33 Things I’ve Learned in My 33 Years

As I celebrate birthday number 33 today, one of the thoughts crossing my mind has been what little nuggets of wisdom I can share that I have learned to be true during my time on this earth. So here they are, a simple little list for you all to enjoy.

  1. ALWAYS pack a book. Even if you think that you won’t possibly have time to read it, ALWAYS pack that book.
  2. “Nice” matters. As underrated and simple as it sounds, I believe that simple niceness makes a bigger impact than we will ever know.
  3. Kill ‘em with kindness. A nugget straight from my Momma . . . one that I have tried to model throughout my life. Kindness is more powerful than we give it credit for.
  4. Let others help you. It’s sooooo easy to jump and say no as soon as help is offered. But when people offer they usually genuinely want to do something. Let them.
  5. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
  6. Find your passion and share it. I love listening to people speak about something they are passionate about – their face lights up, they lean in . . . and they want you to share in that joy.
  7. Support others. What’s that saying – we rise by lifting others. Yeah, that one.
  8. Make time for you. You are worth it.
  9. Learn to say no.
  10. When you do say yes, give it your all. If I’m going to do something I’m going to do a damn good job of it.
  11. Let go of what you can’t control. That goes for what other people think about you, the weather, etc.
  12. Make other people feel good about themselves.
  13. Be as busy as you want to be. There is a lot of talk about the glorification of busy. But, for some people that is exactly how they want to live their life – at full blown, busy from sun up to down speed. And then there are people like me who choose to spend more time at home. Either is great, as long as it works for you.
  14. Appreciate your family. Whatever ‘family’ means to you. Appreciate those people in your life who care about you and want the best for you.
  15. Enjoy nature.
  16. Unplug. Every now and then take the time to be completely disconnected from all of the devices that now pervade our lives. Trust me, it feels gooooood.
  17. Be humble. Humble people are generally secure in their own talent and treat others with respect. Both good things.
  18. Choose your friends wisely. It seems as you grow older you have less and less time to commit to your friendships, so be sure to fill your life with people you genuinely enjoy and who make you feel great about yourself.
  19. Offer your love unconditionally. I’m not saying keep on loving someone who treats you poorly. I’m saying love with all you’ve got and the people who are worth it will do that same back.
  20. Move. Whether you love running, or yoga, or kickboxing, or walking, or biking, or paddling, or . . . you get the idea. Just move.
  21. Forgive.
  22. Apologize. Sometimes you’re the one seeking forgiveness. Make it sincere.
  23. Don’t brush someone off simply for being “young”. One of my biggest pet peeves that I think every generation is guilty of – overgeneralizing the poor character traits of a younger generation.
  24. Same thing goes for someone simply being “old”.
  25. Respect is earned. This sums up the above two points. I don’t care what age you are, I will respect you if you earn it. It’s not something guaranteed.
  26. Let go of unnecessary worry. We’ve all heard it . . . life’s too short. Sometimes this one is easier said than done, but if you can accomplish it then BRAVO!
  27. Eat good food. Okay – actually this one should read: Find joy in what you love. For me, that is making, eating, and sharing delicious food.
  28. Wear sunscreen. Future you will thank you. Especially if you are pasty white like me.
  29. Be comfortable with silence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See what I did there?

  1. If you aren’t happy, change something. (Best cartoon ever below.)

happiness

  1. Be sincere.
  2. Trust that voice inside. Whether it’s whispering or screaming, your intuition rarely steers you wrong.
  3. Never stop learning.