Two weeks ago, I celebrated my birthday with a few groups of people that I love. It was the 30th birthday, just in case you are wondering. Whoever searched on Google "Crystal Phuong age" a couple of days ago, you have your answer *smile*. (I check my Google Analytic everyday, and I'm amazed at what people are searching on the internet, every time).
Anyway, I've officially joined the Club 30!
I used to be scared of thinking about number 30, realizing that I've gone through one third of a human's life, and knowing I haven't achieved as much as I wanted to. Women at the age of 30 are deemed old, by default, in my country, and I grew up with that thinking in my head for 20 good years. I should have at least 2 kids by the time I was 30, like many other women in Vietnam. Living abroad for a long time gives me the opportunity to look at things from very different perspectives.
I think and strongly believe that Women at the age of 30 are not old. In fact, I've never felt so young, so energetic, so excited about everything. I've gone through enough pains to realize the value of happiness. Every moment that I'm upset, I'll lose a second of happiness. I've learned many lessons from my mistakes and gained many experiences from my failures. I do things with purpose, plan the future accordingly, and improve myself every single day. When I was 20, my mood often changed like the Fall weather: chilling in the morning, hot in the afternoon, and cold in the evening. I struggled to find out about who I am, and who I want to be. Right now, at 30 years old, I have all the answers I need (pretty much). I don't feel upset for no reason, and be happy all of sudden. Everything happens for a reason.
I love with all my heart, but never forget to bring my brain with me when it comes to relationships. I'm responsible for myself and for others. All of that makes me appreciate the number 30 even more. It gives me the strength, the knowledge, and the experience to conquer the world.
On another note, I'd like to dedicate this blog post to my friends, my sisters, and you, who always think that you are old at the age of 30. You are not. I received this sweet little message from a birthday card: "Remember, it's not how old you are, but how young you feel. Age is just a number". Now, I'm sharing it with you!
Happy fabulous 30!
Some photos from my birthday celebrations 2 weeks ago. I had not only one, but 4 celebrations in total. First celebration was with my best team.
Sandwiched in between Jazz and Charlene.
Mitch (left) and Arthur.
Arthur & Sueyi.
and Hong- the best manager I've ever had. Can't imagine how my life would be without him. I love this guy so much, and he is not even my boyfriend. Strange!
With Kuan Yin
Delicious Japanese lunch with my good friend @donrichmond, who never fails to bring me to nice places to eat. But then, he always makes me laugh so hard that I can't eat anything. #notcomplaining
Fourth celebration was the most romantic and mysterious dinner, I've ever had. Everything was kept as a secret until the last minute, including the birthday gift. I wasn't worried as I knew Mr. Right would never disappoint me. I was right. It was the lovely candle light dinner (just how I like it) with delicious food, nice ambience, and perfect company. How about the birthday gift? It's the most thoughtful gift that I've ever received. A 3D version of myself in Crystal frame that glows in the dark. It's insanely beautiful, truly one of a kind and totally Crystal.
Thank you so much everyone for the birthday messages, your love and support! You have no idea how much they mean to me.
Have you passed your 30th birthday yet? How did or do you feel about turning30?
H &M Ankle strap sandals (old)- Currently obsessed with this one
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