Turning 30 is a big thing, it feels like any other day, but it’s a new chapter in your life.

It’s a time when society expects you to have achieved so much and for you to have found your “place”.

The big 3.0. has been a daunting prospect for me, someone who never wanted to grow up, and now I feel like I “am grown up” and there’s no going back. But with a lot of reflecting, growing up doesn’t mean I can’t have fun, that I can’t embrace my quirks and be silly and eat cake for breakfast. I only have this one life, so my motto for 30 is #YOLO and I hope to live each day with that in mind and to take risks and to take a chance on me, to explore and go on adventures and to not let anything, especially myself, hold me back from reaching my dreams.

With that in mind, I thought I’d share 30 things about meΒ – I’ve always wanted to do one of these so here it is πŸ˜›

1. I’m the youngest of 4
2. I have 5 nieces (yep all girls), and I was an Aupair to 3 girls πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ
3. I’ve been overseas twice
4. I love ice-cream
5. I love cake
6. and I love chocolate
7. I grew up in a teeny tiny farm town, and I’m now a city girl, but being in nature is still where my heart is
8. I’m a water baby and love the ocean
9. Don’t make me choose between #mustlovecats or #mustlovedogs
10. I used to have a horse and was such a nerdy horsey child

11. I used to MTB professionally in high school
12. I don’t like team sports
13. I used to be a book worm, now i only read a book or two a year
14. I’ve never dyed my hair except for a teeny strip when i was 18
15. I still don’t know what I’m doing with my life, I don’t have a career per say
16. I do have an end goal though 😜
17. I went to boarding school and made some of my best friends there
18. I used to play Dota (I stopped when it was evident I needed a graphics card and more time than I had)
19. I don’t have a degree (yet)
20. I used to be a teacher

21. I’m an environmentalist at heart, my grade 6 teacher said I’d be a tree hugger one day
22. I love turtles, and tortoises, and llamas and squirrels, and wombats and too many animals to count πŸ˜‚
23. don’t like and cant eat fish
24. I don’t have a favourite colour 🌈
25. I have really small feet for my height and am quite used to people asking me how I balance πŸ™„
26. I’d rather be barefoot if I have a choice, I don’t own a lot of shoes (I’ll leave that to Moo)
27. I like sweet and fruity wines (Chardonnay and chenin or bust)
28. I never wanted to grow up as a child, and in some aspects I haven’t (I still eat icecream like a 3 year old and have an assortment of stuffed animals)
29. Summer storms make my heart sing
30. I have finally found my green fingers after a few sad endings but luckily it was inevitable as my gran and mom are amazing gardeners, I just took my time and had a few too many practice runs πŸ˜‚

PS- these photos were all taken at the first ever Johannesburg International Flower Show recently.

We had such a lovely time, and came home with a few new “accessories”, thank you Netflorist for the tickets for my BirthdayΒ cool

All images Copywrite and property of Skwirlybird

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