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30 Things I learned by Age 30

30 Things I learned by Age 30

Wondering why I started this blog? As a multi-passionate creative, I used to be plagued by the idea that success meant choosing one thing and sticking with it. The problem was choosing just “one thing” left me unable to show up in the world as my most authentic, full self. One day I woke up and decided to finally embrace and share all of my gifts. My next thought: I should start a blog as a space for my passions to play. I never looked back after that moment. 

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Today is my 30th birthday. I may not be on the Forbes 30 under 30 list, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t celebrate everything I’ve accomplished up to this point.

30 Things I learned by Age 30

1. I learned to walk.

2. I learned to talk.

3. I learned to sing.

4. I learned to cook my own meals.

5. I learned to embrace my thick, kinky hair.

6. I learned to make peace with being an only child.

7. I learned to deeply value my friendships.

8. I learned that a bookstore is an adventure.

9. I learned that writing is my lifeboat.

10. I learned that you can find true love on Tinder.

11. I learned that plant care is self-care.

12. I learned how to create community.

13. I learned how to ask for help without feeling small.

14. I learned that crystals are some of the best friends you can have.

15. I learned the magic of collaborations.

16. I learned that you can have deep, lasting friendships with someone you’ve never met in person.

17. I learned that celebrating small victories is a shortcut to success.

18. I learned that meditation is as vital as water, air, and food.

19. I learned how to follow through.

20. I learned that saying “no” is one of the best ways to practice self-care.

21. I learned that if I’m not careful, I can make almost any conversation about me.

22. I learned to practice deep, intentional listening.

23. I learned to honor the wisdom of children.

24. I learned the power of writing down goals each month.

25. I learned how important it is to set boundaries, and how easy it is not to.

26.  I learned to ask the right questions.

27. I learned how to embrace being a multi-passionate creative.

28. I learned that a 5-minute walk can refresh my entire day.

29. I learned that likes and followers don’t determine my self worth.

30. I learned to take time to reflect on all the lessons I’ve learned.

Today is my 30th birthday. I may not be on the Forbes 30 under 30 list, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t celebrate everything I’ve accomplished up to this point.

Looking back, I sometimes barely recognize the person I’ve become. The growth in my self-confidence in this past year alone is evident. I’ve gained a good amount of weight, and yet I feel more beautiful than ever. I’m thankful to have stepped into my full creative power over the years. Thankful for letting go of my desire to make other people feel comfortable with my choices. It’s a visible shift and I’m here for it. I’m choosing myself and it feels so damn good.

It’s the dawn of a new decade. This is 30.

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  1. Anonymous

    December 10th, 2018 at 8:41 am

    love this!

  2. D'Ana Joi

    December 10th, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    Thank you!!

  3. Quinn Riddle

    December 10th, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    What a list 🙂 Such a simple reminder for me to get back to these lists…especially can relate to #21. Thank you for sharing…keep the positive vibes vib-ing!

  4. D'Ana Joi

    December 10th, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    Hey Quinn!! Thanks so much for reading. It’s really fun to see how our accomplishments get more complex as we age. Would love to see your list! Xo

  5. Life in the Happy

    December 20th, 2018 at 1:53 am

    Love this so much!! Amazing x

  6. D'Ana Joi

    December 21st, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Thank you so much for reading! xoxo

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