30 Great Things About Turning 30!

As today marks the 30th anniversary of my birth, I figured I’d list out a few things I’m excited about. There’s no real rhyme or reason to the list, just the ramblings of my scatterbrained mind.

  1. Hopefully, most of my stupid young mistakes are out of the way.
  2. I’m finally at an age where I realize it’s important to take care of ME.
  3. That pesky starter marriage is out of the way.
  4. I now feel old enough to be a mom. (yes, I have a 7yr old, what’s your point?)
  5. I get to reminisce about my crazy 20’s guilt-free.
  6. 5 more years and I can run for president.
  7. I can officially be annoyed about the teenage-style breakouts I invariably get every month.ย  (BOOOOO!)
  8. My neighbors might hate me less cause I’m no longer a “young whippersnapper” that they feel threatened by.
  9. I will get fewer weird looks by declining events based on parking accommodations, size of crowd, food served. (cause now I’m an old fart)
  10. My son still thinks I’m beautiful.
  11. I have a fantastic fiance and a lovely home.
  12. Sometime in my thirties, I will stop being lazy and marry Mr. Awesome.
  13. I have a fantastic group of friends, and I know what to expect out of each of them.
  14. I have mastered the art of never running out of toilet paper.
  15. I get to use the phrase “When I was young….”
  16. I’m one year closer to Menopause and the end of periods!
  17. Your thirties are when women hit their sexual prime. (right?)
  18. I’m finally 30!ย  The dreaded day has come and I’m still here!
  19. I’m old enough to know how to talk to my child about difficult subjects.
  20. I actually feel more confident in the decisions that I make, solely based on age & experience.
  21. I’m a freaking awesome crafter and I will only get better.
  22. I’m willing to pay more for quality items.
  23. I understand and accept that nothing is given to you in life, everything is earned.
  24. I love my job (most of the time) and am proud of my professional accomplishments.
  25. That nagging self image problem gets a little better every year.
  26. My current emotion of the minute does not rule my life (most of the time).
  27. I’m not afraid to fail.
  28. I’m confident that if I had to, I could change a tire.
  29. I hope that the added years will make it easier to forgive and forget.
  30. I am comfortable in my own skin.ย  For the most part, I always have been.ย  I’ve never really been afraid voice the unpopular opinion and I have mastered the “f*ck off face”, but I’m trying to use it less and less.

Thank you to everyone who has sent birthday wishes, and I hope you all have a fantastic day!

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Leslie is obsessed with knitting, and when possible, perfection in her knitting. All stripey socks must match exactly and all lace must be blocked severely. She has major love for all of her viewers/readers and hopes to keep blogging and podcasting for years to come.

26 Responses to 30 Great Things About Turning 30!

  1. Sherry says:

    Happy Birthday!

  2. Jessica says:

    Love the list, love you! Happy wonderful birthday!

  3. Lynda says:

    Happy Birthday to one awesome chick!!!! Love you hunny!

  4. Walden says:

    Happy Birthday!!

  5. Amy says:

    Happy Birthday Leslie! You seem to have your act far more together than I do, and I’m 7 years your senior! lol Hope it’s a great day!

  6. JaneB says:

    Happy Birthday to one of my favorite 30-somethings!

  7. imjustlori says:

    You young people. Sheesh. I’m 38, and a good amount of that list is still applicable as I face 40. Even the acne. (boooo!)

    Happy birthday, Leslie!

  8. Karen says:

    It all gets easier from here – I dreaded 30, didn’t want to face it and here I am almost 13 years later and still feel like I’m 18 ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a fantastic 30th year!!!!!

  9. SwedishRose says:

    Happy birthday Leslie!

  10. Ida says:

    I remember 30. Barely. But turning 30 was such a breeze. I felt accomplished, almost that I was finally an adult. I read somewhere that when you turn 30, people start paying attention to your opinions.
    Personally, I seem to have more problems with the 9s.

  11. LPpurl says:

    Happy Birthday – love the list! Embrace your age – life only gets better as you get older. (Although, the stupid mistakes still happen sometimes!) ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Lina says:

    Happy Birthday, Leslie!!!! And I love your list for turning 30. Will be there myself in T-minus 9 months. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Beverly McCutcheon says:

    Happy Birthday and I love the list. But I am considerably older and I will not do a tire. I will pay for that!

  14. choperena says:

    Hooray! You have inspired me to try and make a similar list, and I have 13 days to do it. I am so excited! Several of these might be reused ^_^

  15. Robin/Joyfulprayz says:


    I remember 30…..enjoy it!!!

  16. Bubblesknits says:

    Just celebrated my 30th, too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you have a fabulous birthday! Let’s rock the 30’s!

  17. Bets says:

    Happy Birthday Leslie – hope you have been throughly spoiled today ๐Ÿ™‚ I so enjoy your podcasts, you and LaLa brighten my days!

  18. Oh, my! I laughed at number one. Yeah, the stupid young mistakes are done with…but that leaves you no longer able to blame youth and inexperience for the mistakes you will continue to make…and senility is not yet an option!! ;-D

    HaPpY bIrThDaY!!!!!

  19. Alexa says:

    Happy birthday! hope you got yarn! ;P

  20. Karen says:

    Happy Birthday!!

  21. LoriAngela says:

    Happiest of Birthdays. It is not only that you are awesome, but you are generous with your community to make it very cool. (not that I know cool, having just turned 47, but ditto on the list).

  22. Patti sandstrom says:

    Very insightful list. You handled 30 much better than I.

  23. Ann says:

    Beautifully put Leslie. I hope you had a wonderful birthday and look forward to the next amazing decade of your life.

    I’m 37 and so far the 30’s have been pretty sweet.

  24. Norma Hunt says:

    I’d love to be 35 a nice half way point with much of what you have described. However I’M 52 and love crone-age, infact I celebrate it freedom! Freedom from monthly visits, freedom from having to do things I really don’t want to and this is the biggie free to express what I really feel[in a kind gentle way] free to do things for me since my sons are adults and hubby can now use a microwave. Enjoy your 30s they really are a great time, don’t let work and stress rob you.

  25. Marni says:

    Hippo Bird day two Ewe! Hippo Bird Day two Ewe!

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