Feb 12, 2015 - the day I turned 30 and realized the world, is in fact, my oyster.

It’s true, it took me 30 years to realize I can make my dreams come true. 

It’s allowed. and it’s possible. 

A lot of people (like my sister) have a mini crisis
when they turn 30, thinking their life/fun is over. I understand wanting to
be a big kid forever with no responsibility and the fear of growing old, but
maybe that fear will hit me later in life, or never. Either way, right now, I
am 30, and it’s the best year yet. The 20’s are so full of uncertainty,
insecurity, and the universe crumbling around you when one tiny thing doesn’t
go your way.  I was unsure of what I wanted
or what was right for me and had a weird inability to plan for the future.
Those are just typical symptoms of being a twenty-something year old, and you
gotta just figure it all out by making a million mistakes along the way. For
me, 30 is my year of clarity and fearlessness. 

Lemons for my oyster. Photo by Kassia

So far this year, I have quit my soul-sucking full
time job (THANK YOU late-twenty-something-year-old me for being so smart and
saving money at least.) It was the scariest leap of my life to leave something
real comfy with a fat pay check every other week, for essentially, my own
happiness. So YAY for choosing happiness! 

My 35mm film camera with a red filter. Photo by Kassia

I finally got my first tattoo that I’ve been wanting since I was ..ohh about 20 years old! Nothing like waiting 10 years to know you still want it. I’m so not good with pain (I’m a baby and I
cry at the dentist) so this was also scary. But my desire to have a big southern magnolia branch on my left side overwhelmed the fear of pain. I went
to a girl who hand pokes tattoos, meaning no machine, just poke poke poke with
the needle. It took 2.5 hours of complete torture and then it was done! And I’m
so happy with it. It’s my only edge, I needed it. 

This is how I vacay. Photo by Kassia

Next up, I am getting a PUPPY! I have wanted a puppy for soo long and would fulfill
that by swooning over random strangers’ dogs on the sidewalk, interrupting
their day to make baby noises in their pup’s face. I grew up with a precious
golden retriever, but haven’t had a dog in forever. I need that unconditional
love and cuteness in my life! I fell in love with a breed of dachshunds called
mini English cream. They are little sausage dogs with long blonde hair! How cute
– I die. I am waiting to hear from a breeder on the sex , as her due date is
March 20th! but I am crossing my fingers for a female so I can name
her Penny Sparkle! - Penny for short and Sparkle for when she’s feelin sassy.

coconut margaritas all day n all night. Photo by Kassia

Lastly on my list of amazing things I have made
happen so far this year, was my big wonderful 30th bday celebration
with all my besties in Palm Springs!! I’m so grateful to have life long
friends and a sister who would fly out to California to celebrate with me! We
rented an awesome mid-century house with a pool through airbnb. It was so
wonderful being able to cook together, blend up some coconut margaritas, and
relax by the pool all weekend. The only gift I asked for was a blow up swan! I
needed it. For pictures, clearly. My friend, Lindsay, who couldn’t make it that
weekend, had the honor of naming the blow up swan for us. Lindsay figured she
was a diva and named her Gloria. We only spoke Spanish to her all weekend.

Amazing photos taken by my talented and dear friend, Kassia! She lives and works as a photographer in LA. http://www.kassiaphoy.com/

no but like, I REALLY love Gloria. Photo by Kassia

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