the best is yet to come.

16 Jul

Guess who’s back from her mini blogging hiatus?! Me! I hope you guys enjoyed all the guest posts the last week. I know I did.

Let’s see, what should I fill you guys in on since we last spoke. Well, the world did not implode on my 30th birthday, much to my surprise. I had an amazing birthday weekend in Palm Springs with Brian. That boy really knows how to make a girl feel special. We did a lot of relaxing, eating (there is some seriously good Mexican food in that neck of the woods) and sangria drinking. Can you say perfection?

I have to admit though, that I was in a bit of a strange mood on my actual birthday . I felt such a rush of emotions that day and it wasn’t because I was turning 30 anymore (luckily I had finally made peace with that!); instead I was feeling sad that the project was coming to an end. It had become such a huge part of my life and I had conflicting feelings about it ending. There was a slight sense of relief. There was an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the amazing things that happened over the last year. There was a deep sense of accomplishment that I had finished the project. And then there was good old-fashioned sadness, although there weren’t tears. I was just quiet. I think I was a little shell-shocked.

I have been counting down to this big moment and then poof!- it was here and I didn’t know what to do with myself. I felt sad to see it end. I went to bed on my birthday wondering, what next? I tossed and turned getting more and more anxious about everything. But once the dust settled and the initial shock wore off on Monday, I began to feel a shift and felt incredibly peaceful with where I was, especially after having a session with Maggi when she reminded me that it’s not over, it’s just changing and growing. She also reminded me that there is a time to put energy out (which I have been doing non-stop the last year) and a time to go in. There is a very rich place to be found in the quiet.

So this last week I have allowed myself to stop and recharge.

People keep asking me if I am going to keep blogging now that I am 30 and the answer is yes. I really love blogging- it forces me to stay present in my life and it helps me connect to others and I get so much from this. I also just love writing. So yes, I am going to keep blogging. I am even going to keep the title 365 til 30, despite the fact that I have turned 30. It’s my blog and I am taking that creative license! I also happen to think the fun is only just beginning…the journey of a new decade.

I will say that I really like being 30 so far. As silly as this sounds I feel a little different…30 feels a little different.

I was talking to somebody the other day and they were going on and on about how much they loved their thirties-it was when they built a home and had children, became more comfortable in their own skin and built their career. I smiled and thought to myself…that is exactly what I am looking forward to in this decade.

My twenties where oh so much fun but oh so very exhausting. I’m actually surprised I survived them! That’s not even a joke. It was a bit touch and go there for a while!

So back to the blog- I am working on putting together my new list of goals for the year this week! Stay tuned…

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14 Responses to “the best is yet to come.”

  1. Rebecca Koo July 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    Love, love, love. Got wretchedly behind here for a while but am pretty much caught up. Loved those b-day posts to you from those who love you. Bri-guy made me choke up. So wonderful to hear from him here.

    You are in your first year of your thirties, I will start my last year in my thirties in just a few weeks. Love them, and I know you will too. SO GLAD you will keep writing, and LOVE that you are keeping the 365til30 and owning it! Way to go, girl!!!

    Big Kate fan here (in me) saying thank you……

  2. danielleabroad052988 July 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

    Danielle abroad likes, no, LOVES this. 🙂

  3. Christina Z. July 16, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    Love this post! It’s great to here your thoughts on the process (we’ve enjoyed the ride!) and the things that you have planned going forward. And 30 sounds like a great decade. I’m 2 years away from 30, but I have to say… your 20s are exhausting! Fun, but definitely a rough transition during a lot of it. 🙂 I’m already looking forward to my 30s, haha.

  4. Wendell A. Brown, aka. The Brown One Poet July 16, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    thirty and still beautiful, wise, and caring…loving to share your heart! They are all when blended together a perfect recipe for success! Happy belated birthday…glad you are bringing your bright light into our world again!

  5. sarah July 17, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    I never even considered the idea that you’d stop blogging {gasp!} but I’m glad to hear that you aren’t. Your blog has so quickly become a favorite place to visit & I’m looking forward to following along on the more of your journey.
    For the record… 30’s are awesome. It’s true what they say. While I do miss my early 20’s for sure, so many things started over for me at my 30th birthday & I wouldn’t trade these past few years for anything 🙂

  6. the usual bliss July 17, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    I think women come into their own in their 30s. When you’re in your twenties, you have no clue who you are or what you want. Confidence and a comfort in your own skin happens in your thirties. At least for me. Not that I have it all figured out yet! It’s a great thing about life to close one chapter and know that another is just opening. Glad to see you back here!

  7. Erin Haslag (@WELLinLA) July 17, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    Cannot wait for the next chapter. xx!

  8. M. M July 17, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    Carry on sweet Kate!!!!

  9. gregorychankins July 17, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    At almost 52, life is probably more interesting than it’s ever been. Maybe that means I’ve led a dull life, but I know I haven’t. There are times lately where a little dull wouldn’t be a bad thing, in fact. But we all need reminders of just how open and full of possibilities life is. Your one of those reminders, Kate. Thank you.

    • katemcclafferty July 19, 2012 at 11:17 am #

      I always love reading your thoughtful comments. I agree dull isnt always a bad thing! 🙂

  10. becca3416 July 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    Totally definitely absolutely keep the blog title, I plan to keep mine even after my goal is reached as well!

  11. Juliet Obodo July 18, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    Happy belated! I think I avoided your bday because I thought it was the end of your blog. I’m very happy that it isn’t. Life and blogging doesn’t end at thirty. I’m turning 28 and last year when I switched careers, my friends and family looked at me like I was nuts. They were like um you’re not getting any younger. Your blog has kept me anchored. Thanks for that!

    J*

    • katemcclafferty July 19, 2012 at 7:27 am #

      Juliet, what a lovely thing to say!!! I am so happy to have you as a reader. Congrats on the career switch:)
      xo

  12. righteousbruin9 July 19, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    Your thirties will also be awesome. It’s all in the mindset- how one handles adversity, celebrates good fortune, and enjoys everything in between.
    It is nice to read of different establishments in Palm Springs. I went to Blu Coyote this last time, but there are also Cheeky’s and El Jefe to try out in December.

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