February 25, 2022

Today is the first day of a new age for me. I can’t believe I’m 34! I still feel like I’m 24. I’m so grateful to God to be the age that I am and see another year. I feel very privileged to be where I am in my life: in good health, with the love of my family and friends, and with a purpose. This year I am continuing to focus on doing things that bring joy to my life. I look forward to continuing to do that as a 34 year old woman.

As I get settled into my mid-30s. I’ve continued to grow into my own skin. I know what I like and what I don’t and who I am. I love people. I love my family. Even though I love people and being around them, sometimes I get worn out and have learned that it’s okay to pull back and recharge. As much as I like to go out, I also enjoy being home. The lesson I am currently learning is I don’t have to do everything, which is hard because I am very goal oriented. Some days I only feel as good as the to-do list that I completed. But moving into another trip around the sun, I want to be okay with myself and the things I have accomplished. I want to really believe that I am enough just as I am without any extra achievements.

I’m not going to lie to you though. I’m a little sad to say goodbye to 33. Not because I think I’m getting old. At this point, things are getting good and I’m living out my ‘good ol’ days’. But 33 was such a full year for me. I reacclimated to society last year after pumping the brakes hard in the first year of the pandemic. I went on some trips and I made some new friends and really good memories with my family. My heart is very full.

When my daughter was turning 5, she told me she was sad because she had so many good things happen at age 4. She told me she didn’t want to grow up. Although I’m perfectly fine being an adult and getting older, I realize that I feel a lot like that. I’d be fine being 33 for another year. Not to preserve my youth but soak up a little more of my life at this moment in time and my husband and family at this age.

That being said, I’m excited about this next chapter of my life. Looking forward to some normalcy since my kids have had a never ending winter break with a few days for learning mixed in. 🤪 More trips. More memories. More joy. More love. Continuing to accept myself as I am and more fun. So here’s to 34! May it be a blessing. ✨