30 THINGS I'VE LEARNED BEFORE 30

hands-summer-party-colorful-largeHappy Monday!  Guess what?!  I'm 30 years old today!  30!!!  That feels like such a grown-up age to me.  No, I'm not one of those people that think 30 is old, nor am I someone that doesn't celebrate my birthday.  Can you tell? Ha!  I LOVE birthdays!  Yours, mine, and ours!  An entire day (or month, the older I get) dedicated to celebrating the fact that you are alive?  I'm in! Anyway, with all this new-found wisdom (I kid, I kid), I thought it would be fun to compile a list of 30 things I have learned up until this age.  I certainly don't know it all, but I do know a few things to be true (for me, from my own experience)  and thought I would share them.  I know I will continue to learn and grow, and that is so exciting to me!

30 THINGS I'VE LEARNED BEFORE 30

  1. Everything happens for a reason, my friends.  Also, it's helpful to remember: what goes around, comes around.
  2. While we may be equal, men and women are different.
  3. Finding a spiritual practice that you connect with is enlightening in and of itself.  Whether you're part of an organized religion or you're an atheist, you can still have a spiritual practice that works for you.
  4. Moisturizing your skin really does make a difference.
  5. Never stop learning.  Education is beyond the classroom, and knowledge is timeless.
  6. Relationships of all kinds take work, and are completely worth it.  However, that doesn't mean they need to be difficult.
  7. Don't let your past dictate your future.  Be grateful for the lesson, and move on.
  8. Quality > quantity.  Those Forever 21 dresses may be cute for a few wears, but a classic LBD will last for years.  This goes for just about everything in life.
  9. The older you get, the more you appreciate your parents.
  10. Worrying doesn't help an already seemingly negative situation.  In fact, the situation most likely isn't as bad as you think it is in the first place.
  11. Listen to the advice of others, but always do what feels best in your heart.
  12. Tests, quizzes, and grades do not determine your success.
  13. Our thoughts and words create our reality.  Choose wisely.
  14. Drinking a glass of water in between alcoholic beverages works wonders.
  15. Forgiveness does much more for yourself than it does for others.
  16. Travel as often and as much as you possibly can.  There are so many beautiful places in the world, and they are filled when even more beautiful people.
  17. Don't put up with people that don't value your worth.  Period.
  18. Give of yourself.  Like attracts like, goodness attracts more goodness.  Volunteer, donate, etc.  It isn't about money, it's about intention.  Kindness counts.
  19. Invest in yourself: mind, body, and spirit.  You're worth it!
  20. Diets don't work.  Listening to your body does.  P.S. If you don't love yourself at a size 16, you're not going to love yourself at a size 2.
  21. If you like something about someone else, tell them!  Whether it is their shoes, the way they smile, their sense of humor, whatever.  People like compliments!
  22. Be present.  Show up in life.  Do the work.  Live fully.
  23. Figure out what your partner likes, and do more of it.  That can be interpreted many ways, but the main essence is that love languages are indeed real.
  24. You always look better in photos than you actually think.  Trust me.  Look at photos from when you thought you looked "ugly, fat, skinny, etc."  You were gorgeous.  You still are!
  25. It's okay if you don't know what you want to do with your life.  I'll let you in on a little secret: most people don't.  With that being said, try new things until you figure out what you enjoy.  You can never have too many tools in your tool belt.
  26. Just because you don't agree with someone and their beliefs, doesn't mean you can't have respect for one another.
  27. People come in and out of our lives for a purpose.  Sometimes they are there forever, other times it is only for a brief encounter.  Cherish those moments.
  28. Keep in contact with your siblings.  They may even turn out to your best friends.
  29. Move your body!  You don't need to run a marathon or become a world class gymnast, simply stretch or take a walk.  Your body is magnificent, and you'll be thankful when you're older.
  30. Most importantly, LOVE.  Love yourself, love others, just love.  It's the greatest gift you can give and receive.

photo 3Thank you for taking the time to spend my birthday with me!  What is something that YOU have learned in life that you want others to know, too?  Please share!

xo.  Jen