On Turning 30...

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Last week, I turned thirty years young. I refuse to say old, because I don't feel old.  I've always liked the saying, "you're only as old as you feel" and studies actually show that this statement may actually be true. 

As I enter a new decade of life, I've been feeling a bit wishy-washy.  Nostalgic for the past, yet extremely excited for what the future holds. 

I mean, my twenties were pretty incredible. From the big accomplishment of graduating nursing school and starting a career as a professional, marrying the love of my life, building a beautiful home together, traveling, and becoming a mama to a sweet little boy to. It's a whole lot of life squeezed into ten short years. There were a lot of ups and downs of course (mostly ups), but that's the beauty of this roller coaster we call life.

I have learned a lot in the last decade, and it's made me think a lot about time. Age is just a number, right? But I also represents time. And time seems to fly by a lot quicker each year that passes. I don't know if it's this milestone birthday, or becoming a mother, or Nate's diagnosis with kidney disease last year, but I am reminded how precious time is. 

While I accomplished a lot of amazing things in my twenties, I feel like I haven't always been a great steward of time. Being type A, I've always been one to focus on things always being perfect, and feeling discontent if things aren't going my way. The world we live in is becoming more complex and fast paced as we are encouraged to be more, do more, and buy more. It's all a bit overwhelming and draining. And quite honestly, has caused me a lot of anxiety over the last few years. Which is one of the many reasons we have been making big changes to our lifestyle.

While I have no regrets, I want to spend my next decade of life focusing on slowing down. My hope is that I will spend more time focusing on what is most important. Spending less time worrying about perfection and being okay with what is. Learning to let things go and shake it off. Play harder. Listen more, talk less.  I want to minimize and simplify our lifestyle so that we have the time, money, and energy to do what we love together as a family (already working on that).

These last two months in Kauai have been exactly what I needed to really reflect.  I've been able to slow down and think about what matters most to me. I feel refreshed. And that's a great feeling entering this new decade. I say bring it on thirties! 

Turning 30 in Kauai was pretty special! Nate took the day off work, and we slept in. Then we hiked the Nou Nou (sleeping giant) trail that overlooks the eastern side of the island. Pretty incredible view at the top of the trail. 

To cool off from our hike, we celebrated with our favorite Shaved Ice on the island, The Fresh Shave. Such a treat!

Then we got some ahi poke from Ishihara Market and picnicked on the beach. Nate's cousin John and his fiance had just arrived on the island the night before, so they met up with us at the beach. It was great to spend time with other family on my birthday! And the sunset was incredible that night. It was a pretty incredible day to ring in my thirties! 

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