I’m Turning 30. Now What?

First Deloitte event after I made the big move to Boston! (Summer 2018)

In exactly one month, I will hit the next decade. One that causes many people to flip a shit. I wouldn’t say I’m nervous about turning 30, but I wouldn’t go as far as saying I’m ecstatic about getting older (is anyone really?). But I’m not freaking out about it.

Honestly, I look better than I did in my early- / mid-twenties.

I’m in a loving relationship.

I have a good job with a good salary.

I live in a bomb apartment in a fabulous city.

Not to mention, five years ago I wasn’t traveling – internationally or domestically – the way I do now. Things are great. But they can always be better.

Drastic hair change (but I loved it!) and my amazing boyfriend. (Spring 2018)

I starting conjuring up a list of things I want to do upon turning 30. Some of them are things I’ve tried and failed before, and some of them are brand spankin’ new.

  1. Read at least one book every two months before my next birthday
  2. Spend more time with family
  3. Drink at least 100 oz of water per day
  4. Avoid spending my own money one week each month (non-work)
  5. Stretch more. Foam roll more. Get more massages.
  6. Save an extra $150 per month
  7. Avoid calling myself fat
  8. Sign up for a new type of race
  9. Go to the movies alone
  10. Deadlift 275 lbs / backsquat 225 lbs or more
  11. Make more time for phone calls with family and friends
  12. Speed up mile jog pace (which means TRAINING, Brynn!)
  13. Spend more time at home in Boston
  14. Buy myself more flowers
  15. Travel to a new city, domestic or international
  16. Strive for my leanest body while maintaining a balanced life
  17. Spend less time on my phone around friends, family, and bae
  18. Try one new Boston restaurant a month
  19. Complete a detox diet (i.e. no added sugar, Whole 30)
  20. Learn a new skill
  21. Do something new at work
  22. Purge my closet of unused shoes and clothes
  23. Finish decorating my apartment
  24. Workout at least twice a week while at client site
  25. Spend more alone / quiet time with bae
  26. Create (and stick to) a general budget
  27. Go to ten historic sites or museums in Boston
  28. Organize my closets
  29. Make a new financial investment
  30. Focus on eating less processed foods
Disney Princess Half Marathon 2019 – Need more amazing, thrilling, difficult events in the future.

We’ll see how far I get, but it’ something to strive toward next year!

Are you hitting a milestone? Even if you’re not, do you have any goals you’re trying to achieve?

XOXO,

Brynn

Strugglin’ In OKC

I’m currently on my fourth travel project nearly 1.5 years after starting in commercial consulting, so this whole “Monday through Thursday living in a hotel and eating at restaurants” thing is not new. You’d think I’d have this travel thing down, right?! Wrong.

Okay, not wrong. I could do worse, believe me. I usually do pretty well. I aim for three workouts during my four travel days, and I try to buy snacks (read: kombucha) at the nearest Whole Foods (Sprouts works too) ((yes, I will drive an extra 15 minutes)). But sometimes, I still struggle.

I normally give myself a few weeks to acclimate to a new client. Though I receive the “you’ve been staffed!” email and immediately head to Google Maps to check out restaurants, fitness studios, and grocery stores nearby – doing all the pre-work ahead of time, it’s actually acting on it that takes some time. And that’s okay! I get that. New place to explore, new team to meet, new great food to eat (yes, even in OKC).

But…I’ve been traveling here for two months. I should have a routine. I’m not bouncing from city to city (on the weekdays). I stay at the same hotel, go to the same Starbucks, head to the same client, and rotate the same nearby lunch places. Every. Single. Week. You’d think I’d be a rock star.

But, the past week and a half have been hard. I’ve been unmotivated to workout, and I’ve struggled with eating healthy. There were external and internal factors working against me. It wasn’t the best few days at work, and I wasn’t feeling great (#monthlyannoyance). When I get moody, I eat worse. When I eat worse, I feel gross. When I feel gross, I get upset (and continue to eat poorly). I complained to my nutritionist. I cried to my boyfriend. I wasn’t myself at work. And I didn’t really workout – the one thing that could give me endorphins (happy people don’t kill their husbands, amirite??). It was all around a disaster in my opinion. Not to be dramatic or anything…

And this week, I worked out once. Today. Wednesday. Mid-week. And I’m okay with it (after freaking out about it yesterday). Because I’m back! Because a few days off is a “drop in the bucket”, according to my #gymspirational gym friend. Because I know how to get back on track, (like dying at Orangetheory and having a smoothie for dinner). Because bettering my health is a journey. There are going to be some road blocks, and I’m going to have to navigate them.

If you “fall off the wagon”, get back on! I promise it’s going to be okay. I have to tell myself this often. And you should too!

XOXO,

Brynn

Navigate (v.)

The word “navigate” has a variety of meanings:

  • to travel over, through, or on (water, air, or land) in a boat, aircraft, etc.
  • to plan and direct the course of a vessel or vehicle
  • to make sequential progress through something

…to name a few. Each of these pertains to my current lifestyle.

  • to travel over, through, or on (water, air, or land) in a boat, aircraft, etc.

Well, this one is obvious. On any given day, I’m on a plane, train, or automobile – literally navigating my way through airports, cities, and countries – whether for business or for leisure.

  • to plan and direct the course of a vessel or vehicle

I am constantly planning (and re-planning) and determining my next course of action. Where do I want to be in five years? How do I want to look? How do I want to feel? I am always working to figure out what I want, and looking for ways to get myself to that point. My to-do lists, planners, Pinterest boards, and podcast / Instagram choices, etc. are ways for me to help plan the next month / year / five years / rest of my life. #controlfreak

  • to make sequential progress through something

I’ve been on a journey to weight loss for 15+ years. I’ve been on a journey to optimal health for the last three or so. The most progress I’ve made physically has happened in the last two. The most progress I’ve made mentally, has been just over one…and it’s the one of which I’m most proud. I’ve come a loooong way from the insecure, self-deprecating, unhealthy girl. I’ve made progress over the course of  this 15+ year journey, and am hoping for more.