I’m turning 30 in a couple weeks. I know that, according to most movies and TV shows I’ve seen, this should fill me with fear, dread, and more than anything, make me feel old. But I’ve got to be honest: I’m pretty stoked to turn 30. Sure, no one likes getting old, and I’ve been mildly freaked out by the appearance of more pernicious wrinkles on my forehead and the corner of my eyes. But overall, I’m excited about this new “phase” of my life. It finally means I can be unashamed to say I don’t love Snapchat, and I still don’t fully understand what it means to “stan” someone.
But seriously, guys. This is gonna be a big year for me.
My 30th year is going to be a year of big change. After years of working and hustling, I’ve officially quit my day job. For about five and a half years, I’ve worked at a major publishing company as an editor. It has been a great half decade. My publishing job taught me so much about myself, editing and writing, publishing, and what I want in a career. It’s all been great stuff, but it was time for a change.
So what am I doing now that I’m leaving the corporate world behind? In short, I’m freelancing full time. Last summer, I quietly started a writing and editing company called Kendall Ashley Creative, and now I’m going to work to build that on a full-time basis. I’ll continue writing for Nerdist, Hypable, and Hello Giggles (as well as any other places who will have me), and I’ll continue freelance editing (hopefully in a larger capacity). But I’m also going to be exploring other realms of writing and editing work that are all quite new, but very exciting.
If you’ve hung around this blog much, you’ll know that I frequently talked about how busy I was. It wasn’t me being dramatic. With a full-time job and several freelance gigs, my schedule was nuts, and it recently became utterly unmanageable. I finally got to a place where I realized I had to pick: full-time, corporate publishing work, or take a risk and bet on myself.
Who knows, maybe in six months I’ll be a mess, begging to return to regular office life. However, I knew I’d never forgive myself if I didn’t try to set out on my own, so here I am. It’ll be scary and it’ll be wonderful. I’ll learn a lot, I’ll grow a lot, and regardless of how long Kendall Ashley Creative is a thing, I believe the risk will be worth it.
Which brings me back to turning 30. This is a milestone that we–women especially–are trained to dread. It’s allegedly the end of our youth, and we’re supposed to settle down and become more boring by the day. I think that’s a load of crap, and I know plenty of others who would echo my sentiments. I view turning 30 as an exciting new adventure, and the start of something wonderful in my life. Yeah, I’m getting older, but I’m settling into myself more easily these days, and I love that.
It also means I get to use this gif A LOT more, which you know I’m stoked about:
In order to capture this unique transition into the unknown, I’m doing something a bit weird on my Instagram. Starting on my birthday, January 28th, I will be taking a photo every day for a year using the hashtag #Kendall30 to capture and remember this weird, beautiful, and exciting time of my life.
This is the year I’m being brave, taking risks, betting on myself, and venturing into the great unknown. You know, all the cliches that mean “I’m doing something exciting and scary!” I hope you’ll follow me on Instagram and Twitter to be a part of the journey. I also hope you’ll tell me the ways you’re taking big risks this year. Let’s do this, blog buds!