Now that this decade is winding down, I want to spend a few minutes looking back at the highlights of my 20s. While not everything went they way I thought (my 20yo self would have wanted my 30yo self to be married with 4 kids), it’s been an incredibly blessed 10 years as evidenced below.
20. I was quoted in the Washington Post (age 25). I actually forgot about this until someone mentioned it the other day. Some people dream of being famous, but my dream made me famous. Or at least a quote in a newspaper.
19. Losing weight (age 29). I still have a lot to lose, but I’m at least 28 pounds off my high weight.
18. Running free tax sites (ages 26-28). This was a good resume-builder as well as helped me grow in my organizational and leading skills.
17. Graduating from seminary (age 25). The biggest deal about this is that it’s been 4 years and I haven’t gone back to school. I highly doubt I’m done with school forever, but school was such a big part of my life that I was surprised at how easy it was to leave it behind.
16. Starting a garden (age 27). I’ve now gardened for 3 years and am getting into my rhythm. I hope to continue growing it so that I can get almost all my vegetables from my garden.
15. Moving out of seminary housing (age 25). Seminary housing was a blessing, but it was good to move out. It was also the first time in my adult life I had my own bathroom…sometimes it’s the little things.
14. Self-publishing my book (age 29). This was a life goal of mine, though I didn’t have any thoughts of publishing a best seller. I still would like to write something else someday, but I don’t know when.
13. The most emotional week of my life (age 26). There were several factors that went into that week that made it so emotional. Still, like some of the other “negative” things on this list, I grow the most during those times.
12. Graduating from OU (age 22). I never really had a doubt that I would graduate. I loved school and leaving was hard. I would have loved to stay in college forever, but I’m glad that I didn’t attempt that.
11. Our apartment fire (age 24). This was the first big time I got to see the overwhelming care of our Heavenly Father.
10. The week I watched 5 kids while having pneumonia, one of the busiest work weeks of the year, and a tornado pass within a mile of my home (age 28). As crazy as all that was, it’s really not a bad memory. It’s at the seemingly low points that God has showed me the most of Him.
9. Spending a summer in Phoenix (age 20). This may be the most memorable summer of my life.
8. Making an important decision about my future (age 28). Still not ready to talk about this publicly, but it’s coming.
7. My 3 months of unemployment (ages 28-29). This was a trying time for me, but one that I was glad I went through.
6. Moving into my own place (age 28). This was a crazy thing for me, because I never really wanted to live on my own. Still, I love it. I won’t rule out a roommate in the future (particularly of the husband variety), but I don’t mind living alone.
5. Spending 6 weeks in Turkey (age 21). I’ve been back twice since, but the first time was the most transformative. I love that country so much.
4. Starting my new job (age 29). This has been a year full of change, especially this one. I love my job and am very thankful to have a job that I love and can grow with me.
3. My brother’s wedding (age 27). While the day perhaps didn’t go as smoothly for me as I would like, I’m glad that I was able to keep my bug to myself. Really, this is important because it gave me a sister.
2. Moving to North Carolina (age 22). This was my 2nd blind move in my life (where I knew no one where I was going). It turned out well (as did my first, to college), but it’s hard. I think it took me about a year before North Carolina even started to begin to feel like home.
1. My niece’s birth (age 29). I think this is the biggest thing that has happened to me this decade. I’ve wanted to be a mom for my whole life, but being an aunt is definitely the next best thing. I can’t wait to watch my niece to grow up.