I turn 30 tomorrow.
Contrary to how popular media tells me I should feel, I'm not nervous or anxious. It will feel a bit strange, not to be in my 20's anymore, but it will be okay.
As I think about turning 30, I think about this past decade and all that I did and experienced:
I worked at two different summer camps
I drove cross-country
I backpacked through Europe with one of my best friends
I graduated college
I fell in love with my husband
I was welcomed by another family
I learned how to decorate
I began my career
I learned how to cook
We bought my first new car
We adopted our Ava Bear
We were married
I started Blackboard Kitchen
We moved in to our first home
I stood up for friends at their weddings
I made new friends
I found my voice
I worked with students
I became a better teacher
I took care of people other than myself
I was surrounded by a supportive, loving, and grace-filled community of family and friends
I had such a great time
I am so thankful for the past year of my life.
I am thankful for you, for coming here and caring about me and what I do.
I am so thankful for the love I get to experience every day.
I'll be 30 tomorrow, and I am okay with that.
I don't know what my thirties will hold, but I am hopeful. I am excited.
I am welcoming this new decade with open arms, with this man by my side, and with a sense of peace in where I have come from and where I am headed.