twenty nine

It has a nice ring to it. πŸ˜‰

Once upon a time, I had a pretty solid idea of where I pictured myself at 29:

working in a corporate environment, done having kids by now, and living in one spot for more than a couple of years at a time.

As I begin my 29th year, my life is entirely different than the one I’d pictured, but a thousand times better than I could have imagined.

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I’m a different person than I was when I started the blog five years ago (thank goodness, haha) and have changed dramatically since the beginning of college. Of course, there are always ways I’m looking to improve and develop (personally and professionally), but once thing I’ve noticed is my shift of confidence over the years. I finally believe in myself and my abilities, and am no longer the person doubting myself along the way. In college, I had some huge goals I wanted to achieve, but instead of crafting a plan, I intimidated myself from even getting started.

I don’t feel afraid anymore.

Being a military wife gave me the kick in the pants that I needed to just go after things, because I never know how much time I’ll have in a certain spot. If i want to do something, I don’t have time to doubt myself. 

I still have a long way to go, and lots of goals on that before 30 bucket list, but I’m thankful for all of the lessons and beautiful memories. I just wish I could have told my younger (worrywart) self that everything really is going to be ok. 

Cheers to 29!

Or.. the first of many 29th birthdays.

xoxo

Gina

Pssst. Slacker here finally updated my fitness and friends pages! The recipe page is next on the list. If you have any ideas for how to make them easy to navigate, please let me know. xo

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180 Comments

  1. Lindsey on November 12, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Happy happy birthday!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 10:49 am

      thanks, lindsey! xoxo

  2. Jackie on November 12, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Happiest of birthdays to you!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 10:49 am

      thank you!

  3. Beverly Aragon on November 12, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Happy Birthday, Gina!!! Enjoy the gifts of this beautiful season in life πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 10:49 am

      thank you, beverly! xo

  4. Karla @ Finding My Fit on November 12, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Happy Birthday!! 29 is the year I insist I will stop again. I’m still only 23 but terrified of getting older. All I want is to get married, start a family & find a job I actually enjoy. Manageable in 6 years πŸ˜‰

    Enjoy this day!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 10:49 am

      i used to be scared of getting older, but it’s really not so bad πŸ˜‰ you can give advice and feel like you have more street cred haha
      thank you for the bday wish!
      xo

    • LJ on November 12, 2013 at 11:08 am

      Older is actually nice in many ways. For instance, when you get older people start respecting you naturally without always having to fight hard to earn it. When I got over the fear of becoming old I have learned to enjoy every age and stage of my life.

      Especially with a family there are a load of those bittersweet moments that just happen naturally: first words, learning to walk, going to school, first music/dance/etc performance, and finally the most bittersweet of them all: your kid leaving to go to college. (And now you know that I really do speak from experience here with all of my 45 years, haha)

      • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 11:24 am

        from what i can tell, it just keeps getting better. πŸ™‚
        xoxo

  5. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on November 12, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Happy Birthday! I celebrated my second 29th birthday this year πŸ˜‰

    Have a great day!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 10:48 am

      heh heh πŸ™‚
      xoxo

  6. Jenna on November 12, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Happy Birthday, Gina!!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 10:48 am

      thank you! πŸ™‚

  7. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on November 12, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Happy Birthday!!! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 10:48 am

      thanks, friend! xo

  8. Lindsay @ Typically Late on November 12, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Happy, happy birthday, Gina! Have a fantastic day!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 10:48 am

      thank you!

  9. JennP on November 12, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Happy Birthday! I’m 29 too, but the big 3-0 is just 3 months away – yikes! My husband is 3 years older than me, so I like to think that he can “break in” each new decade for us and ease the transition for me. Haha πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 10:48 am

      hahah, that’s what i say to tom too πŸ™‚

  10. Ashley N. on November 12, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Happy Birthday!! πŸ™‚ Hope you have a wonderful day celebrating YOU! Thanks for sharing your life with all of us, it’s a joy to read!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 11:04 am

      thank you so much for reading! have you all here is what makes this site so awesome πŸ™‚

  11. CourtStar @ StarSystemz on November 12, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Happy Birthday Gina! <33

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 11:04 am

      thank you!

  12. Ryane on November 12, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Happy happy birthday!!!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 11:04 am

      thanks, ryane! πŸ™‚

  13. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat on November 12, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Yay! Happy Birthday!!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 11:04 am

      thank you, holly!

  14. april on November 12, 2013 at 10:58 am

    happy birthday, gina! i hope your 29th year is amazing! <3

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 11:04 am

      thanks, april! have a great day <3

  15. Lisa on November 12, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Happy birthday Gina! Hope it’s an amazing one!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 11:04 am

      thank you, lisa!

  16. LJ on November 12, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Happy birthday Gina! You are doing an awesome job at this site. I am thankful for the effort you put into the workouts. Judging by the posts you are an amazing mom, too. I could never have guessed you have ever felt anything but a strong, confident woman.

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 11:04 am

      thank you so much, LJ <3

  17. Lani on November 12, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Happy bday! My bday is tomorrow but I am quite a bit older than you and I think it’s cool we are Scorpio sisters. πŸ˜‰ have a great day!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 11:05 am

      scorpios >

      happy early birthday to you!! xo

  18. Danielle Diede on November 12, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Happy Birthday! I love your website and you have helped to inspire me to go after me goals that I have always intimidated myself out of doing. I am starting to actually reach them now, so thank you for the inspiration! Enjoy yourself!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 11:24 am

      go after them! πŸ™‚
      thank you and thanks for reading! xo

  19. Heather @fitncookies on November 12, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Happy Birthday!! I always love reading your posts and keeping up with what you are doing. I think your confidence is evident and is given off through your posts. I always feel great after reading!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 11:24 am

      thank you! xoxo

  20. Lisa on November 12, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Happy Birthday!! I too turn 29 in January, and it’s really lovely and refreshing to hear someone else say that they’re actually totally happy with turning 29- something which some of my younger friends find hard to believe πŸ™‚ You’re right, it has a great ring to it- an age where you’re wise from experience but young enough to benefit from it! Have a great day, you deserve it!x

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 11:25 am

      thank you, lisa! xo

  21. Whitney @ Little bit of everything on November 12, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Happy Birthday! PS my 30s have been my favorite πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 11:25 am

      good to know! πŸ™‚
      xo

  22. Lindsay on November 12, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Happy birthday Gina! My 29th is on the 19th, and I can totally relate to what you said. It’s like closing a chapter on an anxiety-filled part of life. haha

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      amen to that!

  23. Andrea B. on November 12, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Happy Birthday Gina! Wishing you a day filled with the people & things you love the most!!!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      it was- thank you!

  24. Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite on November 12, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Happy birthday, beautiful! And thank you for talking about how you used to be a big worry wart about your future because I am in that boat right now- but reading about your increased confidence gives me lots of hope that I will turn out a-okay just like you. I wish you the best birthday yet!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      it totally will be ok. thank you for the bday wish!

  25. Kailey on November 12, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Happy Birthday, Gina!!! Enjoy it!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      thanks, kailey!

  26. Jennifer on November 12, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Happy Birthday, Gina!! Here’s to the best year yet – it only gets better! Spoil yourself πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      thank you!

  27. Cady on November 12, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Happy Birthday, Gina! I love reading your blog-it’s probably my favorite one that I follow-and love your example as someone who is committed to their health and fitness but realize that its not the only thing that matters in life. My goal in life lately has been “balance” and you are a great example to me of that! Enjoy your day!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      thank you, cady!

  28. Kristen on November 12, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Happy Birthday Gina!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      thank you!

  29. Kim @ BusyBod on November 12, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Happy birthday Gina! I totally agree that the shift in confidence is amazing. Sometimes I wonder what I could have done if I was as comfortable with who I am a few years ago as I am now. Thanks for being such an inspiration and here’s to many more birthdays πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      amen to that! thank you πŸ™‚

  30. Kristen on November 12, 2013 at 11:42 am

    I just turned 29 last week! I’m actually feeling really good about being 30ish. I had my age meltdown at 25. I have no idea why but that was a rough birthday for me. I think it was because I “thought” I had so much to get done before 30, which is ridiculous. Why should I have to have everything accomplished by 30?! I plan on continuing to grow and live life to the fullest no matter what age I am…so now I’m much more relaxed about the whole getting older thing.

    Happy Birthday!!! It’s going to be a great year!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      happy belated birthday to you!
      i had the same kind of meltdown. love your thoughts and philosophy on things <3
      xoxo

  31. Allison on November 12, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Happy Birthday Gina! I hope you have a terrific day celebrating and a wonderful year ahead.

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      thanks, allison!

  32. Sonia the Mexigarian on November 12, 2013 at 11:52 am

    happy birthday!! funny how much me learn and grow as a person as we get older. I am still holding myself a bit, and I realize that, but I think my 30s is my time to shine πŸ™‚ hope you have an amazing last year in your 20s πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      thank you!! πŸ™‚

  33. Kristin on November 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Happy Birthday Gina!!! I love reading your blog and you are so inspiring. As someone who will turn 29 next August, I am not where I imagined I would be at this age either. While I still struggle to accept that at time, I am beginning to feel more at peace that I cannot control everything and that it is all happening for a reason (even though I may not know yet what that reason is). Best wishes for a wonderful day and 29th year!!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      thank you, kristin!

  34. Jaimie on November 12, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Happy, happy Birthday!!!! Hope your 29th year is fabulous! On a side note- I received Soli Beat last week and LOVE IT!!!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      yay, i’m so happy you love it!

  35. Leanne on November 12, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Happy birthday!! I think you’re in a pretty darn good spot for 29! I always thought I’d have a few kids by the time I was 30…I just turned 28 and the “oven” is barely pre-heated, haha. So interesting to see how things actually play out.

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      it’s fun to see how things have a way of working out πŸ™‚
      xo

  36. Stephanie B. on November 12, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Happy happy birthday, Gina!!! I’m really glad that you have so many great things to celebrate – your beautiful family and your many professional accomplishments, to name a couple. Have a wonderful day; you deserve it! (PS Got my copy of Soli Beat a couple of days ago – I was pretty much stuck in bed with a cold for a couple days, but I’m finally feeling better and can’t wait to try it out!!)

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      thank you! i hope you love soli beat, too!

  37. Holly on November 12, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Happy happy happy birthday to one of the kindest people in the world! Enjoy your day & enjoy lots of love from you sweet little Olivia <3

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      thank you, holly! she makes everything so much more fun

  38. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on November 12, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    happy birthday, my beautiful friend who speaks such beautiful words πŸ˜€ i am so proud of you and all that you do and so blessed to call you a friend of mine! maybe i can meet you before you turn 30 πŸ˜‰ haha add that to your list LOL πŸ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      i’m definitely putting it on the list! xo

  39. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries on November 12, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    You’re amazing, Gina! Hope it’s an extra special day for you! Happy Birthday! xoxo

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      thank you, ashley, and thanks for reading!

  40. Dominique @ That's What Domi Said on November 12, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Happy birthday! I’ve been reading (not always commenting haha…I’m a shy one sometimes) for a couple years now, and it’s clear that you’ve grown so much professionally and personally. There are a lot of people who are inspired by you. πŸ™‚ Keep rockin’ it out girl! xo

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      thank you, dominique! that means so much to me <3

  41. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on November 12, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Happy Birthday!! This post really hit home because I’ve been so scared to start many things I’ve wanted to do! Maybe this was just what I needed to kick my butt into gear and make things happen!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      don’t be afraid.. go after it πŸ™‚
      xo

  42. Kaylee on November 12, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Happy birthday Gina!! I hope you have a wonderful year ahead πŸ™‚

    I have spent the last month doubting myself, so what a timely and inspiring message. I’ll try to remember that one x

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      if you believe in yourself, you’ll make it happen! πŸ™‚ xo

  43. Lauren W. on November 12, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Happy Birthday Gina!!! Hope you have a fab day celebrating, and a wonderful 29th year!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      <3!

  44. Ashley on November 12, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      thank you!

  45. Amanda Perry @ Sistas of Strength on November 12, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Happy Birthday and what a great post and place to be in life. πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      thank you, amanda!

  46. Molly@This Life Is Sparkling on November 12, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful birthday Gina<3

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      thank you, molly!

  47. Lisa on November 12, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Happy Birthday Gina! Wishing you a great day πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      thanks, lisa!

  48. Tracy on November 12, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Happy Birthday, Gina!! Hope you have a blessed day full of all you love!

    What a great date for a birthday…11.12.13 πŸ™‚ It’s destined to be fabulous!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      thank you, tracy! <3 xo

  49. Valerie on November 12, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Happy Birthday! You are an inspiration! Love reading your blog πŸ™‚ Hope you have a wonderful birthday!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      thank you, valerie!

  50. Maria @ The Good Life on November 12, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Feliz CumpleaΓ±os! By the way I saw your name on a list at Greatist.com as one of 50 bloggers making a difference! I was so happy to see you as part of the list! Keep up the great work!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      thank you so much, maria! i was so thrilled and honored to be included πŸ™‚

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