As age 30 is upon me today, I’ve reflected on my first thirty years of life and realized I’ve accomplished some amazing things and have transformed to the person I am today. I like to think of myself as a fine wine, I get better with age. So here it is….my list of 30 amazing things I’ve achieved before 30.
1. Found and married the love of my life, my soul mate, my best friend, my lover, my other half Bryan.
2. Mother to the most amazing fur babies in the world: Carson & Maui. I couldn’t imagine my life without them, they give the best cuddles.
3. Three collegiate level degrees from Clemson University: B.S. in Psychology w/ a minor in Biological Sciences, Indiana University School of Medicine (IUPUI): Masters of Public Health w/ an epidemiology concentration, and Indiana University School of Optometry: Doctor of Optometry.
4. Love my family for who they are. I can’t change them. They are who they are and I love them for it. They’re loving, they’re fun, they’re even crazy at times, but they’re my family and I wouldn’t change them.
5. Found a profession I enjoy and a job I’m proud to say I do. I look at eyeballs all day at Lanter Eye Care & Laser Surgery.
6. Ran my first marathon! Boom!
7. Completed my first triathlon.
8. Traveled to Thailand. The most amazing place on the planet.
9. City Living. I’ve broken the mold and escaped the status quo of suburban life and moved to downtown Indianapolis. Just because I’m married doesn’t mean I have to buy a house in the burbs right away.
10. Skydiving. I’m afraid of heights. But I will say skydiving is one of the most exhilarating experiences (along with running a marathon).
11. Battled a disease and won. I was diagnosed with MPGN, a kidney disorder, when I was little and was treated with steroids for years. I’ve been in remission for 20 years.
12. Found my lifelong friends. I found my female soul mates. The friends I can go weeks without talking to but can pick up the phone and continue where we left off. The friends that never judge me. The friends that accept me for who I am. The friends that tell it like it is and don’t sugar coat anything.
13. An amazing relationship with my shishy! Our bond is unshakable and she is ultimately the best sister in the world! I’m thankful for her every day. I can’t wait for us to quote Sex & The City even when we’re 80 years old.
14. Lived with a French family outside of Paris for three weeks when I was 10 or 11 with an exchange program. I’m very fortunate that my parents let me experience such an adventure at such a young age. I think this when the seed was planted for my love of travel and independence.
15. Healthy lifestyle. I used to eat what I wanted, when I wanted. Donuts, brownies, cupcakes, chips, French fries, candy bars etc etc. Now that I’m older, I’ve learned that my body is a temple and that I need to fuel it with the right nourishment. Our bodies our fascinating machines, but they need the proper fuel to run efficiently.
16. Started a blog. I got over people judging what I have to say. This is my blog and I’ll say what and how I feel. If you don’t like it then don’t read it. At first it was scary putting my thoughts out there for the world to read, but now I find it therapeutic and a good way to reflect back on my previous races and fitness accomplishments.
17. I found inner peace with hot yoga. Hot yoga has helped to quiet my mind and relieve stress. There is nothing like an hour long sweat session in the heat. It’s my medicine.
18. Learned to cook. I’m still learning, but I’m getting there. I used to think I was missing the domestic wifey gene. Even if I still don’t know how to iron or fold clothes correctly, at least I can whip up a banging meal.
19. I presented a research poster at the American Academy of Optometry on sports vision research in San Francisco.
20. I’ve learned to conquer my fears in CrossFit. CrossFit has completely taken me out of my comfort zone and taught me to face challenges head on and to believe in myself.
21. Started a Roth IRA….I’m old.
22. Went blonde for 9 months. Blondes don’t really have more fun, brunettes do it better!
23. I’ve explored the depths of the ocean during scuba diving. My deepest dive is 100 feet and I’ve also done a night dive…..scariest thing every imaginable.
24. I can knit a mean scarf.
25. I got a tattoo. My mother’s maiden name in Farsi on my right rib.
26. I’ve partied at the Playboy Mansion…twice.
27. Saved a life. I diagnosed a patient with a choroidal melanoma.
28. I can leave a bar early after one or two drinks and not feel bad about it, because I know I won’t be waking up with a hangover the next morning.
29. I’ve learned to say no. I used to say yes to every event, every wedding, every birthday, every outing. But my time is precious and sometimes I just need to say no and get some me time.
30. Love myself. I’m awkward and klutzy at times. I cry a lot. And sometimes a little irrational. But this is me and I’ve learned to embrace it.
Thirty is going to be one hell of a decade and I am going to dive in head first at what each day holds for me. I only get one life, so why not make my 30’s my best years yet?!
10 Things to achieve in my new decade:
1. Have a kid….maybe two.
2. Buy a home.
3. Qualify for the Boston Marathon – which will take me the next ten years!
4. Travel to Bali, Brazil, Dubai, Maldives, Egypt, Greece, & Istanbul.
5. Finish a 70.3 and 140.6 Ironman.
6. Keep a happy and healthy marriage.
7. Become a Buddhist and find my spirituality.
8. Meet my Persian family for the first time.
9. Learn to rock climb and box.
10. Drive across the United States on Route 66 and drive the Pacific Coast Highway from Seattle to San Diego.