What No One Tells you About Turning 29

As a kid I imagined my perfect life, I would go to USF St. Pete and graduate with a teaching degree, get married by 22 and have my first kid 2 years later. I imagined staying home with my kids, as my mom did, and of course I would have 3 children, no question, all before I was 30! However, once I became an adult and I did all of those things I was left with a question…..What do I do next? Have you ever asked yourself that question? I felt like I aspired to all I imagined myself to be, but there is a lot more life to live. I realized something, maybe you don’t have this problem….But….. I never thought passed turning 29! Have you?

As a kid and teenager we follow what our parents tell us to do (or don’t), but essentially there are things you are required to do. Our early twenties are full of excitement because we are finally adults, married, thinking about kids, finishing school and finally acting upon that question our kindergarten teacher asked….”What do you want to be when you grow up?” But nobody asks, “What do you want to do when you are 30?” Ummm, the answer for me was, “I want to continue what I did in my twenties.” But do we really want to live the same way? I’ve got to believe there is more to life than doing the same thing over and over again, I believe that is the definition of insanity.

So as 30 approaches a whole new life starts to evolve, one I never thought much about. As I reach that milestone I started asking myself some questions, and you should too…..

           1) Are you pursuing what your heart desires or what makes logical sense?

            2) Are you being the best wife, mother, friend you can be?

            3) Are you living everyday with intentionality?

I found the answer to these questions for myself was a resounding, “No.” How about you?

My answer was no, not because I didn’t care, actually quite the contrary, I care too much. I try to do everything, and in turn I’m left with nothing.

In this revelation I have discovered a life worth living. It is not always perfect, or planned out, and doesn’t have to be “busy” to be successful. It’s in the moments people don’t see, the early mornings, late nights and chaos of the everyday that we are truly living. I have decided to live a life worth living requires sacrifice of stuff and letting go of guilt. We, me included, need to be reminded that the only person worth pleasing is God. Let’s not be consumed with others opinions of us, or trying to keep up with the Jones’. Let’s live with intentionality, reaching for God’s grace every day.

Will you join me in this journey? I look forward to sharing my thoughts and experience with you as I pursue the answer to those 3 questions. Please let me know what your thoughts are on this topic. What do you do every day that help you live with intentionality and makes life worth living past 29 :


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