My 28th birthday is on Sunday! I pretty much forbid phrases like “I feel so old” because, well, I’m not :) But this impending number has made me think for the first time about how soon I’ll be leaving my twenties behind. I actually really love the stage of life that I’m in–I still have a sizable handful of weddings on my calendar, but I also get to celebrate friends having babies, see them thrive in careers that they love, and learn from them as we experience marriage, parenthood, and just “adult” life in general together. It hit me the other day that I have friends whose maiden names I don’t know and who I didn’t know before they were moms…and on the flip side, some of my friends can say the same about me! I love the fact that in my late twenties, I know and feel confident in myself and my purpose more than ever, and part of that is because my husband and son are so deeply a part of me.
All that to say! With a new decade on the horizon, I made a list of a few things I’d love to do before my twenties come to an end. Some are lighthearted while others are more serious goals, but I am confident that, Lord willing, they are all doable over the next two years!
1. Create an heirloom-worthy wedding album.
2. Invest in (or acquire) a KitchenAid mixer.
3. Go on a spiritual retreat (anyone else considering the Blessed Is She Wild retreat in DC this November? I really want to go!).
4. Ask my dad to teach me to make his famous crêpes recipe and master the technique.
5. Plant flowers in our yard.
6. Visit the North Carolina mountains in the fall.
7. Buy a bed or headboard.
8. Facilitate new Olson family photos.
9. Volunteer at 20+ weddings at church.
10. Find a spiritual director.
11. Run a 10K.
12. Go on a long weekend trip with just Dave.
13. Go back to Europe (or have plans in place for a five-year anniversary trip, which will fall right after my 30th birthday).
14. Write a book.
15. Have another baby.
For my fellow under-30 readers, do you have a list like this? I’d love to hear what’s on it, if so!
Photo by Rachel Linder of Blue Barn Photography