First, thanks to everyone for all the birthday wishes this past week. It's been very special to feel the love after being away so long. I felt closer. You're all wonderful.
I am fulfilled, contented, and grateful for all my 20s were. I think I put at least half of those years to particularly good use, but all of them have propelled me toward who I am today. So have each and every one of you who have journeyed with me through the last decade (or even two, or, now, three).
But I look forward to the next decade more anticipation than ever before in my short and beautiful life. I have, probably, as far the world would see it, completely unrealistic expectations of things to come, unattainable dreams, improbable goals. That's what makes them mine and that is what makes them so good. I don't want to chase mediocre things. I want to chase amazing things - even if i fail - and that means going beyond what even I think is possible.
I probably need a reality check. But I don't care for one. I am simply not interested. The last ten years have proven to me that playing it safe is not for me.
I sincerely hope you're all along for the ride. I really believe I could not do one single thing worth doing without you - my family, my friends, my community, my church - cheering me on. I am the sum of all my mistakes and all my victories, and the result is exponentially compounded by all of your support and encouragement and those of you who come alongside me when I don't think I can do it, when I doubt, when I inevitably fail.
So in honour of turning 30, I say, here's to 40. Let's see what's next. It'll take a lot of sweat, and tears, risks and chances, and a whole lot of leaping when I don't feel the slightest bit ready - and it'll take all of you alongside me.
So thank you. Here's to 30, here's to new horizons. Let's go!