I’m 33 today.
So am I technically still early 30s or have I officially moved into the dreaded “mid-30s?”
Don’t answer that.
As in years past, I wanted to take a moment today to share deep and meaningful (😉) life lessons I learned on the road from 32 to 33.
In all honesty, and as silly as it sounds, I really think I “grew up” and got to know myself better this past year.
It’s been a year of reflecting and trusting the Lord. Tossing away much of the useless nonsense that consumed my life for far too long.
It wasn’t an easy year, but it’s certainly been worth it. 💗
1. I think that maybe (??) I’ve become more of an introvert in my old age.
Growing up as an army brat that moved tons, I never had a problem making friends and being heavily involved in heaps of activities. I loved people, and I loved doing “stuff.”
Still, I’ve was always been fairly quiet and timid (unless I’m among my trusted “tribe"). I’ve noticed over the last couple of years that my preference is for more intimate, less chaotic engagements.
I still love people, and I still (occasionally) love doing “big” stuff...but in smaller doses, and with my favorite people rather than the whole farm. 😊
So yeah, kind of a big revelation I discovered this past year. Ha!
2. Triscuits are the jam.
Go buy a box of the cracked black pepper & olive oil, or the dill ones.
Once you buy them you’ve pretty much surrendered to the fact that they have to be in your kitchen cabinet ALWAYS.
3. Social media is overrated.
I know this isn’t the consensus, especially for people my age and younger, but seriously- for me, it’s true.
I enjoy taking huge breaks from the rat race that is social media (see #1 above).
I often use Lent as an opportunity to disconnect, and find my usage continues to say very minimal afterward.
It makes me more present and aware of the moment.
Of actual life in the flesh.
Of all the little moments before my eyes I often miss when I’m buried in my phone.
No lie- I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked up from my phone and can’t remember the last 10 minutes of real life around me.
Yes, I completely agree there’s a time and place. There are so many people dear to me that I can connect with through social media when I normally wouldn’t see them except major holidays.
I also see the value in social media (um, after all this is a blog post), but I also see so much more value in investing in the life right in front of me.
All about balance.
4. Silence is golden.
(See #1 and #3)
I find I often busy myself with noise.
The radio is always on.
The TV is always on.
I’m on my phone.
I’m constantly distracted.
I can’t focus and hear the voice of God.
When I finally intentionally quiet myself and step away from the craziness of life, it feels wrong sometimes.
Because I feel as though something should be done. That I need to be acting or moving or doing.
It feels unnatural because we’re constantly faced with stimulation.
Yet, when I force myself to declutter my mind and sit in the stillness of God’s word and actually listen, I find Him. I hear His Truth and desires.
It takes focus, but He promises He rewards those who earnestly and diligently seek Him. And it’s worth it.
5. Marie Callender’s Cherry Crunch Pie will make you hate yourself.
Don’t do it.
It’s so dang good, and you’re going to loathe loving it so much.
6. I enjoy at-home workouts as much as gym ones.
I suppose I always have, however given the choice, I’d always given the edge to the gym.
I love the versatility of at-home workouts in the privacy of my own living room.
Who cares if I’m sweating like a pig and don’t smell like roses!?
Boz and Lucy sure don’t mind. Haha
7. Things don’t go as planned.
But seriously, I’ve been extremely blessed my entire life and had been shielded from a lot of heartache.
The Lord has been doing lots of pruning on my heart in this season of trials, and it hasn’t always been easy or enjoyable.
Nonetheless, I can look back on this last year and consider all my plans and see how the Lord has steered our life in such a different direction (see Proverbs 16:9).
Not as I planned, yet I can still see His hand in it all and have peace.
8. Clean your shower every week.
Seriously. I know you probably hate it as much as I do, but DO IT already.
As we both know, the longer we wait, the worse it gets.
Mix one cup of vinegar and one tablespoon of blue Dawn dish soap in a spray bottle and soak your shower with it.
Let it sit a few hours and then wipe.
9. Truth matters.
Unpopular, but true.
We want to live in this huge gray area so as not to offend anyone, but the fact of the matter is- you’re always going to offend someone. I firmly believe there’s a way to hold the line without being a jerk, which is what the media seems to portray anytime one “side” disagrees with another.
Truth counts, so own it and stand firm in your convictions and dialogue in love, don’t yell and flail in hate.
10. I’ve become a full-blown carnivore again.
Well… Sort of.
I still aim for more of a veggie friendly diet, but I’ve also been adding chicken and fish to my diet 1-2 times a week.
Plus I pretty much can’t turn down grilled Chick-Fil-A nuggets.
They pretty much sent me to the edge, and it didn’t take much more to jump thereafter. Ha!
11. Deep condition your hair.
And if it’s super dry like mine, do it every time you wash it. I used to think deep treatments were once a month type things until I started doing them twice a week.
Game changer. I’ll never go back now!
12. I have friends who genuinely care.
Y’all, I am so thankful for my inner circle of friends. I have been uplifted so many times this year by their love and encouragement.
13. This life isn’t mine to live.
This is the biggest lesson.
It’s something I’ve known as a Christian in theory, but have finally begun to behold.
I’m so done with trying to live my “best life now” with no consideration for standing before Jesus one day.
I want to be selfless and give more. Care more. See people more. Act more. Love more. Stand more.
Not for me or some meaningless cause, but for Jesus and Truth. Even when it’s unpopular.
I’m so done wasting my life and want 33 (and beyond) to be one of surrender and awe.
To see what God can do if I’d simply get out of the way.
Streams of consciousness from my heart to yours.
Here’s to 33. 💗