30 Wonderfully Ordinary Days Before 30

30 (2)Today marks the last day of my twenty-ninth year. Rather than spending my final weeks planning a skydiving adventure or jetting off to a tropical locale, I decided to see if I could make my idea of ordinary into something extraordinary. Every night before I went to bed, I chronicled some small moment that left an impression on me from that day. While I hope there are decades of grand escapades to be had and major milestones to achieve, this exercise left me feeling fairly confident that when I look back on my life, the small moments will matter just as much as the big ones.

  1. I planted seeds for our garden.
  2. I meditated.
  3. I bought an extra bag of rice to donate.
  4. I decluttered the basement. Again.
  5. I had a $30 impromptu date night.
  6. I helped expand our garden.
  7. I gave something away for free.
  8. I decluttered the last holdout on our first floor.
  9. I spent time helping a coworker troubleshoot a personal technology problem that did not impact me in the least.
  10. I bought my husband a small treat just because.
  11. I learned a new recipe.
  12. I started my grandmaโ€™s word search book.
  13. I accepted a rose from my husband without considering the cost.
  14. I wrote snail mail for simply to keep in touch.
  15. I chose to spend time with my parents instead of writing for my blog.
  16. I made a double mortgage payment.
  17. I booked a new side hustle.
  18. I drank a glass of wine by myself not because I needed it, but because I wanted it.
  19. I finished a book that changed me.
  20. I spent time doing yard work, listening to birds instead of music.
  21. I laughed so hard I cried. And snorted.
  22. I invested a whopping $8 on a moisturizer that is transforming my morning routine.
  23. I asked my students to write notes of kindness and encouragement for each other.
  24. I practiced my Spanish.
  25. I did a favor for a friend knowing it will never be repaid.
  26. I called my parents to ask for their help and got it.
  27. I achieved a written financial goal.
  28. I got a good nightโ€™s sleep.
  29. I ate chocolate.
  30. I went for a walk to enjoy the tree blossoms.

Maybe one day these moments will grow into something greater, something bigger than I ever could have dreamt. Or perhaps theyโ€™ll remain small grains of sand in the hourglass of my life. No matter, I will savor them regardless. It seems that looking back on the ordinary with such appreciation and gratitude is perhaps the most extraordinary thing of all.

30 Wonderfully Ordinary Days Before 30

39 thoughts on “30 Wonderfully Ordinary Days Before 30

    1. It really was a lovely month! There were lots of not-so-great moments, but it turns out they didn’t matter much seeing as I don’t really remember them.

  1. Hooray for snort laughs! ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I missed your birthday yesterday — HAPPY 30th!!!! 30s are awesome, and I think you’ll like it here. It’s not all insecurity-free perfection, as some people like to say, but early 30s are definitely when I started to feel like I knew what I was doing. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. All The Light We Cannot See was the book. You might laugh, but it’s ELF moisturizer. I swear it has done more for my skin than any expensive anti-aging moisturizer ever did. I will add Bittersweet to my holds list that the library. Thank you!

    1. The writing and the stories of the children/teens iss so captivating. I haven’t read a grown-up book that I’ve thought about as long as I’m still thinking about that one! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. So true! It’s how we see things (big or small) for what they really are and for the value they add to our life. Happy 30th in advance! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Happy birthday!

    This is inspiring to me, as I near 30 myself before too long. I turned 28 this year, and I would be lying if I denied that I mourned the death of my “early- to mid-twenties.”

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