This Is Thirty…

my thoughts on turning thirty

my thoughts on turning 30 Yesterday was such a magical day! So much more special than I expected. I went to sleep with such a thankful happy heart. So far, 30 isn’t too bad after all hahaha!

For those of you who might not know, yesterday was my 30th birthday, it’s still so surreal to me that I’m thirty  y’all! I’ve never been the type of person who obsesses over age or aging for that matter but I’ll be honest and say that the thought of turning thirty kinda freaked me out.

I got engaged at 19, became a mom at 20 & married at 21 (yes they really did all happen in that order) and I was somewhat feeling like I cheated my way to thirty, or better yet, like 30 sneaked it’s way in without forewarning. I spent the second decade of my life growing, learning, raising kids, forming a family, starting a business & fixing myself emotionally and spiritually. Always on the go and too busy to stop and smell the roses. And now it feels like my 20’s are just gone like that. Never to return again. I’m never getting those years back, they’ll now just be a memory and that kinda saddens me just a bit.

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On a more positive note I now know that it’s true what they say, 30’s are the new 20’s. I’m at a time in my life where I’m the most confident I’ve ever been. I love, trust & accept myself just the way I am. I have that relationship with God that I had desperately been seeking for the past ten years of my life. And I am surrounded by the best friends and family who love me and support me in every way.

I have made a pledge to myself to live this next decade of my life with more intention, more time for god & my church, more time for family & friends, more time for myself & more time to just LIVE.

So cheers to decade THREE!!


Than you to my amazing hubby for all the work you put in yesterday to make it such a special one. I love you forever! To my boys for saying happy birthday 100 times & for their sweet handmade birthday cards. To my parents, siblings, nieces and nephews for the phone calls (y’all had my phone blowing up!) and visits & to all my sweet sweet friends who sent me THE MOST heartwarming messages & voice mails EVER!! I love you all so much and really couldn’t imagine a life without y’all.

And to all my cyber friends, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the love you showed yesterday. You taking the time to write on my FB wall, send a cute birthday snap, insta-story or private message meant the world to me.

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Thank you for stopping by! Love you all!



  1. November 16, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    I have no idea how I missed that it was your birthday yesterday so let me say HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I will be the first to tell you that 30 isn’t so bad after all! I fretted and somewhat panicked when I turned 30, but its been my 30’s that have been so eye opening for me. You’re not only a gorgeous and super talented person, but you have a great soul that is full of positivity and love. It just radiates from you!

    • Lilly@DCarving
      December 6, 2016 / 11:22 am

      Thank you so much Christine!! Your words always have such positive impact once;)