So, this is what 28 feels like. Sure, in most ways it feels exactly like 27 did yesterday, but there’s a promise in the air whispering, “this is going to be the best one yet.”
Can I get a hells yeah?!
Birthdays have become a time of heavy reflection for me. I’m sure it has a lot to do with the fact that I started this blog just five days after I turned 26 and even more to do with the fact that a new year brings a clean slate and a fresh start, if you let it – and I always do.
Today we’re celebrating with the little life tidbits I’ve picked up on along the way. They aren’t revolutionary by any means and I’m sure most of these will simply be reminders. But sometimes that’s all we really need, a small nudge.
These are the mantras I subscribe to, sprinkled with a few lessons in living a good life:
1. Life sans pop isn’t bad. You can do it and your body will thank you.
2. Be mindful of the company you keep. My first impression/gut instinct of someone is generally spot on. However, that’s not to say there aren’t a few that have surprised me (both good and bad).
3. A sweat session can cure, or at least lessen the blow, of most “bad days.”
But even if you haven’t had a bad day…
5. Taking care of your body is a non-negotiable. Trust me.
6. Waking up early is extremely rewarding. My best days are the ones that start slow, yet productive. Giving myself time to do a few things around the apartment before I head into work always makes me feel good about the day ahead.
7. Saving money is also extremely rewarding and oh so necessary for those times when life hands you lemons.
8. Even though it’s just Pete and I, the laundry is never-ending.
Which brings me to…
9. Find a partner who takes out the trash, unloads the dishwasher and starts the laundry without you having to ask
more than once is much like finding a pot of gold.
10. It’s never, ever too early to start using eye cream.
11. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m never going to grow out of my picky palate. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t keep trying new things!
12. Choose quality over quantity – it won’t let you down.
13. In my early 20s, I nurtured (and I use that term lightly) the wrong type of relationships and completely neglected the one I have with myself – which just so happens to be the most important relationship of them all. This past year, I’ve learned to embrace alone time and I’ve come to realize that I’m someone who needs it in order to maintain some form of sanity in the chaos which I call life.
And there you have it. Twenty-seven years worth of bite-size pieces of advice. What am I missing? Everyone can teach us something and I’ve still got a whole lot of learning left to do.
Next week we (yes, you and me and all of our friends!) are celebrating 26 and Not Counting’s 2nd anniversary and I’m giddy with excitement. See you on Monday for some fun!
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