1. Rachelle

    I’m turning 28 this year and I have to say it is a challenging year so far. I think the last few years in your 20s are usually intense, hopefully I will get some sense of calm in my 30s and Happy Early Birthday.


  2. Rachel Fackender

    Meg, you are so inspiring and your posts leave me wanting more for myself. I hope your 30th is everything you hope it will be, plus so much more!

  3. rita

    i love this – it’s always so awesome to get a better perspective of someone’s journey and where they thought they would be. when i turned 28 last summer i realized that i was exactly where i wanted/had planned to be in terms of my career, but i hated it. it’s not that fun when you realize the life that you planned on isn’t the life that you want! so this year i have laid the groundwork for some big career changes (starting next week even!) and i’m hoping 29 is the year where it all starts to come together for me … it is going to be a hustle year, for sure!

    happy early birthday!

  4. Naomi (Design Manifest)

    awe happy almost 30th, Meg!
    You’ve accomplished so much and I have no doubt you’ll make it on the cover of some magazine in the next 10 years.
    In my old age (32), I’ve learned expectations are the devil. I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but the more I plan and pigeonhole myself, the more I seem to be disappointed when results are different than I thought they would be or feel. So instead, its about hard work, open minds and dare I say enjoying the now?


  5. Miranda {onestylishdayatatime}

    To be honest, I just wish I had a clear picture of what 25 will look like! I’m 23 and while I’ve been with the same guy for five years and feel pretty settled, being in your 20’s just seems hard. I’ve heard that your 30’s are you best years. You’re established, you know who you are, and you’re not completely broke! Happy birthday Meg – this will be your year!

  6. Marie-Eve @aprettynest

    Happy birthday, have fun and spoil yourself !

    I’m almost 32 now and I have to say I was pretty happy about turning 30 ! I never done those to do before list either, but when I turned 30, I looked back at my life and where I was and I wouldn’t have gone back to my 20’s at all. At 30 I am more confident,feeling more comfortable with who I was, with my body, I have a good job that I enjoy going to, a husband that I loved and who loved me, I had 2 beautiful, amazing and crazy boys. I figured, I had my life on track and still a lot of dream and adventures to look foward too.

  7. Jess | the Jess Journals

    I think 28 was the hardest year for me so far. I just wasn’t anywhere near where I wanted to be in my personal life last year, and was really unhappy with that. Luckily this year I’m much more relaxed about things and have learned to just go with the flow and not feel the pressure to find a boyfriend, get married, and have babies. It’ll happen when it happens. In the meantime, I’m gonna focus on me as much as I can! haha

    I’m excited to turn 30 though, as I just hope that I’ll be much more comfortable with who I am, where I am, and where I’m going – or at least have a plan to get there!

  8. Alyssa

    Happy almost Birthday! It will be great. You don’t look a day over 25 and you have so many accomplishments both behind you and waiting for you ahead.

    Face 30 head on. It’s going to be awesome!

  9. Lauren //

    This is such an inspiring post. Especially for someone that is in their early 20’s and has always had aspirations of “being on the cover of Fortune magazine” and wants to own their own business as well. It is great to see someone who has started their own business and seems genuinely happy. I also really appreciate your candidness about specific years kicking your butt. It’s good to know some hardship has to be endured before a great payout, like what you’re experiencing now.


  10. Nuha

    Happy Early Birthday! It’s refreshing to hear that you didn’t wake up one morning and have it all figured out. I come to your blog all the time and wonder how you do it all! Magazine cover or not you’re definitely a woman to watch out for. I’d love to hear how you did it – meaning, the steps you took to leave your job and start working for yourself. I’m kind of in the same boat as Miranda- being 23 is confusing!

  11. Becca

    Happy early Birthday! I think the late 20’s is definitely a time of change…or at least it is for me! I hope that your 30th year, and your 30’s in general, bring lots of wonderful things.

  12. Katie O'Keefe

    I’m turning 25 this year (May), and I can completely feel where you are coming from. When I was 20, I made goals to be single, in a big city and living life as an artist. I’m married, living in Oklahoma and learning to live as an artist in a completely different way – and it’s a way better life than I could have ever imagined. I’ve got more love in my life and by focusing on what matters most, I feel more successful than the to-do list I created when I was 20. Granted, I’ve still got HUGE dreams and goals for the next few years (lots of hustling too), but the shift certainly gave me a much better perspective. Everyone has a different journey. 🙂

    Enjoy your last week of your 20’s and have a wonderful birthday!

  13. FripperyVintage

    The 30’s are great, you’re in for a fun 10 years!

  14. The Yuppie Files

    I turned 30 in February & was pretty happy with letting go of my 20’s. They were fun but there was a lot of transitioning/figuring life out that I could do without! I have never been a particularly career-focused person & I think it took me until 30 to realize that’s okay. I really admire people (like you) who have a goal, go out there & make it happen. But that’s not me, which has taken me awhile to accept!

    My ultimate goal was always to be a mom- through major switching in college, career switching in my 20’s, etc. I’m due in August, so I think 30 will definitely be a good year! I think in figuring out who you are its important to figure out who you are not & make the best of your personality/goals. I want to travel & focus on family, with a career that’s fulfilling but not my life. I’m a teacher which is perfect for the life I want! And I can (a little jealously) read about more business minded women & admire them for choosing a path different than me.

  15. Morgan {Style Oyster}

    I’m turning 30 on April 14th! I did a 30 before 30 list on my blog. xoxo

  16. Carlene: Healthfully Ever After

    Great post! As someone around age 25 right after I graduated college I always thought I would have my shit together. No. No way, totally wrong. But I think 25 for me will be my ‘go with the flow, be okay with not having it all together’ year.

  17. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe

    Happy early birthday! I am getting close to 30 myself but I’m not fearing it – I hear that for most people, their 30s are the best! You really are still young (in the grand scheme of things) yet you have the wisdom of 30 years of living. Enjoy girl!

  18. Janette

    Love this! Happy, happy birthday. I turned 30 last fall. It’s been my best year yet — because my goal is to make each year better than the last! I hit a bit of a plateau a few years ago, so I shook things up and got back on track. I’m doing the same thing right now. Age is just a number. Life is what we make of it. I think we’re doing pretty splendidly. 🙂

  19. brooke

    such a big birthday, for such a big year! I think it feels good, in some aspects, to leave the 20’s decade behind and move into the next. to grow up and grow with your dreams, hard work, hustling and all. enjoy!!

  20. sara

    my biggest accomplishment in my 20s was owning my own home and getting my MBA (never thought that was possible!). with each year i hope to grow and evolve more as a woman and business minded individual. now that i am into my 3os i look forward to what it has to offer next. you have already accomplished so much in your 20s (bravo!) and have much to look forward to girl. happy early birthday!

  21. sev2108

    I turned 30 three years ago. It scared the sh*t out of me, but I can honestly say now, looking back, that my 30s have been much better than my 20s. I’m more secure, more comfortable with who I am and what I’m doing going forward. Kiss your 20s goodbye and welcome 30 with open arms – the possibilities are endless.

  22. Erica

    Cheers!!! Enjoy your thirties… they blow by in a hurry!

  23. Avn

    I couldn’t wait to get older (um, more mature in age) when I was younger. Then – it finally happened – I was officially an adult and in my late 20’s. Last year, I honestly felt like all the other years that had come before this one were merely a dress rehearsal for an upcoming “real” performance.

    You totally nailed it when you said, “real vacations, and real fun, and real shopping”. Those amazing things honestly happen as your life progresses… along with one’s tax bracket. Happy birthday!

  24. Loni Parker

    Happy 30th Birthday Meg! I too turned 30 about a month ago and it was kind of scary saying goodbye to my twenties. I think when I was younger I imagined I’d be a lot further along in life than where I’m at at the moment. I’ve let my work (Adore Home) consume me and take over my life too (not a bad thing though because I love what I do). But I figure work hard now and hopefully reap the benefits later on… I’d like to be sipping cocktails by the pool on a permanent basis when I hit my forties! Haha Ok I can dream right?!

    Have a great birthday!
    Loni x

  25. Caroline

    Happy early birthday! Mine’s is the same day but i turn 29. Boy were 27 and 28 years hard! I feel like you, hopeful for the new year and the growth i’ve gained as a result of the last year. Every birthday comes and I feel that the goals i’ve set maybe are not fulfilled but being close to finally getting my MD I feel that it doesn’t matter as long as I’m happy and proud of the career I’ve choosen. I think Im finally comfortable with the person I’ve become and even though people get hung up in age I just shrug them off, You are as young as you feel! And again, happy birthday and on a side note: i love your blog and instagram. And good luck in this new year.

  26. erin @WELLinLA

    Love this post on every level. Cheers to year # 3-0!


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