My Thoughts on Turning 31!

My Thoughts on Turning 31 ~ Our Cozy Den

I don’t usually post on Sundays, but tomorrow is a very special day… It’s my 31st birthday! This year has been a rollercoaster ride, to say the least. It has been filled with so many blessings and joy, as well as many trials and tears. I wanted to take a moment to look back on what this year held for me, as well as what I hope to accomplish in the year(s) to come!


Biggest Moments of my 30th Year:

Getting diagnosed with PCOS was huge. In many ways, I’m happy to finally have answers for the troubles that were plaguing me. But it’s still something that I struggle with daily, and I don’t know if that will ever change. I have cried many tears in my grief and frustration.

I became a published writer! Technically, I’ve been writing and blogging for a long time, but this is the first time I’ve been published by someone else.

I lost 42 pounds. That’s a LOT! I guess there is something to be said for never eating anything with sugars or carbs in it. (In other words, anything delicious.)

I read over 175 books this year. Reading is good for the soul! {I’m going to do a post in a few weeks outlining my top 10 books of the year!}


Things I Learned This Year:

How to say no. I still have a long way to go, but I’m starting to try to break out of my people-pleasing ways.

How to trust God. This year, our income was lower than it has ever been, in the history of both of our lives. But I learned, time and time again, that God always provides!

That I can do ALL things through Christ, who strengthens me. I have heard this many times, but I never really lived it until this year.


How It Feels to Be in My 30’s:

I think the word I’m seeking here is creaky.

Everything hurts. My head hurts, my knees hurt, my back hurts. I can’t bend my legs the way I used to. Physically, I feel like I’m falling apart. I don’t know if that’s because of my PCOS, or something else. But I’m almost always in a state of pain, discomfort, or illness.

Also, I found my first gray hair and my first wrinkle this year. It seems fitting.


What I See in My Future:

Recently, I spent some time sitting down and making some goals. I wrote out a timeline of my life, and wrote where I expect to be financially, physically, spiritually, familially, and professionally in 1, 5, 10, 20, and 40 years. This exercise was incredibly insightful for me. It showed me places that I have to step up my game if I want to reach my goals, and places where I am on track. Most importantly, I realized that the season of life that I will be raising children is >>this small<< in the grand scheme of my life. I learned that I have to make them my priority now, because I won’t have the opportunity to do so later.

These are a few of the goals I have set for the rest of my 30’s:

  • serve and follow Jesus in everything I do
  • continue homeschooling (and graduate Connor!)
  • visit 10+ new countries
  • get ahold of my health/illness
  • develop my skills as a writer, through journalism, blogging, and freelance writing
  • learn a new language
  • increase net worth to $500,000
  • go on a mission trip
  • adopt a child (or 2 or 3)
  • see Fallingwater (√ done!)
  • go white water rafting (√ done!)
  • I have many, many more things on my bucket list that may or may not happen in this decade of my life. They will happen eventually!

Just for fun, these are some of the bucket list things I did in my 20’s:

May the next 10 years be as fulfilling as the last!

Tomorrow: My Thoughts on Turning 31 ~ Our Cozy Den

If you have never written out goals for yourself, I highly encourage you to do so. Studies show that simply the act of writing goals down makes them more likely to happen! I want you to achieve all of your dreams! 💕✨

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