Today is my 30th birthday. I’m equal parts terrified & exhilarated to experience my 30s. Here are 30 things I’ve learned in 30 years. Maybe you’ll relate to some of them.

01


I’m antisocial.

And that’s okay.

02


I am, and always will be, quiet.

But when I have something to say, it’s worth lsitening to.

03


Quoting movies is something I’ll always do.

Always.

04


Music is part of soul.

And bloodstream.

05


My inner child requires a lot of love.

And I need to remember to give her that.

06


I am a proud (crazy) cat lady.

I will never be ashamed of this.

07


I hate people skipping a song before it’s finished.

Seriously, don’t do it.

08


I am a writer, whether anyone reads or listens to my work or if I become successful.

I’ll always write poems, stories, songs, regardless.

09


Red suits me.

Yellow does not.

10


My weight will always fluctuate, and I’ll probably never be a model or a size 6.

But that’s no need to hate how I look or restrict what I eat.

11


My family gave me the best upbringing and I wouldn’t change it at all.

My mum taught me freedom & fun. My dad gave me his passion for travelling and how to manage money. My brother and I grew up as best friends. I watched my littlest brother grow up and I hope he never thinks of me as old!

12


Always wash your face.

Especially after wearing makeup.

13


Always choose Paris over the boy. Unless it’s the boy who invites you to Paris. Then say yes.

It wasn’t Paris for me, but I chose to say yes and it worked out pretty well for me.

14


I love wine.

There are worse vices to have.

15


It’s okay for me to say no to what doesn’t serve me.

And yes to what does.

16


Trust yourself and your instincts.

Stick to your guns about how you feel, even if it goes against the majority.

17


Sometimes, the people you thought would be in your life forever, aren’t anymore. Losing people is hard.

But losing yourself is harder.

18


Counselling is amazing.

It literally saved my life on so many levels and in so many ways.

19


Don’t be afraid to take chances.

Life is short, but also really long.

20


My perfect evening involves takeaway food, my favourite music played VERY loud, and wine.

Comfy clothes forever.

21


I don’t have many friends, but the ones I do have are amazing.

Seriously.

22


I can cook!

Until 2020, I wasn’t so sure…

23


I think deeply, love hard, and damage easily.

It’s taken me a long time to realise these are strengths, not flaws.

24


It takes a lot for me to open up.

But when I do, you’re part of my inner circle.

25


Focusing on myself before anyone else is not only okay, it’s necessary,

Self-care is not selfish.

26


Exercise should be for enjoyment and nothing else.

Never for torture or punishment because of what you ate or didn’t eat.

27


Manifesting works.

My life so far is living proof.

28


I’ll never be cool.

But I don’t care anymore.

29


I’m proud of who I am as a daughter, sister, girlfriend, friend and human.

I will always be a both a masterpiece and a work in progress.

30


I know I am right where I am supposed to be in life.

Regardless of where others may be in comparison. The universe has it all figured out for me.

Happy Birthday to me. Here’s to my dirty thirties, and whatever happens!

Neon Woman x

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