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36 Things I Learned From 36 Years of Living

This week I’m celebrating my 36th birthday. 36… I find myself saying that number a lot these days. It’s impossible not to think about how much I’ve learned or how far I’ve come in 36 years.

As a tribute to my 36 years of life, I’ve compiled a list of 36 things I’ve learned thus far. I will turn most of these things into their own post because it’s impossible to keep it brief.

  1. My weight does not define me.
  2. If you come out of high school with a few good friends, you’re very lucky.
  3. I don’t want to be a mother-and that’s okay.
  4. I’m a dog person, not a cat person.
  5. Most of the time, I’m just competing with myself.
  6. It’s important to practice healthy habits.
  7. Friendships change throughout a lifetime.
  8. Even though I’ve changed through the years, my core values really haven’t changed.
  9. Being single for a long time allowed me to fall in love with myself.
  10. There’s nothing wrong with being vulnerable.
  11. I really don’t care what most people think about me.
  12. Mentorships are a necessary part of your career.
  13. Even the worst managers have taught me something.
  14. I love being alone.
  15. Therapy is incredibly valuable.
  16. Self-care is a non-negotiable, necessary part of my life.
  17. I can’t control the actions of others; I can only control how I react to them.
  18. It’s okay to be career-focused.
  19. Save more than you spend.
  20. The beach is my happy place.
  21. I know exactly what I will and will not tolerate in my relationships and friendships.
  22. Yoga is actually a lot more enjoyable than I thought it would be.
  23. Always dress to impress.
  24. Change is inevitable.
  25. You need a lot more than love to make a relationship work.
  26. Find your motivation. It will help you achieve any goal you have your heart set on.
  27. The world is full of some truly amazing people.
  28. I learned a lot more in the school of life than I did in college.
  29. I’ll never get a gold star for being an adult.
  30. No matter what happens, I will be okay.
  31. I learned the most about who I am in my thirties.
  32. Tragedy makes you more resilient.
  33. The world is bigger than I could have imagined.
  34. Gratitude is the key to happiness.
  35. Never underestimate the value of a good night’s sleep.
  36. Life goes on.
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