Today I am turning 3o. I don't really feel thirty most of the time, although to be fair, I don't really know what thirty feels like. To force me into acceptance, I did receive the following letter a few weeks ago....
Now I know that I am getting older, but I don't really feel that I am at the hearing aid stage yet.
Everyone tells me that your thirties are better than your twenties. I guess I'll see. Maybe in my thirties I will learn how to manage my money better. Maybe in my thirties I might have a date. Maybe in my thirties I can do more than live paycheck to paycheck. Maybe in my thirties I can pay off my credit cards, and my car. Maybe in my thirties I will have kids.
Since my birthday is so close to the beginning of the new year, every year I think of things I want to change in the coming year, even more than others do, I think. Sometimes my goals are unrealistic and sometimes they aren't, but I never really keep them. The other thing I never do is share them. But I'm thirty now, and it is time to grow up. How can I make serious changes unless I openly face and admit to what I want to change? So here goes.....
1. I am overweight. I weigh more now than I ever have in my life and I can feel it. If I am going to change, I have to change NOW. I hate the way I look in the mirror and I hate the way I feel in clothes. I want to be healthy more than I want to be thin and I think (I hope) that makes a difference. Mom gave me the "Eat This, Not That" books and I really like them.
2. I will give up all fast food immediately and eliminate Diet Coke by the end of the school year. I don't like the way it makes me feel and it is expensive.
3. I will cook at least 4 nights a week and not be so reluctant in the kitchen. Learning new recipes is part of being an adult and even though I don't like cooking, it is a necessary evil that I need to deal with.
4. I will attend church every Sunday and work on my relationship with God, which is not where it should be.
I hope these are realistic goals. I know none of them really have to do with money, but I feel that accomplishing these goals will eventually help me accomplish my financial goals as well.
So.....I'm thirty. Kind of excited to see what happens next!