Turning 30, Italy, & My Most Valuable Resource

Last Update: June 02, 2016

Well, I did something I never really wanted to do.

I turned 30 back in May.

It wasn't that bad I suppose. But ideally, we'd all stay young forever.

It did get me thinking though about the most valuable resource I have:


Making money from running a business is great, but it's renewable and replaceable. If something were to happen I could start over and build another source of income.

I'm never going to be in my 20s again. As hard as I might try, that part of my life is over and it's not coming back.

The greatest thing about running my own business is that I do get more control over my own time. My days aren't spent in a cubicle waiting until I'm over 55 for a chance to see the world.

Both Amanda and I turned 30 in May. We decided to celebrate in style with a few weeks in Italy. If you're keeping track, this is our second big trip this year already. I blogged about my previous one here: The TRUE Measure of Success

As always, I took a few pictures and I wanted to share my trip with all of you.

Lake Como

We flew into Milan to start the trip and we were able to get up to Lake Como to spend some time there. It was one of the most picturesque areas I've ever seen. You can't take a bad picture here as every where you look is stunningly beautiful.

Cinque Terre

From there, we headed out to the coast to check out the five fishing villages along the water. Again, stunningly beautiful and almost hard to believe that these houses were ever constructed.


Florence was our first major city in Italy. The art, architecture, and surrounding Tuscan hills are a sight to see. Florence was also home to best cannoli I've ever tasted. I'd travel back just for dessert alone.

Vatican City

While we didn't get to see the Pope, we did tour St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums.


I have about a million pictures of Rome. Every where you turn is another historical and significant landmark. I settled on sharing one of the Colosseum.

Amalfi Coast

From Rome, we went down to the Amalfi Coast to spend some time unwinding and relaxing. Like Cinque Terre, the towns here are all stacked on cliffs down to the water. I could easily see myself spending months on the coast.


Finally, we made it to Venice and it lived up to every one of my expectations.

I am aware at how lucky both Amanda and I are. We do get to live the life a lot of people dream about, but at the same time, work is always a top priority.

Our businesses allow us to spend our time as WE PLEASE.

We get to dictate how our most valuable resource is spent.

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stevecox Premium
Fantastic article and pictures. ENJOY ! Steve
IveTriedThat Premium
Cheers Steve, thanks for the comment
NatNiches Premium
beautiful pictures! It's my birthday in May too -- I'm 34 and don't worry, (as many people told me and it is true) your 30's are much better than your 20's!! I'm definitely enjoying my 30's now. No doubt you will too!
IveTriedThat Premium
That's what I hear!
ricardo1 Premium
Steve, outstanding photos. May 20th, I turned 62 going to Italy to celebrate is something to be proud. Beautiful!
IveTriedThat Premium
You share a birthday with Amanda. Pretty good day :)
ricardo1 Premium
Steve, mine wasn't quite so eventful, but it all worked out well. Thank you!
JeanR Premium
Awesome, Thanks for sharing ..
IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks for reading!
Kyle Premium Plus
Looks like you guys had an amazing trip. All of this pictures are bringing back lots of memories from our trip through Italy (we almost hit all the exact same spots). Beauty!
IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks Kyle!
ConnieThomas Premium
I have no real desire to go to Italy, I thought it was amazing how they built the houses and buildings on the cliffs. Everything seem so compact. In other words to close I like the country. But, the picture make it seem so real. Hope you both had a nice birthday. That was a great gift.
Thanks Connie