28 Lessons I’ve Learned in 28 Years

Little Baby Me

Little Baby Me

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday dearrrrrr meeeeee, happy birthday to me! (um yep). Today is my 28th birthday. When I was a teenager I decided that I wouldn’t be old until I was 28…. :/ now I’m 28. I think we can all relate to that feeling right? To make things even more interesting in the past year I worked at a high school in Spain where the kids were 16, 17, and 18. At the end of the school year we did goal setting activities and I had them write letters to their future selves. I thought back to my goals 10 years. I think the only goal I accomplished was graduating from university, and even that took 3 tries! Instead of writing a letter to my future self with all of my goals and plans for the future I decided this year to embrace the present and the past that influenced it. Here are 28 things I learned in 28 years.

  1.  I’m not perfect but
  2. I am enough.
  3. I am worth loving even though
  4. I make mistakes.
  5. I am beautiful including
  6. my flaws. I have freckles, wrinkles (!!!!), and stretch marks
  7. But I can still be confident, happy, and sensual.
  8. One bad day doesn’t have to spiral out of control.
  9. Little things done repeatedly add up to big things.
  10. Saving money is important but
  11. treating yourself lavishly is nice too :)
  12. You have to learn to love yourself first
  13. and that means forgiving yourself.
  14. Grudges seems easy but are draining.
  15. Turning the other cheek seems hard but it the most freeing.
  16. I only have this body so I should treat it well.
  17. What you think is what you become.
  18. Being loved can be scarier than loving but
  19. it is the nicest feeling in the world.
  20. Sometimes I’m wrong and
  21. the best thing to do is say I’m sorry.
  22. Admitting you’re wrong gets easier with practice.
  23. Anything worth doing takes time and effort.
  24. The last stretch is often the hardest.
  25. If you ask, people are generally more than willing to help you
  26. but they have to see that you are helping yourself first.
  27. Family and friends can get you through tough times.
  28. Your most important ally is yourself.
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