Final Year of the 20s

Tomorrow is my birthday. My 29th birthday. I am not one of those girls that dread this fact.

My friend Erin wrote a blog post on how when she turned 30 she wasn't upset by it. Can I just say a giant AMEN. Yes I can. And yes I did (out loud as I typed it). Why? Well as Erin so beautifully put it, "I'm ready to put a big bow on the 20s and move on."

Don't get me wrong. The 20s have been oh so good to me. Oh SO GOOD.
But they have also been oh so painful. OH SO PAINFUL. Growing pains that are necessary to... well, grow. But not always the most rosey, cheery moments.

Sometimes I can get stuck in the idea of the future. The idea that everything will be just as it should when I get there. As I'm sure you can imagine, this can cause some major disappointment in life. So I'm not going to do that this year. I'm not going to spend the whole year thinking that I'm ready to break free of the 20s already.  I still have a year left to live fully in them. So that's what I'm choosing.

I can't even imagine what He has up His sleeves this year. Its unfathomable to me that He even knows. Right now as I type this maybe He has a smile thinking, "My sweet daughter you have NO idea" while shaking His head back and forth and laughing knowing what's coming my way. And maybe He is leaning into me even now wanting to branch out comfort before it comes, the unexpected pain that is certain in an unknown degree to come because that's just life. Either way He knows. He knows what's best-- for His ultimately glory and my ultimate good.

So this is my verse for this coming year of life: Isaiah 43:16-21 (The Message)

This is what God says, the God who builds a road right through the ocean, ...
"Forget about what's happened;
   don't keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present
I'm about to do something brand-new.
   It's bursting out! Don't you see it? There it is! I'm making a road through the desert, ... Drinking water for the people I chose, the people I made especially for myself, a people custom-made to praise me. 

So if I were to make a list of 20 things to do before I exit the 20s, what would you recommend I put on that list? Can't wait to hear your recommendations. Who knows, they might even inspire me to make a real list.