The Final 20 of My 20s: The Final Day

” I DID IT MY WAY”

Sing it, Blue Eyes…. ’cause I’m still having a slight struggle here.

THIRTY?! Seriously?! THIRTY?!

OK. I’ll save the freak out session for later behind closed doors or somewhere random in public before (or after) the clock strikes midnight.

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Disbelief

So the final day is here and I haven’t partied it up every minute or ‘finished strong’ as some have suggested. I went to work early and finished out strong; the sense of accomplishment after a long week is so gratifying.

Now I’m getting ready for a simple dinner at a local’s favorite in Pompano Beach. I even listened to some country music on the way home. Is this a sign that my time has come?

Ha! Just kidding.

Don’t worry, it’s still early, and there is always tomorrow!

It Can’t Be That Bad

At the end of this decade someone is going to have to remind me about this freak out session I’ve been having for the past month. Perhaps I could avoid this entire ordeal and realize it’s not going to be so bad.

How could it be that bad? Look at all the amazing things I’ve done and experience in life thus far… and it’s only getting better. Every day I have taken the time to examine some aspect of my life and it never fails that I always walk away feeling even just a smidgen better than I did before.

My mom admitted that 30 never bothered her. It didn’t bother my aunt or her friends either, they said. But turning 50 and 60 was the hardest turning points for them.

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NOTE: I’m wondering if they really truly even remember the big 3-0, but let’s just put that as a side note to see if they are reading….Ha! Love ya!
 “Your 30s Will Be A Dream”

…At least that’s what my dear friend, Suzanne said. “You will look back fondly on your 30s one day,” as she prepared me for the final hours of the day.

Yea, well that’s really easy for everyone to tell me…. when you are already there and beyond! Of course you are going to look at it this way.

“Believe me, you’re going to be fine” she insists.

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Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

Over the past month as the date has drawn near, many people close to my life have been offering me some sound advice on how to accept, live through, and conquer my thirties. Honestly, there have only been two people out of the many to have anything real negative to say about turning thirty so the odds are in my favor.

I think it’s safe to say I have some pretty cool people in my life – both young and old – that can offer some great thoughts and meaning to this dirty thirty.

So just in case someone in your life is telling you how miserable thirty will be, here is what the smart people are saying:

~  Your thirties are where it all happens or doesn’t! Make the most of it! This is your future and you get to create it your way. @mamasmission

~  Age is only a number. Keep that wonderful spirit that makes you who you are, and you will be forever young

~  30 is the new 25 or something… also, 40 is the new 25. 25 is the new 25. @teedubya

~  Take care of your body… it doesn’t bounce back as easily.

~  The decisions, choices, chances and relationships you make in the 30s will determine the course of your life. But here’s the thing: don’t worry about mistakes. You can recover from almost anything. It just might take a little more work in the 40s.

~  It may be hard to believe, but your thirties will be better than your 20s!

~  You finally begin to feel like an adult.

~  If you get an opportunity to do something that you have never done, do it and never, never stop having fun. That opportunity may never come again.

~  The only thing absolute in life is change; learn to accept it.

~  Your future is just around the corner. Start saving for your retirement but have a slush fund for those spontaneous opportunities.

~  It’s what you make of them. The number itself changes nothing.

~  You set goals you check to see how far along you have come and realize that life is more than each passing year but more importantly each passing moment. Embrace thirty and continue to set goals; but live on your terms – not by what society says you should or should not do at a particular age. @craigskill

~  You just give less and less ______s, literally. And by that, I mean you care less about stupid petty things in life and what people think of you and focus on what really matters.

~  You stress more about turning 30 than you do 40.

And finally:

You saw the Sox win the World Series three times in your twenties, and were even there to witness the third! Think repeat in your thirties will ya please?!?  -Dave Henry

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2013 World Series Championship – Love that dirty water!
 Final Thoughts

I’d have to say that the advice I’ve shared seems to make so much sense in so many ways. It doesn’t seem like it’s really going to be all that bad of a thing. Thank you for sharing, my friends. (I will hold  you all accountable if none of this actually happens, by the way.)

Thanks for reading along and joining me on this journey down the final stretch. What was originally just an idea on a fun blog series became an incredible self examination and reflection.

Stay FABULOUS now and forever.
I was born FABULOUS and forever will be.

After all these days and all these blogs, I have one final proclamation for this series:

I am proud of the person that has evolved in the past ten years, both professionally and personally. There have been some very trying times during these years, but most of those memories are stifled by the overwhelming joy that was ever present.

I have no regrets. I have nothing but a smile when I think of the mark I have left on the world during these years – and even more how the world has left its mark on me!

I conquered my twenties like a champ – no doubt about that. But I am ready to dominate this next decade!

Bring it on, thirty! TifDiP is ready for you!

 

 

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The Final 20 of My 20s: Days 2 & 3

“LEAN ON ME”

Wow…..Just Wow.

The final countdown has begun and I won’t lie – it’s terrifying.

I’m not one who gets frightened or spooked easily, but this dirty thirty prank has been just about all I can take. It’s pretty intense and I’m glad I will never see it again!

Do you remember the first time you were truly terrified by something?

Who did you run to? Who is your protection? Who is your support and your foundation?

Mine is my family.

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The DiPanni Family
Family Fun

Whomever originally compared a family to fudge was spot on the money: mostly sweet but still a few nuts thrown in there.

I’m sure that if some members of my family were to write this article, I may be included as one of those nuts!

But just remember – you wouldn’t have years and years of some of the most amazing stories and memories  without those nuts like us!

So, you’re welcome!

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Definitely a few nuts in there….
“I Will Love You – Unconditionally” ~Katy Perry

Families come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. I am not so sure there is anything such as a “typical” family; there are so many variations of the word.

While my biological family gathers for some holidays together home in Rhode Island, I am spending these special days with the family I have created in Florida. Many of us have come together during special occasions to spend with each other as we have known growing up with our own families. We share traditions, memories and the best part – recipes!

Whatever your family make up may be, there is always one common thread we all share: the security of unconditional love and support.

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College graduation w/ my mother, Granny, and aunt
 I Get It From My Mama

When it comes to blood relatives, there are many of them on both mom and dad’s sides. However, I’ve always been closest to my immediate family.

I grew up in the same neighborhood in which my mother’s mother, sister and brother all lived. We were very close growing up. I’d spend weekends at my uncle’s pool or on the boat; I’d walk to my Granny’s to play a good game of rummy and maybe if I was lucky I’d win a buck or two.

Even my aunt and uncle’s families settled and raised their children close by, and now their families are mostly still in the same area. It’s just how we are in lil’ Rhody.

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My Uncle Goody and his brat

I spent most of my time with my Granny and Aunt Jane both in Rhode Island and at their homes in Singer Island, Florida. Christmas, February and April spring breaks were all spent with palm trees and pools.

The women from my mother’s side of the family define support and strength. They have always been there for each other and the bond between my mother and aunt is priceless.

My Granny was the third musketeer of that group and without the support of each other, her passing could have been detrimental to us all. Instead, we came together for love and remembrance of the woman who taught us all so much.

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Gran, Auntie Jane and my lil cousin Samantha (another nut!)
Daddy’s Girl

Anyone who knows me well can attest that no matter who comes into my life, there will always be one man that is irreplaceable; the man I compare every other man to: my Dad.

Dad had three daughters in his previous marriage before my mother, but I was the one and only of their marriage, and for my mother.

When I was born, my sisters were twenty three, twenty and thirteen – quite the age difference which made for roller coaster relationships growing up.

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My sister – Lesley, Carolyn & Lori

I was always very close with my youngest sister, but have had to work on the relationships with the elders. Fortunately, over the years, these relationships have become incredibly strong and meaningful.

My sisters raised their families in Rhode Island and Connecticut, and my first niece was born when I was only nine years old. Boy, was I the coolest kid in 3rd grade, or what?

I am proud to say I have five nieces and one nephew from the ages of fifteen to twenty one – I can’t believe it! I am very proud of all them in their own unique way. My ballerina, my horse rider, my minister, my fashionista, my runner and my not-so-little-anymore man.

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Back when they were oh-so-cute!

My dad had two sisters, one whom died prior to my birth and the other lived in the same building as my Nona when I was growing up. It was a double whammy when I got dropped off at Olneyville Towers in downtown Providence for the day – food, fun, crafts, plants, and more food. That’s just how it was.

My Nona came to the USA from Italy when she was a young teenager and unfortunately lived in poverty most of her life. She and my Papa Louis made a life for my Dad and his sisters by working in factories and mills every day of their lives.

My father was able to overcome those shadows and raise his daughters in a good home with food on our tables every night, shoes on our feet and a proper education. The love my father has for his family is stronger than anything in this world. He lives and breathes for the good of his family.

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Lean On Me

God has truly blessed me with the family He has given me and the love which they provide. I honestly can’t imagine anything different, and don’t know where I would be without them.

No matter how far we are apart or how long it has been since we last spoke, I know that I can pick up a phone and someone from my family will be on the other side to listen.

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I hope that my family sees me as someone they can depend and lean on.

Every family has its faults; every family has its flaws. But every family has the capacity to embrace each other with an overwhelming power of respect and appreciation.

If I start my own family one day, I hope that I am able to be as strong of an influence as my own family has been to me; I hope I will set a good example through not only my words but my actions.

I am very protective of those in my family, and I will always strive to be better for those I love and appreciate. They are the driving force behind my success and motivation to achieve and do good things in this world.

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I am NOTHING without my family, as it is  EVERYTHING to me.

 

 

 

 

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