This is 30.

I have been wanting to start a blog for quite some time, but as with all desires of such nature, needs typically take precedent over wants.  After turning 30 almost a month ago, I decided to really take a close look at my life and what was (and wasn't) making me happy.

               My husband Matt and I celebrating my 30th.  My bump was just starting to show!

For a lot of people, turning 30 is a milestone that is anticipated with more terror than pleasure, but I couldn't wait!  Somehow, 30 signified that I could finally be comfortable with who I am as a person.  I no longer felt that I needed to justify every single thing I said or did.  I was officially (finally?) an adult, and I would do what I wanted!

Of course, all of this is easier said than done.  And I have had quite a busy last circle around the sun, if I do say so myself.  Within the last year or so I got married to my best friend, graduated college with a degree in Educational Psychology, got a new job, and found out I was pregnant with my first child.  October was definitely time for me to stop and smell the proverbial roses.

I did something quite out of character for me: I quit my job.  I had never had a job for less than a year, and I had only been at this one a couple of months.  But it wasn't making me happy, and I wasn't making the difference I thought I could be making, so it had to go.

And I'm pleased to report that I am much happier, as though a weight has been lifted.  That is how I know in my heart it was a good decision.  But it also left me with a little extra time on my hands.  So after talking and talking and talking about it with my husband, my mother, and other close confidantes, I finally started it.  Here it is in its bare bones beginnings.

I hope you will find things of interest here: recipes, DIY successes (and I'm sure a few disasters), lifestyle, beauty, and general musings on what it means to be human in this digital age in which we live.  Feel free to ask questions, make comments, and start virtual (positive) discussions on the content you see here.  

What are some of the things you have always wanted to do?  Does the thought of leaving your 20s behind you make you cringe or celebrate?

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