Things I’ve Learned in 29 Years

by Heather on September 28, 2012

Today I turn 29 years old, and I can honestly say that I’m happier in life now than I ever have been.  It’s funny that each stage of life that I’ve ever lived in has always felt like the best, and then a year down the road I find that I’m much happier and much more comfortable in who I am.  Sure, I get nostalgic sometimes and wish that things were like the good ol’ days, but 99.8% of the time I’m truly happy in where I’m at right now.

 

I remember a while back Joy the Baker had a great post about 30 things she’s learned in 30 years, and I thought it would be a great exercise in thankfulness and reflection to list out 29 for my 29th year.  This is a list of things that I’ve learned and/or that I would share with my past or future self.  Just 29 little seeds of wisdom if you will!

  1. Don’t worry – about yesterday, today or tomorrow. It doesn’t help, I promise.
  2. Love yourself, inside and out.  Life is so much easier when you do!
  3. Love other people, inside and out.  Life is so much easier when you do! ;)
  4. You will cherish your relationship with your parents and your sister forever.
  5. Baking someone cookies is a true act of love
  6. Society will tell you to pursue things that bring you money and wealth and things, but go after what brings you joy – you can’t take the money with you when you’re gone!
  7. Life really is too short and time really does fly by.
  8. Embrace your curls – they will be a blessing to you one day!
  9. You don’t have to wear makeup but a little mascara can make a big difference to those blond eyelashes!
  10. Don’t wait to have babies til you’re ready – you will never be “ready.”  Have babies when you know you’ll love them more than you love yourself!
  11. Relationships are messy, but that’s what makes them worth it.
  12. Keep in touch with your family and friends, even when it’s not easy.
  13. Write letters and mail them. It’s a lost art and everyone loves to get mail!
  14. Discipline is good – embrace it and grace equally.
  15. A good pair of jeans can take you far – don’t skimp on them!
  16. Travel as much and as often as you can.
  17. Remember what mom said about putting stuff away as you use it?  She was right.  You should do this.
  18. Laundry always has and always will suck joy from your life. It is, however, a necessary evil.
  19. You can learn a lot about unconditional love from your pups.
  20. Take your time snuggling and sniffing your babies.  The time when you can do this will go way too quickly.
  21. Always remember your conviction to adopt and pray continually for God to open those doors for you.
  22. Read the Bible and do what it says.
  23. College was fun, but marriage and family are even better.
  24. You are more than what you look like, but you are beautiful.
  25. Believe in yourself.
  26. Believe in love.
  27. Walking > running…get used to it and you’ll save your knees.
  28. Your husband will be the most important person in your life and you will love him more than you ever thought possible. And then the next day you will love him even more.
  29. Jesus loves you, all of you, forever and ever. Honor him.

I hope you guys have an incredible weekend, and just so you know – I love ya :)

 

Heather

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1 Maria September 28, 2012

I’m turning 29 in just a couple weeks and can relate to every single thing on this list. Also, I recently was forced to stop running because of my knees and am embracing the walking thing. It’s a great little reminder that that’s totally normal :)

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2 Heather September 28, 2012

i feel like there’s so much pressure to run when we work out, but i like walking so much more!

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3 Olivia @ Liv Lives Life September 28, 2012

Happy Birthday!!

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4 Heather September 28, 2012

Thanks so much Olivia!

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5 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic September 28, 2012

Happy birthday Heather! Wishing you another wonderful year!

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6 Heather September 28, 2012

aw, thank you Bianca :)

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7 Natalie @ Free Range Human September 28, 2012

I love this list, Heather. It makes me reflect on my own journey as I get ready to turn 29 in a few months. Happy Birthday!

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8 Urban Wife September 28, 2012

Hope you’re having a wonderful birthday! This is such a great list and reminder to really just embrace every precious moment in this life God has blessed us with. :)

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9 Heather September 28, 2012

amen girlfriend ;)

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10 Purelytwins September 28, 2012

great list Heather! Happy Birthday. So true about believing in yourself!!! and we love to travel, hope to do it more ;)

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11 Lauren September 28, 2012

A very very happy birthday to you Heather! What a beautiful post. :) I wish you all of the best and an even more fulfilling 29th year! All the best love!

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12 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) September 28, 2012

Happy Birthday! I hope it’s a great one!

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13 Margoulette September 28, 2012

Joyeux anniversaire Heather … probably one of your best posts !

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14 Heather September 28, 2012

thank you so much Margoulette!

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15 lindsay September 28, 2012

i turned 29 two months ago. I like the last two 28-29. So important!

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16 Heather September 28, 2012

YES!

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17 Sarah September 28, 2012

Happy birthday, sweet girl! You are wise beyond your years. So blessed to know you. <3

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18 axelle the french cook September 29, 2012

Love your point 2, 3, 10, 11, 16, 20, 24, 25, 26, 28 ! ;)
Happy birthday, Heather, you’re a great person.

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19 Therese September 29, 2012

I love this list, Heather. Thanks for sharing and happy birthday!

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20 Courtney Tucker September 29, 2012

Great list, Heather! Happy birthday!

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21 Tiffany @ She Loves Yoga September 29, 2012

Heather,

Happy Birthday!! :) I loved your list. Many blessings to you in this next year!

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22 Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats September 30, 2012

Loved reading this post – I agree with all of them!

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23 Delishhh September 30, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope you had a great day!! #10 is my favorite, so true!

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24 janetha {meals & moves} October 1, 2012

happy birthday! i love this list. you are wise beyond your years, my friend.

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25 Kim in MD October 2, 2012

Happy (belated) Birthday, Heather! I love your thankfulness/reflection list!

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26 Life's a Bowl October 3, 2012

Happy belated birthday! I turned 23 on the 27th :D

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27 Jennifer March 9, 2013

I turn 29 in 2 weeks and I am a little annoyed about it. Annoyed that aging exists on this earth. Besides childbirth. Aging must also be a woman’s curse. Beautiful post! And if you can’t tell, I am thankful for another year.

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