Happy Birthday Darling! Today, I celebrate THIRTY years of being alive... what a blessing. So, I didn't celebrate turning thirty with the all white party, I loosely envision, partly because my friends and family don't live in my town and I felt a bit nostalgic. Instead, I went on a gratefulness walk with my son at one of my favorite local parks, and we had a nice family dinner at Old Mill.
I wanted to commemorate turning thirty by sharing some important life lessons I have learned along the way.
- One -
Family is everything.
- Two -
Things do happen for a reason and life makes sense backwards. God + The Universe have your back. Trust the journey.
- Three -
Things do not bring you lasting happiness + contentment; inner peace does.
- Four -
Gratitude will change your life. Your heart will feel so full when you truly appreciate what you have.
- Five -
Trust your heart. It is your compass.
- Six -
Be open to change. Resistance to change creates a while to of pain.
- Seven -
Be a student of life.
- Eight -
Not knowing is perfectly okay. The answers will come to you when the moment is right.
- Nine -
Accept what is and let go of the rest ... it’s so easy to get down when our present is not playing out how we wanted or expected. Just let go. Surrender.
- Ten -
Tell people what is in your heart without fearing how they will react. It's liberating.
- Eleven -
Don't take things personally. When someone treats you poorly, it's all a reflection of their life and the struggles they are facing.
- Twelve -
Be kind to everyone. Be warm and welcoming... just like my great-grand-ma "mama".
- Thirteen -
- Fourteen -
Nothing lasts forever. Embrace each season of life. Take all the good and all the lessons with you.
- Fifteen -
Ask why and listen. Really listen. Asking why is the first step to creating common ground/understanding.
- Sixteen -
The blissful innocence of childhood is everything. Recapture the bliss...
- Seventeen -
Write things down.
- Eighteen -
Embrace the now. Nothing is ever the same and nothing will ever be the same. Today will never be again.
- Nineteen -
Don't take EVERYTHING so seriously.
- Twenty -
Don't hide your bliss.
- Twenty-One -
Process your emotions. Take the time to feel what you're feeling and than release.
- Twenty-Two -
Learn from your children. They come into your life to teach you more than you could ever teach them. They are pure and their inner compass has not yet been recked by parental or societal expectations.
- Twenty-Three -
Your example speaks for itself. It's louder than words.
- Twenty-Four -
Take care of yourself first. An empty vessel can't care for or nourish others.
- Twenty-Five -
- Twenty-Six -
Get out of your head.
The work we do within is the most important work we can ever do.
- Twenty-Eight -
Take ownership of your life. Take ownership of your contentment. Don't grant anyone, but yourself the responsibility of your happiness.
- Twenty-Nine -
Take the time to get to know yourself.
- Thirty -
Be you. You are enough Darling!
Cheers to my thirties! May I continue to love, learn and grow.