Day 30::: It’s Gonna be Worth “turning 30”

I have arrived. A New Decade. A new age group. A New year.  Today is my last post of “Here’s to turning 30″…because today I turned 30!! I woke up this morning with a little bit of mixed feelings. Super excited about the day but also sad of my decade ending and my 30 day adventure “ending”.  The past 30 days have, honestly, changed my life more then I realized it would when I ventured out on this lil’ experiment of trying 30 new things to hanging out with 30 different friends.  As you might remember (or not), 30 days ago, my first post, I disclaimed that I wasn’t super excited about turning 30. Hence the whole 30 day thing. For some of you, you might know how when you feel God leading you towards a direction, an idea and you agree because it’s a good idea and you take a risk, go forward and at the end, it  turns out not exactly like how you planned but so much better. This has happened to me. I had NO idea how blessed, how much I would learn about myself, how much breakthrough and shifts in my own life I would receive. I feel like I have come out of this 30 days with more confidence, more hope, more expectation, more love and more joy then I did 30 days ago.  Wow a lot can change in 30 days…actually a lot can change in a moment, a second, a day.

dome trail endOne of the my 30 things was to hike Castle Crags. Now I have hiked it before, but never actually hiked to the dome (well I least I wasn’t sure because it was foggy).  My sister,  Melissa and I decided to go for it today.  Unsure of the weather (it said it was supposed to be lightning, rain and thundering…but didn’t look like it would) we headed north towards Castle Crags trailhead. On the way there I kept singing “It’s gonna be worth it” by Rita Springer.  Along the hike, a 1,000 ft incline, straight up, I kept singing, “It’s gonna be worth it” and after some intense mountain climbing, being attacked by manzanita bushes, finding the “Dome Trail End”, we worked our way up some rock with almost jelly legs and found the top.

Not only was it worth it all but better then we thought (just like in life).  The view was ….the only word coming to mind is… majestic. Melissa found a lil’ hide away that we like to call “The Club House”.  It was kinda of like a  private spot just for me, Steph and Melissa on my birthday.  We had our lunch and just rested and enjoyed the amazing view of God’s glorious creation.  I couldn’t have asked for a better view on my birthday. It’s was totally worth it.  The way down was breeze.  After mountain climbing down, we trail ran the last mile. AMAZING…there is nothing like trail running, SO exhilarating.

Club House View

birthday dinnerAfter our hike, we came home…slightly sore…but ready to party some more! My parents (though they were not here) took me and 7 of my closest friends out to dinner (a few couldn’t make it). 🙂  My choice. I wanted something simple but yummy and outside. So we headed out to Grilla Bites.  It was beautiful day to sit out on the patio and enjoy each other’s company.  Thanks Mom and Dad again for dinner! So great.

13 going on 30 movie

After dinner some of us went back to my house to finish off this epic birthday with a very fitting movie….”13 going on 30″.  We ate ice cream, cupcakes and other goodies, watched a great movie and danced a little at the end…well at least I did. Thanks ladies for “joining” in at your seats. 😉

Now that’s how my day ended, but I forgot to tell you about how it began…another first for me.  My roommates, sister and Melissa were going to go for birthday coffee before we went hiking, so we head out to my car and low and behold…

Yep that’s ME, “Thirty and Flirty”…and thriving. 😉  Thank You Core Group ladies AGAIN! for a great surprise and making my morning. 🙂

I loved having coffee with my roommates, sister and Melissa. A lot of good laughs were had, stories shared and what this year may look like. Thank you all again for making my 30th the best is could have been. I will forever remember this year.

Now what would be my last post with out a re-cap of the whole 30 days?! So here goes the 30 days of turning 30 list (roughly in the right order):

  1. Go on a Blind Date
  2. Go to the launching on an online dating service party
  3. Attended a McCulley Family Easter
  4. Plant a garden
  5. Drive a different way to work
  6. Pay for someone’s coffee in the drive-true
  7. Create an online dating profile
  8. Attend a California Mentoring Partnership Meeting
  9. Travel to a new city and explore it – Crescent City, CA/Brooking, CA
  10. Visit an old World War II Bunker
  11. Put my feet in the ocean on the Oregon coast (Brookings, OR)
  12. Run a race with my parents
  13. Try a new restaurant – Strawhouse Cafe
  14. Eat Thrifty’s Ice-Cream with Parents
  15. Order Business Cards for Photography Business
  16. Make Protein Bars
  17. Cook a Meal for Bethel Lighthouse leaders (Ryan, Josh, Ross and Kiley)
  18. Learn to Longboard
  19. Go to a Redding Farmer’s Market
  20. Go to a Justice Event – Sing Freedom
  21. Go to a spinning class
  22. Get taken on a surprise birthday breakfast
  23. Deposit a check via ATM
  24. Try a different Starbucks Drink
  25. Have my name written on a billboard
  26. Finish a Fitness Bootcamp class
  27. Have my car written on
  28. Hike a new trail
  29. Try Zumba (on the wii)
  30. Consistently updated my blog for 30 days! I didn’t give up!

Wow…what a 30 days!!! AND 30 days with friends was my favorite part of this journey. Thank you for each person who had coffee with, went on a walk, grabbed a meal or had a picnic. I was truly blessed by your stories, dreams and encouragements.

So I begin my 30’s not in fear or disappointment, but with excitement, great expectations, hope and knowing that God has changed my heart, deepened my identity, getting me ready for some changes, growing relationships and surrounding me with people who I am going to run alongside with for the rest of my life.

Here’s to turning 30, Here’s to 30 crazy days, Here’s to 30+ friends and here’s to all of you who stuck it out with me these thirty days. 🙂

Who know’s maybe this isn’t the end of my crazy experimental blogs.  I had such a fun time, I might need a new “project”….any ideas?

Here’s to turning 30! It’s great so far. 🙂



My first attempt at hiking Castle Crags was in 2008 with some new friends.


2 thoughts on “Day 30::: It’s Gonna be Worth “turning 30”

  1. I thought turning thirty was something to worry about but I’ve loved my 30’s way more than my 20’s. Every year just keeps getting better, enjoy!

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