Celebrating 31

Today is a special day for several reasons: 

  1. It is my 31st birthday. 
  2. It is the official start date of my new and beautifully amazing job.
  3. I spent the day meeting a great group of co-workers while traveling across the country in an unexpected training trip to the Pacific Northwest. (!!!)
  4. I have the privilege of sharing this day with the honorable Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As I write this, there are 10 minutes left of West Coast time on my birthday. In these last moments of the day, I thought I’d share a quick list of 31 things I’m celebrating and/or thankful for right now. So without further ado, here goes … 

My “Celebrating 31” List:


  • A beautiful children’s book on peace my friend Katy gave to me. 
  • Laughter.
  • Access to water. 
  • Food, shelter, and clothing.
  • A heart that breaks for redemption and peace.
  • A voice that loves to sing worship to Jesus.
  • Follow Me to Freedom, a cool book by Shane Claiborne and John M. Perkins that Kirk gave me for Christmas.
  • My silver butterfly ring, another Christmas gift from Kirkum.
  • The chance to work for an amazing company with an incredible mission and a unique approach, alongside a group of truly talented, good-hearted, and enthusiastic people.
  • Sudoku puzzles.
  • Free wi-fi.
  • Quiet moments.
  • My 2010 Moleskine notebook planner.
  • Text messaging.
  • My nonviolence mentors over this past year: Gandhi, MLKJ, Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, and John Dear.
  • Grits.
  • My MSFL cohort at Spring Arbor.
  • My spiritual director and my Audire supervisor.
  • Prayer.
  • Diva and Solomon.
  • Kirk’s smile.
  • Zoey, the white Jetta that keeps on going, even at 130,000 miles.
  • Brother Merton, my vintage Smith-Corona typewriter.
  • New glasses.
  • Health.
  • Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. (Great music. Check out the Once soundtrack or the new Swell Season CD.)
  • Beauty.
  • Contentment in who God created me to be.

Thanks for sharing a few moments of this special day with me! I’d love to turn the question back to you: What are you thankful for in this moment?