30 Things I’ve Learned in 30 Years

Did you catch Mary Grace’s blog post last week with a similar title? All of us bloggers loved it so much that we are turning it into another series! Over the next few weeks you’ll get to hear from each of us about some life lessons we’ve learned over the years since our births. We hope this will give you yet another glimpse into the personalities of our bloggers. Follow along!

Since I’m 30 – here are my 30 things I’ve learned (although I still have a lot more learning to do!):

Got this tat during my 30th year. Learned that a tattoo hurts way less than childbirth, for realz.

1. My high school guidance counselor once told me that some friends are here to stay and others touch our lives more briefly and it’s OK when those friendships end. Some relationships come into our lives for a particular reason, to help us through some stage in our life, and while it hurts when a friendship ends, sometimes it’s OK. This has helped me get through a lot.

2. You really can fall in love with someone quickly. (I got engaged to my husband of 5 years after two weeks of dating)

3. It’s important to recognize and cherish your special gift(s) to the world.

4. Every single person has their own struggle. Someone may seem “perfect” but we’re all human and all have personal battles.

5. If you’re a person with high-anxiety (like me), lay off the caffeine.

6. Compliment people, all the time and MEAN it.

7. Make sure your friends and family know how important they are to you. Do everything you can to cherish and nurture the relationships that are most important in your life.

8. On your birthday, remember to thank your momma – it’s her “birth” day too.

9.  At times it can be hard but please choose compassion over judgement, as much as possible.

10. You think you know everything about being a parent, until you are one. Then, your mind is BLOWN.

11. Never judge someone who is overweight/obese. That person is likely facing a lot of inner turmoil and emotional pain and food may be their only comfort.

12. Fight fiercely against injustice.

13. Be yourself. The world wants to turn you into their version of perfect – don’t give in. You are already perfect.

14. If your 6 month old is playing on the bed don’t turn around for even 1 second (I learned this the hard way – no worries, everyone is OK!)

15. Sometimes you’ve just gotta let go of how you thought your life would be and appreciate it for what it is.

16. Have fun in college – a LOT of fun. Dance on tables, go out with your friends, take naps in the middle of the day.

17. On the topic of college, it doesn’t really matter what college you go to – the most important thing is getting the most out of the school you choose.

18. Trust your intuition. You know what I mean. That inner voice that tells you stuff – listen to it more.

19. Dream big. Work hard to make your dreams come true. It’s possible!

20. It’s OK to kiss your kids on the mouth. I always thought this was gross, then I had my kid and I want to make out with her all the time. Not really. Well, maybe.

21. You can make new, awesome friends at any age.

22. Seek out mentors. We all need people to look up to – choose wisely.

23. People are more than their political beliefs. Just because someone may have different views from you, it doesn’t mean you can’t still be great pals.

24. I am a sensitive soul and am proud of it. Hugs to my other sensitive peeps!

25. Everyone can benefit from seeing a psychologist. Every.Single.Person.

26. “To give less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” OK, I stole that from Steve Prefontaine but it is my all time favorite quote.

27. Surround yourself with positive, uplifting people and your life will be SO much better.

28. Text messaging is awesome. Drunk texting is also awesome.

29. When women empower each other instead of tearing each other apart, that is true sisterhood.

30. Getting tucked into bed every night by your significant other is absolutely lovely.

19 thoughts on “30 Things I’ve Learned in 30 Years

  1. I totally see you in all of this, Michelle! #6–you are the BEST at complimenting people and showing appreciation. A little “thank you” goes a long way and everyone should do it more often. It is one of my favorite qualities about you!

  2. Beautifully done, Miche!! Cannot say enough about enjoying every minute of college life. I don’t regret a single thing (especially the mid-day naps). And definitely agree with you on your BIRTHday- don’t forget your mom! it’s almost more important that Mother’s day!

  3. What a great list Michelle! Love love love #s 1,4,15,20, 21 and 28.

    Texting is awesome and I intend to do it well into my granny days! And I will kiss my kids on the mouth for as long as they let me!!!

  4. Wonderful post! First thing, I love your tattoo!
    I enjoyed reading each and every one of your lessons.
    In particular, 20,21, and 28 resonate with me. I LOVE kissing my children on the mouth. I actually enjoy kissing EVERYONE on the mouth, and I’m not afraid to do it 🙂
    People who think you can’t make close, real, commited friendships past a certain age are really missing out on a lot…aren’t they?
    I LOVE drunk texting, it’s one of my favorite hobbies!
    Well done Michelle! XO

    1. THANK YOU!! Oh my gosh, kissing my kid on the lips is the best thing. I hope she still lets me do it when she’s older!

      I guess I better drunk text you more 🙂

  5. This made me teary-eyed! Guess I’m also a sensitive peep too, haha 🙂 I’m so glad that you’ve touched my life, and I hope we’re able to stay friends for a very long time despite the distance.

  6. Oh, I just FREAKIN’ love you!!!!! #8 and #13 gave me chills. I’m right with you on #6, #7, #9, #13 and well, frankly ALL of them! I just LOVE you!!!

  7. Just beautiful lessons…you have leaned a lot, but the key is you are teaching others so much as well. You are awesome.

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