Well, I am now officially a member of the "30 Club."
I celebrated my 30th birthday on Tuesday.
It wasn't very dirty... or flirty... or any other word that rhymes with "thirty."
Instead, it was super sweet and simple... thanks to three AMAZING kids.
Since January, I've been nannying for a great family.
When I left the TV business last December, I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do with my life.
But, I needed to pay the bills (those student loans don't pay for themselves!)
I took a job as a nanny... never imagining it would last eight months...
or that I'd be celebrating my 30th birthday with the kiddos.
But, they are so thoughtful.
They made homemade birthday cards; got me a gift certificate to my favorite Omaha coffee joint; and bought me a giant cookie decorated in Creighton colors. #GoJays
We spent the day playing with dolls, going to the pool and eating lunch at Red Robin.
They also kept reminding me "how old" I'm getting... and that it's about time I get a boyfriend.
(According to the 5-year-old, I need to date a guy with PINK hair.)
After spending the day with the kids, I had dinner at my favorite sushi spot with my parents.
My mom (who's a nurse) said a fellow nurse asked her if she felt old - having a daughter turn 30.
My mom replied, "Nope... because I still feel like I'm 30!"
Hopefully I'll be thinking that same way 24 years from now.
Turning the big 3-0 does make you reflect on your life though.
ESPECIALLY when you're not sure what to do next (career-wise.)
From the time I was little, I had this idea that I was going to be "the next Katie Couric."
It's all I ever talked about...
I mean, I had her PICTURE taped on my bedroom wall - next to the Backstreet Boys and JTT.
In college, I had three internships and worked my butt off.
When I was lucky enough to get my foot in the door as a Reporter and Anchor, I was THRILLED.
I sacrificed so much for it.
Over the last six years, I've had the chance to cover
some INCREDIBLE stories and meet amazing people.
But, ever since I left Green Bay... this quote has been on my mind...
Is TV News what I really want to do?
Do I miss it?
Am I good at it?
Do I keep pursuing it?
Do I move on to something else?
People sometimes ask me, "If you weren't a TV journalist... what would you be?"
And I always come back to the same answer, "An interior designer."
I need to have a job with some sort of creative outlet.
(If you've been reading my blog for the last three years, this should come as NO surprise to you!)
I'd love to have a job that combines both TV and design.
HGTV... do you need a blonde, farm girl from Iowa?
The point of this post is that I feel GREAT about turning 30.
My 20's were all about work, work, work, work, work.
I was CONSUMED with work... and the IDEA of work.
I constantly worried about "the next big job"... reaching the next TV market...
"being the next Katie Couric."
I forgot about being the ONLY Jenny Nowatzke.
I recently read this quote from the
Food Editor at "Everyday with Rachael Ray" and it struck me to the core.
"I'm starting to realize that if you spend your life chasing after the next big thing, you'll always be struggling. That whole idea that one day you'll feel like 'you've made it' is a myth.
You've made it when you realize that 'making it' isn't everything."
- Stacy Adimando
I've FINALLY realized that "making it" isn't everything.
Instead, my family and friends are everything.
I never FULLY quite understood that... until now.
So, (for all the ladies out there) I leave you with an article from the 1997 issue of
Glamour magazine... which boldly says "life begins at 30."
Do you agree?
By 30, you should have...
I may not know EXACTLY what I want to do with my life -
but I feel like I'm getting closer to figuring it out.
Happy Birthday to me.
A fresh beginning at 30.