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I woke up another year older or as I like to look at it, I’ve earned another year of life. I don’t really mind getting older because truly, each year gets better in it’s own way. I love the season of life I am in right now. I am thankful for my experiences of the past & looking forward to so many in the future. Half the time I really don’t know what my plan is or what I’m doing in life, but that’s really the fun in it all. In honor of my birthday today, I thought it would be fun to share 32 thoughts at 32. They’re all random & unrelated, but they are all things on my mind as I sit down to reflect & set goals. Personal posts seem to be the most popular & some of the most fun to write, so here we go!
32 THOUGHTS AT 32
- At least 32 is closer to 30 than 40.
- A lot can change in 10 years, or even five. This time ten years ago I never worked out, ate pretty darn awful, & just overall did not prioritize my health. I still have a lot of room for improvement, but I’ve come so far.
- Related to the above, small changes over time make big impacts.
- I wish I would have started applying neck cream earlier in life. I also wish I would have started taking care of my skin much earlier & skipped out on the tanning bed. Live & learn. Sometimes skipping the fads will pay off later.
- Water makes everything better. Under eye circles? Drink more water. Stressed? Take a bath. Burnt out? Go to the ocean. Drinking water is the single most important thing you can do for your health, beauty, & wellness in my opinion. Your brain can’t function right without water.
- Simplifying life makes the day to day easier. I can’t stand clutter around me, as it clutters my mind. I love getting rid of things that don’t serve a purpose, that we don’t really use, or that don’t bring me joy.
- Sometimes the pressure is good for you. I have this framed with a neon diamond outline as a reminder, but I seem to do well under pressure. The key is to find the balance between pressure that motivates you & pressure that breaks you. Stay tuned.
- It’s okay to not do it all. Learning to say ‘no’ when something just isn’t for you, when you don’t feel like you have the time or bandwidth, or when you want/need to do something else instead is okay.
- Boundaries are healthy. Set them. Reevaluate them. Don’t feel bad about them.
- Move on from those who no longer positively serve you or those who do not support you. You’ll be lighter without them.
- I’m prioritizing skin care over make up (& filters by going filter free) this year. I’d rather invest time in myself & my skin instead of covering it up with pounds of make up every day. You see me often without make up on stories embracing the natural me.
- Communication is key. People can’t read your mind. Be honest.
- Don’t apologize for being honest & straightforward. The right people will appreciate it. Just because you are this way doesn’t mean you’re a b*tch. It just means you’re real.
- In relation to the above, learning when, where, & how to say certain difficult things will take you far.
- There are three sides to every story. Yours, theirs, & the truth. Trying to see things from multiple perspectives will really help you when relating to people.
- Find friends who don’t just tell you what you want to hear. Honesty is key in friendships & will not only help you grow, but will help the friendship grow.
- On the note of friendships, focus on quality over quantity, always.
- Hard times & struggles will make you so much stronger. Approach them this way & they’ll be more bearable. ‘This too shall pass’ always gets me through.
- Perspective is everything. ‘When you’re in a dark place you may think that you’ve been buried. Perhaps you’ve been planted. Bloom.’
- The only things you can control in life are your attitude & your effort.
- It’s never too late to start. Whether it’s a new hobby, a new job, etc. You can do it.
- Know that when you do start something new, there is a growth period. Everyone starts somewhere. The hardest part is starting. You can improve as you go. Just go for it.
- Family is everything. Prioritize them, always. If you don’t have a great relationship with your blood family, focus on your friend family. Family is who you make it.
- Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer. It’s oh so true. Go, experience, explore, learn. It’s so humbling & has shaped who I am today so much.
- Movement is key. If you’re feeling down, stressed, anxious— move. It helps any negative feeling.
- Just keep trying. No matter how small or big the goal. It’s silly, but I love real plants & am determined to learn to care for them. We may have already killed a few along the way, but we keep trying. Whether it’s plants, a fitness goal, eating healthy, or improving a skill, keep at it & you’ll get better.
- It’s okay to be scared. You don’t have to do something just because you’re a certain age, at a certain point in life, or because everyone else is. Write your own story.
- There are few bad days some fresh flowers, wine, a bath, & candles can’t fix.
- Animals, & more specifically dogs are LIFE. I can’t imagine life without my fur baby & can’t wait until I convince Charles that we need another one. #adoptdontshop You’ll never regret saving a life.
- Your only competition should be your past self. Use what others are doing as inspiration, but try to avoid comparison.
- Balance is key. Stay out & party, then sleep in & be lazy. Eat salad, then eat pasta. Eat queso, then workout. Spend time at home, travel. Go out with girlfriends, have date night. Have some alone time, be social. Work, play. Keep it balanced out & reevaluate what that looks like as needed.
- Be willing to adapt. If you focus on how things always were, you will get stuck. Adaptability is so important in many aspects of life.
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I hope you all enjoyed some random musings in honor of my birthday. If you have any questions, comment or DM them to me. I’m working on another FAQ post to go live, soon. I’m starting the day with a mani/pedi, having lunch with my blogger girlfriends, shopping a bit, having happy hour & then Italian for dinner with some of my key players, & then dancing the night away. I’m looking forward to a fun day ringing in my 32nd year. XO