26 Things I’ve Learned in 26 Years


Today is my 26th birthday! YAY! I used to look forward to my birthday for months and weeks planning dinners and parties to celebrate my “birthday week”. Now that I’m a mom and insanely busy with life in general, celebrating my birthday seems frivolous and I honestly just don’t have the energy to devote to planning anything solely for me. I do always like to reflect on the years I’ve been blessed with and hope intentionally dream about the future, though.

I think most of us struggle and go through dark periods. I think that we all wish that we could go back and tell our 5 year old, 12 year old, even 26 year old self certain things. If I could go back and counsel myself at any age, I would tell her these 26 things:


26 Things I’ve Learned in 26 Years

  1. Spend time talking to God; even when you think He’s not listening, He is.
  2. You will slam the door in your Mom’s face every now and then but don’t ever go to sleep without telling her you love her.
  3. You will meet your husband on God’s timetable, not yours. Wait for that time.
  4. A good night’s sleep is the most important part of any beauty routine.
  5. But finding someone who can wax your nether regions and your eyebrows is time well spent.
  6. The ability to look others in the eye is a skill you MUST master.
  7. Being someone’s Best Friend is more important than just about anything.
  8. Most of what others say is for their benefit, not yours.
  9. Listen to actions more than words.
  10. Don’t put anything in writing– or on the internet- that you don’t want your grandmother and/or boss reading.
  11. Answer the phone when your grandparents call. Just do it.
  12. Understand that each time you see a loved one might be the last, cherish every moment.
  13. Love without abandon- even after you realize that person is flawed and imperfect, just like you.
  14. Don’t be surprised when your whole heart is wrapped up in one (or two) tiny, crying newborn babies.
  15. Enjoy every little moment as often as you can; An exhilarating football game, a good glass of wine, your daughter’s first words, are all blessings you will miss.
  16. Stand your ground. People will underestimate and try to intimidate you, don’t let them.
  17. Know that every person you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Extend grace to them.
  18. Go on the vacation. You won’t look back and regret time spent with those you love.
  19. Work your A$$ off. Every day prove to your coworkers, your boss, yourself that you deserve and will work for more.
  20. Learn to cook. The ability to treat yourself and your family to nourishing, delicious food is a gift; share it.
  21. Share your children with your extended family and friends. It takes a village; don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  22. Pray without ceasing. You don’t need to be in bed nor have your eyes closed to send God a quick shout out.
  23. Hold on to handwritten notes and cards from relatives; they might be the only relics you have of them one day.
  24. Plan for the future, but understand that your plan isn’t THE PLAN.
  25. Tell the truth. Even when it hurts. Even when it’s inconvenient or boring. Tell the truth.
  26. Find something to laugh at in every single day; even if that something is you.

I can’t wait to see what my 27th year has in store for me! Thanks for riding along on this roller coaster of life with me. I appreciate you all! 

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