Monday, November 8, 2010

Growing older...

I'll admit, turning 30 was a bit tough, but only because I had this feeling like I hadn't accomplished much in life yet. I had all of these goals when I was in my 20s, and of course all of the unexpected turns life takes were tossed into the mix and I was on the verge of a new decade feeling like I'd done only a few things I wanted to.

Back in June, I made this list. However, it was pretty ambitious for six months time, and again, life always has it's own plans that tend to overshadow my own! I've accomplished some, and am still working on others, but, I guess it's going to have to be before I'm 32, not 31, since I only have 36 days left for that!

But, last night I sat thinking about the things I have accomplished this year. Learning to sew, doing more quality activities with the kids, helping Alex learn math, teaching the kids that giving is important through our gifts to the shelter...these are all things that last night, I figured out were far more important than having attended a sporting event. Not all the items on my list were silly, because they are all things I want to do. However, sometimes it's the smaller, more unknown day-to-day activities that make me feel like I've accomplished so much more.

So in celebration of nearing 31, and in honor of my mom's birthday today (hope you're celebrating in heaven, Mom!), today I give you a list of 45 little tidbits of advice. I received these in an email from a friend. Enjoy!
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come...

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."


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