On Sunday, I celebrated 33 years of life. Yes, I am still a youngin’ in many senses, but I have also had the opportunity to do quite a bit of living and learning in my lifetime. Some lessons came easier than others, but as I reflected back on my years, I couldn’t help but feel like no matter the cost, each lesson was one that I was meant to learn, for one reason or another. Sometimes we know that reason right away, and sometimes we never know. Life is full of ups and downs, laughter and tears…and definitely learning.
I love to write and reflect, so on my birthday, I started jotting down different things that I learned over the years or just know to be true in my life. Originally, this wasn’t a blog post, but I decided I would love to share with you. It will help you know my heart a little more, along with my goofy side a little more too as you follow along on all of my Re-Fabbed journeys!
33 Things I Have Learned in this Life:
- Jesus is the reason for everything in this life. He lived, died and rose again so that I could have life. This is the most important thing I have ever learned, and if I didn’t know, understand and accept that, everything else would not matter.
- Humor can cover a multitude of flaws.
- Listen to your Grandparents. Watch them as their faces light up talking about the good ole days. Learn from them and etch that image in your mind forever.
- It is far better to have a small number of TRUE friends than a multitude of fake friends. They are not easy to find. Cherish them.
- There is nothing more magical than the sound of a child’s laughter. Let yourself just sit and listen…soaking it in.
- Don’t take yourself too serious. LAUGH and Have Fun!
- No marriage is perfect. Never compare yours to someone else’s.
- When you are a child, it is very important to be taught those hard lessons in life( Sex, alcohol, drugs…) by your parents. They love you and will teach you correctly. Don’t wait for society to teach your child.
- I believe some people must have seriously been born with zero common sense.
- God is a God of second chances. Nobody is ever too far gone. Never give up on those you love.
- Mt. Dew is highly addictive- and I looooove it.
- Little Debbie cakes are too. I think when I get old, I want to drive a Little Debbie truck.
- Take a leap, and God will catch you.
- Follow your heart’s desires. The Lord places those desires within you, and if you have prayed and feel His tug- you better do it.
- It is hard to be a girl, at any age. Women can be straight up mean. Be the bigger person, no matter how hard it is.
- Listen to your teenager when they cry about the struggles of high school. Those are real. Be there for them.
- “You wouldn’t worry about what people thought about you if you realized how seldom they actually do.”
- Give compliments freely. Don’t flatter just to flatter, but be open with your compliments to other women. There is zero room for jealousy. Lift up and empower other women.
- Forgive. It isn’t easy, but it is freeing. It truly does burden YOU more than it burdens THEM when you hold onto a grudge.
- Nobody looks pretty putting on mascara.
- Everyone should be required to work with the public at least once in their lifetime.
- Work as to the Lord and not for men. People will never appreciate all that you do, and many will never even notice. Remember, you aren’t doing it for them.
- There is nothing better than pillowing your head at night, knowing you put in a hard day’s work.
- I was meant to make things pretty, some way or another…and I sure do love it.
- Being a parent is the hardest job I have ever had. I sometimes wonder how in the world we are gonna make it out alive!
- Kids always have to poop when you are in a hurry or in the worst place.
- Your child will move like a sloth when you have somewhere to be or someone is waiting for you.
- The Cheesecake Factory is the best restaurant, but their menu is entirely too long.
- Writing is my way of releasing stress and bringing my life back into focus.
- The Lord often places those we need in our lives and not those we want.
- Everything happens in God’s time, not ours…and although we can’t see it at the time, it is always better.
- My husband is the most frustrating person in my life, but he is also my most loved. God knew what He was doing when He placed us together. We compliment each other perfectly, and we make each other better.
- The Lord has blessed me FAR more than I deserve.
There is no doubt that I could go on forever. If you just take the time to sit and reflect on what you have learned and know to be true, you will be amazed at how much you know and how far you have come. I challenge you to do that today. Don’t wait until your birthday to take a moment to sit back and reflect on this life…what God has given you and what you are going to do with your next days.
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