This month, I turned 30.
I remember a time not so long ago when 30 sounded old. Now I'm not sure what I feel. Don't get me wrong, I realize I'm long past the wistful and starry eyed years of youth, but I also feel like I've only scratched the surface of this whole adulthood thing. I spent my twenties doing things so many people dream of but never actually do, as well as not doing things that I always dreamed of and now wish I had done. I guess that's life. I'm happy with so many of my choices and regretful of others.
I feel like going into this next decade I know I don't want to waste any more time. And that's the spirit in which I wanted to celebrate my birthday this year.
So I took 2 weeks off.
I flew to Oahu to spend a long weekend with the ladies. Had my first Waikiki experience, went shopping at the Ala Moana Mall, lounged in a Korean Day Spa, took sexy polaroids with a good friend, and mostly just gorged gluttonously on all the amazing cuisine the Island of Oahu has to offer.
Then I flew home and spent 2 days back to back with my husband enjoying the less impressive restaurants of the Big Island (we are foodies). He surprised me with a helicopter tour over the Volcano with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters. Something we've wanted to do together since moving here 8 years ago.
The next day we had a small "party" at our house, mostly for our daughter's sake, as she was missing out on all the celebrations. My husband made me an amazing dairy free/ gluten free ice cream cake with locally made Nicoco Vegan Gelato. We had a piñata, it was great.
Then to wrap up my week of celebration I went out with my Big Island ladies for fancy cocktails, impromptu nose piercings, and hot girl pictures up on the Mauna. The perfect end to a perfect 30th Birthday week.
And then I jumped right back into reality with a perfect little wedding in Kona Tuesday, 2.22.22. I felt rusty after my 2 week staycation, but a wedding was the perfect way to get back into the swing of things! Back to enthusiastically replying to photography inquiries, excitedly sifting through galleries and struggling to decide whether my edits have enough grain (LOL).