30, You Were Epic

East Coast Mermaid at the Blue Lagoon

Tomorrow is my 31st birthday.

Goodbye thirty. Hello “I’m in my thirties.” 

It seems like just yesterday, I sat down to put together one of my favorite traditions on the blog – the annual birthday look back post. It originated as 28 Reasons 28 Rocked, followed by 29 Reasons 29 Ended the Decade with a Bang!

This year it’s simply 30 – You Were Epic. 

Turning 30 was probably one of the most emotional but empowering milestones of my life. Thirteen, sixteen, nineteen – these were fun and cool birthday milestones, but there’s just something about being a woman and turning 30. Many dread it, many are terrified of it – I was guilty of this. But then I started to embrace it.

You know what I learned? Thirty is what you make it.

And I made sure it was magical. 

Without a doubt in my mind, thirty was the best year of my life.

And in no particular order (except for maybe #1) here’s why.

30. I travelled to Europe for the first time. Alone.

photo 3It was the greatest adventure of my life.

29. I finally learned how to run. Thirty years later.

photo-2And I’ve never felt stronger.

28. I had my passport stamped in Iceland.

IMG_2467It’s magical.

27. I spent a weekend on a lake at a lakehouse. Several times.

photo#docklife (thanks to H&P for this opportunity! xo)

26. I lived the West Coast life for a week.

photo 1 West Coast, Best Coast.

25. I made three provinces in three days happen with my favorite ladies.

photo 1 There were a lot of starbucks selfies.

24. I survived the Capilano Suspension Bridge.

photo 2 It was terrifying.

 23. I visited Old Quebec City and Montreal for the first time.

photo 1 The streets were like fairy tales.

22. I experienced my own midnight in Paris magic.

photo 2 One should never go to sleep before midnight in Paris.

21. I bathed in the Blue Lagoons in Iceland.

photo 2 Do your skin a favor: visit the Blue Lagoon in your lifetime.

20. I got colourful when I ran my first race in Run or Dye.

photo 4 I ran another 5K race four months later.

19. I drank champagne at the top of the Eiffel Tower.

photo 2Pop, Clink, Fizz.

18.  I went to Prince Edward Island – five times in one summer.

photo 1 It’s a great place to get my nautical on.

17. I ate macarons and walked the gardens of Palais Versailles.

photo 3 Marie Antoinette approved.

16. I recreated the perfect #EastCoast Kiel James Patrick seafood feast with the girls.

photo 5 Yeah – you want to be friends with us.

15. I climbed 387 steps to the top of the Notre-Dame Cathedral’s South Tower.

photo 2 It was worth all 387 steps.

14. I talked books with Anne of Green Gables.

photo 4 This is a book nerd’s dream.

13. I chilled outside Christian Grey’s office.

photo 5 He was not there. Sad face.

12. I read underneath the Eiffel Tower.

IMG_2231 It was a dream come true.

11. I lost 25+ pounds (thank you running).

10372044_10100400199963809_3286195035131708634_n And I feel amazing.

10. I read some amazing books in some amazing locations.

photo 1 Plane rides, cafes, beaches, park benches.

9. I went on my first business trip: Toronto!

1948007_10100336229556019_1240200485_n We kicked ass, we took names.

8. I shopped on the Champs-Élysées.

photo 5 Paris Tiffany’s is the most wonderful place.

7. I became Marie Antoinette for one night.

photo 2 Not gonna lie. I miss the pink hair.

6. I ate macarons at the original Laduree.

photo 3 Much like Tiffany’s, it’s magical too.

5. I was front row at The Killers concert.

photo 1 Brandon Flowers – I see you.

4. I found Walter White.

photo 4 haters gonna hate

3. I danced the night away in Gastown.

photo 3 We will never forget JD and one night in Gastown

2. I received the ultimate gift for any Fifty Shades of Grey fan.

photo 3 laters baby (and thank you thank you thank you Kate xo)

1. I fell absolutely in love with a city and a way of life.

  photo 5Paris je t’aime

Thirty – you were amazing, you were life changing, you were the best year of my life.

Thirty-one? Let’s 1up thirty, shall we? 



  • Colleen
    January 21, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    You conquered 30 like no other! (As I sit and mentally reflect on my year as well) it makes me insanely happy to have been even a small part of it. I can’t wait to see what 31 brings! Happy (a few hours early) Birthday my dear!

    • crystalrichard
      January 21, 2015 at 11:14 pm

      You may have only been here for a few days but you were there all 365 days of 30. And for that – I love you and our crazy nautical, KJP obsessed friendship. xo

  • Jess
    January 21, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Seeing you celebrate your 30th convinced me that I’ll be ok this year ;)
    What an awesome year you’ve got! Bring it on, 31: I’m sure it’s going to be an epic year for you :)

    • crystalrichard
      January 21, 2015 at 11:15 pm

      30 will be amazing – I promise ;) Someone as wonderful as you deserves nothing less.

  • Kasey
    January 22, 2015 at 1:40 am

    I feel like I’m doing a pretty good job at life until I read your epic posts and they do 2 things: inspire me to try even more new things & blog! One may take longer to get to than the other. Happy Birthday dude; so glad we “met” and I wish you all the happiness in the world!

    • crystalrichard
      January 22, 2015 at 9:01 am

      I love this new inspiration! I can’t wait to follow your adventures! xo

  • Alison Doherty
    January 22, 2015 at 11:06 am

    What an epic year. So fun and inspirational to read about it!


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