I am so excited to share part 1 of my 2-part podcast series, “Why You Don’t Have to Freak Out About Turning 30”!

My friends Corinne DuBois, Greg DuBois, and Samantha Vocarte join me to untangle some of the lies I’ve believed about turning 30. We talk about where we expected we’d be at age 30, what informed those expectations, and whether we’ve felt internal or external pressures to be “successful” by the big 3-0. Most importantly, we talk about the concept of success in light of the Gospel and whether our ideas of success align with our call as followers of Jesus.

So if you’re 30ish, not where you thought you’d be in life, and need some encouragement, this is the episode for you!

Get to know my guests!

Corinne DuBois is a thirty-year-old, redheaded piano tuner with a deep appreciation for nature and the outdoors. Mountains, lakes and forests are, to her, God’s cathedrals. When she is not tuning pianos or spending time with friends and family, she’s usually hatching plans for adventure. She attended college in NYC and earned a degree in politics, philosophy, and economics. Two years later, she stepped past her first white blaze on the Appalachian trail, knowing only the weight of her pack, hardly dreaming of the invaluable and sometimes difficult truths she would learn about herself, her fellow wanderers, and God. Listen to her story of the Appalachian Trail here and her thoughts on how are heart shifts when we make God the center below:

Greg DuBois grew up with his triplet brother and sister Ethan and Corinne in Upstate New York. After graduating from The King’s College , he moved to China and has lived there ever since. After spending one year working in Ningxia Huizu Autonomous Region in Northwest China, he moved to Shanghai to study for a Master’s degree in Intercultural Communication at Shanghai International Studies University. After graduating in 2017 he continued on at SISU as a Lecturer, focusing on English language classes, as well as intercultural training and education. Greg spends most of his time teaching, coaching debate, playing frisbee, or otherwise spending time on campus with students, as that is where his primary passion lies–to serve and develop the SISU student community. Having spent almost all of his 20s living abroad (and most of it single), one topic which often occupies his mind is how to live well as a single person in a country and culture which is not his own. Listen to his thoughts on the “tyranny of dreams” below:

Samantha Vocarte is a writer, artist, and small business owner living in Upstate NY. She has worked in Communications for over eight years, and shares her intimate (and often comical) journey with God through the written word…we love each other a lot so it’s messy and fun. She is an avid traveler, songwriter, language learner, and fitness junkie. Listen here for another episode with Samantha and me, and listen below for a glimpse into how God upended her plans–in the most beautiful way possible:

For more on this topic, check out my article, “Why You Don’t Need to Freak Out About Turning 30.”

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