Turning 20 and Facing Change

Turning 20Today, I turn 20 years old (not including time in my mama’s belly of course). A new decade full of change has begun. And I’ll be honest with you, I’m pretty darn scared.

I remember when I turned 10, it occurred to me all of the changes that were going to happen in the next decade: high school, graduation, maybe my first romantic relationship. This was the decade when I would grow up.

But now that I’m 20, I’ve realized just how much change could come my way. Marriage, kids, maybe even a big move are all on the table. Those are some seriously life-altering nuggets!

Now don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of excitement that comes with this. I mean come on, wedding dress shopping and fluffy babies? That’s totally something to love!

I still have my reservations, but this line of thinking definitely helps.

Maybe you’re facing a decade change too. And maybe, like me, you’re freaking out a little.

I’m going to let you in on the secret of how I deal with imposing change: I list all of the exciting things that could happen to me. Once I see all of the possibilities before me, I will potentially become giddy. How many adventures that could happen!

It’s a bit like trying a new food. Think about it, say you didn’t know what a marshmallow was and someone set one in front of you to try. If you ate it, it could taste absolutely horrible, or unbelievably scrumptious. Thank goodness that people were willing to try them, because I would say marshmallows are just short of a blessing to our existence. And maybe the change that’s facing you could also turn out that awesome (even though marshmallows are a tough act to follow).

I want you to try this exercise with me, whether a birthday is coming or you’re simply facing a big change. Just to give you some inspiration, here’s my list:

  1. Getting married to the guy I’m meant to be with

  2. Traveling the world

  3. Having a couple of kids

  4. Finding out my purpose and living it

  5. Changing the world for the better

  6. Reaching goals I’ve had for a long time

  7. Setting new goals to reach for

  8. Making new life-long friends

  9. Developing new talents

  10. Moving to a new area and making a home

  11. And faith (for you Christian ladies!): growing so much closer to God.

These are just a few examples of the adventures that could be coming my way, and seeing that helps me to overcome the fear that accompanied my newest chapter in life. I’m excited to find out what’s ahead!

What big change are you facing? What are some exciting things that could be coming your way? Share in the comments below!

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  1. My big change is my current adventure to be financially independent through my blog. Love your list!! It took me a realllllly long time and a lot of frogs to find the guy I am meant to be with. Be patient it’s totally worth it. Here’s to learning new skills and growing. Can’t wait to follow along.

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