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Celebrating My Birthday

Celebrating my birthday

Celebrating my birthday


Today, I’m officially entering the next phase of my life. That’s right, I’m turning 30!  Yikes.

I’ve been thinking about this day for last five months, being afraid, and it finally came.  I was worried, concerned, and regretted how many things I haven’t done.  But hey, there are more days to come, right?  I can’t say my life is complete, but I’m proud to say I’m trying to make it better every single day.  And that is good enough for now.


I feel like I’m still a student in some ways, because I’m learning something new each day, good and bad.  My  understanding about the world and the people is considerably high, compared to myself a few years back.  Sometimes I’m surprised to see myself talking like Yoda.

I’m thankful for my daily struggle that makes me grow, beautiful people I met, the world kicking my brain every day, my parents who brought me to this world, and every one of you visiting RunawayJuno.com.  Thank you for making me feel like my stories matter.  Thanks for listening.


I’m celebrating my thirtieth birthday today.  Time flies, huh?


Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Juno set off for the wider world to pursue her passion for travel and storytelling. She traveled the world as an award-winning travel blogger and photographer, witnessing the everyday life of different cultures. Currently based in Anchorage, Alaska and exploring this amazing Last Frontier. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Instagram .


  1. Alouise says:

    “I can’t say my life is complete, but I’m proud to say I’m trying to make it better every single day. And that is good enough for now.”

    I think that is beautiful way to look at things, and that’s how I feel at this point in my life. Happy Birthday. Hope your next 30+ years are filled with even more happiness and adventures than what you experienced in the first 30 years.

  2. Sally says:

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  3. DebbZie says:

    Happy birthday, Juno! Welcome to the club 😀
    I’ll see you in KL next week

  4. Mike B. says:

    Happy 30th Birthday!

  5. Arabella says:

    Happy birthday!! Be proud of yourself: you’ve done much more at your age than most of us will do in our entire life, so CONGRATULATIONS! 🙂

  6. Arabella says:

    Nice photograph, by the way! 🙂

  7. liyenz says:

    제는 니혠 입니다.
    Hi there, happy belated birthday to you!
    I came across your website after reading The Star ( Malaysia English Newspaper ) which featured an article about you at the Asian Women’s Empowerment Conference. Interestingly, you’ve been living in the life that I dreamed of. I wish I could one day, be travelling around the world to see the people and learn their cultures. 🙂

  8. ken murika says:

    Happy birthday Kim!

  9. Sorin says:

    Happy birthday and enjoy every second of this life, traveling it! 🙂

  10. Kathryn says:

    Happy birthday. Wow you made the break from “9 to 5” young. I wish I’d done it a few years earlier.

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