3 Months Till 30

“Any arbitrary turns along the way and I would be elsewhere; I would be different.”
-Under the Tuscan Sun

Today--July 8, 2018--as I am writing this post, I am exactly three months away from turning 30.


THREE decades of life.

My immediate reaction to that thought and to seeing it on paper is, “WHAT!?”

How can that be?

I don’t know, but here we are!

I’ve heard my whole life that, “the days are long but the years are short.” There really truly is no better way to sum it up. It feels like just a few weeks ago that I was treating myself to a blueberry donut, chopping all of my hair off, and turning 29.

I suppose it’s milestones like these that cause us to reflect. So I’m thankful for them. Thankful because they provide a unique moment in the history of us to pause and breath deeply. To look back and look forward and to be more present than we may have ever been before. I love them most because they almost always bring me back to the goodness of God. To how small I am and how great He is. They are solemn reminders that these decades are only just the beginning of life with Him.

I know that lots of people dread getting older. I can’t say that I’ve ever been that person. I guess I’ve never really thought about it all that much. I love birthdays (despite the aging that comes with) and that’s just that.

Honestly, I’ve been looking forward to thirty.

It is a tad scary I’ll admit. Two full decades of clear memories and experiences and relationships and growth to recall. Maybe even a little more. One third of my life (roughly) already lived.

But still so much more to be lived! And here is where we look into the rearview mirror and out through the windshield all at once. When we decide what we’ll leave behind for good and what pieces of our past we’ll allow to shape our future. Perhaps a point at which we decide to go in a different direction all together!

And this is where I find myself now. Reflecting on how full and beautiful my life has been--full of laughter and beautiful souls and experiences--- of some crazy perfect mixture of sunshine and rain and of joy and pain that have resulted in growing me up to here. Full and beautiful with God’s goodness and kindness and favor woven throughout it all. His hand undeniably on my life--every twist and turn it’s taken.

And when I think about the adventure so far, I can’t help but to be excited for the decades to come. Aging is whatever, but Jesus will meet me at thirty and in all the years to follow, and so that’s more than enough for me.

“Great is Thy Faithfulness, 
Great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies i see.
All I have needed Thy hand has provided, 
Great is Thy faithfulness Lord unto me.”

Just for fun (and accountability), I thought I’d share my “three goals by thirty” list:

1. Embrace who I am--ALL of who I am --truly.

2. Grow out my bangs!

3. Reach weight/health milestone.

Stick around for the next few months, and I’ll share my THIRTY while I’m THIRTY bucket list with you!

What about you?
Do you have any major milestones approaching? 
Do you find yourself more reflective in these times?

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