So I turned 30 in July.
Growing up, I remember thinking how old thirty sounded…even when I was 21 or 22 I thought “thirty, eek”! But once I got to be 27ish I started to change my tune. All of a sudden, “thirty” sounded like a real grown up age! I figured that by then I would have my life figured out, be more mature, and have more wisdom and grace. I couldn’t wait, but I have a few girlfriends who were dreading turning thirty. WHY?? Dreading leaving the most unstable decade of our lives behind? Dreading the next big chapter, the ultimate prime of adulthood? But even with as much as I talked shit to my friends, I wasn’t expecting things to ACTUALLY change in myself almost the second that I turned thirty!
For your reading pleasure: Three huge things that changed in my third decade.
My Tastes in Food and Drink:
Up until this year, I’ve never been able to stomach red wine or IPAs. I was a Mich Ultra and Moscato girl all the way…and then out of no where I couldn’t stomach them! Light beers taste awful to me now, and Moscato? I can’t even stomach that grape juice crap! I’m not sure when the switch was flipped, but I LOVE a good glass of Bordeaux at night, and don’t even give me beer that has the word “light” on the label. Craft beer, IPAs, lager, stout, porter…that’s where it’s at! And food? Say hello to a newbie in the spicy food club!! I’m not trying to burn a hole in my esophagus by eating ghost chilies or anything, but I do like a spicy little kick to my foods nowadays! It’s so strange how much your tastes can change with age. I feel like my food and drink choices have done a 180 since my 20’s.
My Skincare Regimen:
“Don’t rub your eyes, you’ll get wrinkles”! “Pat your concealer on, don’t tug your skin”! Blah, blah, blah…that’s what 25 year old Lacey said in her head when people would shame me for ruining my skin. But then I started noticing my fine lines a few months ago (and that fucking grey hair right on top of my head) and had a mini meltdown. 300 dollars and over an hour at Sephora later, and I became the new owner of a skincare army and more knowledge about facial products than I thought possible. I started using retinal day and night, but I quickly learned that my skin is way too sensitive under my eyes for that mess. When I started using Young Living essential oils, I discovered my favorite skincare oils: Frankincense, Copaiba, and Manuka oils. I use them every single morning, along with SPF and all of my other products. Masks are my favorite thing, and I have at least 8 of them. I never would have thought that I’d be a skincare fanatic, but that’s thirty for ya…
My Choice of Leisure:
I used to love going out with my husband or my girlfriends. I would dance all night and party it up! My motto was always “shots shots shots!!!”…and then the hangovers came. Oh did the hangovers come. If I don’t drink like 1/4 gallon of water after every single drink, there is zero chance that I will make it out of bed in the next day or three. I’ve become a homebody, and I’m happy with that choice! Coming home from work and relaxing with Laila and Carson is my favorite part of the day. Reading a book and snuggling with Michael on the couch while he watches football is my happy place! Thirty has definitely taught me how to relax. I’ve always been the one to seek out an adventure but now I’m the one saying “ehhhh…I’m really tired y’all”. I still love to have fun with my friends and family, just on a much more spread out scale.
Never again will I go tanning or go to bed with make up on. I wish I could go back and slap some sense into 20 year old me, but I’d just flip my hair and think that I already knew everything I needed to know. But you know, I think my favorite thing about myself at this age is that I’m so much more confident than I was at any other age. Even when I was a 100 pound fresh faced college freshman, I was always so self-conscious. So here’s to growing older and wiser, to cultivating your tastes, and to truly embracing each new phase in your life. You never know when your last day will be, so don’t waste any being salty about turning a year older. I’m so excited for this new phase in my life and I really am enjoying this more mature outlook on life. You know, now that I’m a real grown up and all…