14 Lessons I Learned in My 28th Year of Life

It’s my birthday!! I’m someone who loves birthdays and goes all out to make the day special for myself or the other person. Today, I have a TV appearance with RVN TV and then finding a cute coffee shop to do some work before dinner out with Blake. This weekend we’re heading out of town for a little getaway. Nothing fancy – all I wanted was to get out of the city and have lots of space and a fireplace. I am beyond excited for quiet time away! I’m also excited for some birthday cake too!

Anyways, I thought it would be fun to share some lessons I learned this past year. I was going to do 28, but that would have been way too much, so we’ll go with half that.

  1. A morning routine makes all the difference. I can tell when I don’t do my routine. My energy and mood are off the rest of the day.

  2. Watch out for burnout. I’m ashamed to admit it, but I experienced burnout more this year than ever. I had a lot on my plate, but what really wore me out was my high expectations and not feeling “enough.” Hence my word this year is rest.

  3. Poldark is the best show of all time. No more needs to be said.

  4. Taking a day completely off of everything is hard, but so good. It’s my goal to incorporate more of these days into my life this year for mental and physical health, but also to make time for fun and creativity.

  5. Purely Elizabeth makes the best granola. Go with the pumpkin if you can find it.

  6. I crave space, green, and light. Growing up a “city girl,” I always thought I’d live in a city. As I get older, I’m realizing that I feel my best when I can get out in nature and when I have lots of natural life. The city has a lot to offer, but it’s just not my thing anymore.

  7. My body is crazy amazing. I can’t say that I love my body (I don’t think loving our body should be a goal), but I am learning to see the incredible things my body does for me, like digest food, beat my heart, think, walk, regulate temperature, etc. These are all amazing things, and I want to cherish the body I’ve been given regardless of its size. Because size doesn’t really matter.

  8. A hot shower solves a lot of problems. If I’m feeling gross or having a bad day, I jump in the shower and feel like a new women. Something fresh and cleansing both literally and figuratively.

  9. Applying body lotion is a gentle gesture to your body. It may sound funny, but recently when I’ve put on lotion (after a shower) I’ve been struck with how it’s like an act of self-care. Try it! My favorite lotion is this one from Beautycounter.

  10. Sinus infections are no joke. I had 4 sinus infections this past year, and they were not fun. I blame it on being under a lot of stress, being in a new city, and being around a lot of kids. My word of advice is rest and use a neti pot.

  11. I love mentoring and helping women pursue their goals. This past year, my Beautycounter team has grown to include some absolutely incredible women. I love connecting with them every day to encourage, teach, and help them do what they didn’t think was possible. I would love to include you in on this community too (arms are open wide)!

  12. Put yourself out there, because you never know what will come of it. When we moved to Philly over a year ago, I didn’t know anyone, but I was driven to connect and build community here. Through Instagram and just starting conversations with people, I have met some dear friends who have impacted me in so many ways.

  13. Working from home is the best thing. I cannot wait for more of it this year!

  14. You never know what is going to happen. At the beginning of this year, I had zero intention of pursuing health coaching, and then a new friend introduced me to it and all of a sudden things clicked. I cannot wait to start my practice (February)!

That’s a wrap! Now to eat some cake and other delightful treats and feel celebrated!

What’s something you have learned this past year?

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