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A Fresh, New Chapter

In just under an hour the clock will tick over to midnight and it will be my 30th birthday.

Random fact alert – According to this calculator I am 10,957 days old!!!

Today was the final day in my 20’s and I was reminded of this by a number of text messages/voicemails from friends saying “Happy last day of your 20’s” or something to that effect!

As excited as I am about the 30 things I have been preparing for, I still cannot quite shake that slight anxiety I am currently feeling.  People keep telling me not to worry; and I’m trying – oh I’m trying – but it’s hard to just switch off completely.

Tomorrow I intend to get three of the 30 things completed which is exciting.  They are the letter, going to the movies on my own and I’m hoping to do a good deed for a stranger too.  I have spent this afternoon finalising my list of 30 books I am to read this year.  My list is on Goodreads – so if you would like to follow me and my progress on there let me know 🙂  I may even note the books and also the movies on this blog as I finish them…I’ll see how I go.  Either way – the final lists will go up one year from now.

So here’s to the next year.  To a new decade and a fresh new chapter in my life.  My twenties have seen many changes – I started my twenties on the other side of the world in England, to this day, one of the most important experiences of my life.

I had my first serious relationship at the age of 21, and I spent much of my twenties in Sydney.  I met many people – some who came and went, some who have remained in my life.  Every one of them has had a purpose.  I have travelled thousands of kilometres overland through Africa, and to many other countries (with many more to come!!), I’ve been on one hell of a weekend trip in Singapore for work, met my wonderful niece, seen my sister get married, watched friends become parents and most recently gained a new passion in health and  fitness.

When I look back it’s been a pretty bloody good ride the past 10 years, yes there have been some tough times too – but these have only made me stronger.  Over the past 10 years I have learnt many things about myself and the world around me and am continuing to learn every day.  I’ve been told that your 30’s are the best years of your life and I’m starting to believe those people could be right.  Every decision I have made in my twenties has led me to this moment now…and as I finally start to feel comfortable in my own skin and really know what it is I want to do with my life, I think, maybe I am ready to take that step.  Sometimes you just need a little push…and life, it would seem, is going to be that push!

So…stuff it!  Here we go!

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Have you ever had that feeling of “I don’t know what I’m doing?!”  “Where am I headed?”  “Is this right?”

It’s not a great place to be.

photo credit: Google images

photo credit: Google images

Sometimes you need to take some time out, to sit down and re-evaluate what is important and who/what you need in your life.  Sometimes, it’s easy.  Sometimes, it takes weeks.  Sometimes it can even take months to try to make sense of everything.

Prior to this post, I re-blogged a post by Evan Sanders, in which he wrote ” When the mind, the body, and the soul are all out of wack, you become this gigantic confused mess” – This pretty much sums up how I am feeling.

Late October, I took some time out to try to re-evaluate everything – I visited a Retreat a few hours away and it was one of the best things I could have done.  I had been particularly stressed and was feeling quite low.  By removing myself from everyday life (turning my phone off and not having the likes of Facebook interrupting my every thought) I could actually find time to sit down and put some plans in place/create some goals.

When I came back I was relaxed and happy.  The problem was – this didn’t last.  Sometimes you can’t just run away and then expect things to have disappeared when you return.  For problems to just evaporate.  Sometimes, you need to face the challenges head on.  Yes, getting away helped put things into perspective (I have since decided to delete the Facebook app from my phone and also did a big cull – I removed anyone I didn’t spend time with outside of Facebook (unless they were family/friends overseas) and am simply using it as a tool to keep in contact with people now) and I have some good goals for my health and fitness; but there are still things I need to face here at home.  Relationships I need to work on – the biggest one being my relationship with myself.

November was full of ups and downs.  In my last post I wrote quite a cryptic message – check it out here – but I guess, ultimately what I was trying to say, was that until you are true to yourself – until, as Evan said, your mind, body and soul are in sync, then you will be living a lie.

At the moment I have been focusing on the body part – and I think, because my mind and soul aren’t in sync, I’m finding it much tougher than I should.  I had 3 weeks where I didn’t see any changes, followed by a really good week, followed by a week where I went backwards again.

So how exactly do I get my mind, body and soul in sync?  That’s a tough one….something I need to figure out on my own.

What do you do when you’re feeling confused?  Lost?  Like your path has disappeared and you’re not sure which way to go?

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“People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.  When you figure out which it is, you know exactly what to do.

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed outwardly or inwardly.  They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually.  They may seem like a godsend, and they are.  They are there for the reason you need them to be.  Then, without any wrong doing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.  Sometimes they die.  Sometimes they walk away.  Sometimes they act up or out and force you to take a stand.  What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled;  their work is done.  The prayer you sent up has been answered and it is now time to move on.

When people come into your life for a SEASON, it is because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn.  They may bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.  They may teach you something you have never done.  They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.  Believe it!  It is real!  But, only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons; those things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.  Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person/people (anyway);  and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.  It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.”

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