Today is my thirtieth birthday. I have lived a full thirty years. Thirty years of adventures, mistakes, and learning. Some of those years were hard, and some have been incredibly easy. These are a few of the things I have learned along the way.

1. Life doesn’t end at 30!

2. God loves me. Not in a cliché “God loves everyone” sort of way. He truly loves and pursues me.

3. Love is a choice, not a feeling.

4. It may be God, money, science, themselves, or any number of things, but everyone worships something.

5. I’m not cool and I’m okay with that. It’s much easier to just be myself.

6. Don’t place expectations on people. Everyone is a sinner.

7. Thankfulness is the key to contentment.

8. Trust is a hard thing to gain back.

9. God is faithful even when I’m not.

10. Being a parent is incredibly rewarding and incredibly hard.

11. Life isn’t fair and I’m thankful for that. I’m thankful that I haven’t gotten what I deserve.

12. Always tell the truth. It always comes out in the end and nobody likes a liar.

13. Childbirth is extremely painful, but it is manageable and worth it.

14. I am my own worst critic and enemy.

15. Forgive.

16. Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason is because I’m dumb.

17. Being honest doesn’t mean you can be a jerk.

18. Apologize.

19. My identity is not in what I look like, how well I cook or keep house, how great of a mother or wife I am, how my kids behave, what man loves me or what I’ve accomplished. My identity is in Christ.

20. Fairy tales are just that…Tales. Don’t get caught up in a romance that real life can’t live up to.

21. God is love and He is enough.

22. What doesn’t kill you can make you stronger, but it can also make you bitter, cynical, and emotionally distant if you let it.

23. Whining isn’t attractive.

24. There is truth in every joke. If there wasn’t, it wouldn’t be funny.

25. There is nothing new under the sun… creative people just rip each other off.

26. If you have children, always allow more time than you think it will take. This includes, but is not limited to, cooking, shopping, traveling, getting dressed, and sleeping.

27. You’re never really ready to have kids.

28. Don’t wear uncomfortable shoes, underwear, or clothes. They make you mean.

29. Don’t run away from God when you mess up. Run to Him.

30. I’ve got a lot left to learn.

The Ugly Truth

It’s not every day that you turn 30.  And I’ll be honest here… I wasn’t always okay with it.  I’m not sure that I am still completely okay with being thirty.  There’s not much I can do about it, I guess!  I am, however, a lot more at peace with it than I was just a few months ago.  I think my problem is that I don’t really feel 30… and there is this looming responsibility that comes with being this magical number.  Should I be more responsible?  More successful?  I don’t know… what I do know is that I have thirty years of experience and learning behind me, so the next thirty should be a lot easier, right?  Right…

What 30 looks like on me:

Alright, alright… I may have tweaked it a little!

Have you had a hard time with a particular age?