Gonna Be A VERY Dirty Thirty

A week ago I had a big birthday: The big 3-0!


I wasn’t dreading the day or anything. It came upon me like any other Sunday and I had a few things I wanted to do, but nothing major.

Because I’ve embraced this day. And getting older in general.

It’s a bit weird, the value we put in living but the way we look at aging.


But I’ve decided that 30 will be my healthiest year yet. And, ironically, dirtiest year. And I’m very excited about it.


My dirty race schedule for this season includes Tough Mudders in at least three different states, an over-night Toughest in Michigan, and World’s Toughest in November. There’s also the potential for maybe another race or two, depending on how I’m feeling.

There are also several mud-free ones that I’m looking forward too.

That being said, I want to be transparent.

There are times when I struggle. I know that a fair amount of people in my life have mentioned how my motivation inspires them. And I’m excited about that, because it says to me that I’m doing something right.


At the same time, I don’t want people to be disillusioned that I’m some working out, eating healthy machine. I like sweets a little too much. Caramel Macchiatos are my vice and I could drink 3 a day. Some days I don’t go to the gym.

BUT even with all that being said: I work to have a balance. I don’t want to work out so much that I start to hate it, so I’ll take a day of here and there. I don’t want to eat salads for every meal, so I find recipes that are healthy and flavorful. And I buy myself a Caramel Macchiato occasionally, trading switching out the dairy for soy and making the syrup sugar-fee.

Credit: A HUGE shout out to two of the best roommates/friends/photographers I know: Toshe and Dru. What started as me asking for a picture of myself with my birthday cake became a bit of a photo shoot. If you’re looking for a photographer in the Atlanta area, I HIGHLY recommend checking them out. Together they are 1Fourteen Media and their website is here.


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