33. For a while I thought about being one of those people who hid my age. I’ve heard I “look” young and so I thought maybe I could get away with being 28 for a really long time. I didn’t really follow through on that plan and before I knew it my 33rd birthday arrived and thanks to social media, it was out there just how old I was. Not that it was that long ago, but I clearly remember turning 30. I prepped myself for the big day. Checking my emotions left and right to make sure that I was ready for the milestone. I was. I was exactly where I thought I should be at 30. I had a great job, I had been married a few years, we were a couple of months away from buying our first home and 30 still seemed young enough to have not quite made up our minds when it came to the whole kid thing. For some reason, leading up to this birthday I also felt myself doing a lot of gut checks. Asking day after day, am I okay? Narcissistic writer types shouldn’t ask themselves that question without being ready for the truth. I was okay, but I wasn’t great. Obviously, we women put a lot of pressure on ourselves. It’s nice to have successful parents, friends and siblings, but it also leaves a lot of room for comparison. In the spectrum of having it all together I’m somewhere in the middle, but I’m competitive, I want to be winning. And so, after a lot of thought and consideration I opted to make some pretty big changes in my life. It is with excitement and sadness that I say goodbye to you, the terrific readers of CAWLM. To say I’ve enjoyed the past four years here at the magazine and M3 Group is an understatement. They have literally been life-changing. However, a professional opportunity to return to my hometown of Lapeer and work with my dad presented itself and was just too good to pass up. I am super excited about my new professional role as Brand Manager. I’ll be taking all I’ve learned here and working to strengthen brands in Lapeer and beyond. My husband and I will spend the next year preparing our home for sale and moving into a new community, which lessens his commute to work and puts us in a better position to start a family. So, this is 33 and it looks pretty great.
Emily Caswell is the Managing Editor of CAWLM. She has a passion for fun, family, friends, shopping sprees, cold drinks and Lansing.