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The Year of More

July 7, 2017

Today is my thirty-fourth birthday. And I am deeming this next turn around the sun my #34YearOfMore.

Someone recently asked me what I hoped to gain from this next year of living on this earth and I replied more. Of what? Everything. There has to be something specific. To do more, to be more, to have more. I just want more.

This past year was my Jesus Year – thirty-three. The (approximate) age Jesus was thought to have been when he began his ministry, performed his miracles, and sacrificed his human form to return to an eternal home. While I hadn’t planned to be quite as ephemeral, I declared that at age 33 I would live in my purpose, be fearless in my approach to determining the course of my life, and seek happiness at all costs.

As I look back over my Jesus Year, I’m so proud of myself. I started a prestigious fellowship I’d had my eye on for almost 10 years, moved to an area that I always said I wanted to live in, connected with old friends and made new ones, experienced love again, made self care a priority. I lived. With stress and bullshit at a minimum, no panic attacks or breakdowns. I just lived and was happy and fulfilled.

And this next year I want more. I want all of the good of this past year to be amplified and expanded. Now that I see what I’m capable of – how much my own health and happiness are dependent on my decisions to make it so – I want to do more, try more, be more, love me more, twerk more. There’s so much more within me, I have to tap into it.

The only thing keeping me from living a better life than the best life I have now is me So I’m ready to get to it.

Thank you for being part of the journey.


xoxo, Gem

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  • Reply Old Man Wu July 7, 2017 at 5:41 am

    Happy Birthday, Marge!

    Enjoy year thirty-four! I hope it’s wonderful. I’m doing my damnedest to enjoy my year thirty-eight.*

    *So far year thirty-eight involves a lot of napping and muscle soreness.

  • Reply rayjefury July 7, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Congrats (on everything thus far) and Salute for things to come.

  • Reply Heidi Edwards July 7, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    I love this!!!! It encourages and inspires me to embrace all of who I am and discover more of who God has created me to be! God bless your 34th year of life! I’m excited to see your, “more”, to come! Hugs and love!

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