Friday, November 18, 2016

30 Things I Have Learned

Today is my last official day as a 30 year old. Tomorrow, I'll officially be in my 30s, not just 30.  My mom would tell you that isn't so until 6:00 pm, but we're just going to go with tomorrow.

This was a big year for me. We closed on our house three days before my birthday and I finally feel like I love me for the first time in a really long time. I actually appreciate myself for who I am, not who I want to be or who I think I should be. Just me. So for my birthday toast here are the 30 things that I have learned over the course of my 30 years on this planet.

This kid gets it. No pants. No shame.
  1. Your faith is different from your parents's faith, but Jesus, and they, still love you the same.  I grew up in a church very different from the one I attend now. I grew up loving Jesus and while my Jesus and God haven't changed, my relationship with him certainly has and it's different from that of my parents. And that's okay.
  2. Material gain doesn't fix everything, but material gain at a discount does help take the sting out of life.
  3. No good deed goes unpunished.
  4. The golden rule in federal funding isn't really "do unto others as you'd have done unto you," but really "those that hold the gold, make the rules." Sadly, that also applies to life sometimes.
  5. I come from amazing women. One day, I hope I can be a fraction of what they are and what they mean to me.
  6. A good man that takes care of you, makes you laugh and loves you despite all of your weird idiosyncrasies is priceless. Who cares how much he makes. 
  7. Most of my best friends on this planet don't live anywhere near me. Some I don't talk to very often at all, but at the end of the day, I'm pretty sure they would be on my doorstep tonight if I needed them. Also priceless.
  8. Work is not your life. When it becomes your life, you need a new one.
  9. I actually like running. I used to hate it, but now it is strangely calming and I love how awesome I feel while running.  
  10. Nothing feels as good as something you've worked your butt off for (literally, ha!). 
  11. Don't be an English major unless you want to teach.
  12. Food is my love language.
  13. Make your own money, take care of yourself. But also know when to let someone else take care of you.
  14. Be unapologetic about who you are. No one will be a better you than you. And you won't always be the person you are right now, so claim it. If you don't like it, change it.
  15. Not all friends are meant to stay forever. Some are, some aren't.  Know who is and who isn't and be okay with it.
  16. God didn't make Sarah for nature, but there are some parts of nature I've grown to love. 
  17. I find that I love things that connect me to those I miss. I bake because it reminds me of my Grandma Ollie. I like to travel because it reminds me of Hollon and Dollie. I preserve foods because it reminds me of my Aunt Betty (also, grocery store canned beets are disgusting). I love to fly at night because its one of my favorite things I did with my dad growing up. I dance in grocery stores to the music because my mom does. Find ways to remember the ones that meant the most.
  18. Family isn't always blood. And blood isn't always family.
  19. Some of your best friends in life start out as your enemies. And maybe they start that way because you see in them parts of you that you haven't been honest about. 
  20. Roasted broccoli is the only good way to eat broccoli. 
  21. Diet really is 80% of losing weight. But that other 20% makes you feel amazing and not want to kill all the people when you're hungry. Or helps you kill them. Either way.
  22. I don't function well without coffee. Not that anyone needed me to tell them that.
  23. Music soothes the soul. 
  24. Strong is so much better than skinny. All day. Every day.
  25. Writing keeps me sane.
  26. Learn to find the good in our differences. Don't assume you know where someone comes from or why they think the way they do. Have a conversation. Ask them about their life. We are all people, created by God. And if you don't believe in God, that's okay too. I'll still love you. 
  27. Pants are overrated and should be optional. Keep the goods covered and move on. 
  28. Dunkin Hines golden recipe cake mix with chocolate frosting is the best cake ever. And I make an awesome homemade cake and buttercream. Sometimes, though, you just want the cake your mom always made you growing up.
  29. There is no such thing as free money. You'll pay for it somehow, usually with your sanity.
  30. Surround yourself with good people. They keep you sane, pick you up when you fall, push you when you stop and call your crazy out.
Bring it 31, You have a lot to live up to. 


  1. #30 is my favorite! Happy Birthday! :)

  2. Happy Birthday! I just turned 30 a few months ago and I can say I truly love the person I am becoming. Love this list!

  3. This was so lovely to read! Happy Birthday!

  4. Happy Birthday. I love your list.

  5. i love this so much!! and happy belated birthday!!!!!!!