowns over our calendar, the girl talk (about boys, family, dogs, friends...), moving (ew let's not do that again), the redecorating (ooo fun!), the break-ups, the new boys, you being a vegetarian, you not being a vegetarian, me eating everything under the sun, the singing, the videochats, the wine, the interns, the how-did-we-ever-do-this-without-interns realization, the photo shoots with bad lighting, in cold weather, on rainy days, on days that were too sunny... I cannot wait to see what this year has in store for us...! Love you, lady!

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  12. Happy birthday Danielle! I hope the next ten years bring just as many surprises and memories!

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  13. Happiest of birthdays pretty lady - hope the BIG 3-0 is better than all the rest!
    x

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  14. Happy birthday! You have accomplished so much and it makes me jealous that I'll be 30 in a few months and have not started a business, have not been in forbes, did not start a second business, etc. Keep on being fabulous!

    I think we're overdue for another Chicago blogger meetup/drinkfest too. Enjoy your day!

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  15. Happy birthday! I'm not 30 yet, but posts like this make me look forward to it... It's time to celebrate all your amazing accomplishments and all the possibilities for your next decade :)

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  16. I think most of us spend our twenties trying to map everything out. Your lesson learned definitely shows that you have accomplished a ton in this past decade and you are going to accomplish even more in the next. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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  17. Happy Birthday! Enjoy your day!

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  18. Happy Birthday!! Many more fantastic years ahead - cheers.

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  19. Happy birthday!! Hope you have a lovely day :)

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  20. happy birthday! Best wishes to another year of you!

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  21. Happy Birthday! Wow, you have accomplished so much before turning 30!

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  22. Happy Birthday my little peach pie! Can't wait to celebrate again tonight. xxoo

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  23. Happy birthday! You have come so far and you're only 30! Hope you have a wonderful day. xx

    Kate {Modette}
    http://modetteblog.com

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  24. Happy birthday, lady! You have so much to be proud of and to celebrate. Here's to a fabulous next decade.

    evannclingan.blogspot.com

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  25. Happy Birthday lady!!! You're doing fabulously and will enjoy your 30s! :)

    xoxo

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  26. Happy Birthday!
    xo, Londa
    www.designroundup.blogspot.com

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  27. Happy Birthday!your blog is lovely!

    xoxo

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  28. Happy birthday!!
    Keep up the fantastic work!

    Bree
    www.luxandlace.blogspot.com

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  29. Happy Birthday girl! Wishing you a fabulous day and an even bigger and better year to come. I love your post today and seeing all the accomplishments you have made for yourself in the last 10 years. Just think what is to come in the next...

    - Jaime
    Southonbroadway.blogspot.com

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  30. Happy Birthday! It's true that your 20's are for figuring out who you are and your 30's are for doing something with that.

    Cheers to your 30's!

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  31. Happy Birthday! Enjoy every minute! Time flies when you're having fun :)

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  32. Happy Birthday Danielle! Best wishes for a wonderful
    30th Birthday! Enjoy your day, and what this new decade of your life will bring you.

    I love your blog and the Everygirl!

    Emily

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  33. Happy Birthday, Danielle! You are such an inspiration to us all... congrats on turning the big 3... 0...!!

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  35. Happy Birthday Danielle!!! I turned 30 last year and it is bittersweet to look back and realize, "whoa! I'm not 20 anymore!" however, it is so exciting. What amazing accomplishes you have made. Congrats and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Welcome to the 30 club:)

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  36. happy birthday! i hope you had as a lovely time, as lovey is the picture you posted above!

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  37. Happy belated birthday! Welcome to the 30's! :)

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  38. Welcome to your 30s! I feel more comfortable in my own skin in my 30s than I ever did when I was younger. It's a great time of life!

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