Reset. Refocus. Reclaim. Rejoice?

Although I’m not just over two weeks post turning 30, I still haven’t really settled into being a “Thirtysomething.” While driving home from work yesterday I heard Tim McGraw’s song, “In my next 30 years” and for the first time actually listened to the words and felt a connection to the song.

“…I think I’ll take a moment, celebrate my age
The ending of an era and the turning of a page
Now it’s time to focus in on where I go from here
Lord have mercy on my next thirty years

Hey my next thirty years I’m gonna have some fun
Try to forget about all the crazy things I’ve done
Maybe now I’ve conquered all my adolescent fears
And I’ll do it better in my next thirty years

My next thirty years I’m gonna settle all the scores
Cry a little less, laugh a little more
Find a world of happiness without the hate and fear
Figure out just what I’m doing here
In my next thirty years…”

What am I going to do with my next 30 years? I have so many goals, but often I do not stick to a plan and end up feeling very “woulda coulda shoulda” about things. How can I use this time to really push the reset button and start to refocus my prioritize? I think it’s something we all struggle with (and if you don’t struggle with this, please tell me your secrets).

If you read over my blogs from way back when to now, I have two reoccurring themes: Needing to lose weight and needing to be in a better financial place. I don’t want to spend the next decade taking a step forward only to take two steps backyards and away from my goals – and that’s exactly how I feel I spent the latter portion of my 20s.

I want to reclaim my happiness, my health and my financial freedom so that I can rejoice in the rewards and comfort that only a healthy body and financial security can bring to me. I don’t want to look back in a few months and especially not in a few years and feel that I’ve wasted any of my time.

Speaking of wasted, take a guess at what song played next on the radio? Carrie Underwood’s “Wasted.” Sirius Y2Country, it’s like you know me or something.

“I don’t wanna’ spend my life jaded
Waiting to wake up one day and find
That I’ve let all these years go by

So here’s my commitment to myself – and to the blog world, whoever may be reading – before Monday I’m going to figure out a weekly updates/progress style post. I see this format being something along the lines of:

Weigh-in; % complete for savings goal; one or two simple goals for the week; a recap of the previous week; a motivational quote and whatever other random info I find/plan. I’ll probably try and incorporate my four R’s that I listed in my title: Reset, Refocus, Reclaim, Rejoice. Y’all know I like a good theme or play on words 🙂


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