Saying Goodbye to my 20’s!


I’m writing this post on May 4th, 2017 at 10:30PM, my 30th post of 30 posts, just right before I turn 30 in an hour and a half. It feels slightly surreal ending a decade and entering into another.

Here’s my top ten of my 20’s:

  1. Moving 8 times within 10 years!
  2. Going to my dream school, Southeastern University.
  3. Backpacking Europe with Amy & Starting Bird’s Nest. From that, discovering a new passion for writing.
  4. Traveling to other countries like Israel, Nicaragua, Mexico, Bali, Thailand, and China!
  5. Pursuing my Master of Divinity at Wake Forest School of Divinity and being so so so happy to finish school!
  6. Eleanor, because that’s my girl.
  7. Moving to Charleston without a job or place to live, but it turned out to be one of the best decisions I made in my 20’s.
  8. Of my 20’s, I think 26 is still my favorite year.
  9. Working in hospice was one of the most valuable experiences I’ve had. Learning as a young person to live an abundant life without regrets, centered around Jesus, has been life changing.
  10. The biggest decision I made as a 20-something: Michael & getting back together, engaged, and married!

What a decade! I am so incredibly blessed. There’s been hard seasons- seasons of depression, a lot of work with school, and growing in everyway possible- but all of it has been a sheer gift from a loving and faithful God. I’m so blessed to have the family and friends I do, the community I have both near and far, and that I get to live this life. It’s humbling.

Cheers to my 20’s!


Am I Too Old for Birthday Lists?


To answer the title, yes, probably. So this list is really directed toward my husband.

Dear Michael, I thought I’d help you out here! I know what you’re thinking. “Shea, we just went to Thailand & China…happy birthday/happy anniversary/happy vacation/happy everything!” Sorry not sorry…not going to work for this birthday!

  1. A Golden Retriever. I’ve already found where to get him…so just write a check for the deposit and slip it into my birthday card.
  2. Theo Chocolate Bar (or any dark chocolate 70% or higher) preferably mint or orange. You know, these: 
  3. Moon Dust Sample Pack.
  4. Take me to the closest TCBY. It’s been too long!!!
  5. A massage, duh.

You know…now that I’m really starting to think about what I really want…let me revise.

  1. See number #1 above, that’s not changing.
  2. A once-every-three-weeks maid…you know, for deep cleaning!
  3. To be in bed every week night by 9:00pm, no exceptions.
  4. A sweet birthday card with a very long message telling me how much you love me, in detail :).
  5. Did I  mention a golden and a maid?


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