30 has arrived.

it’s the eve of my 30th birthday and i’m reflecting tonight.
with eager anticipation, i have waited for this birthday since i was in middle school.

// i suppose i always assumed that turning 30 would make me an insta-adult. mature. i have never been shy to admit my age and according to my 53 year old dad, “age is just a number.” so tonight, on the last day of my 29th year i am choosing to embrace. enjoy. rally some ideas & set foot into my 30th year with intention.

// so, here’s some lists –>> type A, overly organized, kinda bragging!

10 accomplishments

1 / making it to 30!
2 / graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration & small business management
3 / was a successful fortune 500 recruiter in Southern California & Washington, DC
4 / purchased a BMW with 3 months of income. her name is Lily. she is 5.5 years old & drives brand new!!
5 / bought a gorgeous Southern home in Virginia
6 / had my first child. jack. an amazing boy following after Jesus.
7 / quit my job –>> I CHOSE JACK!
8 / had a second child. abigail. a dreamer. a doer. a lover.
9 / started Anchored Design.
10 / launched a successful woman’s blog.

10 things to accomplish during my 30th year

my list is short. my desires are small.
1 / perform 52 intentional acts of kindness
2 / be in the Word more. pray more.
3 / take a professional photography class
4 / spend more quality time with my sweet children
5 / be bold again.
6 / 1 novel + 1 business-growth book each month
7 / participate in a century bike ride
8 / get lean.
9 / take the kids to a theme park.
10 / run a 10k, perhaps a half

10 places to travel

1 / go hiking in Big Sur
2 / spend a week at a beach cottage flipping through magazines, building sand castles with the kids & relaxing [wish me luck, for those of you that really know me well]
3 / attend a thursday nite SLO farmer’s market & fries from firestone grill
4 / meet my girlfriends in chicago
5 / take a private plane ride
6 / spend a month in NY
7 / take a train to a new city
8 / a weekend in NYC with my mom
9 / a long weekend getaway; something luxurious
10 / a roadtrip

cheers to 30! thanks for following along.



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I'm a Christian, married to Lenny, the Gluten Free Dad and raising our 3 kids together on the east coast while enjoying the sun, ocean breezes + cupcakes.

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  1. I am so happy to have read this post! I had a really, really, really hard time turning 28 and 30 makes me cringe. I love watching you tackle 30 with such a good attitude. My goal this year has been to really love life, the good the bad and the ugly. I’m inspired by your embracing 30, and hope to do the same!

  2. Stephanie Dawson says

    I’m in total agreement with that travel to Chicago and stay in NY for a month. 🙂 Oh, and maybe I can just fly to Cal. and take that photography class with you. 😉

    • YES!! come. anytime. you are ALWAYS welcome with or without that amazing fam of yours! we miss you dearly! so.. when’s a good time for chicago? late spring? early fall?

      • Stephanie Dawson says

        The only thing we have scheduled is a two week FL trip the last week of June. Other than that my calendar is open. 🙂

  3. I love this! ALL of this!! And I am all for you flying up to WA and then we can road trip it down to CA along the coast 🙂 just sayin…. In any case, I hope you fulfill your list and so much more in the coming years.

    Love ya, friend!! Happy 30 to you!!!!

    • now THAT would be a great plan!! one roadtrip coming right up! let’s plan it! // our jaws will hurt from talking & our cheeks from laughing & our bellies full of Mexican food. YUM!! thank you for being my friend. i just adore you!

  4. Happy Birthday! Sounds like you’ve got a great plan in place for this next year. Best wishes on accomplishing everything on your list.

  5. Happy Birthday… your outlook! I just turned 42 this year and each season of life has its own gifts and blessings!

  6. Happy Birthday to you!!! Love your attitude to embrace it 🙂

  7. Happy birthday, dear friend. You are one of the most driven people I know so that list will be tackled in short order I am sure! 🙂 I hope that the getaway to Chicago happens 😉

    • thank you!!! i am sorta driven-minded, ey?! 🙂 i do love a good list that’s accomplished! cheers to year 30 & spending a long weekend in Chicago with sweet friends like you!!

  8. I LOVE how intentional you are with your goals, while also looking back and reflecting on so many blessings. You are an amazing woman, and i am so proud to call you a friend. Happy Birthday!!

  9. Age is only a number…couldn’t agree more with your wonderful dad! For all that you have done…congrats! for your goals for this year…congrats! Keep us posted on your journey through your 30th year!

    • thank you Sarah! i sure will!! we just started this blog about 5 weeks ago with lots to share; making 30 a great year! thank you for stopping by!!

  10. I am so PROUD of you. Each day you surprise me and make me smile at all you do. You will make a large dent if not finish your to do list this year and be willing to help make them possible if just taking those sweet grandkids off your hands. Love you, baby girl!

  11. Welcome darling!! I am so excited for your accomplishments, and all you will do. You are an inspiration and gift from God to all of the women who know you and will know you. Let this year be the best, yet! Happy Birthday Sister =D

  12. Happy Birthday, sweet Aimee! As someone on the later side of the 30s, I can tell you that I love them WAY more than my 20s. Our timelines are a bit different so our paths our different, too (ex.: I met my husband in my late 20s and got married @ 29). BUT… I think no matter your path, your 30s are such a journey into yourself and your heart. I hope your birthday is spent with your loved ones and doing what you love to do! Hugs!

    • thank you dear friend!! i am SO SO excited!!! <<-- yes, that many exclamation points! thought it was time to put a list together now that i am an adult! 🙂 we need to plan a date soon 🙂

  13. You’ve finally caught up! Welcome to 30 Aimee and oddly enough it feels a lot like 25, 26, 27… :p Wish I could be there to cook you a birthday dinner but we’ll make our way out to Cali soon enough PLUS I absolutely LOVE #4 on your 10 places to travel list because then you’ll be coming to me! Happy Birthday, hope it’s a fantastic one 🙂

    • thank you Marla! i would LOVE for you to come out… whenever you can! we’ll celebrate! 🙂 and yes, Chicago-bound and will be inviting you too!!


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