31 Life Lessons


I thought I’d do something a little different today in honor of a day so special to my heart. Through my conscious years on this earth…as in the years I was old enough to remember…I’ve gathered quite a few life lessons. The little girl in the picture has done a lot of growing from that 3rd birthday party.

I may not know everything, but I know a few things… (*clears throat*) 31 to be exact. Some of these statements are well known quotes and others are just conclusions I’ve come to live by. I hope that through this post you are either reminded of certain lessons or that you gain support and a new perspective with any ups or downs life may throw at you.

*Note: “31” Lessons doesn’t necessarily imply that I’m turning 31 (*wink, wink*). Perhaps I was so excited about turning 21 that I added 10 bonus lessons. 🙂

  1. Laugh – as much as possible because life can be tough.
  2. Take all advice with a grain of salt.
  3. Stay prepared – always.
  4. Treat everyone kind, you never know who you’ll need.
  5. Treat everyone kind, you never know who needs you.
  6. If you can’t treat them kind, walk away but just don’t sacrifice your kindness or energy. It’s not worth it.
  7. Positivity is powerful.
  8. Keep 2 things private: your love life and your salary.
  9. Stay connected to a higher source daily – pray, meditate…whatever that source may be to you personally.
  10. Have at least one confidant.
  11. The best advice comes from those who have been there…wisdom is golden.
  12. Treat your body good (exercise, diet) and it will be reciprocated.
  13. Don’t settle.
  14. Embrace dark times and strive through them. Blessings are often right beyond the pain.
  15. Follow your heart because even if it’s wrong, you’ll never live with regrets.
  16. Set boundaries or people will test you.
  17. Express your feelings because no one can read your mind.
  18. Treat trust and loyalty like money…spend wisely.
  19. Strive to master the art of patience.
  20. Never miss an opportunity to show appreciation. “Thank you” is a heavenly phrase.
  21. Don’t live the life that others want for you.
  22. “When you don’t know which way to go, be still.”
  23. Trust your gut.
  24. Don’t be afraid to splurge every now and then – you deserve it.
  25. …But know your financial limits.
  26. Be slow to bash the opposite sex, we need each other. If you feel the need to bash, question who you’re exposing yourself to.
  27. Keep your circle small.
  28. “You are not required to set yourself on fire to keep other people warm.”  Unknown
  29. Office politics are a given. Learn the game and roll with it.
  30. Dress for the job you want.
  31. Set goals through every phase in life.


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