December 29, 2015

30 things I've learned in 30 years

Well it's here everyone!  I'm saying farewell to the twenty something years.  And though the feelings are mixed, I definitely feel as though I've come into a place where I'm truly sure of who I am and what I want.  That in and of itself makes the big 3-0 worth it.  So I'm here to share things that I've learned by my 30th year.  These are things worth pondering a huge part of the person I've become.

1. Surround yourself with people who make you better.
These are the people who make you laugh regularly, challenge you, and encourage you.
2. Things worth having are rarely easy.
Don't let that stop you. Ever.
3. Be who you really are.  
Putting on the facade is never worth it and if you hide things about yourself, they eventually come out anyway.  Anyone who doesn't accept you as you are 100% isn't worth your effort.
4. Never apologize for who you are.
There's only one you and that's pretty great.
5. Do things that scare you.
You grow and usually find things you'd never guess you'd love or enjoy.
6. Take time to learn something new: a language, a skill, a sport, or whatever!
Because why not?!
7. Be the kind of friend you'd want to have.
If you don't take the time to know, serve, love, encourage, and treasure your friendships, how can you expect to receive that love in return?  Friendships are precious and should be treated as such.
8. Take care of yourself.  
Health is one of the few things we have the most control over.  Health issues happen, but most can be prevented by nourishing and moving your body and getting enough sleep.
9. Learn how to hang curtain rods, change a tire, and put together furniture yourself.
It's empowering and saves you from having to hire handymen or hunt down friends to help you.
10. Boundaries are healthy
This goes for relationships with people, food, or money.
11. Eat more from the earth and less from a package.
Your body will thank you.
12. Don't waste time doing things you don't enjoy just because you think you should.
If you hate running on the treadmill, don't do it. Find something else!
13. Aim to be the kind of person you'd want to look up to as a kid.
Little ones, teenagers, and peers are always watching.
14. Learn how to be present. 
Get off the damn phone and socialize without social media.
15. Only keep the clothes you absolutely love. 
The ones that make you feel fabulous.
16. Take time for yourself.
If you're constantly on the go, schedule time to be alone and do something you really love.
17. Don't be afraid to say "no".
Over scheduling yourself leads to burnout.
18. Let grudges go.
Bitterness only hurts the one who harbors it.
19. Own your choices.
Take responsibility for your actions instead of placing blame elsewhere.
20. Donate time. 
Find a cause you really care about and commit some time to contribute regularly.
21. Look for the positives in every situation.
It helps lessen the blow of a rough patch.
22. Simplify.
Get rid of things, clothes, and books your don't need.  Donate them or bless someone you know.
23. Learn to be alone.
If you have the opportunity to live alone for any amount of time, take it.  Learning to be self sufficient and make the most of my time is a strength I'm incredibly grateful for.
24. You can't make everyone happy.
You're not pizza. Ha! But in all seriousness it's the truth.  There will always be people who disagree with you and it helps to avoid dwelling on that.
25. Take time to see live music.
Orchestral, folk, rock.  Doesn't really matter.  But find a way to see true musical talent live.  No lip syncing, no air banding, true talent is a beautiful thing to witness in person.
26. Drink water.
This may either seem really silly or really obvious but trust me.  The majority of the liquids you consume should be water.  You'll be amazed at how much better you feel when you drink water throughout the day.
27. Don't settle.
In my years of seeing friends of mine marry I've learned that this is very important.  People accept the love they think they deserve.  So believe that you deserve nothing short of wonderful.
28. Feel.
Accept emotion.  No amount of food, alcohol, shopping, or self abuse will drown it out.  Allow yourself to feel your emotions and and often times that helps you to let them go easier.
29. Don't quit.
As Michael Jordan once said "If you quit once it becomes a habit. Never quit."  If you hit a road bump or fail, try again.  If it's something you really want, never give up.
30. Numbers do not define you.
Your age, pant size, pay check, etc.  None of them define you!  So embrace them.

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