Mattieologie: Thirty Mattieologie: Thirty

Mattieologie: Thirty

Mattieologie: Thirty

Mattieologie: Thirty

Mattieologie: Thirty

Mattieologie: Thirty

DRESS: Madewell - old // SHOES: JustFab // SUNNIES: Ray Ban // EARRINGS: Mattieologie

Goodbye 20's. It's been a pleasure. Hello 30's. Charmed, I'm sure.

It's my 30th birthday today! I joke around and say that the 20's were the dumbest decade of my life - which is true. But so much good came from my bad decisions, failed relationships & job firings. If none of those "dumb" things happened, I wouldn't be where I am today. My twenties were awesome: I moved to New York, then to Atlanta, met some of my best friends in the world, won Miss Liberia USA 2009, met the love of my life + got married and became a blogger.

If I was "dumb" and accomplished those things, I'm stoked to see what I'll do in my 30's, now that I'm much more aware of who I am.

A lot of people are scared of 30, but I embrace it and thank God for bringing me this far. As I become a mother for the first time this fall, join forces with Hubs in a couple of business + creative ventures and take the Mattieologie brand to another level at the top of next year, the first year of my 30's is looking pretty bright. I accept the challenges, life lessons and joys it will bring. At 30, I'm realizing that yes, dreams do come true. And most people will not understand and may try to talk you out of those dreams because most people are afraid of heights. Luckily, I'm not most people.

So many lessons learned, so much life experienced. I certainly didn't imagine that I would be here by this age. You know, for some freakish reason at age 20, I thought that I should be a millionaire by now. FYI: I'm not. Very not. But the thing I'm most proud of and thankful for is that I'm HAPPY. I don't long to be anyone else but myself, want anyone else's life but my own and that happiness is honestly the best gift.

Here's to 30: another decade to making my dreams come true.