30 Things I Realized About Life Before Turning 30

This post was featured on lifehack yesterday. I am turning 30 today and all I can say glory be to God. Enjoy these tips and be blessed.

Where does the time go??? The dreaded 30 is just around the corner beckoning at me but instead of looking back and wondering what I could have done, should have done or shouldn't have done, I choose to celebrate it. I think we take life for granted these days and we dread getting older. Getting older should be a celebration of how far we have come, the achievements we have made and the experiences we have had along the way. We can all agree we are better for it.

Montserrat, Spain

After hanging out in Barcelona we set off for a day trip in Montserrat. The place is breathtaking. Now you'll hear people say it is a tourist trap but if you take the hikes and take your time to enjoy the scenery it is totally worth it. The mountains have an interesting shape some of which Sagrada Familia is based on. Also the boys choir is a wonderful detour to take if you happen to find them performing.

As you can see the pictures were breathtaking and these don't even do this beautiful place justice.

The Greatest Of This Is Love

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

In the Meantime Seasons

Sometimes we go through 'in the meantime' seasons when the only alternative we have is to trust God and to have blind faith. I'm sure we have all gone through seasons in our lives when God seemed distant and just really quiet. Or maybe you are just in a place in your life where something needs to change and you can't find a simple solution. Your only option was or is to pray and hope that whatever God's plan is His plan will end up favoring you.

Barcelona, Spain

After our week long stay in Italy we took a flight from Venice to Barcelona. Budget airlines are really the way to go. Needless to say we loved Barcelona so much we talked about moving there. A cab ride from the airport to our hotel Soho was hustle free. We got a really good deal and stayed in one of their terrace rooms with beautiful views of Barcelona.
On arrival we didn't waste any time and we set off to explore.

Las Ramblas
 I was doing the happy dance in my seat. The vibe in Barcelona is un-explainable. We felt like we fit right in.

When People See You, What Do They See?

I was reading my bible today and as I scrolled through the verses specifically in the book of Galatians I came across these words 'self evident'. The gist of it is that when we truly follow Christ something changes within us that causes us to be different. Not the holier than though different but a genuine good kind of difference that people see in you. We are all not perfect and we are not asked to be perfect.

Compartmentalize Your Relationships

Have you ever found yourself holding people up to either extremely high expectations or just expecting things that you shouldn't be expecting from them? There's a saying about not expecting too much from people and avoiding disappointment.

Venice, Italy

We arrived in Venice all excited because we were in the city of beautiful canals and really beautiful buildings. The weather wasn't cooperating and it rained for most of the time we were in Venice. We didn't care it was still just nice to be there and enjoy the moment.

13 Small Changes To a Happier You

Are you just surviving each day, getting by, living a routine and really just existing with no end or purpose in mind? These are introspective questions that force you to think about the direction of your life. Is there purpose to the things you do? Is there meaning to life as you know it? Are you thriving?

Make Peace With Your Past

Going down memory lane can be bitter sweet. You may find yourself filled with regret for things you didn't do, places you didn't go and the people you left behind. You may also find yourself wishing you had done some things different because in hindsight your life may have turned out differently. The thing is you just don't know that for sure. It is all based on some ideas you have of what your life should look like.

Florence & Pisa

Once we got back from the Amalfi coast we enjoyed our last night in Rome and eagerly awaited our train the next morning to Firenze with a short stop in Pisa before heading to Venice.
I told you I packed in a lot but we made sure we enjoyed each city that we went to.


Amalfi Coast, Positano & Sorrento

Easily one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The food, the people, the views AMAZING.

We booked a full day tour with the Lovely Amalfi Coast and our guide was the best. We really just had the best of luck on our trip! Many people are against doing guided tours and I understand that but when you want to see a lot in a short amount of time this is the way to go. We did not regret our choice.

If Your Relationship Is A Secret, You Shouldn't Be In It

I read somewhere that if a relationship has to be a secret then you shouldn't be in it. It doesn't matter who you are, which point of your life you are in (transitioning from one relationship to another), whether you are young or old whatever..... if you are in a secret relationship you need to get out of it!

Rome In A Day - Part 3

This is the last part of the Rome in a day series. If you missed part 1 & 2 go here and here.

After the Sistine Chapel we headed to the basilica. With the new pope being so popular visits to the basilica have increased tremendously.

Rome In A Day - Part 2

If you missed part 1 just go here.
After the Pantheon and a gelato break we headed to the Vatican.
On the way we took photos because Roma is just so beautiful.

7 Truths About Marriage That I Need My Daughter To Know

Today's post is an article that was featured on lifehack.org. Click on the link or read here. Remember to share. Thanks

Transitioning to being a wife equates to drastic changes in a woman’s life. Moving from life as a single to married status involves so many changes that most women wouldn’t know about until they are literally thrown to the wolves, so to speak.

Rome In A Day - Part 1

Rome can be done in a day folks!! I'll tell you how.

We booked a tour with Walking Tours of Rome and got the best guide (Claudia) ever!!! They aren't cheap but if you are hard on time they are an efficient way of exploring Rome. We only had one day so we packed in a lot. We wanted to visit other places in Italy and getting more than two weeks off for vacation can be a problem.

Experience Is The Best Teacher

Experience is really the best teacher isn't it. You live and you learn unless you are just a sucker for punishment. Sometimes the lessons are good and sometimes they aren't so good. The lessons that bring us down to our knees and pretty much change you forever. I sound a bit dramatic but what I'm trying to say is that we have had experiences that leave their mark. As you get older those experiences define the person that you become. They shape your character.

This thought crossed my mind when we were having a conversation with my friends. We were laughing at the girls we used to be and the things that we used to do. Remember when something so little could set you off so fast and you'd be on a rampage seeking revenge for whatever wrong had been done. Or the scenes you would cause in the name of making sure you had street cred. Such foolishness.