THIRTY-FIVE: Just Trying to Thrive!

Thirty-fiveβ€”it doesn’tΒ feel like a big deal, but it sureΒ sounds like one.

THIRTY-FIVE β€” Just Trying to Thrive! β€” Baby Casey

I’ve made birthdays a bit of a non-event for myself since having kids. It isn’t me being “emo” about it as Sarah surmised last year when she planned out a wonderful surprise dinner with my family, but theΒ exact opposite.

I’m not who I thought I’d be at 35, living a regular life and working a regular job. Somehow I’ve managed to build this world around me that has excitement at every turn, and though it takes aΒ lot to keep it going, I never question whether I’m living life to the fullest. I feel like I’m fulfilling my purpose every day, getting more doneΒ some days thanΒ others.

AndΒ that’s why I didn’t make a big deal about my birthdayβ€”because it was just another day celebrating my life like I doΒ every day.

But 35 isn’t just aboutΒ turning 35β€”there’s an entireΒ year ahead looking to see what I can do!

The Path to Thirty-Five.

THIRTY-FIVE β€” Just Trying to Thrive! β€” Casey on a Younger Birthday

All that said, I’m in the midst of a year that’s beenΒ incredibly busy. To put into context, I see my last few years like this:

  • 2016 was when I started appreciating theΒ value of my work as I started moving from blogging to TV and radio appearances, seeking my experience in fatherhood
  • 2017 had me realise that people would payΒ way more for that work than I thought, opening my eyes to an entire realm of possibility I never considered before
  • and 2018 started showing me theΒ impact of my work, with friends and family stillΒ interacting with my content in an age where engagement’s all but lost inΒ so many places!

In short, I’ve come to realise that my brand isn’t something I should take for granted, taking every opportunity to make it the very best brand I can make it.

ButΒ man does it make living the rest of one’s life hard!

Adulting is Hard. But We Can Figure It Out.

If you thought adult friendships were hardΒ beforeβ€”andΒ hell yes they areβ€”maintaining them with two jobs, two kids and a marriage is next toΒ impossible. You alwaysΒ mean to connect with those who matter to you most, but there’s always another blog to write. Kid to bathe. Spreadsheet to fill or family function to attend. So much time can pass before you even notice what’s going on and once you go too far down that road, it’s tough to come back again.

I’m learning, though, and I thinkΒ 35 might be my best year yet! Though I didn’t put out a 2018 100β€”because let’s be real, whoΒ has 100 goals (says the guy who just shrunk a list of 273 goals to 88 and probably doesn’tΒ fully understand what a “goal” is)β€”I feel more focused than ever. And I knowβ€”it doesn’t always look it with myΒ ridiculously inconsistent posting schedule, but I’m on the grindΒ every night trying to write every post under the sum so I can try somethingΒ new.

I want to do video. I want to grow myΒ podcast. When most people think about getting older, they look at their futures and dread. But I look at it like thisβ€”if I’ve improvedΒ this much from 25 ’til now, imagine how muchΒ better I could be by 45 if I keep at it?

I’ve just gotta take it a step at a time.

Thirty-Five Looking Forward to Forty β€” Let’s Make it Happen!

THIRTY-FIVE β€” Just Trying to Thrive! β€” Sarah and Casey at Looking Glass Adventures

It feels weird knowing I’m closer to 40 than 30, now. 40 seems so…Β adult. But at the same time, I’m accepting that I’m probably who I’m going to be for the rest of my life.

I see things a whole lot clearer now that God’s brought kids into my life and hope to make the most of the decades ahead of me. Thirty-five will have someΒ very adult decisions to make, but they don’t stress me out the way they would in years past.

To be honest, these recent birthdays often take me back to the summer of ’09, where I spent my birthday unemployed. I remember feeling helpless like I’d made some poor life decisions, and I didn’t know I’dΒ ever bounce back fromΒ that.

But I’m a few years older. A few years wiser. And I vowed never to let anyone make me feel that way again.

So I’m thirty-five and just trying to thrive. And you know what? I think I’m going a pretty good job at it.

‘Til next year!

–case p.

By Casey E. Palmer

Calling the Great White North his home, Caseyβ€˜s spent the last few decades in pursuit of creating killer content. From novels as a kid, comics as a teen, to blogs and photos once he could grow a beard, he’ll use whatever’s around him to create amazing stuff.

When he’s not creating, he’s parenting, exploring and trying to make life as awesome as possible for everyone around him.

Because a boring life’s not a life worth living!

2 replies on “THIRTY-FIVE: Just Trying to Thrive!”

You’re a baby! I turned 20yrs older than you did yesterday and my children happily reminded me that I now qualify for a senior’s discount in many places……I was so thrilled lol

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