Now I am 30.
My twenties have now officially come and gone and I’ve entered the realm of 30. Honestly? I couldn’t be happier about it. Sure, it’d be nice to be turning 20 now instead of when I did, growing up savvier and with so many more information and opportunities at my disposal.
But I’m not, and wishing for it is just encroaching more on my thirties, so why bother.
As I previously wrote, I’ve navigated the emotional minefield of twenty-something and come out the other side in a different shape to when I went in. Not only in terms of where my life is at but, y’know, literally- what with my body going all funhouse mirror and expanding by the day. I can say hand on heart that I’m glad to leave them behind, but I’ve got other things to be concerning myself with now.
For one thing, my birthday signals not only the beginning of my thirties but of advent (although the thirties thing is only this year, the advent thing is pretty regular). Even when I was wee, I was never sad when my birthday was over because the advent calendars went up and- if we pestered them enough- my mum and dad would get the tree down out the loft.
Yup- it’s officially CHRISTMAS TIME.
Last December sucked majorly because, well, working in hospitality meant I was barely a part of the festivities. This year, though, I’m actually going to get to enjoy it. I finish work in eight days, and even at that it’s not exactly the most physically strenuous job. I still have my evenings and weekends free for indulging in festive cheer and I’m determined to make the most of it.
With that being said I also felt I should push for a new creative challenge as well- enter blogmas. For the uninitiated it’s basically a festive-themed blog every day in the lead up to Christmas Day. An advent calendar of blog posts, if you will (to run alongside my own advent calendar, in a delicious twist).
I tried blogging every day in September but it just didn’t work. Round about that time, I finished up one job and started a new one with a mere day’s lying time, took on more than my usual voluntary shifts, edited a video, squeezed in antenatal appointments and tried to fit in a life, too. It didn’t help that my way of going about it was to write a post every day rather than in advance.
Not this time, though! I used a sick day to compile a list of blogmas ideas and I’ve been whittling through the list ever since. Expect festive nostalgia, lists aplenty, Christmas traditions, seasonal guidance, movie chat, jumpers, music, decorations and probably some more movie chat.
It’s a writing plan so watertight, not even imminent parenthood could throw it off course. Maybe. Let’s see how we go.
Merry blogmas, everyone!