In two days, I will officially turn 30 years old. I can’t believe that I am entering a new decade. I love looking back over my last decade and thinking about all of the ups and downs and how far that I have come. God has truly shown himself faithful in my life. He is “able to do exceedingly abundantly more than all we ask or imagine,” like scripture says in Ephesians 3:20. In all of my sorrows and in all of my triumphs, I choose to give thanks to the Lord for the last decade of my life. In reminiscence, I would like to share just a few of the things that I have learned over the past ten years:

  1. Waiting on God is not easy. It is designed to be painful. But if you choose not to wait on God and take things into your own hands, you will regret it later. But you will never regret faithfully waiting and trusting in God.
  2. Do not be afraid of the unknown. Do not be afraid to take calculated risks, even though you don’t have everything figured out yet. It will all beautifully fall into place, but you have to take the first big leap into what you can’t see. 
  3. It is better to choose to open a Roth IRA with that $250 than to buy a designer purse. 
  4. There is absolutely nothing wrong with not having a boyfriend. 
  5. It is so important to intentionally invest in friendships. 
  6. Learning how to cook is an absolutely essential life skill. 
  7. Don’t be afraid to travel the world. It is a worthwhile pursuit. Experiences are more important than things. 
  8. Don’t turn your nose up when an older person gives you advice. 
  9. Two things are important for aging gracefully: Regular exercise, and using sunscreen and moisturizer daily. 
  10. To dress like a lady is a classy act of self-love. 
  11. Don’t worry about if people like you or not. Worry about if you like them. If you don’t like them, don’t waste your valuable time on them. 
  12. Find what you are good at and work as hard as you can to become an expert, and then hone your craft until you are the best in your field. 
  13. Don’t settle in romantic relationships, and be assertive in what you want. 
  14. Learning a foreign language is a gift that will never stop giving, that you give to both yourself and the world. 
  15. Make friends with as many people as you can who are NOT like yourself. 
  16. Cultivate the virtue of being proactive, and kill the habit of being reactive. 
  17. Don’t get so busy that you don’t invest time in cultivating your faith and in being active in your local church. 
  18. Learning how to be happy when you are completely by yourself and cultivating the skills to be as self-sufficient as possible will better serve you when you are married and have family responsibilities. Don’t find your value in your marital status, or lack thereof. 
  19. When you know that you have found the right person with whom to settle down and spend the rest of your life, just do it. Don’t let fear or the opinions of others stop you. 
  20. Learn the art of forgiveness and practice it as much as you can. Life is much too short to hold on to bitterness and grudges. Set yourself free and live in freedom.

What an exhilarating chapter in my life, that is now coming to a close! I can’t wait to see what my thirties hold! What things would you add to this list, that you have learned from your life, in any decade or season? Share your life lessons in the comments! And don’t forget to subscribe to my blog!