The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of activity. First there was The Influence Conference in Indianapolis (which I promise to write more about soon as there is so much goodness from that weekend to share). Then there was celebrating my best friend’s 30th birthday over dinner and Spartan football in town last weekend, immediately followed by a trip to Chicago for work that comprised the earlier part of this past week. As of Friday, I officially turned 30, and enjoyed a beautiful autumn day at home. And as a perfect end to this busy streak, we hosted our 2nd Annual Fall Ball / my 30th Birthday Bash last night at the ranch. Good. Times.
Let’s just say that I have fully welcomed my thirtieth year on earth with a BIG embrace, complete with family and friends, travel and celebration. Is there anything better?!?
Over the past two weeks, I have been reminded of how precious and sweet the time I have here really is and of how incredibly blessed I am for the love, the joy, the people, and the opportunities God has put in my life thus far. In this 30th year, at the start of a brand new decade, I want to continue the celebration and LIVE it up and LOVE every minute of the journey.
As I begin this new chapter, I have no idea what the year(s) to come will bring my way. But for one of the first times in my life, I’m okay with the unknown. Because in reflecting on the last ten years, I realize that my life is way better than I ever imagined it would be. God has been up to some amazing things – changing, growing, and transforming me in ways that I never envisioned or thought possible – in both the good and bad times. Through these experiences, I’ve learned some important life lessons along the way that inspire me to start this phase of my life out differently than I have before – and that difference is intentionally inviting God into the new beginning, opening my hands up to Him, and surrendering all of the dreams, goals and visions in my heart, saying “do Your thing” because I know that what He has in store is going to blow my mind. In doing so, I know I’m doing the best and most important thing I can do to live the abundant, full, and GOOD LIFE He calls me to live.
So with that said, I say, “Hello and welcome, 30! Let’s ‘live the good life.’ Let’s fall in love with the every day. Let’s write a good story. Let’s spend time with family and friends, and welcome new ones to join us along the way. Let’s laugh and smile. Let’s show kindness and compassion. Let’s encourage and inspire. Let’s ‘be the light’ and serve others well. Let’s say ‘YES’ to where God leads and live with no regrets. Let’s do this thing.” The time is now.