I’ve been putting this post off since March 9th (my actual 30th birthday) and I’m not quite sure why, aside from my usual lazy factor. I think it’s probably because I’m pretty much terrifed to think about what 30 actually means to me; but, alas, here we are…and I’m TOTALLY thirty, flirty and thriving. Jane, my best friend since 4th grade, texted me on my birthday and she was asking me how I felt, now that I’m 30. My response? I feel like 30 is the year that you accept yourself for who you really are, and not just who you aspire to be. For me, I feel like it’s finally time for me to embrace the fact that I am a stone-cold weirdo, no pun intended. At this point in my life (after 30 years of living!) I have a solid group of loving friends and family and they actually like me for me, so it’s time that I just say “hey, THIS IS ME, take it or leave it” to everyone that I encounter. I’m so lucky to have all of the friends that I do in Los Angeles, especially considering that I knew about three people when I moved here 3.5 years ago! Here are some of my favorite photos from my birthday celebration at Aventine Hollywood.