Happy Friday!! I’m home from work today with Madelyn because she’s showing signs of some sort of not so great illness. Normally, I’d let her go to daycare with common cold symptoms, but with everything going around these days, I decided to keep her home from daycare and make a doctor appointment.

We spent a good chunk of our morning watching Elmo and tucking him in for a nap on the floor.
nightnightelmoDid you know that the Elmo on the phone is not the same Elmo on TV? True story. Sesame street came on TV (our BIG screen) and Madelyn cried and cried for the Elmo on Youtube via my phone instead. Technology is a blessing and curse all in one.

So today marks the 30 day countdown until…I turn THIRTY!!!
30ecardI remember turning 25 (and that being a milestone birthday for me) and thinking, “I’ll have ‘it’ all figured out by the time I’m thirty.” And some days, I still don’t have a clue. I used to dread the idea of turning 30. I don’t know if it was my own personal issue or society’s negative view of turning thirty. Maybe a little bit of both. But now, I can honestly say that I’m looking forward to entering this new decade and leaving my twenties in the past where it belongs. Don’t get me wrong, I had a TON of highlights in my twenties and I lived them as fully as I could, but I also made some pretty silly (and stupid) mistakes that I know are all part of learning and growing up.

Some of my favorite moments of my twenty something life:

-Traveling to London & Paris to visit a college roomie
2006_0325Image0087-Venturing to NYC with my mom after college graduation and winning the Sex & The City trivia on the SATC tour. I’m pretty sure I knew 100% of the questions, resulting in winning extra cupcakes from Magnolia bakery 🙂 Oh Carrie Bradshaw…so many life lessons learned (and applied) from watching SATC.


-Moving to Chicago into my first ever “big girl” apartment and securing my first “grown up” job.

-Getting engaged and marrying this guy…

-Surviving an all-natural/unmedicated labor only to become a mother to the most beautiful baby girl ever. You were worth (and still are) every ounce of pain.

-Running (and not dying) my first ever marathon.

winnerIn between the running, the marrying, and baby-having there were lots of other little events and trips that make my 20’s so memorable.

Throughout the last 10 years, I’ve learned just how strong I am, being challenged in every way possible. I’ve learned the meaning of true friendship and the importance of having good girlfriends by your side. I’ve learned that sometimes its best to just sit and listen. That it’s okay to cry or ask for help, it’s not a sign of weakness. That life doesn’t always turn out as we had hoped, expected or planned for but that there is a reason we are on the journey we are on. That life has no deadlines or expiration dates and that you don’t have to accomplish X (marriage/babies) by the time you’re Y (25,27,29 etc…).

So, cheers to turning 30 and embracing this age with open arms! Can’t wait to see what the year has in store for me 🙂



Question of the Day: To my thirty something or older friends out there, what’s been the best thing about being a 30 something? Was there any age you dreaded turning?


2 thoughts on “Countdown

  1. stefg82 October 3, 2014 / 9:01 pm

    I didn’t mind turning 30. I actually felt that although I once thought I’d be so much “further” in life I actually sat back reflected on everything I had been through and where I had gotten. I was proud of my accomplishments and glad that I learned so much by growing up throughout my 20’s. Funny…because now that I’m approaching 32…I should really take a step back to reflect that life happens the way it should and not according to the timeline we have in our head.

    PS – watching SATC reruns as I read this post. Totally not planned. 🙂


  2. marilyn gonzalez October 4, 2014 / 5:08 pm

    Maria, I really enjoy your blog. But this one was over the top. You make it so very interesting. I feel like I am in WI. listening to you. For me I never worried about turning any age. I just was happy to be healthy and alive to turn those any number. That is what age is, just a number. Enjoy your life, thank God for every day. We love you and take care of yourself. Time flies by very fast. Grandma


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