I turned the big 3-1 yesterday and it feels great!  The years leading up to turning 30, I was not excited to be getting older.  30 seemed like a daunting adult age where I should have everything figured out or have “more.”  Well, now that I’m officially a year into it, 30 isn’t so bad at all.  I feel content with where I am.  Sure, there are still big things I want to go after and to accomplish in the near future.  But, I’m happy with the journey that is taking me where I need to go.


I decided to put together a list of 31 thoughts from the past 31 years.  Things I’ve learned and found to be true- in no particular order. Enjoy!


  1. Don’t take life too seriously
  2. Buying things won’t make you happy
  3. Cherish your relationships
  4. Stand up for yourself and what you believe in
  5. Your independence & freedom is priceless
  6.  Eat your vegetables
  7. Get out in nature as much as possible
  8. Travel to gain a new perspective
  9. Use what you have and be resourceful
  10. Educate yourself
  11. Don’t judge others for what you don’t understand
  12. When in doubt, call your mother
  13. Save your money, it’s a tool that can be used for good
  14. Be grateful every day for what you have
  15. Go after your dreams, no matter how big
  16. Be nice to people
  17. Don’t get in on the drama and gossip
  18. Appreciate the little things in life
  19. Help others when you are able
  20. Never settle- relationships, jobs, friends, etc.
  21. Be honest
  22. There is beauty in simplicity
  23. Stay positive, even when things get tough
  24. Take photos and document your experiences
  25. Stay out of debt
  26. Treat all living things with kindness
  27. Be aware of your surroundings
  28. Be patient
  29. It’s okay (and sometimes necessary) to say “no”
  30. Take mental health days/hours/moments
  31. Take calculated risks


This list was so fun to make.  It’s nice to look back and reflect on the time that’s gone by.


“Don’t just count your years, make your years count.” – George Meredith


Thanks for Reading,