The Best Part of Turning 30? Everything

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Is there a 21-year-old in the world who isn’t terrified at the idea of turning 30? I know I thought 30 was “old” and no one could be happy about entering this decade of life. I’m proud to say I turned 30 earlier this year and there is no doubt that it’s my best year yet.

Mo’ Body, No Problem

My weight has fluctuated since I was 18 years old and I’ve never been super self conscious about it. Now, I’ve had two babies and sustained an ankle injury earlier this year that drastically lowered my activity level for more than eight weeks. My jeans are a little snug and my tops fit a bit differently, but I just don’t care. I made two babies, work full time and really like tacos and cookies. Of course I have a pudgy tummy. Don’t get me wrong, healthy eating and fitness are still important. That’s part of why this extra weight doesn’t bother me.

I Think I’m Actually an Adult Now

Okay, I definitely don’t have everything figured out, but I have way more figured out than I did five or even two years ago.

Around the time I was turning 30, I realized I’d gotten pretty good at keeping house, scheduling, meal planning and prepping. Mornings are typically relaxed and enjoyable family time. I stay on top of chores and put our family activities into the calendar on my phone as soon as they are scheduled. It’s taken years of practice and trial and error, but it is great to feel like I’m one step ahead of my life instead of always treading water.

What’s Imposter Syndrome?

I’m sure most people have experienced imposter syndrome at some point in their lives. It’s that feeling that you’re just playing a role that you’re totally not qualified for. Both at work and at home, I had severe imposter syndrome. I didn’t know what I was doing as a mom and didn’t know what I was doing at work. While neither of these were necessarily the case, I didn’t have a ton of self-confidence.

This year, these feelings have slowly melted away. I’m fortunate to have a team at work that gives me valuable feedback and support and has helped me produce some of my highest-quality professional work. I’ve been a mom for six years and feel like I’m finally getting a really firm grip on being the best mom I can be. The disappearance of that underlying imposter syndrome was like a weight lifting from my day-to-day life.

Turning 30: Coincidental or Not? 

Of course, all of these things I’ve outlined may have coincidentally happened at the same time I turned 30. But I certainly like attributing it to an age that had gotten a bad rap for years.

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Sara was born in Colorado Springs, and lived here her entire life until she attended college at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. There, she earned her degree in Journalism and Political Science. Sara met her husband, Luke, in the summer of 2008 while working at Wag N Wash Healthy Pet Center, although they didn't start dating until 2011 - after Sara had graduated from college and Luke had joined the Air Force. They married in 2012, when Luke was stationed in a small town in West Texas. Shortly after moving to the Lone Star State, Sara started her career in local television. She did everything from running the cameras, to producing the five o'clock news, to creating marketing campaigns for local businesses. Sara's daughter Cora was born in 2013, and Sara got her first taste of being a full-time working mom while living over 600 miles from her own parents. Luke's Air Force enlistment ended in the summer of 2015, so they high-tailed it back to Colorado Springs. Now, Sara lives near Old Colorado City and works in the marketing department of a law firm in Downtown Colorado Springs. She loves spending time with her family, cooking, biking, photography and playing with makeup (that’ll happen after working in television in Texas).