Birthday Run and 35 Life Lessons in 35 Years.

Well…it’s something that I like to do every year…run my AGE in MILES! It has become quite the tradition over the years and one that I really enjoy. It also helps me to reflect upon years gone by. So, I took time off from work on my actual birthday (which was this past Friday) and ran a bunch of loops in the ‘hood. It was quite enjoyable and a lot to look at for hours upon hours!

Every year I kind of end up picking a different place to run too. Which is nice to kind of change up the scenery a bit!

Things got extremely hot towards the end so I made sure to stash my car aka makeshift aid station with all of the goodies. I had mini muffins, a huge jug of ice cold water and CHOCOLATE MILK on ice to fuel the day. The chocolate milk actually was quite incredible and gave me a nice little carb/protein boost.

If you’ve been reading you know that every year I also like to share some life lessons I’ve learned – 35 years on this beautiful earth! Here are some lessons that I’ve picked up along the way during this incredible journey. Hopefully…just maybe…you can relate.

1. Celebrate others. Always. It is good to put those good vibes out into the universe. You always should get excited about celebrating the ones you love. It says a lot about who you are as a person.

2. Have courage to step away from relationships that hurt. Things that no longer serve you.

3. Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.

4. Always carve out time for yourself in the mornings. Whether you use that time to reflect, meditate, prayer. Get centered before you step out into the world.

5. Communicate with your parents as much as you can. Schedule dates with them! I go on a brunch date with my mom and dad every Sunday.

6. Make a name for yourself and build your career. Even if you’re married. Be your own person and have your own independence.

7. Have some wild/fun/thrilling stories you can take to your grave.

8. Forgive easily. Oh so, so easily.

9. Kiss slowly. Kiss in the rain.

10. If it terrifies the mess outta you, it’s absolutely a great idea to do it.

11. Eat the icing first. Hey…this may not be that popular of an opinion. But I like it.

12. Feel pain. Feel joy. Feel all of the emotions. Don’t block ‘em out. Feeling the extreme ups and downs and being able to ride the wave is healthy for your body mind and spirit.

13. You are someone’s favorite notification.

14. Discover your love language. Mine is quality time. I am also NOT a words of affirmation person?? No idea why. I like time spent. And physical touch.

15. Moisturize! Sunscreen is your friend even on cloudy days.

16. Ask questions. Seek clarity.

17. You don’t have to share all of your opinions on social media. RESIST.

18. Slow down. Nothing requires that much of a rush. Pump the brakes and live a content life.

19. Decluttering matters.

20. Words are powerful. Choose them wisely with ones that you love.

21. Love people, use things. The opposite never works.

22. Live YOUR version of a delicious life.

23. Who empowers you? Who inspires you? Spend more time with them.

24. What fires you up on the inside? Hold on tight to that passion. Cherish it as if it was your first born child.

25. Not everyone was raised/grew up/had the same background or upbringing/values as you. Consider that when dealing with people.

26. Success is pretty amazing revenge. It also requires you to say absolutely nothing.

27. Spend time in silence. Every day.

28. Eat things that nourish you and make you feel satisfied and not depleted.

29. Move your body. It is good for your body and for your brain.

30. NO is not a bad word. Neither is “I have a prior commitment”, Even if simply taking care of YOU is the prior commitment.

31. Take on as little debt as possible. Don’t let it rob you of your freedom and limit your options.

32. SHOW UP. Make your word your bond.

33. Don’t be a flaky person. I like my pastries flaky, not the people I surround myself with.

34. Experience things fully. Be so present and soak it all in.

35. Continue to learn, to love, to share. Life is for living. Embrace it.

And there you have it!

What are some lessons you’ve learned in your years of living?

Birthday Run and 34 Lessons in 34 Years.

So a few years ago when I started running ultramarathons…I began a tradition of running my age in miles on my birthday. It is definitely a FUN thing to do, and really a great time to reflect on the many blessings over the years. I started this run early, and ran loops through some of my most favorite parts of town. Definitely starting the run EARLY in the morning makes a huge difference, too! I started this run just before 5 am and was done just in time for birthday brunch and fun times in the sunshine.

Today I thought I’d share 34 lessons in the 34 years I’ve been on this wonderful earth. In no particular order…here it goes…

1. People aren’t always going to agree with you. That is the beauty of life. I’ve especially learned in the blogging world that we all have amazing insight to contribute and you don’t always know everything. I’m forever a student, learning something new. I feel like the minute you know everything and stop learning from people and experiences – is the moment you stop living.

2. Your everyday can take an unexpected turn in an instant. Enjoy the NOW. I have to continuously remind myself of this since I’m always moving onto or thinking about my next task. Being in the present is where it’s at.

3. Get by with a little help from your friends. In the last year especially with running my friends have really helped me enjoy running more, and have inspired me to become a better runner. I’m so thankful for that community. I’ve found MY PEOPLE, so to speak.

4. We all have a story to tell. Document things that are special in your life. Take pictures of everything. Relish in all the incredible memories that LIFE brings.

5. Throw the rules out the window. It is all about change and you need to be able to adjust and be resilient to the changes.

6. Your mind is an extremely powerful tool. Cultivate good things around you and fill your mind with good things and good thoughts.

7. You can always just do ONE MORE MILE. Or take one more step, or hold on for just a bit longer. Always.

8. Laugh – with friends, loved ones, laugh at yourself! Laughter is sometimes the most wonderful healer.

9. Don’t be fooled by someone’s green grass and pretty lawn and landscape. You don’t know what is in the house or under the foundation. People especially on social media, share only what they want you to know. Work on you and forget the rest.

10. You never know when someone needs to hear a kind word. I know sometimes I will think kind words about someone and not say it out loud. That just may be the one thing that helps that person get through their day.

11. It’s okay to let people in. To be transparent. To share your deep emotions. And it feels good sometimes to just let it out.

12. Be efficient with your time. Work smarter, not harder.

13. You don’t have to commit to all of the things.

14. Say NO – and mean it. Especially if it is something that you feel like is an obligation more than something you actually want to do.

15. Drink your water! I keep a big jug in my office and just sip sip sip all day long. It does wonders for not only your skin/body but your thinking!! Throw some cucumbers and lemon in it to spice it up.

16. Make a delicious meal in the beginning of the week you can eat off of for a few days to save time and money on dinner when evenings are busy. Like this one. Let me know how you like it.

17. Coffee is everything. So is wine.

18. A spa pedicure can sometimes turn your entire day around.

19. A POP OF COLOR usually makes all the difference.

20. A day of rest is never a day wasted. Do what you need to do to recharge the batteries.

21. If someone crosses your mind, check on them. My intuition is really good at stuff like this.

22. There’s no one size fits all approach to wellness. Do the things that keep your body and mind active and that will go a long way.

23. People are going to disappoint you. How wonderful it is that we all make mistakes. Okay – not mistakes, more like happy accidents. Ha.

24. Slow down. We are all going a thousand miles an hour in this fast paced world. Take the time to breathe and savor it all in.

25. Energies are very real. The good and the bad. Spend more time around the good and less around the draining.

26. There are some people that just come and go in life. Some folks have a specific chapter and purpose that they belong in and then, it’s time for them to go. That is perfectly okay.

27. Eat your greens. I try to include lots of spinach in my diet. Like Popeye! Love me some spinach.

28. Be thankful in all things big and small. I try to practice gratitude and being thankful everyday.

29. Get off of the beaten path. I’m all about the wanderlust. Getting outdoors really helps put things in perspective.

30. We make plans sometimes, and God laughs. Some days you just need to let all of those expectations go and just go with the flow.

31. Self promotion is overrated.

32. Turn off the Wi-Fi and talk to each other. Honestly, talking feels like a lost art in this generation. Really take the time to hear someone’s story and their thoughts on a subject.

33. Do the crazy thing that you can’t stop thinking about doing.

34. If you’re passionate – you will prioritize. Abso-freaking lately.

What are some lessons you’ve learned over the years?