Every girl wants to look fabulous for their birthday, especially when they are entering their thirties. I am no exception and mine is right around the corner. There is one problem though, we are finally out of the holidays and now it’s Girl Scout cookie season. Who can resist the taste of delectable thin mints after they have been in the freezer? Crispy, chocolatey, refreshing, melt in your mouth delicious thin mints. Cleary, I can’t! So, I need to counter act it and step up my workout game. Continue reading “Transformation Tuesdays”
So it officially happened. I hit the dreaded 3.0. and I must say, it wasn’t as terrible as I anticipated. I only cried twice. One of which was because I was so overwhelmed by love and gratitude; so I am calling that a win. I have been writing about trying to keep myself healthy in mind, body and spirit and I filled my day with things that could help with that. I went on a hike in the morning with my friends, got a mani/pedi (mandatory for birthdays and special occasions), finally went to the LACMA (see I am getting cultural), and then got taken to a beautiful dinner at a Top Chef restaurant. This one day would have been great enough, but in true Suzanne fashion, I had a packed weekend as well!
That is something I realized about myself. I don’t do grey very well (you don’t have to worry about my 50 shades any time soon). I got from zero to 100 in a matter of moments then don’t slow down. In a few short days, I finished the first section of my real estate school, had the first meetings for a reality show I am creating, shot a short film, zip lined, had two more birthday celebrations, went to a volunteer orientation for a new charity I want to work with, hit the gym, cleaned, grocery shopped, and celebrated another friend who turned thirty as well. Now, I want a nap.
Now that I’m thirty – wow that’s still hard to say, I want to learn how to balance my life. I love being busy, it’s good for me, but when I pack so much in I get a little overwhelmed and want to take a huge break and do nothing for awhile. Unfortunately, this is life and you don’t get any timeouts. I think that is what 30 will be for me, finding grey. The all or nothing approach isn’t sustainable for a happy and balanced life. And that’s really the goal isn’t it?
This past week Los Angeles decided to not just stir from the “winter” months, but do a full on sprint to summer. Being the fair skinned Irish that I am, I was not prepared. I went on my weekly hike to Griffith Park and decided to push myself a little more to do a longer course. Since my birthday is coming up, any added workout is essential to not being flabby for thirty. Unfortunately, I did not bring my sunscreen. The result? Scorched.
I felt a little warm on the hike, but thought I’d be alright. My skin just kept cooking. When I got home and saw the final damage, I knew I could not make that mistake again. I had legitimate blisters forming and of course my Aloe was on low supply. (A staple for any fair skinned beauty). My mister saw me and immediately made me go to Target. He said we couldn’t mess with me and the sun anymore and had me get extra sunscreen to keep in my bag at all times.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am proud of my Irish heritage. But as everyone celebrates St. Patrick’s Day today, the only green I want is Aloe Vera (Maybe I’ll take a Guinness too)!
Happy New Year! In precisely 2 Months and 2 Days, I will be turning 30. I think for most women this is a monumental mark in their lives, and I am no exception. I did not think I would be 29, not married (or even close), out of shape, laid-off with no clue where I want to go with my career, and the closest thing I have to a kid is my cat. Basically: Lost.
After talking with my friends, my hairdresser and even strangers, I have figured out I’m not alone in this feeling. Despite what TV, movies and magazines tell you, not everyone has their lives figured out by this point. Growing up in the Midwest, I was sure I would be married at 28 (later than average because I’m a little bit of a rebel), have my first child at 30 and second at 32. Since that timeline has come and went, it’s time to start a new one.
In the upcoming months, I am going to try new things, learn new skills, workout and hopefully find myself in the process. Join me in a very honest look at the road to Finding My 30’s.