Thirty, Flirty and Thriving…2.14

So, one of my favorite movies is 13 Going on 30, and I believe it’s one of my favorites because I love the idea of that inner child inside of Jenna even as a 30-year-old woman. When I first saw the movie, I envisioned myself being this successful woman by the time I turned 30, just like Jenna. Believe it or not, I actually saw myself writing for a magazine, but I pictured it being a music magazine. As the movie went on, we see that Jenna’s success isn’t all that great. She doesn’t have the best relationship with her parents, she doesn’t have any real friends, and she’s so caught up in competition with other people or other magazines. When she finally realizes her life isn’t that great while she’s losing the love of her life, that’s when she’s given another chance.

As I approach my 30th birthday, I can’t help but examine my personal life. We all set goals and write out our plans of where we want to be or where we want to go, and sometimes everything doesn’t turn out the way we want them to (even when you are actually working towards is). When I was younger, I used to picture myself working for an important company where I would dress up every day and have my very own executive office. I never knew exactly what company it would be or where it would be located. I just knew that I was going to be a “boss.” Every job that I’ve had since I’ve graduated from college, it required me to dress up every day, so I was okay with it. So, when I finally saw 13 Going on 30, I said to myself, that’s it! I want the big company. I want the big city. I want the limo rides and the company parties. Then I saw the distant relationship with her parents---I don’t want that. I saw she had no real friends---I don’t want that. I saw she was constantly competing with others—I don’t want that.

That lets me know that even in movies, someone else’s success still isn’t all that it appears to be. When you see how someone has either lost or had to give up important or meaningful people or things in life, then it doesn’t seem so eye-catching. So as I think about my life now, I’ve still been aiming for the same big dream of being a “boss” of an important company. Guess what? I did just that! One Touch Transformation will celebrate three years of operation next month, and I am the founder and CEO of this great company. I have my own office and can dress up every day in my suit and heels. I have an awesome relationship with my parents and my entire immediate family. I have great friends who support and encourage me. The only person I’m in competition with is myself. I don’t have to worry about competing with other companies or other people in order to succeed. I don’t worry about what other people are doing. I do what I can and figure out how I can improve. I learned a long time ago that if you pay attention to what others are doing, you will lose sight of your own vision. So, yes I am proud of where I am and who I am because I am soon to be thirty, flirty and definitely thriving!

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