Choosing Thirty.

Taking the afternoon to savor these last moments of my twenties as tomorrow marks my official thirtieth birthday. The past few weeks have been incredible to say the least, as I took some time off to travel before the big day. It's been just under a week since returning home from Greece and I finally feel caught up enough on sleep, emails, and laundry to sit back and process all of the things going on in my brain. While Yacht Week proved once again to be one of the most fun trips I've taken (blog post with all the deets pending), I also found it surprisingly difficult to transition back to the real world afterwards. Don't get me wrong, there wasn't anything more satisfying then sleeping in my own bed after a week of crashing in a small cabin bed with my roommate in 90 degree weather. Still, I made some amazing connections with people from around the world, while exploring some of the most beautiful locations on Earth together - it certainly made my commute back to work in Minneapolis underwhelming, to say the least. 

I met up with one of my best girls the following Saturday for brunch and was reminded over cold brew and eggs benny that regardless of where we find ourselves, we have the ability to choose our own happiness. While I was disappointed that I no longer had full access to Mediterranean sunsets and an ocean breeze, I realized that such experiences are meant to supplement an already rich, high value life. And after mulling it over for less than three seconds, I realized how incredibly blessed I am in the everyday. Why is it so easy to focus on what we lack instead of living graciously for the abundance we've already been given? 

As I anticipate this next season, I realize that there are some things that I lack - things that I assumed by now I would have accomplished or achieved. It would be easy to become frustrated or discouraged, believing that I had somehow failed my 30 year old self. But I'm choosing to focus on all of the incredible people and experiences that make up the last 29 years of my life, those expected and those that took me by surprise. I have become the person I am today because of the people I've met along the way, because of the hardships and challenges I've faced, and because of the incredible, life giving experiences that have lifted me up throughout it all. 

I'd be naive to think that the next thirty years won't come with it's own set of challenges, but I'm hopeful knowing that I have family and friends to encourage me along the way, and a God who walks with me through this sweet life He's built before me.  I'm so grateful for each and every one of you and can't wait to see what new adventures lie ahead. But I'm taking it day by day for now, savoring each moment - big and small. After all, isn't that what Trouvaille is all about - choosing to focus on the little, unexpected sweet blessings in the everyday? It is, check out our intro page...:) 

So cheers to thirty and all of the unexpected, messy, beautiful moments ahead! Let's do this. 

XO, S

Stephanie Zillmer