33 Years, 33 Things

_DSC6638Birthdays are like a personal New Year. I like to take time around my birthday to reflect a little on the year that has just passed and where I’d like to head moving forward. Last month I turned 33. A seemingly uneventful birthday and age to be turning. But I like the look of the two 3’s, numbers seen in doubles seem magical to me. So I began to think about what are some things I have learnt in my 33 years? Which nuggets of wisdom have shaped how I live my life today? Read on and I’d love you to leave a comment if any resonate with you.

  1. Some things are worth waiting for They really are! Sometimes it’s the journey, not the destination that matters the most, we get more out of it to enrich our lives. Then when that moment finally arrives we are filled with gratitude.
  2. There is more satisfaction in simplicity A satisfied life does not need to be complicated. The times when I have felt the most happy and satisfied have been the times when I have got back to basics and all of the materialism from everyday life was non-existent. I experience this the most while camping. It’s all about eating, sleeping, playing and resting. Simple!
  3. There will always be highs and lows Just like a rollercoaster! Having faith that you will make it through the lows to the highs is what it’s all about. There are always opportunities for growth and new knowledge and perspectives. Again, if we didn’t experience the challenging times, would we truly appreciate the good times?
  4.  If you want something, work hard for it Most of us don’t get what we want handed to us on a silver platter. It usually takes hard work and I believe that if you just try to get where you want to be, you’re successful in life. For me, I worked hard at university the first time around for 5 years. I changed my whole direction and decided to become a teacher so went back to university and worked really hard. I wanted to buy a house so worked really hard to save for that. When you work hard for something, finally achieving it fills you with a sense of pride and accomplishment.
  5. Be still in nature We belong in nature and this is so important to feel more connected and grounded. It’s my ‘go to’ to feel more balanced and peaceful.
  6. Quiet the mind and the answers will come For me it helps to go for a walk and be mindful of my surroundings. It quiets the internal chatter and inspires clarity.
  7. Sometimes you just need to go with the flow Yep, we can’t control everything, sometimes we need to just trust, surrender and allow.
  8. There is a lesson to be learned from everyone you meet It can be inspirational or a ‘what not to do’ kind of lesson but I truly believe that I have learnt something from everyone in my life. Some have given me more lessons than others. We can learn from their experiences, action, knowledge, lifestyle, how they speak etc. Be open to it all.
  9. Be grateful for the small things If you feel you have nothing to be thankful for, begin with the small things, they tend to add up.
  10. Family will always be there for you Sometimes you will not always get along, but you know that they will always be there for you.
  11. Get to know your grandparents One of the best relationships in my life was with my Nanna. We were great friends and were quite similar. We shared a sense of independence and a sense of humour. We spoke weekly and I learnt a lot about her life before she became my Nanna. I have so many memories of her being there throughout my whole life. She was probably my biggest cheerleader too! So comforting to have the wonderful memories.
  12. Travel and you will understand yourself better There are often challenges along the way, how do you handle them? You’ll find yourself experiencing different cultures, how does that affect you? You may find yourself all alone or meeting many like-minded people. You won’t come home the same person.
  13. Travel to truly appreciate where you come from I’ve been to some amazing and beautiful parts of this world and met some very generous and happy people. But as an Australian who has travelled to many different countries, I really am appreciative and grateful that I am a citizen of such a lucky country.
  14. Just travel! It’s the only thing you can spend money on that will make you richer!
  15. Sometimes not getting what you want can be a wonderful stroke of luck The Universe has better plans for you. That job you didn’t get? There’s a better one for you. That person who broke your heart? It was to make room in your life for someone better.
  16. Keep calm and have a cup of tea Having a rough day? Just breathe and put the kettle on!
  17. Just eat real food Mostly plant based, not from a packet. You can’t go wrong!
  18. Truly take in the moment Be in the moment, take it all in, give it the attention it deserves then look back on it with a smile.
  19. Invest in yourself The best investment you’ll ever make is in yourself. You can do this through healthy eating, getting enough sleep, exercise, self-care and study. Whatever you enjoy, do that!
  20. Healing is a matter of time, but it is also a matter of opportunity – Hippocrates It won’t happen overnight, trust the process. Digging deep to heal your mind, body or soul will present you with opportunities you would never have thought possible. My fertility journey has certainly showed me this is true.
  21. Drink water Why would you want to drink anything else? Really?? 😉
  22.  Positivity is a choice It’s not always the easiest choice. It involves mindfulness and acceptance. The people in my life who have stayed positive through challenges have been the most inspiring to me. Take each day as it comes, choose to see the good.
  23. Have a sense of humour Life shouldn’t be so serious all of the time. Sometimes you just have to find the funny side. Having a good sense of humour is a quality I love in others.
  24.  Be able to laugh at yourself People who can laugh at themselves and situations are generally more relaxed in my books.
  25.  If you have a passion or interest, make it happen! No one is going to hand it to you on a silver platter, go after it, chase it, fail and try again. Do what you love.
  26. Opposites attract I like to think of it as yin and yang, it can be the ‘perfect’ balance. It allows you to see things from a new perspective or try things you wouldn’t usually try.
  27.  Enjoy being alone “In your silence, when there are no words, no language, nobody else is present, you are getting in tune with existence.” – Osho Spending time on my own has always been something I enjoy. I love having the house to myself, I enjoy going to the beach or for a walk on my own, I’ll go to café’s on my own. I love my ‘me’ time.
  28. Find an exercise that you love For me, I love walking and yoga. I love that this kind of exercise gets me outdoors and I can enjoy the beautiful sounds of nature, the fresh air and the sunshine.
  29. Listen to your body Your body is giving you messages all the time, about the foods you eat, the amount of rest you have, the exercise you do and even stress and drama can take its toll on your body. Listen to your body, it’s smarter than you.
  30. Say no You can’t be all things to all people. When you want to say no, with love, say no.
  31.  There are mean and selfish people out there but it’s up to you how much you let them get to you It’s up to you whether you give them the time or not. I know which one I choose.
  32. Love makes life better It really does. Doing things with love, doing something you love and finding those you love and love you back. Life is dull without love.
  33. Strive for progress not perfection I don’t believe that perfection is an actual destination. Make every day better than the last.

This list wasn’t in any form of priority of importance. Some are simple and some are more thought provoking. These ideals, lessons and truths have certainly contributed to who I am today. Which one’s did you resonate with? I’d love for you to leave a comment below.

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