I turned 30, yesterday. Kyle and Patrick came over very early in the morning to meet up with my friend Diana and me. The four of us went to Hamilton Pool, a beautiful natural spring, where we spent the morning hiking and swimming in the chilly clear water.

 

Lunch was at Salt Lick BBQ down in Driftwood, one of the holy altars of smoked BBQ in the Austin area. I got to yell at some children who were making too much noise.

After a restful afternoon, we had a small get-together at my house with some of my closest friends. Lauren made me a cake. It was amazing. I look forward to sharing none of the leftovers with anyone.

I’ve spent a lot of the past year growing to appreciate what I have, and what I’m capable of. I hope to spend the next decade making more of my dreams into reality.