sunrise on Cocoa Beach, Florida
circa summer 2002
It's finally here! May! One of my favorite months of the year. Mainly because it leads into my favorite time of the year- summer. The earth just seems to be buzzing with energy. Even though we are heading into winter here in Melbourne, Australia, roses are blooming everywhere I look! I am abnormally excited this time around for the month of May, though. So many changes, transitions, and traveling to be done in the next 30 days, I almost can't quite wrap my mind around it. We're visiting 2 new cities, taking another weekend backpacking trip to a place I've always wanted to visit, traveling to a new country, leaving our home here in Australia, moving back to the United States, and officially calling the Midwest home. Probably the biggest thing on my mind, however, is the fact that I turn 30 this month.

I've had mixed feelings about turning 30 since I turned 16 years old. At 16, I imagined that when I turned 30 I would have 4 kids with an end goal of 6 kids total, be working possibly as a veterinarian or Christian missionary in Russia, I would own a home, a dog, and fingers crossed, married to a pastor. I thought I would be old, feel wise, and have lots of wrinkles.

I'm sure it's obvious, none of those things came true. Fourteen years later, 19 countries traveled, childless, dogless, still living out of a suitcase, I'm (thankfully) missing a few wrinkles, I've never traveled to Russia, and I did not marry a pastor. I think if I could travel back in time to my beautiful indigo-blue bedroom  in Florida and tell my 16 year old self where she would be today, my 16 year old self might have cried. I'm a completely different person. It blows my mind (in a good way) to think back on the last 30 years of my life, what I've seen, who I've met, and who I've become. 

In addition to my own personal reflections on the last 10 years of my life that will be popping up this month on the blog, I have a few guest writers making an appearance sharing their own stories and reflecting back on what their 20's have taught them. Beautiful stories of strong women. I've been dying to share them with you. I will also be sharing photos of my first official art line here on the blog before it's official launch in the Hippie by the Sea shop this June. 

I can't help by be thankful for the last 30 years, excited for the next 30 days, and insanely curious for what the next 30 years of my life hold for me.