31 things learned

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This past Sunday, I officially crossed the threshold into early thirties domain. I have not been able to accept birthdays for the past few years, with the inability to pinpoint the reason(s). Those few days before the big day are the gloomiest and darkest, usually leading to a reflection of what has happened in the last year and what can be changed/improved/completed in the next.

It has become a staple saying that the thirties are the best decade of your life, there is more clarity with your own wants and needs, you’ve develop a mature sense of self that the confused twenties version of yourself endured. This decade is also the best for stabilizing relationships—so whoever’s lucky out there to put up with me, chances are we’re in for a life sentence. *wink*

So after three decades of puttering about and making some awesome accomplishments (which I reminded myself numerous times to try and squash the birthday blues), I want to share 31 things I have finally learned.

  1. If it is still on your mind in the next morning, it is probably worth taking action.
  2. Trust your gut.
  3. Personal tastes definitely do change.
  4. Create/build your own experience.
  5. Become active.
  6. It is totally okay to hang out with yourself.
  7. Don’t worry about what “everybody” thinks.
  8. Be thankful for what you have now.
  9. Make memories.
  10. You’ll find more common ground with people and develop closer bonds.
  11. Do the research, shop smart.
  12. Learn how to live well within your means.
  13. If you don’t know what you say, silence is always an option.
  14. Don’t be afraid to ask.
  15. Make use of the weekend.
  16. Stay in touch.
  17. Stop being hard on yourself.
  18. Accept yourself.
  19. The sacrifices you make will pay off.
  20. Behind everything beautiful, lies some past pain.
  21. Time heals.
  22. Admitting your feelings shows true strength, rather than bottling them.
  23. When given a chance, act on it.
  24. Try a new look. You might be glad you did.
  25. Things do happen for a reason.
  26. Sometimes, you just need to let it out.
  27. There are other ways to find happiness.
  28. Breathe. 
  29. It is usually them, and not you.
  30. There is nothing wrong with you.
  31. Act like you know what you’re doing.

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