One Year Older

Well, I must say I had a wonderful birthday/Easter weekend back home with my parents and hometown friends. As much as I love being away at school, it’s always nice to go back home. I went out for a delicious birthday dinner with my parents and had some extra time on my birthday to take Mr. Nugget (my adorable little cocker spaniel, pictured below) to the dog park. He was in doggy-heaven-on-earth, let me tell ya! Little Nuggers made so many friends and was exhausted by the time we left…not to mention covered in mud all over his paws (which I miraculously was able to keep from getting ALL OVER my car)! He happily sat with his face in the air conditioner vents the whole way home.

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I ended my awesome birthday/Easter weekend with good company and a birthday strawberry martini up on the new rooftop bar in town at school. So perfect :) 22 feels a lot better than I thought it would. It’s about time to leave behind the good ole days of college life and look forward to my future, grown-up life. It’s coming MUCH faster than I thought it would, but I can’t help but think I’ve got a beautiful life ahead of me.

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“45 Life Lessons Written by a 90-Year-Old Woman”…But Not Really

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I read this article on savvysugar.com and had to share it. This woman, Regina Brett, wrote a beautiful list of 45 life lessons. She wrote the list on her 45th birthday after being diagnosed with breast cancer, which is a situation near and dear to my heart. She is now 54 years old and her list has gone so viral that somehow the story changed and people were sharing her list saying that she was 90 years old…so they must be some pretty good life lessons if she gets that kind of life-credibility, right? Yep. Beautifully written with heartfelt thought and specific intentions, this is probably one some of the best life advice I’ve ever read. Enjoy :)

This list was taken from the original article, which you can access here: http://www.savvysugar.com/45-Life-Lessons-Written-90-Year-Old-Woman-34209890

  1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
  2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
  3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
  4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
  6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
  8. Save for retirement, starting with your first paycheck.
  9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
  10. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
  11. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
  12. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
  14. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
  15. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
  16. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
  17. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
  18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
  19. Burn the candles; use the nice sheets; wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
  20. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
  21. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
  22. The most important sex organ is the brain.
  23. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”
  25. Forgive everyone, everything.
  26. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  27. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
  28. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  29. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
  30. Believe in miracles.
  31. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
  32. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
  33. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
  34. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
  35. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
  36. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
  37. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
  38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
  39. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  40. The best is yet to come.
  41. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.
  42. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
  43. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
  44. Yield.
  45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.