Tag Archives: women in their 30’s

happy list

4 Feb

20 things that have been making me happy recently…

4c783ae67806f39920ae6ca968bbaac8

20 things that have been making me happy recently…

1. as I write this post I am sitting at my favorite neighborhood coffee shop with a warm latte and my trusty computer. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a whole afternoon to myself

2. hard but honest conversations that make you instantly feel lighter

3. Mexico in T minus 7 days! I’m so ready for the downtime, hot sun, tacos & margaritas

4. that Frankie is ok after his health scare last week

5. all the inspiring women who have been answering the project 30 questions recently…as well as the ones coming up- there’s a really good one coming up tomorrow!

6. the desk Brian built us from scratch – total. office. game. changer

7. crossing things off my to-do list

8. building our new business- most definitely one of my favorite things about 2015 thus far

9. a saturday night date with Brian involving take out from Sunny Blue, a yummy bottle of red wine & catching up on our recorded television shows while cuddled up on the couch

10. pinteresting

11. listening to Brian crack up when he watches “Californication”- I can’t help but laugh too

12. planning our LA -> Seattle road trip which has been moved to the fall. California coast in the fall? Yes, please

13. I’m taking a twelve week course at Cal State Long Beach which started this past Saturday. It’s been a looooong time since I was in school. It was so fun- it made me very happy

14.  2015 in general

15. daydreaming about babies

16. my morning walks with Frank. It is most definitely my favorite way to start the day

17. Monday afternoon dates with Melissa

18. my family

19. It’s “love” month and Bri guys birthday month.

20. this quote…

“Love yourself enough to create an environment in your life that is conductive to the nourishment of your personal growth. 

Allow yourself to let go of the people, thoughts, and situations that poison your well-being. Cultivate a vibrant surrounding and commit yourself to making choices that will help you release the greatest expression of your unique beauty and purpose.” 

– Dr Steve Maraboli

Advertisements

project 30 – erica

8 Jan

image4

Erica, 34 / from The Simple Chic Brunette 

What would your 30 something self tell your 20 something self if you could?

I would tell myself to enjoy life (every minute of it) go out with friends more often and be more spontaneous. I would also tell myself to travel travel travel even if it’s just to another city 2 hours away or another state. Get out there and explore the world.

What do you wish you took more seriously in your 20’s?

Saving! Start saving earlier as soon you get your first real job.

What do you wish you took less seriously in your 20’s?

I was always a pretty serious young lady and pretty much took everything seriously, so the only thing I wish I would’ve taken less seriously is maybe being less serious about everything

Favorite memory from your 20’s?

I would have to say it was when I graduated with my Bachelors. I worked 30+ hours a week while in college and took 3-4 classes a semester. I graduated a bit later than normal, but I finished and it was all worth it. I have to say working while in college was not easy but it made me responsible and prepared me for my future job. The graduation celebration my parents gave me was also amazing and unforgettable. Hearing others speak kindly about me was such a lovely feeling. It really does pay to keep your mind on the prize and never ever give up.

My other favorite memory from my 20’s is when my hubby proposed to me at the Japanese Garden of the University we both attended and graduated from. It was truly a moment never to forget.

In your early 20’s where did you think you would be (work, live etc) by 30?

I think every young person sees 30 as old until you get there. It’s actually not as old as it seems. I wanted to live somewhere in Southern CA next to the ocean and work in fashion, be married and have a family.

And where were you by 30? What did your life look like?

Well sort of… I worked/work in fashion, I was/am married, I lived in So-Cal, but I didn’t have any kids yet. I don’t think planning your every life move is the way to go I feel taking life one day at a time is a better way to live. This I’ve learned as I got older.

Were you ever worried that it wouldn’t all fall into place?

Of course this is why I’ve tried to let go of all the negative thoughts and the planning and just let life happen.

What is the greatest gift about being a woman in your 30’s?

You are much more knowledgeable and are much more confident in who you are. In your 20’s you’re discovering who you are and in your 30’s you pretty much know who you are, what you like, what you want and therefore you feel wiser and more like a woman.

When you look out onto the horizon. What do you hope your life looks like at 40?

Let’s see I’d like to still be working in fashion, still be married to the love of my life, living in So-Cal and hopefully vacationing with my family of 4 once a year.

What’s a quote/ saying you try to live your life by?

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” -Nelson Mandela

I also love the saying “Patience is a virtue” this is so true.

*

connect with the lovely Erica

Instagram @thesimplechicbrunette / facebook / twitter / pinterest / website 

image3

 

 

project 30 – barrett

5 Nov

jk_lunch_4-22-13_michael-wells-102

Barrett, 30 from ValleyBrink Road 

What would your 30 something self tell your 20 something self if you could?

Stop worrying so much about what others think. Focus. Make some long-term goals. If he just texts you, he’s not that into you.

What do you wish you took more seriously in your 20’s?

My career. Having healthy relationships and friendships.

What do you wish you took less seriously in your 20’s?

Going out.

Favorite memory from your 20’s?

Learning how to cook. I never cooked as a child and wasn’t really that interested in food at all when I was younger. My first year in college I was suffering from a broken heart, and turned to the food network for comfort. I watched show after show for weeks. One day, I decided to actually cook a recipe myself. Then another and another. This is how I discovered my love of cooking and my deep appreciation for good food.

In your early 20’s where did you think you would be (work, live etc) by 30?

I thought I would be a women’s clothing designer living and working in LA or NYC.

And where were you by 30? What did your life look like?

The year I turned 30, my husband and I made the hard decision to close the women’s handbag line we had started 2 years prior. While all of this was happening, I needed something that took my mind off of this loss and gave me some kind of creative satisfaction. So, after some helpful nudges from close friends, I started a food blog. It began as a place to share my hobby, recipes, and adventures. From there, everything just took off and before I knew what had happened I had a brand new career. I had always loved cooking, and now I realize it had been my passion for 10 years, but I just never thought of it as something I could do as a career.

Were you ever worried that it wouldn’t all fall into place?

Once I took the leap, the worry fell away. I felt much more anxiety and uncertainty when I was working in fashion. Everything with Valleybrink Road has happened in such an organic way and so fast, I haven’t had time to worry about things not falling into place. It just feels like this is what I was always supposed to be doing.

What is the greatest gift about being a woman in your 30’s?

The greatest gift about being a woman in her 30’s is the incredible women around me. In your 20’s relationships with women, at least for me, were filled with more jealously, manipulation, and competition. The women in my life now feel like an incredible support system, encouraging each step I take, inspiring me, and collaborating with me. It is a beautiful camaraderie I have never felt before.

When you look out onto the horizon. What do you hope your life looks like at 40?

I can only hope that the happiness, satisfaction, inspiration, and love I feel at this moment in time continues to grow and nurture, not only my being, but all of those around me. I love the life I have created, the people I share it with, and the work I am doing. I just hope that I continue to move forward on this path.

What’s a quote/ saying you try to live your life by?

Let the good times roll.

find barrett elsewhere: blog / twitter / facebook 

JK_Lunch_4-22-13_Michael Wells-81