My Thirtieth Year

As something of a kick-off to my 30th year and my mom’s 50th, we ran a half-marathon back on December 3.  It was cold but dry and sunny, and we finished!  Now, I have ambitions to run a marathon with one of my good friends (who is also turning 30 this year) in May, but I’m not sure whether my knee can hold up – it hasn’t felt right since the half-marathon.  Also, there’s this thing about time commitment.  I enjoyed the structure and discipline required to train for the half-marathon.  Someone plotted out the miles I needed to run and which days I needed to run them, and I did it.

No one does this for me for writing.  Nobody sends me a schedule and says, SWells, sit down and give me 20 pages, and tomorrow, I want 20 more.  Plus, the time I’ve dedicated to running has filled any time or energy I had for writing.  I want to run this marathon (I think I do, anyway… I’m suffering short-term memory loss from the half-marathon).  But I also want to write, now that I’ve gotten a few essays done, toward a book-length manuscript.  I’d like to make year 30 the year I finish it, but that might be too ambitious.

There’s a few other things besides writing and running I’d like to have happen in Year 30:

  • take a family vacation
  • go on a fancy date with my husband
  • go line dancing at least once
  • take Lydia and Elvis on two special one-on-one “dates” each
  • cut our credit card debt in half, with a two-year goal of being credit card free by our 10th anniversary
  • blog once a week
  • read ten books
  • run a marathon (maybe… at least another half-marathon)
  • write six or more essays toward the manuscript
  • incorporate Bible reading and prayer into daily life more
  • write twelve new poems

My immediate goals for 2012 are to get well – this sinus infection needs to go away – and to survive the next week of Brandon being out of town.  He’s had a lot of work lately, and I’m ready for him to be home and around more.

Thirty years old July 30.  This is a crazy life.  I wonder what challenges and opportunities God will give us in 2012.

Published by Sarah M. Wells

Sarah M. Wells is the author of The Family Bible Devotional: Stories from the Gospels to Help Kids and Parents Love God and Love Others (2022), American Honey: A Field Guide to Resisting Temptation (2021), Between the Heron and the Moss (2020), The Family Bible Devotional: Stories from the Bible to Help Kids and Parents Engage and Love Scripture (2018), Pruning Burning Bushes (2012), and a chapbook of poems, Acquiesce, winner of the 2008 Starting Gate Award through Finishing Line Press (2009). Sarah's work has been honored with four Pushcart Prize nominations, and her essays have appeared in the notable essays list in the Best American Essays 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018. Sarah is the recipient of a 2018 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. She resides in Ashland, Ohio with her husband and three children.

3 thoughts on “My Thirtieth Year

  1. It is my 30th year too…and I am not sure what to think about that other than I am not upset about it like some people get. mostly because life has gotten nothing but better! Good luck!


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