The curtain closed on my twenties earlier this month, and it boggles my mind that a decade that seemed as though it would last forever, has wrapped.
Turning thirty is scary to some, but I wasn’t under the illusion that life would suddenly become different at the stroke of midnight. The entrance into my twenties was very different from the exit, and it takes time to achieve the growth, wisdom, and experience that comes with age.
I celebrated my birthday in Seoul, South Korea, surrounded by wonderful friends. We ate Mexican food, drank margaritas, visited a wine bar, and went dancing. It was my perfect kind of night. My family and friends sent birthday packages in the mail from the United States in the weeks leading up to my birthday, and all of the video calls and messages I received made me really special. I am very blessed to be hitting this milestone with genuine friendships and family by my side.
I wanted to create a virtual time capsule to remember who I am at this new beginning by answering 30 questions for my 30th birthday; But first, a look at the biggest milestones from my twenties that contributed to who and where I am today.
• Became a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority.
• Graduated from the University of Southern Indiana.
• Joined the Peace Corps and moved to Gori, Georgia.
• Flew on a plane for the first time (at age 24!)
• Lived alone for the first time (in Indianapolis, Zhengzhou, Chicago, and Uijeongbu).
• Moved to Zhengzhou, China to teach English as a foreign language.
• Accepted a job in downtown Chicago working for the Chicago Tribune.
• Earned my TEFL certification from the International TEFL Academy.
• Traveled to nine different countries.
• Received additional certifications in speciality TEFL courses.
• Became “Aunt B” to an adorable niece.
• Moved to Uijeongbu, South Korea to teach English at a private academy.
Now for thirty, flirty, and thriving questions…
1. What does your typical morning routine look like?
I hit the snooze button once for 10 minutes. Then, I respond to messages that came through during the night and read through newspaper headlines. After that, I get out of bed, take my vitamins, and drink a glass of water.
2. What is your drink of choice?
Frosé or a good margarita.
3. What is your signature meal to make?
Chicken taco stuffed bell peppers with homemade tortilla chips, homemade guacamole, and homemade margaritas. I also make a really good breakfast bowl with grilled vegetables, eggs, grilled potatoes, avocado, and a sprinkle of Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend.
4. What are your favorite foods?
Grilled chicken, shrimp, crab, avocado, grilled summer vegetables, Chinese stir fry, red potatoes, chicken tacos, and tortilla chips with guacamole and queso.
5. What is your favorite restaurant?
Low Country, Carbón Live Fire Mexican Grill, and Gelsosomo’s Pizzeria.
6. What is your ideal Saturday?
Spending time with friends and family, visiting different places, and experiencing new activities. I’m also content with a relaxing Saturday at home getting tasks done around the house, and having a movie night.
7. What is your all-time favorite movie?
8. What are you currently reading?
The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
9. What is your current workout?
Distance running using the C210k app.
10. What is your favorite vacation spot?
11. What is your favorite flower?
12. What is your favorite music?
Music from the 60s, 80s, and 90s.
13. What is your favorite piece of clothing you own?
14. What are your favorite colors?
Charcoal gray, navy blue, burnt orange, gold, and purple.
15. What is your favorite season?
16. What is your must-have makeup item?
Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara.
17. How do you treat yourself?
By purchasing something for myself. It may be anywhere between a plane ticket, electronics, or a smoothie.
18. Who is your celebrity crush?
Matthew Fox during the Party of Five era, Sharon Tate, and Neve Campbell.
19. What is the nerdiest thing about you?
My sisters and I meow like cats at each other.
20. What makes you mad?
Racism, capitalism, animal cruelty, injustice, and when people don’t treat other people like humans.
21. What is your biggest weakness?
22. When is the last time you cried?
Talking to Danielle while opening my birthday gift.
23. What is something that scares you?
First, dying alone. Second, people that I love dying and having to live without them.
24. What is your biggest stressor?
Trying to be a wonderful, yet effective teacher.
25. What is something/someone that makes you laugh?
My friend Halima has amazing comedic timing when she tells stories, and I laugh so hard when I’m with her. Danielle, another friend of mine, is so sassy about everything, and she always makes me laugh. Also, the TV show Everybody Loves Raymond makes me laugh so obnoxiously loud. The writing is so relatable, yet brilliant.
26. What is your biggest character flaw?
Being late for everything! Ugh, I really need to do better with this.
27. What is the last thing you bought yourself?
A movie projector.
28. If you could move anywhere in the world for one year, where would you go?
29. What is one of your life goals?
To become a Mom.
30. What are you most looking forward to about your thirties?
I suppose I have five major goals for my thirties: paying off the rest of my debt, saving money, settling down in a home for longer than a year, becoming a Mom, and succeeding as an educator. Also, maintaining close relationships with friends and family, and traveling. These are my main focuses for my thirties, and I’m looking forward to all of them coming true.