35 Truths

Today is my birthday. I’m turning the obvious number in the title of this post. I want to share with you some grown up truths I learned, most of the times the hard way.


1.



Change is always hard at first. Even (or maybe especially) when it’s a change for the good. The moment I’m done resisting and mourning the past is the moment I start accepting present time as real. I forget this every time I deal with change and try to convince myself that things will (or should) be different.


2.



Baby wipes are quite possibly the best thing ever invented.


3.



The world is really big, yet really small. Regardless where we come from, we all experience a universal struggle to live a good life, love fully, and matter.


4.



The most revolutionary parenting advice I apply is to focus on teaching my kids how to be happy rather than teach them how to achieve.


5.



We live on a blue planet that circles around a ball of fire next to a moon that moves the sea, so I believe in miracles. And magic.


6.



Changing my mind is a natural progression.


7.



Having fewer options makes decision making easier. I’ve traveled the entire world, yet with each new country we live in, it gets increasingly difficult to decide what is the best place to settle with my family.


8.



Any struggle is over when I surrender. That doesn’t necessarily mean I lost.


9.



The right thing to do is often counterintuitive.


10.



Happiness is a skill I learned when I became curious to find out what makes me happy irrespective of other people’s actions or behavior.


11.



No pain, no gain is BULLSHIT!


12.



Pleasure is power and progress is the REAL deal!


13.



Shit happens! Not because I’m bad! And not because of karma! Shit sometimes happens. But what I do immediately after the shit hit is what will define who I am.


14.



Knowledge is learned. Wisdom is remembered.


15.



Don’t worry about how you’re gonna fix what’s broke. Just notice what sucks with ruthless honesty. Danielle LaPorte


16.



A dance between accepting life’s events as lessons and trying to manifest the future I desire is quite possibly the closest I found to sanity.


17.



I write to make sense of what just happened.


18.



The ones who SHOULD be happier are the ones who most likely ARE NOT. Don’t judge.


19.



Intentionally elevating my heart rate before any big decision is the one thing I can count on to get the creativity juices going.


20.



All I need to do to enjoy life is get out of my head and notice.


21.



Maybe grace is free. Free for the taking. […] I decide to believe. The God I decide to believe in is a God of the bathroom floor. A God of scandalously low expectations. A God who smiles at a drunk on the floor, wasted and afraid, and says ‘There you are. I’ve been waiting. Are you ready to make something beautiful with me?’ […] I decide I will let it be. I will stop deeming myself unworthy of invitations and trust the inviter. Glennon Doyle Melton


22.



When in doubt, bring a cheese plate.


23.



Silence is my fuel.


24.



How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing.Annie Dillard


25.



Sometimes, the best thing I can do for my kids is to intentionally shut up, step away and let them decide, knowing that the cause and effect will probably take care of the lesson I would have spent countless burned brain cells on. It’s the hardest thing, though.


26.



When parenting becomes unreasonable, too demanding and borderline kookoo, my mantra is It’s not me, it’s them! And by them, I mean the kids.


27.



The preference for eating meat is deeply ingrained in our DNA. For some, it will be the first thing they eat off their plate(half of my household), for others it will be the last, preferably skipped (the other half of my household). As I witnessed this from birth rather than culture and cuisine, I no longer judge food choices. Carbs, however, seem to be universally accepted as the first and sometimes the only thing one chooses from their plate.


28.



I find myself delightful.


29.



Making my bed first thing in the morning has had massive impacts on my productivity and lack of overwhelm.


30.



Yellow light is better than white light.


31.



The more toys I give my kids, the less they play with them.


32.



When somebody no longer wants to be in your life because you changed, it is only an indication of their resistance to evolve.


33.



There is one key event that shaped the course of everything that followed.


34.



How would [my mornings/my days/my work/my schedule] look like if life were easy? This is the most important question I ever asked myself.


35.



You cannot be fearful and grateful simultaneously. Tony Robbins

You’ve read this far, which can only mean you are my friend. I love you! And thank you!


The grownup truths I've learned in the past 35 years. Share with a friend...

Change is always hard at first. 

The most revolutionary parenting advice is to focus on teaching your kids how to be happy rather than how to achieve. 
Any struggle is over when you surrender. That doesn’t necessarily mean you lost.

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