Today is my birthday! I kept saying I did not want to make a big deal about it, but then it arrived and now I am excited. On my run this morning, I wanted to tell everyone that gave me the runner’s smile and nod that today was my birthday. I contained myself though. I ran about 4 miles – further than planned, but I was having such a good time. This is my last run before Saturday, my first 5k in 8 years. Eeeek!
During all my runs this week I have been breaking in my birthday gift from my dad.
My first pair of Brooks running shoes. I had been strictly Asics before this pair of shoes. Thank you New York Running Company!
When I came in from my run Bryan surprised me with this!
So, I have not told you my age yet. To many people this number is still young, but I have been quite terrified of it. I feel like after you hit 21, people stop asking your age. Or rather it is just are you over 21 or not over 21? So after 21 I kept sort of forgetting what my number was. A couple months ago, I realized I was going to be 24 and began to have a sort of quarter life crisis about it. I have been dreading this day ever since. However, now that it is here I am not upset about it. It is still a little scary because I feel like time is flying. But I think 24 is going to be a good year. I feel good.
To kick off 24, I am going to do something common in the blog world and give my list of 24 things that I have learned:
- Having a job you like truly does make a huge difference in quality of life and how you view work – I got my new job almost one year ago to the day and it really has made all the difference
- Reading is not just for nerds -I have not been a life long reader. When I was young yes, but then lost interest in high school/college. I started again when I moved to NYC. Reading provides entertain, escape, mental fitness, and writing improvement.
- There is no bad mood a good song cannot fix. Dance it out!
- If you forgive and forget you will get more out of life – It takes much more energy to be angry and hold grudges. I am still working on this some days.
- Nothing can go wrong on a good hair day!
- Earrings make me feel feminine and pretty.
- Sometimes grocery shopping is better than clothes shopping.
- Eat your carbs! – Carbohydrates are essential brain power and physical power.
- Move daily – There is no excuse for not exercising – even if some days it is light, like a nice walk. Just move – do something, anything, everyday. The benefits are far too great. I have arthritis and for years I let that be my reason for not moving. It turns out if I keep moving my pain is less. Imagine that!
- When posing for pictures remember Knockers Up! – in other words remember your posture.
- Mom always knows when something is wrong – Don’t bother trying to hide it.
- Strive to get your vitamins and minerals from you diet – If you eat a well balanced diet with plenty of fruits and veggies, you should not need to take supplements/ multivitamins.
- Financial Budgeting is a necessary evil – problems arise otherwise
- Accept Change – Do not fight it, Change is the vehicle for growth
- Value yourself and your time – My boss told me this recently and I need to work on it more
- Shit in, Shit Out – Do good work and make your best effort. If you put shit into something, you will only get shit out.
- Allow yourself a cheat meal or treat once a while – Mine is once a week on Friday evenings (And Birthdays :)! ). If you do not allow yourself to indulge occasionally you will go crazy. A planned cheat will keep you on track the rest of the time.
- Have a few good friends – Strong friendships keep you sane and give you support. I would be lost without my Mom, my boyfriend, Carrie, and Jenna.
- If possible, always own a puppy! – And rescue when you can. They really are man’s best friend and you will love each other unconditionally.
- Do one good deed everyday – donate to charity, compliment someone, make lunch for your significant other or roommate. It will make you and the recipient feel good.
- There is nothing comparable to the first sip of a good coffee.
- Travel as often as possible – See and experience as many things as you can
- Have faith in something – anything
- Write Often – I learned this in a philosophy class my senior year in college. We had to write in a journal daily, as well as write reflection papers. I fought this class hard for most of the semester. Now I am a blogger. Writing helps you discover YOU.
What are some important things you have learned?