Random Thoughts on my 30th

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 18, 2013


Turning 30 shouldn’t feel depressing. After all, I’m entering my 31st year. If there was a time to be depressed it was last year. Don’t get mad at me 29 year olds, I’m only joking. Plus, as my stepdad duly notes, you have two options in life – get older or kick the bucket. Putting it that way, aging isn’t so bad at all. Shouldn’t we instead focus on how amazing it is that we are still living after all these years? That’s a lot of heartbeats!

I planned on writing one of those 20 things I learned in my 20’s posts, but I got to the third lesson and quit. It was like pulling teeth (and this was after I told Eric that thinking of 20 lessons would be “easy”). Maybe I need more time to process the last 10 years…

My best friend Allison always makes me laugh, especially when she reflects on our current age. This year she said, “I don’t know about you but I always think of myself as about 22 (until I meet an actual 22 year old and then I’m like, whoa I’m definitely 30, haha).”

Girl kills me!


Eric and I went on a road trip to the Niagara region on my birthday this past Thursday – for once the weather was hot and sunny! We stopped into the outlets in Buffalo for the morning and I found myself gasping at how short the shorts are “these days”. Were they always that short? Did I ever pull this off? When did I start saying “these days”. Also, who is fitting into these annoying Super Skinny Jeans? As if regular skinny jeans weren’t torture enough. I couldn’t even get some of the jeans half way up my calves. I’m going to start a line of jeans called Runner’s Legz.

Yup, I’m officially in my 30’s. At least, articles like this remind me that I’m not alone in my time warp!

It’s been a great decade though, even in spite of all the self-doubt and uncertainty. Thankfully, I remember the ups much more than the downs. I earned an Undergraduate and Master’s degree, married my best friend, moved a handful of times, traveled a bit, turned a passion into a business, and wrote my first book. I’d love to be able to tell you that I feel like I’ve conquered my inner demons and emotional baggage so I can start my 30’s with a clean slate, but that feels far from the truth. I still feel like there is a lot I need to overcome on a personal level. It’s an ever-evolving process. There are so many unknowns about what the next decade will bring, but I do know that I’m excited for the adventure to continue.


and now it’s time to celebrate!

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Lillian @ Seize the Latte May 18, 2013 at 9:42 am

Happy belated birthday!

Turning 30 is a big milestone; I remember thinking that it was going to freak me out, but instead, I found that I felt profoundly grateful. With age comes experience, wisdom, and — my personal favorite — greater self-knowledge and self-assurance. I feel a whole lot less inclined to apologize for myself (or attempt to be someone I’m not) than I was at 20, and I’d take wrinkles and self-confidence over my youth any day of the week. :)

Here’s to an awesome decade ahead!


Laura May 18, 2013 at 9:51 am

Happy birthday Angela! This was such a lovely post.
I’m excited for when you will return to regular posting so I can read more of your inspiring words lol. I am also very excited for your cookbook to come out! Hope everything is going well and have a great weekend!


Emily May 18, 2013 at 10:07 am

Happy belated birthday!
& I think your friend Allison nailed it – that is exactly how I feel, too.
Best wishes for your upcoming decade.


Merel May 18, 2013 at 10:11 am

Happy Birthday! Is it today? Mine was yesterday (28 years). Have a great day and enjoy the wisdom of getting older! I would never want to go back to being 18 for instance…


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 18, 2013 at 10:22 am

Happy belated birthday! Mine was on Thursday :) Hope you are enjoying your “birthday month” as I call it around here. hah


Philippa May 18, 2013 at 10:24 am

Happy Birthday! Hope you had a wonderful day. Did you celebrate with a cake? Any delicious recipes? I have a birthday coming up and would like to cook something gluten and dairy free :)
Philippa x


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 18, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Hey Philippa, I have a recipe coming up Monday for a 2 ingredient chocolate fudge frosting that I’m pairing with my chocolate cupcakes :)


Jen G. May 18, 2013 at 10:29 am

Happy birthday! My 30th is a week from today. I’m really looking forward to my thirties — I feel like I’m getting more grounded as the years go along. Plus, my twenties were spent as a broke grad student, so now that I have a real job, the thirties are going to be my decade of travel!


Jillian May 18, 2013 at 10:45 am

Happy Birthday!! 30 is the best. I say this as a knowing 32 year-old. ;)


Maria May 18, 2013 at 10:45 am

Congrats lady! I hope you had an awesome day xD

Turning 30 seems like a deadline to me, because then I’ll be OLD and should have lived my 20s like a tornado or something, acomplishing anything that crossed my mind. Not gonna happen, I can tell you! Although I will have obtained a Master of Arts degree, and a job (these days that’s something), and have met a great guy, and have travelled Latin America a lot alone. I bet that when you’re 39 you wish you woudn’t have dreaded it that much! I think that that will cross my mind if I don’t turn around these destructive thoughts of mine :) and that the things I have done in my 20s are good enough. Think I’m getting there already…

Enjoy the weekend! Here in Holland it’s Pentecost weekend and I hope sincerely that the weather will turn around… seems that rain’s all there is these days (wish I’d stayed forever in some Latin country).

xoxo M


Aimee May 18, 2013 at 11:57 am

Yes indeed when you are 39 you know better than to spend any time wishing you had done things differently. I try to soak up every wonderful moment of life. Sure you have done wonderful things in your 20s, but why can’t you do even more in your 30s. 30 is not old :)


kris May 18, 2013 at 10:57 am

Hope you had a beautiful birthday!!


Ellen M. Gregg May 18, 2013 at 11:04 am

Happy birthday, Angela! :-)


Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche May 18, 2013 at 11:15 am

Hahaha I’m only 24 and even I look at 22 year olds and realise that I’m nothing like them! ;) Happy birthday! :)


Mary May 18, 2013 at 11:20 am

Happy birthday! :o)

On the subject of clothes: if it makes you feel any better, I’m five years younger than you and the lack of length on shorts this season and super skinny jeans both drive me absolutely bonkers! I’m glad that I’m not the only one!


Shady May 18, 2013 at 11:31 am

Happy belated birthday! I turn 30 in a couple of months and keep waiting for the “OMG I’m no longer in my 20s” fear and loathing to happen and so far it hasn’t. However, I do find myself reflecting a lot on what I did, what I’d still like to do and what direction I want my life to take. And than I realize that so far, I’ve done pretty good and stop being so analytical. Hope you had a wonderful day and wishing you an awesome next year and decade of life!


Suzanne May 18, 2013 at 11:31 am

Happy Birthday, Angela! Looks like you had a great time. I’m 36 and still feel 26…but I share the same sentiment as your friend Allison. lol.


Aimee May 18, 2013 at 11:48 am

Happy Birthday Angela! I will buy Runners Legz! I was just griping about the same issue. Do you know they even have skinny jeans for little boys! Ridiculous.

I have to say as I quickly approach 40 I feel nothing but blessed to experience another year. I stumbled on your blog about 3 years ago and thanks to many of your recipes and lots of green monster smoothies I have completely changed my diet. Thanks to the changes I have made in my life I feel better and younger at 39 than I did at 29.

Enjoy your birthday month!


Katrina Ninjarina May 18, 2013 at 11:52 am

I. would. totally. buy. those. jeans! I honestly can’t believe that there is not a brand of jeans out there for athletic girls. Room in the legs and rear for our awesome muscles and smaller in the waist.

Welcome to the 30 club! I just hit that milestone in March. Though I didn’t give much reflection to it. Perhaps I should.

Lovely post. :)


Vegyogini May 18, 2013 at 11:58 am

Happy belated birthday, fellow Taurus! May this be an empowering, peaceful, loving year for you.


Sharon May 18, 2013 at 12:07 pm

All the very best wishes for your birthday:) My outlook on age is the same as it is about weight. It’s all how you feel and it’s not about the number!


Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat May 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Happy Birthday! I’m turning 30 in August…so not looking forward to it!


Miliany Bonet May 18, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Happy Birthday, Angela! You’re a Taurus?! Me, too! My birthday was last Friday (the 10th)! Wish you all the best! Check out my blog, rawveganliving.blogspot.com


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 18, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Happy belated! :)


Mary Ann May 18, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Happy, happy birthday Angela! I so enjoy your blog and your take on life and nutrition. As someone who is older than you, please enjoy the moment. I do look back on my thirties as a time of growth and conquering fears. But I do have a tradition that my husband plays along with. I celebrate my birthday for at least a week. I stretch out celebrations with family, friends and coworkers to enjoy this special moment in my life. I would encourage you and everyone else to do the same. As your stepfather said, we do have the alternative.


Alissa May 18, 2013 at 1:38 pm

When I was in my twenties I had a bunch of older female friends in their thirties who consistently told me that the thirties were the best years of their lives. I didn’t believe them, but now, at thirty-three, I’m reading your post, reflecting and realizing that they were indeed correct (so far as I can tell at this point). The last three and a half years have been great. Seriously. I think you’ve got a lot to look forward to :)

Happy Birthday!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 18, 2013 at 5:32 pm

I’ve often heard that too – glad to know you agree! :)


Sara May 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm

You look way too young to be worried about anyone guessing you are in your 30’s. Darn, Angela you have aged so well I’m sure you’ll be carded in the states (Canadian’s don’t seem so strict) for the next few decades! Come down here if you want to be reminded how young you are!

HAPPY Birthday!

I’ll be honest I might be more excited for my 30’s than you are.. I’d like to skip the whole next ten years of arguing and straying from the parents, suffering and panicking about making my major “life decisions” (i.e. is this job going to be the rest of my life?; should I stay around to marry him?). I understand that this should be the most exciting part of my life and “these challenges are really going to mold me into the person I’ll become,” but it straight up sucks. So lucky you! Yay! You got through part two of “life” high school.


[email protected] May 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Happy belated birthday to the blogger who inspired me to start blogging and helped me through the final stages of recovery from over 12 years of eating disorders. Empowering, beautiful, strong and truly awesome no matter what the age :)


Michele May 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Happy belated Birthday!

And LOL on the short shorts. I see them all the time and think…ummm…no.


Aisling May 18, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Happy Birthday Angela. You sound like you’re right where you’re supposed to be. I really enjoyed turning 30 and there’s a certain confidence that comes with it. Enjoy all the celebrations and the fun to come x


Rachel May 18, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Happy Birthday! I loved this post. I am 31 and I can completely identify with everything you said. It is good to know we are not alone in our thinking. Thanks for sharing.


Brenda from TotallyBrenda May 18, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I was always scared of aging-until my 15 year old cousin, 25 year old cousin, and uncles in their 50’s took their last breath. That was a reality check that stopped us all in our tracks.
Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.

We are incredibly blessed to be experiencing this journey we call life. Thank you for this post. It was truly inspiring.

Happy Birthday.


Janessa May 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Awwwwww Happy Birthday! You are an inspiration, and I so look forward to meeting you next week!!


Holly Waterfall May 18, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Happy Happy Birthday! I love the “i feel like I’m 22 until i hang out with a 22 year old” comment. I completely get that. I also turn 30 years old this year and surprisingly I’m not that scared… except for the fact that I found 2 grey hairs in the past week!! Enjoy this new clean decade!!


Julia May 18, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Yours was the first healthy-eating blog I started reading a few years ago -and over the years you’ve introduced me to so many wonderful foods and a new way of thinking of diet/exercise/mindfulness. For that, I thank you and wish you a very happy birthday!


Lara May 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I hope this doesn’t sound creepy, but you’re such a sweetheart and by the way one of my greatest idols (OK it does sound creepy…). A very happy, belated birthday and all the warmest wishes for the next year of your life!


Averie @ Averie Cooks May 18, 2013 at 4:04 pm

The part you said about feeling 22 until you see one or hang out with one…oh thanks for the major LOL. YES! So true!

Your last paragraph is so honest and so real and thanks for sharing it, Angela! You have done SO MUCH in your life and I know you are always busy, working, striving,and achieving and can’t wait to see what you conquer in your next decade.

Glad that you got to go to Niagra Falls and that it was warm out. That’s perfect :)

Happy Birthday!


Liz May 18, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Happy B-Day. I thought 30 was a great year for myself. That is when the light bulb finally when on for me. :) Obviously you got it together way before then. How your B-Day was a great one. :)


Sara May 18, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Happy Birthday Angela!! The best is yet to come! And yes the shorts are getting shorter every year. It’s like the new cleavage is the ass cheek lol :)


kristle May 18, 2013 at 5:06 pm

enjoy every minute of your birthday, angela, you deserve it! you’re an amazing person and a hard worker, and thats just what i can tell from the little bit i see of you on your blog! and thanks for all the delicious recipes :)


Gypsy May 18, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Happy Birthday! But I saw this and thought “she’s only 30!?!”
You’ve accomplished so much and it’s been so fun reading your blog the last few years!
And yes – please make “runners legz” jeans LOL


Joann @ Woman in Real Life May 18, 2013 at 5:33 pm

The happiest of birthdays to you! I hit 40 a while back and I really CANNOT believe it. That being said, it’s better than the alternative (as your step dad aptly notes). The upside is, we are gaining wisdom and knowledge of self as we age and that’s pretty nice.

I also cannot believe how short the shorts are now! ;)



Maryz May 18, 2013 at 6:48 pm

I’m 46 and still think I’m 22 too…until I realize my oldest son is 23!! My 20’s were very stressful, my 30’s were awesome and my 40’s are over the top awesome! My last baby is graduating for high school this week! It’s very emotional for me to know that all my babies are grown! But at 46, I’m feeling 22 again because I have all kinds of time on my hands for me and my husband!



Samantha @ Sweetly Striving May 18, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Happy Birthday! Great post- a nice reminder to us all. :)


Elle May 18, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Angela, age is just a number but a birthday is something to celebrate!

I don’t keep track of the number on the calendar. I will have to go check my license and get back to you on the actual age.

That being said I am a BIG believer in birthdays. It is your day and should be all about you.

That could be as simple as splurging on a takeout coffee (or tea), or going bigger and splurging on a designer purse.

This is the day that while you still may have responsibilities you also try to keep it fun.

Whenever possible eat your favorites, wear your best outfit, and use these excuse to hang out with all of your friends.

I hope you enjoyed and have many more to come!


Frieda T. May 18, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Happy Birthday! I enjoy your blog so much and can’t wait for your cookbook. Oh, if only “Runner’s Legz” jeans were real because I’ve never found a pair of skinny jeans that fit my “athletic calves.” I turned 40 this year and must tell you that life just keeps getting better after 30. ;-D


Kerri May 18, 2013 at 7:12 pm

happy birthday!! i have absolutely loved your blog these last few years! i cannot wait for your cookbook. and i would totally support ‘runner’s legz’ jeans, i cannot get anything over my calves either! best wishes!


Margaret May 18, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Hi Angela!

I’m such a big fan of all that your blog entails. Both the insanely delicious recipes and the kind and wise words that you share with your readers. Your honesty, especially in posts like this one, is so relate-able(thought this was a legit word? the “-” will have to do) and a pleasure to read. Wishing you a wonderful birthday and thanking you for this lovely space that you have created.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 20, 2013 at 9:39 am

Thank you for your sweet comment Margaret! I appreciate it so much. :)


Penny May 18, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Happy Belated Birthday! You are entering a truly wonderful decade (this is when you kick the baggage to the curb). I have just turned 41….and I’m hoping this decade will be just as fabulous.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 20, 2013 at 9:38 am

Happy belated birthday Penny! Here’s to a great decade :)


Pat DeHaan May 18, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Happy Birthday to You! I turned 59 today and want to thank you so much for your site! The banana/oatmeal/peanut butter ‘thing’ has been my favorite breakfast ever! We’re trying to clean up our eating habits to make our 60’s decade a healthy one and your recipes are so wonderful!!! Every one I’ve tried has been a big hit with my family ~ thank you so much for your inspiration and the pictures!!!!! (I’m a visual learner and every picture looks so good that
I want to try it!)


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 20, 2013 at 10:05 am

Happy birthday to you! Thanks for your lovely comments!


Ricki May 18, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Happy, happy birthday, Angela!! I hope you had a fantastic celebration (and the rest of the b-day month, too, ha ha!!). :D Reading through your list of amazing accomplishments, I’m just in awe–so much, so young! I loved my 30s but I didn’t really start coming into my own until my 40s. And dare I say that those uncertainties are still not totally eradicated, even now? I figure it’s a growing process and I’d hate to feel as if I had nothing left to learn!

Enjoy this decade and all you’ve done so far. I can’t wait to see what you’re up to in the next decade! And looking forward to seeing you at VVC! Hugs! xo


LeeAnn May 19, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Ricki, this is a wonderful comment. I feel exactly the same. My 30s were a decade of real growth as were my 40s, and that decade began with the added layer of a family to raise. In my 50s I’ve gone vegan and taken up hot yoga. Angela’s accomplishments are astonishing at any age, but all in her 20s? Wow!


Hannah May 18, 2013 at 10:13 pm

We gonna celebrate you BIGTIME, lady. xo


Giovanna May 18, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Happy belated Birthday!!! Special birthday to be celebrate it the whole month!


Kari @ bite-sized thoughts May 19, 2013 at 12:39 am

Happy, happy birthday Angela! I will be turning 30 in December and tend to have a similar stance to you – it’s something to embrace rather than fear. I also know what your friend means when she says she feels 22 until she interacts with a 22-year-old…yep :)

I hope you enjoyed your celebrations, your 31st year is wonderful, and that someone hears your call for regular length shorts and runners leg jeans, so those of us who are past 22 have clothing choices we can get excited about!


sarah s. May 19, 2013 at 2:22 am

happy birthday :) thankyou for the inspiration. wishing you the very best in the coming years !


Daphne Populiers May 19, 2013 at 6:07 am

Happy birthday glowy girl! Enjoy the upcoming 4th decade on planet earth!


Bonnie May 19, 2013 at 6:14 am

What wonderful accomplishments to look back on! Happy Birthday Angela!


Justine Smith May 19, 2013 at 6:38 am

Happy Birthday! Hope your 31st is spectacular. I always say that “30 is going to be my year” (I’m 28 this year) and I really believe that my 30’s will be WAY better than my 20’s! Enjoy yours



Mrs G May 19, 2013 at 7:03 am

Happy birthday!!


Heather McClees May 19, 2013 at 8:16 am

Happy Birthday Angela!! I hope you know what an inspiration to me you’ve been the last four years of my life since I started reading your blog. I’m amazed by your story, strength and passion. At 28, I feel your pain. I turn 29 in December and I feel like I should be so much further along than I am, yet I am also humbled to be where I’m at. I hope you have a wonderful birthday!!!


hilary May 19, 2013 at 8:18 am

happy birthday to you! i can’t believe you are only 30 with everything you’ve already accomplished in your life. seriously. my 20’s were such a hot mess of eating disordered thinking and emotional instability, i never wanted to go back there, and my 30’s were the years i did a lot of hard work to get to a better place. now at 41, life is still a work in progress, but it has gotten so much more relaxed. the urge to be perfect in all things has simmered down a bit. and (i think) i have finally realized that life isn’t as linear as i once hoped, as in — i went to therapy, check! all done with that! i got in shape, check! done with that, too. mother issues resolved! ha – i wish! :)

i hope your 30’s take you ever forward, to more happiness, more peace and self acceptance, with room for less doubt, self criticism and too short shorts!


Stella May 19, 2013 at 9:04 am

Happy birthday, Angela! My best wishes for you :-)


Elsa May 19, 2013 at 9:28 am

Happy Birthday! 30s are the best!


Julie May 19, 2013 at 9:50 am

Happy belated birthday. Have a super new year of life! And I would definitely buy your runner’s legz jeans.


Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl May 19, 2013 at 10:00 am

Happy Birthday!!! :)


Laura May 19, 2013 at 10:59 am

Angela I wish you nothing but the very best for the Milestone year ahead. I had to put your post on Facebook because, at 60 years old, your StepDad’s comment was the best I have ever heard. My personal saying is I will never get old. I may get OLDer, but never OLD and with older always comes wisdom of the ages. Enjoy every second of your life.
Happy Birthday.


Lana @ Urban_Lake May 19, 2013 at 11:49 am

Happy belated birthday!! Sounds like you had a lovely time, can’t wait to see the recipes you come up with in your thirties! :)


Ruth May 19, 2013 at 11:51 am

Happy Birthday!
I went to Niagra Falls and rode the “Maid of the Mist” a couple of years back.
I unterstand your mixed feelings about turning 30. When I turned 30 a couple of years back, I felt like I was running out of time! I think it just reminds us that there is only so much time, and prompts us to re-examine our goals and think about how close we are to achieving them.


Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl May 19, 2013 at 11:53 am

Happy birthday! Love the idea of the Runner’s Legz jeans!


Karen May 19, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Happiest birthday wishes to you, Angela! I hope you’ll believe me when I tell you the thirties are an awesome time on every level. It seems to me no matter what age you get to, there’s always a beautiful MORE calling you forward! :) Have a fantastic celebration. You are such a delight. I enjoy your recipes, writing, and beautiful photography so much.


Nicole May 19, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Happy birthday- if you make that jean line let me know I will definitely be a customer!!!


Lisa H May 19, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Happy Birthday, Angela! Geez, just reading all the comments from your friends and readers made me feel really old! I turned 56 this month and its funny how I still think of myself as about 34. I will say, I like me better now than I ever have before and wouldn’t go back for anything. Vegan, Gluten, soy and corn free and now starting the slide into raw foods, I feel better about myself and better physically than I have in years. Enjoy thirty and just know…better times are still ahead!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 20, 2013 at 9:37 am

Happy belated birthday Lisa – thanks for your encouragement! So glad to hear that it gets better :)


kimmythevegan May 19, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Happy Birthday my dear!!!!
Sounds like life is treating you well, so glad to see you happy and enjoying it =)
Hope you are having a wonderful birthday!
ps. love the bit about short shorts & skinny jeans!!!! Thank you for that =)


char eats greens May 19, 2013 at 6:23 pm

You’re going to rock your 30s!!! I use “these days” as well. And I wouldn’t dare touch a pair of super skinny jeans, so you’re definitely more courageous than me – must be the ’30’ thing ;)


Megan Lane May 19, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Happy birthday lady! I’m coming up on 29 and I feel you on much of this.


Cara May 19, 2013 at 8:13 pm

I so agree with the blogger who interviewed you the other day that you just seem so friendly on your blog, I feel like I know you–so I have to chime in and say it again–Happy Birthday! I turn 32 in two weeks, so welcome to the other side of the first hill ;-)

As a middle-school teacher, I have spent more time lecturing on dress code and cringing when I see those short-shorts and short skirts … :-P But what cracks me up is the “jeggings” I bought … for my infant daughter :-D Like jeans, but comfortable! LOL!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 19, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Happy Belated Birthday Ange!!! You should be so proud of yourself for all that you’ve achieved. I’m constantly in awe of what you do, and am so proud to have you as one of my friends. Even though I’m only 24, I had to laugh at your friend’s comment about thinking you’re 22, then meeting an actual 22 year old and realizing you really ARE older! I feel that way when I meet university students. It doesn’t feel like THAT long ago that I was a student, but once I get chatting to them, it’s like “woah, ok I’ve definitely changed since back then!”

I hope you had an absolutely wonderful day, and I can’t wait to see you soon! :) xo


Kirsty May 19, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Happy Birthday!!! :)


Robin May 19, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Beautiful pictures. :) I turned 25 last month. I am not necessarily afraid of turning 30, 40, or 50…I am more afraid of what state the world will be in when those years come.


helen May 19, 2013 at 10:18 pm

happy 30th! you’re so funny! love your blog–thx for the continued inspiration :)


Alley @ Alley's Recipe Book May 19, 2013 at 10:52 pm

I felt the same way as you friend (feeling 22 until…), and then we hired a 22 year old on my team who sits next to me as a daily reminder that I am about to turn 30. Oh well. Happy birthday!


Keri May 19, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Happy belated birthday!! 30 was a big one for me. So big that for the last three years of my twenties, when someone would ask me how old I was, I’d declare “30”. And then, “no wait! I’m really 28!” Ha ha! But when 30 actually came it was no big deal. Anyway, here’s to a new decade of health and happiness :)


Mish May 20, 2013 at 12:33 am

I am 22 and feel 18. I don’t think I will ever feel my actual age!


lisa May 20, 2013 at 1:04 am

Being in your thirties (without kids to wear you out) is like being giant teenager except you make more than minimum wage and have no curfew. It’s awesome!!


Dutchgirlsam May 20, 2013 at 2:59 am

Happy birthday!


Ramona May 20, 2013 at 5:52 am

I don’t know when your birthday was exactly but Happy Birthday from the Netherlands! (Am also turning 30 in a couple of months… I am prepared now!)
I just turned vegan after being a vegeterian for almost 18 years, and your blog really helps me out a lot! Thank you for your wonderful recipes and you truly inspire me.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 20, 2013 at 9:35 am

Aw thank you – congrats on going vegan! 18 years as a veg is a huge accomplishment!


Katie May 20, 2013 at 7:22 am

Happy Birthday Angela!

So your recipes are wonderful and I know your book will be a HUGE success, but you might be in the wrong field. A clothing line of not-so-short shortz and runner’s legz jeans could make you millions!


Canadian girl May 20, 2013 at 7:30 am

You’ve done a tremendous amount in your life Angela. I turn 32 in August and I’m ashamed at how low my life has gotten and how little accomplished to be honest.

Anyway, I say too much :(

I live in Ontario and contemplating a move to Oakville for a while (looking at room rentals now, eek). I would love to ask you about therapy..specificially a couple of therapists I have found via search at the Therapy Center in Oakville. I know your therapy experience was positive,and would SO appreciate your feedback. Not sure if move to Oakville for a bit might help out with that. Thks. either way. You are an inspiration.



Katrin - therawfoodsisters.com May 20, 2013 at 7:32 am

What a great post to read! Love your texts you deserve the best of all. Happy birthday and keep inspiring and share your thoughts! Many hugs


AdrienneCarolyn May 20, 2013 at 7:55 am

Happy Birthday! I just celebrated my 30th 2 weeks ago and I can say so far 30 has been great! It only gets better and better :-)


Stephanie L May 20, 2013 at 7:57 am

I was SO excited to turn 30 because I look really young and I thought I might actually get treated like a grown up. LOL Now that I’m just a few months short of 40 it has other allures and I’m ready for 40. =D Happy Birthday a touch belated!! Thanks for the work you do getting vegan recipes out to the masses!


Stephanie L May 20, 2013 at 7:59 am

oh yah, and I agree about the itty bitty shorts and seriously? jeans. You could truly make a fortune. LOL


Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor May 20, 2013 at 8:02 am

Happy Birthday Angela!


christian May 20, 2013 at 8:58 am

That countdown made me miss Nick for real!


Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} May 20, 2013 at 9:11 am

Happiest of Birthdays to you Angela! You have accomplished so much in your life already, it is incredible. I have to agree w/others who have said 30s are a good decade. I definitely agree!


Leia May 20, 2013 at 9:56 am

I turn 30 in July! Happy birthday to all of us leaving our 20s behind this year.


Rajvinder Kaur May 20, 2013 at 10:40 am

A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY Angela!!!!!! It sounds like you had a great day! I will be turning 30 this year too. Yaaaaay!!!! I always say that age is nothing but a number. It’s how old you feel on the inside that matters. :)


Holly May 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Happy Birthday!! Thank you for your wonderful recipes!


Amy May 20, 2013 at 2:11 pm

I love you and you are so inspiring! Just turned 32 and definitely feeling similar to you. Keep on making awesome recipes. I cannot wait for your book!
Happy Birthday!


Sonia the Mexigarian May 20, 2013 at 3:21 pm

hope you had a lovely birthday Angela!


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen May 20, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Happy belated, Angela! We went to Niagara Falls for my 30th last year too, but the weather was far from hot & sunny in April unfortunately. Still a good time :)


Amber K May 20, 2013 at 7:33 pm

I definitely feel young until I meet someone young, ha! I turned 30 on the twelfth and was carded today. I handed it over and then joked “oh wait, no because then you’ll see my birthday! I wasn’t really ready to turn 30.” The guy said “Oh I know!” And then paused before adding “I mean, I still have two years to go but I’m already freaking out.”


Kids these days… ;)


Sarina @ Earthgiven Kitchen May 20, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Happy happy birthday, Angela! You have accomplished so much by 30! Cheers to your next adventures.


katie leigh May 21, 2013 at 7:39 am

Hah, what your friend said made me laugh out aloud.
Yesterday I felt 16 and now I’m 24… where did it all go?


Erica May 21, 2013 at 11:46 am

Happy (belated) Birthday Angela! My husband and I are trying to make a switch to a predominantly vegan diet and your blog has been such a help to us. Thank you!


Kathryn May 21, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Happy birthday girl! So far I’m loving my 30’s. 31 now and it is all good. I SO identify with what your friend said. I feel so young, until I go to a mall!

What I love about the 30’s so far is I think I make better life choices. I’m more level headed and not such a spaz. I appreciate each day a little more than I used to and I’m moving past (moving – no moved) the need to be wanted, needed, and liked. As long as I like me I think I’ll be ok.

I hope your trip was great! Cheers!


elizabeth May 21, 2013 at 2:17 pm

I can absolutely relate! I think, “when did I get so old, I don’t feel that old?” And then I meet someone who is 20-24 and I realize, I really AM that old. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!


Linda Watson May 22, 2013 at 7:05 am

Happy birthday, you dear young thing! I feel like the frisky granny that embarrasses the kids to post among all the aged twenty-somethings. The great news is that you are just entering one of the sexiest, most adventuresome decades and life can keep getting better, especially for glowing veggies. I’m fifty seven (gasp!) and having a blast! If you pay attention, the older you get, the more you know and the funnier life will seem. You will feel more confident and less self-conscious. For me, this led to feeling sexier and more generous. One of my role models is the gifted and amazing Crescent Dragoonwagon, who makes sixty (sixty!) look the the best time ever. Show off your beautiful skin, enjoy silly things, and have a blissful year.


Stephanie @ Legally Blinde May 22, 2013 at 10:05 am

I love this post, Angela – very honest, thoughtful, and relatable. Happy belated birthday!!


Cookie and Kate May 22, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Happy belated birthday, Angela! I love your attitude about growing older. It is an ever-evolving process.


Susie May 23, 2013 at 12:58 am

Happy belated birthday.

I’m in my forties. Can’t still believe how fast the years pass by. Turning 30 felt like yesterday. Nowadays I try to live in the moment as much as I can rather that dwelling too much on the past or future.


Kristine May 25, 2013 at 7:35 am

Happy belated birthday. I do agree, my thirties have been by far the best time of my life.. You’re going to LOVE this decade. Halfway through mine and THIS may be the decade I pine after. But I think 40s might be pretty cool too! Thanks for making a visit to Buffalo for your B-day! We love the company. =)


Hope May 25, 2013 at 7:47 am

Happy belated Birthday, Angela! I was at Niagara Falls on the same day and it was breathtaking. I wish I had seen you. Even though you don’t know me, I would’ve totally come up to you and gushed about how much I love your blog and how your recipes have revolutionized the way my husband and I eat. I will be 30 this year too. Thanks for this post!


Gena May 25, 2013 at 9:33 am

I’m gearing up to celebrate my 31st, and can so relate to the mixed emotions that come with turning the corner on your twenties. For what it’s worth, I am so much happier now than I was a year ago, or two years ago, and I do think that goals and your sense of self start to crystallize in an incredible way in these years. Cheers to you — and damn straight about the skinny jeans.


Lisa May 25, 2013 at 6:23 pm

I’m 43 and think I’m “getting better all the time” (as the song goes….or does that song make me old????) LOVE my 40’s!! 20’s were anxiety ridden, 30’s were my first solid steps and 40’s I finally feel confident and comfortable in my own skin. And yes – physically it’s harder so I have to work out a bit more or eat a bit less to stay the “same” but that’s ok with me. Hope you keep “getting better” too! Enjoy!!!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Thank you Lisa, I’m so happy to hear this! :) All my best


Lisa @ Vitadventure May 27, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Happy Belated-
i’ll be 33 on Sunday and I can tell you that thus far the 30s are the best!!! I had a momentary freak out when I turned 30 and thought I either needed to a: have kids or b: get Botox and go crazy- but I can say that the 30s are when you embrace who you are with radical self acceptance and just get the gift of saying, “this is me, this is my life, I’m here to claim it!”


Jaclyn May 29, 2013 at 7:13 pm

I will totally buy your Runner’s Legz jeans WHEN you come out with the line ;) I always have the exact same problem.

PS – Happy Birthday!!


Mallory May 31, 2013 at 11:16 am

PLEASE make pants for people with Runner’s legs! It absolutely kills me we pants fit so tightly in the calves and thighs, but then are big in the waist! The worst is when activewear/hiking-pants fit that way. DOnt they know that the people who wear their clothes ACTUALLY have muscles??? :)

Anyway yes. Runner’s Legz please. I will be your first customer!


allie June 3, 2013 at 12:19 pm

30 is a big deal..but to me 35 was even more monumental. I became confidant. Somewhat. hahah and it’s life changing to mature that way. To say the heck with everyone else, this is my time. Just this weekend I completed my first triathlon. At 38. And I look forward to many other healthy firsts, because I have the confidence, maturity and general “who cares what you think” attitude now, that I didn’t have in my 20’s. I spent most my 20’s being pregnant, breastfeeding or raising babies. While enjoyable and wouldn’t change it, my 30’s have been life defining. Hard, struggle, lost people, divorce, gained people, found my best friend, but definately a decade of personal growth. Good luck. You’ll love it in your 30’s.


maria June 4, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Angela, loved your post :)
You should know that you introduced me and all my family to “green monsters” and as a 41 yr old….I had no problem turning 30 or even 40…but 41 was harder. Go figure!
It just gets better, enjoy!


Angela July 15, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Happy belated! (really belated.)

I loved turning 30! I felt great. 35 and on, though.. has been a different story. My 35th was a good day in itself, but followed by things that just haven’t let up, including greatly increased insecurities – though I have much less tolerance for BS now. I’m hoping that my attitude will come back to a healthier, happier one re: aging. I’m dreading 40, in a way that I never did with 30.


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