Living our best life, through all ages and stages 1

When I thought about how my 30s would look, it wasn’t this. It wasn’t single motherhood and figuring out how to rebuild my health and my family. It looked more like one of those TV ads, you know the ones, with the handsome husband, happy kids, skinny wife and sun-setting in the background. Aaaaah…the stuff of dreams!

Ageing is an extraordinary process whereby you become the person you always should have been.

David Bowie

Instead? My 30s looks like each day choosing to walk with God, another step, and just one more. My 30s looks like choosing carefully what to sacrifice – and what to prioritise. My 30s looks like pushing through barriers and holding tight to boundaries in ways I never thought I possibly could. My 30s is hard work.

But you know what? My 30s are good, healthy, whole hard work. The kind of hard work that lands you in the place you were working toward your whole life. The kind of hard work that helps you realise those dreams which seemed unimportant, silly, completely unrealistic for so long. The kind of hard work that sees hearts and minds healed, hard conversations had and relationships deepened, mysteries unveiled, prayers answered, paths cleared, wholeness found.

Ageing wonderfully, through all of life’s ages and stages.

Yeah, my 30s look nothing like the carefree picture I’d always imagined living my best life would. But I’ve realised, as David Bowie so aptly put it, that as I age, I am building toward, fighting for what was in me all along. For the woman I wanted to – needed to – become, all along.

And though my life is not ticking off the milestones I think it should, despite my days not looking the way I thought they would, I actually am living my best life. My 30s have been tough. But they’ve also been amazing. They’ve been the best of times and the worst of times.

And while I never imagined I’d be roaring toward 40 and single, I am. And you know what? It really isn’t that bad. In fact, it’s amazing. The mysteries, the wonder, the miracles and growth of this season? I wouldn’t change it for anything. My season of being 30-something has revolutionised my life. Nothing looks the way I thought it would. And for that, I’m eternally grateful.

So, sisters? Here’s to living our best life, exactly where we’re at, with the just right season we’re in. Here’s to valuing the woman we are, and the mysteries and wonder she unveils with each passing year. Here’s to the strength and growth we see in ourselves. And here’s to the wonder of growing older, wiser, stronger each year. One day at a time.

About Joni Leimgruber

Joni lives just outside Sydney in the beautiful Hawkesbury region with her three children. Having journeyed through depression, marriage breakdown and some of the other curve balls life can throw, she is passionate about cheering others on and encouraging them to embrace themselves and their story. She is terrible at telling jokes and regularly comes down with foot-in-mouth disease while blushing profusely. Joni writes to encourage other single mums on Instagram at @singlemumsthriving.

One thought on “Living our best life, through all ages and stages

  • Elaine Fraser

    What a beautiful acknowledgement of how wonderful it is to ‘become’. Become all you’re meant to be, become the person you’re meant to be, and become whole in the process.

    Ageing is a privilege and wonder and you’ve captured the essence of it.

    Cheering you on and praying blessings as you become the you you were meant to be.

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