30 Things about Me for my 30th Birthday

30 Things about Me for my 30th Birthday

I turn 30 today.

It feels a bit momentous, but I’m excited.

I feel like my 20s were a dress rehearsal and now the show is on. I’ll be honest, there were some hard times in the last few years….but I’m happy and in a great place now. I’m excited to see what this time in my life brings.

To celebrate (inspired by Sheila Gregoire), I’m sharing 30 things about me in honor of my 30th birthday.

  1. My parents are 30 years apart in age. It made for interesting parenting. Dad grew up chopping cotton for 25 cents, mom grew up riding the bus around Chicago. But I appreciate having the different views. And they totally showed me that age is just a number. (This was them years ago. Sadly, dad is now in a nursing home with Alzheimer’s)
  2. My favorite movies (tied) are the Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
  3. I taught public speaking in graduate school (I was a Communication student) and have zero fear of speaking in public.
  4. I performed in Branson for several years. If you don’t know Branson, it’s a town in Missouri with a bunch of shows and theme parks (an Ozarks vacation destination). It was super fun, but it also gave me a “I crave applause” complex that I had to work hard to undo.63830_639938826123_1657137010_n.jpg
  5. My favorite food is chips and queso. I can make a meal of it (especially if it’s queso with chorizo!) and I have no self-control with it. “How do you stop eating chips and queso? Do they run out or do you die or what?”
  6. I love being active, but that’s new-ish.  Growing up, I danced (which was active) but I HATED being sweaty or playing sports. In grad school, I had a great friend who encouraged me to workout for stress relief. We would attend classes together, tried running together, and she showed me that I have a love for a good sweat session and feeling sore. I actually owe a lot to her for that, so thanks Laveda! (she’s in the middle at my first Zumbathon!)
  7. I’ve always had dogs for pets. We have had many dogs over the years (and some other animals thrown in there too – cats, a horse, small animals that didn’t have long lives like guinea pigs and birds). Other than my first year in grad school, I’ve always had a dog in the home.
  8. I love going to concerts. My favorites are Hanson (if you’ve been around here for a hot minute you know that) so I like smaller intimate venues best. But I do love an arena show too.
  9. I was in a “social club” in college.  Our school didn’t have national sororities, but we had our own clubs. I was a Tri Chi (yes…XXX…we wore TC because nowadays XXX has a bad connotation ha!). Some of my best friends and best memories came from being a part of that group.10400898_511380787463_5192_n.jpg
  10. I took the ACT 7 times to get the score I wanted.  I wanted a score high enough to give me a full scholarship and I did it on the 7th try.
  11. I took like 12 years of clogging. It’s a fun style of dance, but that’s probably why I’m not graceful. It’s not a graceful dance- it’s more clunky.
  12. I have only been out of the country to places in the Carribean (Mexico, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Jamaica).
  13. I would love to go to Europe and Israel someday.
  14. I don’t like raw tomatoes. I can eat them on tacos or burgers…but not in salads or by themselves.
  15. I’ve had my gallbladder and wisdom teeth removed.
  16. I very much dislike going to the dentist. However, I have “soft teeth” (so I’ve been told) so I need fillings often…so I have to go.  I usually ask for laughing gas if I have to have a filling- which makes me feel like a kid asking for it.
  17. Cruises are my favorite type of vacation. Everything is included so you don’t have to think about plans. There are plenty of activities. You can choose to relax or be active. The food is GREAT. I can’t wait to go on another cruise (probably Alaska for our 10 year anniversary).
  18. I am NOT a daredevil. I don’t really even like tubing on the lake. I prefer relaxing activities to things that seem dangerous. I will ride the jet ski, but only if I’m driving.
  19. My only overnight hospital stay was when I gave birth (and I was there for 4 freaking nights- 2 in labor and 2 after).
  20. New York City is my favorite place to visit, even though I’ve been 8 times. There is so much to explore and do…and I LOVE Broadway musicals. There are some great shows out this season, and I’m a little sad I won’t see them in NYC. I can’t wait to take Remi someday!
  21. I prefer salty snacks to sweet snacks. Give me chips or cheese or crackers and dip over cookies.
  22. My favorite Girl Scout cookie is a Samoa.
  23. I could watch the Food Network all day long. It doesn’t make me hungry (usually) but I love watching other people cook and learning techniques and recipes.
  24. I worked two summers at a kid’s camp. My most valuable lesson was how to get ready in like 20 minutes, since I preferred sleep over a long shower. 1928983_504270985563_2668_n.jpg
  25. I think my love language are naps…but not a quick nap. At least an hour. 2.5 is ideal.
  26. We got married on the 13th, and a lot of people said it was bad luck.
  27. We had glow sticks at our wedding. I wanted a party. Does this picture look like a rave or a wedding reception? It’s our wedding!28901_533379896073_2309473_n.jpg
  28.  I would move to Northwest Arkansas or Tulsa in a heartbeat. I love where I live…but I also love a bigger city. My husband, on the other hand, loves having land and living in the country.
  29. Instagram is my favorite app.
  30. I got to go on a free-sailing hot air balloon ride back in 2011. It was random (I worked for a car dealership who was sponsoring one of Tyler’s cousins endeavors. She was supposed to take a Make A Wish kid up, but he was too sick. So last minute, she asked if I wanted to go since I was a business connection and family.) It was one of the neatest things I’ve ever done. And I was scared to death the entire time. ha!293427_578888147173_1541057470_n.jpg

So there ya go. 30 things about me to celebrate turning 30! Tell me something fun about you!

I’ll be back later this week with my 30 Before 30 recap!


  1. Happy Birthday from Albuquerque, NM! I hope your 30th birthday is one of your best ever–wishing you lots of love and happiness!

  2. I LOVED THIS POST! I feel like I learned so much about you. Clogging? Performing in Branson!? Chips and queso!?

    You’re my hero. I’m so glad we are friends! Happy birthday (and hope your tummy’s feeling a little better!).

    • Girl. You have no idea. I’ll clog next time I see you. I’m so glad we are friends too!!!! I’m feeling MUCH better today. 30 can only get better!

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