I turn 30 years old tomorrow. It’s one of the big ones, right? Another decade behind me while another stretches out before me. Halfway to 60 and one-third to 90 (haha). I started reflecting on the past ten years of my life…from college student to business owner and everything in between, and realized that I have learned much. Annnnnnnnnnnnd…I have much left to learn.
So, in no particular order, some serious and some silly…
30 Things I Learned in my 20’s
1. Always follow the Lord, even when other people don’t understand or tell you to do the exact opposite. You shouldn’t let other people dictate your days and, therefore, your life.
2. You can throw your husband’s sneakers like tomahawks to kill centipedes and spiders when he’s not at home. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Always be prepared with your cat and a vacuum cleaner just in case (in my case, the vacuum cleaner is way faster than the cat).
3. It’s okay to know every single song in every single Disney movie and to randomly sing them.
4. I really do have to use algebra in the real world. I’m not telling my high school algebra teacher that…even though he goes to my church. You know, keeping him humble and all… 😉
5. Falling does not equal failing.
6. Spontaneous dance parties are the BEST. At home, on the side walk, at the studio, in a box, with a fox…
7. I never get tired of watching “Gilmore Girls” on my –ahem– entire collection of DVDs. And yes, I understand that one day my children will ask me, “What’s a DVD, Mom?”
8. I can’t follow a leader who I don’t respect, so I need to be the kind of leader who other people respect enough to get behind. I’ve learned from watching others that the best leaders have humility, integrity, servants’ hearts, listening ears, and authentic behavior. The best leaders are with the people…not far-removed or “above” the people.
9. People you can be yourself with are rare, treasured gifts.
10. My grandparents are, perhaps, the wisest and most godly people I know. I strive to emulate their prayer life and humility.
11. Every day can be an adventure…whether you are at home or a thousand miles from home. Adventure is a state of heart attitude.
12. Writing a thoughtful note to a person “just because” is a sweet gift to them!
13. If you want to have good friends, you have to BE a good friend first.
14-21. “People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you may win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway. People who really want help may attack you if you help them. Help them anyway. Give the world the best you have and you may get hurt. Give the world your best anyway.” -Mother Theresa
22. It’s okay and exemplified by God to take a rest. You are at your best when you take time to rest!
23. God delights in doing the impossible.
24. God ALWAYS keeps His promises.
25. Marriage is truly a partnership. It’s not one of us against the other…it’s both of us, together with God, facing the world.
26. Owning my own business is truly the most rewarding and challenging thing I have ever EVER done. It is so worth it!
27. It’s important to recognize the times that I need to stand up for myself and the times that I need to let God fight for me. Looking back over these past ten years, the things that were so scary to me at the time are not so scary anymore.
28. We judge each other based on our actions. We judge ourselves based on our intent. I didn’t make that up…I feel like it was a quote that I read, but a good one!
29. Starting off my day by spending a lengthy time in God’s Word, working out, and with my fella (and the Fur Child) keeps me sane and grounded. I’ve been training myself not to even turn on my phone or look at my computer until after I’ve done all of those things.
30. We make the whole “living life” process hard, but God simplifies it in His Word: “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humblywith your God.” -Micah 6:8
I can’t wait to see what the Lord will do in my thirties! To all who have invested in me and imparted your wisdom to me, thank you.