30 Moments and Achievements from my 30 years

July 4, 2019

Reflecting on 30 years of life

You may or may not have seen that I recently turned 30 years old and I shared a photo of myself with my rose gold 30 balloons on Instagram to celebrate the occasion. My amazing husband surprised me with them for two reasons; one, what better way to celebrate the big 3 0 than with over sized and embarrassingly enormous balloons and two, he thought I would like to pose with them for Instagram. Well he wasn’t wrong!! See exhibit A above!!


Leading up to my birthday this year, I was very anxious about turing 30. I wasn’t sure about my feelings as I kept thinking about my past, the 30 years leading up to my birthday but also I was anxious about the next stage of my life. Reaching 30 to me meant reaching a stage in my life that years ago during my depression I never thought I would see but on the flip side, I had so many hopes and dreams. Of course life doesn’t always follow your plan and I ended up following a very different path to one I thought I was going to take.

These worries got me thinking and I decided to speak out to some close friends and family about my feelings to try and work out why I was feeling so on edge about turing 30.


The past 30 years of my life feel like a whirlwind, I’ve suffered from loss, emotional abuse, depression, anxiety and a broken family, all in more ways than one. It wasn’t until just before I met my now husband nearly 10 years ago that I started to get myself back on track, I had learnt to love myself, I had a great group of girl friends and I found myself more confident about life. I still believe I found a life partner, whom I love, who is my best friend. I learnt to love myself first and then attracted and allowed myself to fall in love with someone else. My husband and I have been through so much, lots of ups but also lots of down and we have made it through the other side. He is the one that keeps me positive and tells me when I need to sort myself out and pushes me in the right direction. I honestly don’t know where I would be without him!

Over the years, I’ve made and lost friends; I’ve been lied to, cheated on and stabbed in the back many times which has resulted in me only now having a handful of close friends whom I trust. I now don’t care about what people say about me or worry that I don’t have a huge group of friends. I am content with the people in my life and I am so grateful for them.

I don’t want to keep blabbing about my life story as I would be here for a long time, so instead I want to stay positive and share 30 Moments and Achievements from my 30 years, remembering some of the happy and positive moments from my life so far.

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30 Moments and Achievements from my 30 years

  1. I bought myself my first car
  2. I graduated University with honours while suffering from severe depression and anxiety
  3. I found a job I loved and worked for one of my favourite skincare brands for 7 years
  4. I’ve had three amazing and memorable girls holidays: Malia, Ayia Napa and a relaxing girls trip to Santorini for my sisters hen do
  5. I’ve lived my little girl dream of visiting Cairo, Egypt and seeing the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx
  6. I’ve been to the most romantic city in the world Paris, France where my now husband proposed under the Eiffel Tower and told me he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me
  7. I’ve seen the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum, Paris
  8. I’m a home owner and live in a place I always dreamed of when I was a little girl
  9. I am married to my best friend
  10. I have two amazing children – one girl and one boy
  11. I’ve seen Lionel Richie Live in concert in Edinburgh Castle – My Husband and I are superfans!
  12. I’ve been on two boat trips abroad where I’ve been snorkelling and on a jet bike
  13. I have 7 body piercings
  14. I’ve visited and relaxed in two natural hot springs, once in Santorini and another in Pammukale, Turkey – my name Pınar means ‘natural spring’
  15. I’ve been a Maid of Honour at my sister’s wedding
  16. I’ve performed in a musical at the Mick Jagger Centre when I was at Theatre school as a child
  17. I’ve travelled across most of Cyprus, my family’s homeland
  18. I took a cake decorating course at night college, twice
  19. I’ve been to watch 4 theatre shows in London, Chicago, Thriller Live, Death of a Salesman and Disney’s Aladdin
  20. I’ve been on the London Eye
  21. I once starred along side my sister in a TV advert in Cyprus promoting a beach hotel
  22. I’ve been to a world famous rave dressed in a painter’s boiler suit which I sprayed in neon spray paint
  23. I’ve been a VIP at a few events/shows
  24. I’ve watched The Spice Girls at Wembley Stadium in VIP – dream come true!
  25. I’ve seen Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga x2, Jess Glynne x2, Usher, Pussycat Dolls, Christina Aguilera, Queen and NeYo in concert
  26. I’ve watched Dara Ó Briain live at the Hammersmith Apollo
  27. I’ve been to DisneyLand Paris, twice
  28. I’ve done a professional photo shoot in London
  29. I’ve been to Fashion Shows at LFW
  30. I’ve driven in a foreign country, many times in Cyprus, including up and down mountains

I have probably forgotten a lot more but these are the ones I can remember in my old age of 30! Looking back on what I have achieved has made me feel better about reaching this milestone in my life and I’m now looking forward to this next chapter of my life, whatever may come I know I have been blessed to achieve all of the above. I’m excited for the future!

What are you grateful for in your achievements?

Pinar xo

3 responses to “30 Moments and Achievements from my 30 years”

  1. Rachel Wuest says:

    Amazing! I love these kinds of posts. You’ve been to so many awesome concerts. I’ve seen Lady Gaga live and she’s absolutely amazing. My achievement highlights at 24 include getting my Master’s degree, living/ traveling abroad quite a bit and getting scuba certified!

    Rachel || http://anotherstationanothermile.com

    • Pinar says:

      Ooh getting scuba certified is on my bucket list as I love snorkelling 🙂 It sounds like you have achieved a lot too xo

  2. Pinar says:

    Chicago would be amazing! Thank you xo

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