A few thoughts and lessons I have learned over the past year...
+ Do not take your health for granted. It can change overnight.
+ Be thankful for REST. Make REST a priority.
+ Exercise doesn't have to be punishment. Find something that you genuinely enjoy and stick with it.
+ You don't have to have 100 best friends. You don't even have to have 10. The older I get, the more I realize that my circle may be smaller, but it's deeper. And I can be picky about who I spend my (very limited) free time with.
+ Show up for people. If they are local... do something more than hide behind a text. Pick up the phone and call. Drop by for a visit.
+ FIGHT for CONTENTMENT. In your marriage. Your house. Your season. Your belongings. Stop the comparison game since all it does is rob you of joy.
+ Find a creative outlet and make time to do it. For me, it's reading and writing. I put it on the back-burner for so long but it is something that makes me come alive. Find your thing and MAKE TIME for it no matter how busy you are. You will be happy you did.
+ Self help books are great...but NOTHING compares to THE WORD. THE WORD is the source of all life and truth and wisdom. Open it daily.
+ Don't hold grudges. They eat you up way more than the other person. Forgiveness is hard but necessary if you want to possess JOY.
+ What you watch/ read/ listen to can really affect you. Be selective. You don't have to get rid of everything but have a sensitivity (AND BE WILLING) to get rid of stuff that is taking up unnecessary space in your head and your heart.
+ Marriage is worth fighting for. Having a built in cheerleader and best friend instead of an enemy or roommate/ co-parent is SO much more fun! Communicate. Choose love.
+ Friendships have seasons. Some people you thought would be lifelong friends sort of fade away and then you meet someone new and to your surprise, feel instantly connected... like you've known them your entire life. Be OPEN to new friendships and be thankful for the lessons that old ones have taught you.
+ Don't try to control things... especially holidays and toddlers ha! I used to have unrealistic expectations about how certain days would look and pan out and that is officially out the window. I have forced my Type A self to be a bit more of a free spirit... Wake up. Have a good attitude. Make PLANS .... BUT make the best of them if they go haywire! Dance in the rain, right? Lemons into lemonade? Trite but true.
+ Be open to criticism. You are not perfect. Don't be shocked when people point that out. Be gracious. Be a safe place. LISTEN before getting defensive.
+ Shed the insecurity and just be confident in who you are instead of who everyone expects you to be. Don't be a cookie cutter. Be who God uniquely designed you to be.
Welcome, 33. I am thrilled to see what lessons you have in store!