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I'm settling into my thirties and with time off this summer, I've been doing a lot of reflecting and thinking about my twenties and dreaming about the days still ahead of me. This post is inspired by those thoughts, observations and recent conversations with friends. 
Here's my "What to Expect by 30" list.

First, expect the unexpected. No, I'm not talking about preparing for all the possible "what ifs" that could come to your way. Nor am I referring to the unexpected as possible issues, as you may first think. I'm talking about realizing that plans don't always work nor are your plans always God's plans. Be open to new experiences, be open to change and be open to the joys that surround you in unexpected places. For me, the unexpected has been taking each day as it comes versus planning, learning that simpler equates to happier, and that lessons come in may ways so long as we recognize them.

Secondly, moments come and go, both good and bad. There are moments when all is better and moments when you think things can't get much worse. It happens to me and it happens to you. Reach out to your supporters, reach inside your heart, and reach up to God in all those moments. Take it all in. Give praise, ask for help, or just share your feelings. Life is a balance. Clear your mind and clear your heart. You will be disappointed, scared and mad sometimes. It's ok. You'll find a way. You will be excited, anxious and on cloud nine. Celebrate.

Next, seek and you shall find. It can be easy to fall into the "what society expects" role. How about seeking God's desires for you and fulfilling them? Nothing else can compare. The feelings that come from filling your day doing just that are... well, why don't you find out for yourself? You may just discover what others "think" is expected is not what He expects. For me, it was stepping out and sharing my talents. It was re-learning how to play at 30 years old and giggling the entire time. Be authentic and live for you and Him! You'll also connect with some amazing people meant to propel your happiness. Whatever you seek, you will find. I hope you seek the you He intends you to be.

Lastly, expect your love to be tested, but let it prevail. Expect your thoughts to be challenged by evil. Overcome. Show kindness. Show love.


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