(Almost) Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Me…

I started this blog when I was 33 years old and very much lost in life. I wanted to document my experiences with depression and what I dubbed ‘The Thirty-Something Crisis’. Many of the posts contained within this blog are not particularly cheerful, but it can be hard to be happy when you’re suffering with depression, and are literally, lost in life.

I was advised to rename the blog to make it less negative, and with each passing birthday, I considered it, but I couldn’t.  I felt to rename it would take away from why I’d set this blog up.

Yesterday I turned 40, and the latest blog, well, it’s actually more of a lengthy essay, looks back over my thirties.  You can read it here 40 and…?

I’m now a writer of much more than blogs. In the last year I have completed the first drafts of two novels, one crime fiction and the other a psychological thriller. Several drafts down the line, I’m currently preparing the thriller for submission to agents. This blog site definitely paved the way for my fiction writing, and for that I’m grateful.

What can I say about my thirties?  The only thing I can: I survived to tell the tale.


Jodie Orton

20 July 2018


14 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Lori in the USA
    Feb 13, 2013 @ 01:32:13

    Found your blog today and love it! It’s like you’re telling my story except I’m an unemployed artist/graphic designer in the USA and I haven’t put my grad school plans into action yet. I’ve started the plan at least. Being laid off and divorced has shaken my confidence and my boyfriend just dumped me a week before Valentine’s Day! I am indeed 33 and rather lost but I’m throwing myself into activities to turn this introvert into an extrovert. Kind of proud of myself. Lesser folks might crawl under a rock and give up. 🙂


    • 33andlostinlife
      Feb 13, 2013 @ 01:52:40

      Hi Lori, I’m glad you found my blog and can relate to it! One of the reasons I wanted to write it was so that other people could feel like they weren’t alone in what they were feeling. Sometimes I feel like the first person ever to have a thirty-something crisis, but then I talk to other people and realise it happens to the best of us. I once saw a psychic who told me that I would have a crisis at 30. She was right. However, she also told me that by 40 I would be sorted and happy. So bear in mind it can’t go on forever. Especially if you’re doing all you can do to change yourself into a better person. Just keep doing what you’re doing! 🙂


  3. Holistic Wayfarer
    Oct 10, 2013 @ 15:55:23

    Thank you for the like on the latter installment of the OM interview. Am cheerleading your way…in blogging and life. You brought this to mind.. =) Hope you enjoy.



  4. TheTabletGuy
    Jan 23, 2014 @ 14:30:47

    Found this blog and cannot wait to read through your archives! Keep up the great work, I really love it so far!


  5. Tricia Vivienne Yearwood
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 20:45:19

    I wanted to cry, reading this post. I’ve been in these shoes – well very similar shoes. Don’t let Bish go – I know it’s easier said than done – but pets bring such love and joy into our lives. I hope that you both find a happy place to be together. Some hugs from a total stranger.


  6. milliethom
    Aug 11, 2015 @ 14:39:09

    Hi Jodie. Sorry to hear your 30’s are not so great for you and hope that by now you’re not feeling as lost as you were when you wrote this post. I can relate to your dreams of writing – and you’re young enough to make that happen. I hope you do. I also hope you’ve found that perfect job in London. Any chance of going back to Lincoln? I’ll look forward to reading your future posts and finding out how things work out for you. Millie 🙂


    • 33andlostinlife
      Sep 01, 2015 @ 06:03:44

      Hi Millie, thanks for your kind words and apologies for taking so long to reply. As you may have seen I’ve started writing this blog again, which is making me feel better. Sadly the perfect job is still along way off. I doubt I’ll ever move back to Lincoln but I wouldn’t rule out a move up North elsewhere. Right now though I feel like I need to make it happen here, which is harder than it sounds…


      • milliethom
        Sep 01, 2015 @ 11:36:08

        Yes, London does seem like a challenge, as well as a big world of opportunities. My youngest son is based there for work purposes, although he’s all over the world most of the time. For a computer whizz, London’s the place to head – not Lincoln or Newark. I don’t think he’ll ever move back north, so perhaps you won’t do either. Just keep looking for that perfect job. (i’m glad I checked this post again – I’d forgotten to ‘like’ last time.

      • 33andlostinlife
        Sep 01, 2015 @ 17:20:07

        I wish I had a job like your son! Would love to be travelling the world for work…perhaps I should have done computer science at uni instead of a humanities degree 😉

      • milliethom
        Sep 01, 2015 @ 19:41:16

        Well, humanities is an odd one, unless you go into teaching. My degree is geology and my main teaching subjects were geography and environmental science. but I’ve always worked withing both humanities and science departments. I suppose a job for you would depend on which of the humanities subjects you offer. Or you may just use the degree as a way into something quite different.I agree that travelling sounds aq great way to earn a living. Chris loves it. I really do wish you lots of luck in finding something. 🙂

      • 33andlostinlife
        Sep 01, 2015 @ 19:52:35

        Thanks Millie! Hopefully the path will become clear soon…

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