30 years of . . .

cupcakeI am 30 years old! It seems so strange to say I’m that age, but very freeing at the same time. Sort of like I have gotten enough years behind me to justify my perspective on life, but enough years ahead of me to enjoy the rewards of the life to be lived.

All of a sudden I am feeling more confident and beautiful. I might notice a few wrinkles or patches that weren’t there before, but I am okay with them in a way I never was in my twenties. I find myself focused more on what I want and shackled less to the expectations of the outside world.

Even with more responsibility than I had in my twenties I smile more freely because things are no longer the grenades I made them, but fire crackers that add a little surprise and sparkle to life. I imagine the next thirty years will bring even more laughter, tears, and changes but I am ready to face them with a stronger body and spirit than I’ve ever had before.

A smile and a few tears

This week we had to give presentations in class on case studies regarding leadership and one presenter had almost all of us in tears.

She asked if we felt like  leaders and most of us said no – that is sort of why we are in the MBA program after all – but then she asked if any of us are parents. Almost all of us said yes to that question. Then she showed us the video below and we realized as parents we are leaders of some of the most special followers in the world.

Smiles and tears 🙂

Remember to breath

This past week I officially added another role to my playbill – MBA student. Education has always been a passion for me and getting an advanced degree is a major life goal. So I finally jumped in the deep end and applied to a part time program.

I never expected to get accepted on a Wednesday, register on Friday, and head to orientation on Saturday. Two weeks removed from that emotional blitz and attending my first face to face class brought many doubts about handling it all and more than a few nervous butterflies.

Yet here I am still ready to take it on while still being a great mom, a good friend and wife, a productive employee, and a sane woman. So I’ve asked around to others who’ve made it happen and brought the curtain down to a standing ovation.

We are all hard at work :)

We are all hard at work 🙂

Here is what my research sample had to say:

1. Reset expectations or better yet enter into it with only the expectation of enjoyment. As they told me you will miss assignments, not get straight As, have dishes piled in the sink, and occasionally wear dirty clothes, but you will be showing up smiling and that is all that matters.

2. Turn over control. Just a few years ago my husband was toiling away over the books to get his MBA and I held down the fort. I did almost everything and did my best to keep things running. It is okay to turn over the controls and switch roles. It might even be good for our relationship as long as I remember it might not get done “my way”, but it will get done.

3. Take time for me. Sleep, pamper myself, and take mental time. This is the only way to stay sane and if I am completely burnt out by the end of the program it won’t do me any good to have my MBA.

4. Enjoy the time you have. Time with friends and family will be hard to come by so when those moments sneak in be sure you are fully present. Do something special, listen, and laugh.

5. Breath. Always important to remember 🙂

So taking those tips I am ready to face this journey and keep moving like I love to do. I know many of you mommas out there are working on degrees or other activities on top of your job and motherhood so I hope you can keep all of these ideas in mind and if you have any tidbits of your own please share them. If we support each other we can all make it through sane and better for the experience.