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30th birthday looms on the horizon of 2004

I think 2004 is going to be a good year.

I mean apart from the fact that the Leafs are definitely winning the cup this year, I think 2004 is going to be a good year on a much more personal level.

I’m turning 30 years old in 2004 and so surely with all those years under my belt I will have finally figured things out. Doesn’t that just come naturally with the mileage?

So that means in the next 10 months I’ll have finally figured out how to host a dinner party for eight without breaking into hives in the hours before the guests arrive. I will have figured out how to juggle work and a social life at the same time. I will be able to wax eloquent about any topic that is thrown my way. I will be able to accept a compliment graciously. I will NOT have temper tantrums when I fall in deep powder. There are a host of things that I will finally figure out in the next 10 months.

Why? Because I’ll be 30 years old this year. I’ll be poised, confident and all grown up. Won’t I?

It would seem I’ve got a lot of work to do by October.

The tricky part about the whole turning 30 thing is that I just don’t feel like I’m on the brink of my 30 th birthday. Most of the time I feel like the same person I was at 21. Sometimes I even feel like a grumpy, irritable and irrational 14-year-old. Sometimes I even act like that 14-year-old.

But with a few refinements I think I could happily embrace my thirties without a second glance back at my twenties. Like I said, I’ve just got 10 months to do it.

So my New Year’s resolution for 2004 is to prep for my 30 th birthday. The transformation begins now.

As a sloppy 29-year-old on the verge of this metamorphosis here are a few basic principles that I must apply in 2004 if I am to become the poised and confident and grown up 30-year-old woman that I am destined to become in October.

• Expand my wardrobe beyond fleece, jeans and hoodies.

So I have a little leeway in this category because I live in Whistler and here you don’t have to dress up to go anywhere. You can get by in most social events with the requisite fleece and jeans and sometimes snow pants and hot chillies can pass as evening attire. But when you go to the city you realize that there’s a whole other world of fashion that’s passing us by in the mountains, and by "us" I mean me. So, I’ve decided to keep the fleece and the hoodies but also look beyond comfort clothes. Every 30-year-old woman should have a pair of dress pants and a blouse whether she lives in Whistler or not. I can wear them to my power meetings, which I will surely be having in my thirties.


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