Come the beginning of next week I will be at the ripe old age 37. I no longer care about how old I am, when asked I usually think I am a little older. I like being in my 30s, I am more mature, I have experience, I have a thicker skin, I take less crap from people and I laugh a lot but not as much as I used to!
I have had a lot of great experiences in my life, travel, marriage, kids. I have also experienced hard times, being in an accident, loosing my dogs, selling my horse, selling my house. But I have come to realise that no matter what trials are set upon me as a family we pull through.
A fancy car, a large house will not make me any happier but my family will always be there and we must stick together no matter what. Craving the latest iPhone, Jimmy Choos, designer clothes, the high lasts for a day or two until you crave more. Don't get me wrong I love to buy fancy things. Happiness is more than a purchase it is having close friends, a loving family, spending time with great people, sharing, caring. Going into debt is scary and can be detrimental. Don't go into debt for things you want.
I can also attest from my own experience there is no right time to have children, you can plan away but everything changes once you have them. So if you are holding out because you want the career, the lifestyle etc, don't. Depending on your mentality you may find that once you have kids a career no longer is a priority. For some nothing will get in the way of their success. For me my kids need someone at home when they need it, both my husband and I share that responsibility.
As it happened my career started once I had children. I increased my salary by 15k by starting a new job. Motherhood can be empowering.
I have a lot to look forward to and I still have a lot to learn. Come what may I can make things happen. Turning 37 is just the start of 2013.