Next month (April 9th, to be exact), I’ll say goodbye to my twenties and enter a new decade. To be honest, I’m crazy excited about turning 30. When I moved to New York City at the age of 24, I remember coming in thinking I had my life planned out. I was moving into a posh Upper East Side apartment, I had a fancy dual degree from a London university under my belt, and my music career was going to take off simply because I sacrificed so much to pursue my passion. Adorable, right?
Fast forward five years, and I can say that my life in NYC hasn’t exactly turned out how I thought it would. Looking back, however, the city has also taught me lessons I didn’t even know I needed. Humility, financial struggles, street smarts, and diligence are only a few of the lessons I’ve learned since moving to New York. And even though I still have a long way to go to reach my major goals, I look at turning 30 as a chance to start over and allow new, exciting opportunities and experiences to come into my life.
During my thirties, I hope to…
Achieve financial stability.
Obviously, this is a goal for most people, regardless of age. But one thing I’ve realized is that none of us were put on this planet simply to pay bills and die. Our time here is short, and I have spent the majority of my energy trying to make enough to pay my rent. That’s not good enough for me. Over the coming years, I want to reach a point where my finances are in order, I can fund my passion, and consistently give back to others along the way.
Score my own apartment.
Sadly, some cute studios in my neighborhood cost less than what I’m currently paying to live with a roommate – but they won’t approve my application because “I don’t make enough” or they don’t like my freelance, “slashie” status. Living with a roommate is great, but I can’t see myself in this situation all throughout my thirties; so my goal is to make enough to have my own place.
Eat a sushi burrito.
We’re all allowed at least one goal that isn’t too lofty, right? Pokeworks has made its way to NYC, and I’m dying to try one of its signature sushi burritos. That’s right – an enormous, uncut sushi roll in the size of a normal burrito. I need this in my life.
Record my first music video.
I wouldn’t say my music career has been a stalemate since moving to New York City, as I’ve performed live and recorded a couple of new singles. But I know I need to take it a step further, so recording a music video would be a huge deal for me. Of course, I’m logging hundreds of business and marketing hours behind the scenes, but that’s not as fun to talk about.
Explore outside the city.
The state of New York has so many beautiful places to explore, aside from Manhattan and its outer boroughs. Whether it’s the Hamptons or the Adirondacks, I’d love to get away from the city for a weekend and check out the scenery.
Get my sexy back.
Stress, lack of sleep, and poor daily habits can do a number on how you feel physically and mentally. Pair that with fibromyalgia, and it goes without saying that I haven’t been feeling like my normal self in years. Now that I’m turning 30, I’m determined to get my mojo back and feel as effortlessly vibrant and healthy as I did before I moved to NYC.
Feel like I’m home.
I really don’t know where the next decade will take me. Maybe I’ll be thriving here on the Upper East Side, or maybe I’ll end up back in England. But whether my personal journey keeps me in New York or sends me abroad, I want to be able to say “I’m home” and experience that feeling of belonging. Either way, I know I’ll always want a place to come back to here in Manhattan, as this city has changed me and helped in grow in so many positive ways.
To New York City, I say thank you for the past five years – and here’s to the next decade.