As I sit here on my last day in my 20’s and the 28th day of my smoke and gluten-free journey, I am reminded of all of the things that have brought me here. I have weathered a tremendous amount of things in my life but particularly at 29.
As I reflect on the last year I am reminded of a quote I found the other day and it makes me smile.
Honestly, through it all, I absolutely HAVE come out on the other side a better version of myself. In my almost 30 years I have made a lot of mistakes, hurt people I love unintentionally and hurt myself even more. I have created mountains out of molehills and lived to tell the tale. People I loved have been lost and new life has been created all around me. I have played and lost, but at least I have the opportunity and the will to keep on playing.
The more I think about saying goodbye to my 20’s, the happier I am with my decisions in life. I am happy to call myself a non-smoker. I am happy to be gluten-free with a love of taste creation that I am sharing with the masses. I am happy I have moved back to Vancouver Island, where I am as close to my family as I always should have been, and have taken back parts of myself that I did not realize I had lost.
Today, I am saying so long to my 20’s in style from Tofino. I am saying goodbye with my lips painted red, a glass of champagne in my hand and a silly smile on my face. Actually, I suppose I am not saying “goodbye” to my past so much, as I am saying “hello” to my future.
Thirty, I welcome you with open arms tomorrow and cannot wait to see what opportunities I can bring to you. The things I can be sure to bring this year are the following:
- Travel to new destinations
- The creation of new and healthy culinary delights and more ways to share them with everyone
- Learning a new language
- An ever-increasing desire and implementation to spend quality time with those that I love
- Development of a new talent
I promise, Thirty, to be true to myself.