>> 18 September 2016
My thirtieth birthday came and went this summer. It was special for lots of reasons; I was in New York with much-loved friends and family, I had walking pneumonia, and I decided to prioritize myself more over the next decade. I feel like most of my 20s was spent sorting through the strangeness of life, picking up skills and opinions here and there, and patching these bits and pieces together into the person I wanted to be. I think this was pretty successful, so now I'm shifting gears a little bit and focusing on self-advocacy.
At first, this meant saying "no" more often. Not spending time with people I don't like. Not doing things I don't like to do out of some misguided philanthropy. Not letting people get away with talking down to me.
But it has also meant sticking up for myself more, forgiving myself, and being less of a maniac about everything. It has meant exercising more often, eating better, getting rid of things, letting things go, embracing my flaws, and asking for help more often. So far I like where this is going!