39 things: a list of some things I’ve learned in my life so far.

  1. Distance-learning zoom calls SUCK ASS.
  2. Every girl needs a girl tribe; a pack of girls who see her when she can’t see herself. They’ll sit with her in the dark and reflect her light back to her.
  3. Taylor Swift is an artistic genius.
  4. Mercy comes in many forms. Sometimes it’s a mid afternoon nap and sometimes it’s a 2 year jail sentence. The form isn’t the point; it’s just the vessel. Too often we get stuck on the form and miss the beauty of what it delivers.
  5. Say it with me: Jesus wasn’t a white man with doe eyes and Herbal-Essence hair who came to give us rules. He was a Middle Eastern man and he came to show us love.
  6. Small acts of (harmless) rebellion can rejuvenate the soul.
  7. It is inevitable that life will turn out differently than you pictured it would. The sooner you accept that, the sooner you will awaken to joy.
  8. Truth can be a double-edged sword. It wounds to heal… and it does heal.
  9. Suicide isn’t an end to pain. Instead, it transfers pain from the person who commits suicide to the shoulders of those they leave behind. It becomes their pain to process.
  10. You are your own responsibility…
  11. When you find your people, love them with all your heart. And if you find them in a field, buy the whole damn field. True friends are one of life’s greatest treasures.
  12. Go to therapy. Go to therapy. Go to therapy.
  13. Buy the expensive jeans already.
  14. The devil in social media is that it steals time; time away from your people, your creativity, your life, your….
  15. We are beyond lucky to live alongside animals.
  16. Don’t trust someone who treats the wait staff (or anyone in customer service) poorly.
  17. Trust your intuition. If you’re wrong, learn from it and try again.
  18. Stay sexy and don’t get murdered.
  19. You’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the things you did.
  20. What someone else thinks of you is none of your concern. That shit will drag you down. What does matter is what you think of you.
  21. Pandemics suck.
  22. Kids are relentless teachers.
  23. Don’t push the river.
  24. Folding fitted sheets perfectly is for the birds. Just fold it the best you can and push it to the back of the closet so no-one sees.
  25. If you don’t rush to clean your house before a friend comes over, you know they’re a dear friend.
  26. Look up at the starry sky every chance you get. It never fails to invoke wonder.
  27. Though we get older, most people still feel a certain age inside (Mine is 23. What’s yours?)
  28. Most people who judge others based on what they perceive to be right or wrong usually regret it. God is a God of life and death, not right and wrong.
  29. Be quick to forgive; life is terribly short.
  30. Diets are a horrible idea and only perpetuate feelings of self-dissatisfaction. Eat when you’re truly hungry. Stop when you’re full. Live your life.
  31. If you’ve got some chub around the belly or some dimples in the thighs, don’t let it keep you from living your life. Again, life is terribly short.
  32. If you’re looking for a new show to watch, try Ted Lasso (You’re welcome).
  33. The majority of people who hate California have never lived here.
  34. On a sunny day, the Pacific Northwest is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been (and I’ve been a lot of places).
  35. If you’re on a run and you get tired, look ahead instead of down. It helps.
  36. Take care of your mental health. If you’re struggling, get in touch with a therapist. A great way to begin is logging onto psychologytoday.com and using their find a therapist tool.
  37. If you say mean things or criticize people on social media, see 36.
  38. Every time God speaks He says, “Shame off of you”. God never shames us. People might, (and they might even use God’s name in doing so) but God doesn’t.
  39. If you can, travel. Go see places you’ve never seen, try foods you’ve never tried, dance to music you’ve never heard before. But beware, travel is addictive. Once you start, you won’t want to stop.

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