This was two weeks ago. I am more mature now.

This Is 30

Date: May 6, 2015 at 9:23 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 45

There are a few times each year that I take pause and think, “Ahhhh, a new beginning!”

SELENA GOMEZ, WHEN IS YOUR BIRTHDAY?! We have to give you one!

SELENA GOMEZ, WHEN IS YOUR BIRTHDAY?! We have to give you one!

There’s New Year’s, of course, and although I’ve abandoned making New Year’s Resolutions, I still like to do a bit of reflecting.

Then there’s fall, which — no matter how old or far removed I get — will always remind me of “back to school” and that sense of exciting challenges and possibility. And also clean notebooks, new outfits, and sweet haircuts.

But there’s also spring.

SPRING. Dancing + jazz hands + tank tops = spring.

SPRING. Dancing + jazz hands + tank tops = spring.

Spring is the happy time. The snow is melted, the cold is gone, and people are a whole lot nicer. We’re thawed out. In New York that means you’ll only get your feet run over by a double stroller on the Upper East Side six times during the morning commute instead of eight!

...and for my birthday, Brian took me to the zoo and bought me two stuffed giraffes named Celine and Dion. Because age is just a number?

.Brian took me to the zoo and bought me two stuffed giraffes named Celine and Dion.

Here in Manhattan, spring is in full bloom. (If you missed the cherry blossoms in D.C., head on over to Central Park ASAP, where the flowers are so spectacular that my throat has completely closed up and I haven’t been able to breathe for a week! Don’t care. Worth it.)

Uh, yes please...

Uh, yes please…

And while spring on its own brings more positive attitudes and blasts of “it’s almost summer” enthusiasm, it also coincides with another new beginning: my birthday!

Thanks, #paulleak, for rubbing frosting on my face at 7 AM. Loved it.

Thanks, #paulleak, for rubbing frosting on my face at 7 AM. Loved it.

I turn 30 today.

And Tyler turns three tomorrow!

And Tyler turns three tomorrow!

There were a few times over the past year that I thought, “Holy shit, I’m turning 30???” and freaked out for half a second. But I’ve never been one to harp on age or freak out about entering a new decade. I’m equal parts happy with how the past 10 played out and psyched for what’s in store for the next 10.

This looks like a good place to get married.

This looks like a good place to get married.

We had a great time, twenties. My god, we had such fun.

My 24th birthday. Literally zero cares in the entire world. And a Coach wristlet attached to my body at all times.

My 24th birthday. Literally zero cares in the entire world. And a Coach wristlet attached to my body at all times.

We were captain of the Quinnipiac University Kickline team and won the Scholastic Kickline Championship.

The best roommates and my greatest fans.

The best roommates and my greatest fans.

We graduated from college. We got our first “real job” as web editor of Dance Spirit — and hustled until we were editor in chief. We made tough career decisions, like deciding to leave Dance Spirit after seven wonderful and rewarding years…

At a cover shoot with one of the nicest dancers in the industry, Melanie Moore. (Go see her on Broadway in Finding Neverland!)

At a cover shoot with one of the nicest dancers in the industry, Melanie Moore. (Go see her on Broadway in Finding Neverland!)

…and easier but equally monumental career decisions, like choosing to leave JackRabbit after eight sometimes wonderful but not as rewarding months to pursue a full-time (and wildly exciting and scary and fulfilling and scary) freelance writing and editing adventure. We lived in two dorms, two houses, and five different New York City apartments.

We started running.

The first group of people who took me in and made me feel like a "real runner." Forever grateful for all the miles I spent with this crew on the Bridle Path.

The first group of people who took me in and made me feel like a “real runner.” Forever grateful for all the miles I spent with this crew on the Bridle Path.

We started running half-marathons.

Post-Las Vegas Half with my girl Al Fel (just like me!).

Post-Las Vegas Half with my girl Al Fel (just like me!).

We started running marathons.

OH SNAP. 26.2 with a kiss at the finish? That's my kind of race.

OH SNAP. 26.2 with a kiss at the finish? That’s my kind of race.

We were sick. A lot. But we survived and got so much stronger.

Sick in the body, sick in the head.

Sick in the body, sick in the head.

We went to something like 146 weddings.

(And I was sick for MOST of them. Ouch.)

(And I was sick for MOST of them. Ouch.)

We got a sister-in-law…

Michaela, are you SURE you want to be a Feller? (SO GLAD YOU ARE MY SISTER LOVE YOU AND ALSO THANK YOU FOR TYLER AND ABBY.)

Michaela, are you SURE you want to be a Feller? (SO GLAD YOU ARE MY SISTER LOVE YOU AND ALSO THANK YOU FOR TYLER AND ABBY.)

…a nephew…

"Auntie Ali, can I give you Elsa hair?!"

“Auntie Ali, can I give you Elsa hair?!”

…and a niece.

LOOK AT THAT FUZZY HEAD OF HAIR!!!

LOOK AT THAT FUZZY HEAD OF HAIR!!!

We made so many lifelong, game-changing friends. We fell in love, broke some hearts, had our hearts broken, and eventually met the best dude.

BRIAN, WHEN I TURN 30 I WILL BE RESPONSIBLE ENOUGH FOR A PUPPY PROBABLY. PLEEEEASE.

BRIAN, WHEN I TURN 30 I WILL BE RESPONSIBLE ENOUGH FOR A PUPPY PROBABLY. PLEEEEASE.

So far, I’m digging being 30. I woke up to flowers from Brian, and was out the door by 5:10 AM for November Project.

OMG FELLER, CALM DOWN, YOU'RE BEING SCARY.

OMG FELLER, CALM DOWN, YOU’RE BEING SCARY.

My friend Steve wrote on my Facebook wall yesterday saying, “Tomorrow’s your birthday!!!” And my response was, “On birthdays, we wear pink!” I was kind of kidding. But then everyone actually wore pink. It was amazing and beautiful and so coordinated. The power of Facebook, I tell ya.

The birthday girls! All four of us share May 6! I'm the oldest. Like, by far...

The birthday girls! All four of us share May 6! I’m the oldest. Like, by far…

My NP friends spoiled me good and rotten with hats, hugs, cupcakes, flowers, a gift bag (including a selfie stick!!!), a phone call from West Coast Lucy (which meant she had to wake up at 3:19 AM to be FaceTimed in), and a whole lot of love.

Look at Lucy on the FaceTime!!! So awesome. Miss that girl so dang much.

Look at Lucy on the FaceTime!!! So awesome. Miss that girl so dang much.

If you give a girl a selfie stick...

If you give a girl a selfie stick…

The twenties were fun as hell.

This was two weeks ago. I am more mature now.

This was two weeks ago. I am more mature now.

But the thirties? Everyone says that’s where life really begins.

Someone wrote this on the sidewalk on the Upper East Side last week. WAS IT YOU?

Someone wrote this on the sidewalk on the Upper East Side last week. WAS IT YOU?

That in your thirties, it all gets really good.

REALLY GOOD. With sprinkles on top.

REALLY GOOD. With sprinkles on top.

So let’s do that.

LET'S DO THAT.

LET’S DO THAT.

Let’s get really good.

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