Today is my birthday. I am turning the big 3-1… Woo-hoo!
It is amazing how much has changed in my life since my 30th birthday just a year ago. When I turned 30 I was really struggling with my direct sales business and what I wanted to do with my life. I was in the middle of a financial desert and not sure if I was ever going to see the light at the end of the debt tunnel.
Thirty was so strange for me. I’ve really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult. – C.S. Lewis
I had a quarter life crisis (I guess you would call it that) last spring/summer. I won’t go into all the details, but you can read about it in many of the posts I wrote last summer & fall here on the blog. That is what led me to begin blogging again and turn CEO of Me -the blog into more than just me writing random thoughts. It also led to me starting my own design business CEO of Me Designs. My direct sales business is still going good even though I have taken a step back with it.
God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. – Voltaire
There are times when I feel way older than 31 and times when I feel way younger. I don’t feel like what I thought I would feel like when I turned 31. My life is definitely not how I thought it would be even just 5 years ago. That is ok though, everything happens for a reason and in God’s time, not ours.
The older I get, the more I am realizing even more so what the really important things are in life. Many of the things I used to think were important to have, achieve or be by my thirties just really don’t matter as much to me. I am also learning to not let the little things get me into such a twist. My heart has become a lot softer and compassionate towards people too. I am trying to look past the rough edges, rude words and bad attitudes to the hard heart inside that needs to be shown the love and mercy of God.
Presents don’t really mean much to me. I don’t want to sound mawkish, but – it was the realization that I have a great many people in my life who really love me, and who I really love. -Gabriel Byrne
Everyone talks about making a “Bucket List” – a list of things you want to do before you “kick the bucket”. I recently read an article about a baby named Avery who has SMA and is not expected to live very long. Her parents have started a blog for her called Avery’s Bucket List to chronicle her life and all the things she is going to do while she is living. Her dad writes the blog as if Avery herself were writing it. I was so sad to see today that little Avery passed away yesterday. Her family is in my prayers. She has left a great impact on the world around her. I encourage you to check out the blog and read the previous posts for lots of great inspiration on how to live your life while you are alive.
I have never really written a bucket list. There are many things I want to accomplish in my lifetime though, probably too many things. The main thing I want to accomplish is to make a difference in the world, to be the best daughter, granddaughter, sister, friend, team leader and mentor that I can be to most important people in my life.
“When you’re in your nineties and looking back, it’s not going to be how many awards you’ve won. It’s really what did you stand for. Did you make a positive difference for people?” – Elizabeth Dole
If I were to write an actual Bucket List though, here are a few superficial things I would have on it:
- Travel through Europe by Train, stopping to visit each country
- Visit Tahiti & Fiji
- Write a book or two or three
- Become debt free (working on it, if things continue going well I will be debt free by the end of 2013!!!)
- Own a house at the beach
- Get a 2nd tattoo
- Take a cake decorating class
- Finish my Bachelor’s Degree
- Fit into a size 10 again
- Go on more missions trips
- Read a classic novel or watch a classic movie every week
- Go to Antiques Road Show in person
- Run a Marathon
That’s all I can think of right now. What about you? Do you have a bucket list? Anything really unique or unusual you want to do before you die? Don’t forget to check out Avery’s Bucket List too.
Oh and since today is my birthday I say you should have a piece of cake too! Enjoy!