The beautiful and talented Kristin from Peace Love and Muesli is guest posting for me today. Lucky me. Even luckier, we’ll be rooming together next week at Blogher in sunny San Diego! She’s also turning 38 on Sunday — Happy Birthday, Kristin! Take it away…
Sue has generously allowed me to copy her birthday celebration post idea. Here are 38 things I’ve learned in my 38 years.
1. The easiest way is rarely the right way.
2. Life is funner when I laugh.
3. Everything tastes better when picked out of my garden.
4. Go to bed. (Sue taught me that)
5. Doing is better than complaining. This is a work in progress.
6. Appreciate what I have. Another WIP.
7. I can make nearly anything.
8. Just because I can make something doesn’t mean I have to. ie, socks or cheese.
9. Ignoring my husband’s suggestions is a mistake. He’s smarter than I think.
10. Band-Aids do help a cut feel better.
11. Take care of me first, like the oxygen masks on a plane. I am no good to anyone burnt out, or out of air.
12. Life is too short for lousy olive oil.
13. It’s also too short for sitting around wishing for change.
14. My children surprise me every day.
15. I have great ideas but my priorities don’t allow me to act on every one.
16. Without clear priorities I am a puddle of misery.
17. Water play makes everyone happy.
18. Ditto snow play.
19. I am more tenacious in my old(er) age. I used to be a quitter.
20. Effort spent does not always equal benefits reaped.
21. Always pack snacks. And water.
22. Exercise makes my mind works better.
23. The public library is the most sustainable place I know.
24. Spending more than we earn gives me anxiety. A work in progress too.
25. I hate playing soccer. I wish the same for my children.
26. I love entertaining and feeding people. I don’t like making my house and food ready.
27. My sisters were right, I am bossy. It’s my super power.
28. I can’t please everyone all the time.
29. Ask for help. When it’s offered take it. And quit feeling bad about it.
30. A list makes my day go more smoothly.
31. I am never too old for rhyming. Dr. Suess is for children of all ages.
32. Cheese is always the answer.
33. Salt is my secret lover.
34. Doing what I have to first, makes doing what I want to more fun.
35. Boiling water will get out all fruit stains if used right away. My mother in law taught me that.
36. A day off from the responsibility of child care makes me feel like a million bucks.
37. Saying no or changing my mind does not make me a terrible person.
38. Sometimes you just have to say healthy shmealthy and eat a bag of chips.
Only one regret in my 38 years: that I was not an Olympian. Pinning that dream on my kids.
And for your last lesson today, you should be reading Kristin’s blog, Peace, Love and Muesli and following her on Twitter.