It’s my birthday!
Well, it was. I’m officially 28!
Where should a young woman be at 28?
The truth is, I have no idea.
I took markers of “success” off of a timeline years ago.
“Age is just a number”. It’s the oldest cliche.
It gets repeated for a reason.
It doesn’t really matter when or how you get to to the things that you want, or if those things look different to you than your peers.
Let me tell you about the last 6 months…
My life is different than it was 6 months ago – how amazing is that?
I created some habits that I practiced (almost) daily that made monumental changes to how I felt about myself and how I handled my procrastination issues.
Some of the changes that I made six months ago were:
- Blog consistently
- Get moving every day
- Tidy my house at the end of the night
That’s it! Nothing groundbreaking. After dozens and dozens of speeches to myself saying “this is the day I’m going to change my life!”, it was the creation of tiny habits that actually changed me.
Where I am now.
I’m in what they call a good place. What that means to me is I’m pretty content with the way that I handle things and what I’ve done in my life so far.
What I wish I had done differently at this point in my life.
I could make a post called “27 Regrets in 27 Years”, but I don’t think I have that many. I’m a big believer in the “everything happens for a reason” baloney. The decisions that I’ve made in the past have brought me to this exact moment.
I know that if I had done one thing differently in my past that my daughter wouldn’t be here today.
If I do have one regret, it’s not wearing my retainer after I got my braces off. Now, I’ll eventually have to spend thousands of dollars to fix my crooked teeth. I’d like to thank my 16-year-old self for the lack of foresight.
27 Things I’ve Learned in 27 Years
- It’s okay to love the things you love (music, clothing, etc.).
- There is no way around car maintenance – it’s not going to fix itself.
- Love is a very small fraction of what makes relationships work.
- Tattoos are permanent (the reality of this didn’t really sink in until a few years ago).
- Spend more time with the people you love.
- Get some hobbies that you won’t try to monetize- better still, do some volunteering! Anthony P Orlich talks more about the benefits of this on his blog.
- It’s okay to not be informed about everything going on in the world.
- There is a right and a wrong way to apologize.
- If it can be done now, do it now.
- You get out what you put in, in most cases.
- Don’t pour boiling hot water on your windshield.
- Books are not a waste of time.
- Neither are really good TV shows.
- Never mix bleach with another cleaning product.
- It’s never too late to start.
- Time really does go by faster the older you get.
- You gain more confidence with time (a group of “old” ladies told me this and I didn’t believe them).
- There is freedom in routines.
- If you spend the money to go to a professional, filing taxes isn’t all that painful.
- You will only have yourself at the end of the day.
- “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
- Take care of your body.
- You don’t have to be productive all the time.
- Be exceptionally kind to service people.
- Good sleep and free time are the true currencies of adulthood.
- You can change your life through actions, not decisions.
- Joy is a choice.
Are you in a “good place” in your life?
Do you agree or disagree with anything on this list?
Let me know below!