This post will be a super quickie! Recently, it was my birthday (October 12th) and usually, I hate it. I hate my birthday because it’s basically yet another reminder of what’s missing in my life (like a hubby and kids). However, I have been inspired by media maven, Monique Mitchell (which by the way, I went to high school with her). What she does every year is make a podcast episode on what she’s learned for the year or since her last birthday and I was like you know what? I will do a blog post kind of like that so here we are today!
So here are some of the things that I learned this past year of my life. Hopefully they help you as well!
Ecclesiastes 2:24 says: “There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and find enjoyment* in his hard work.This too, I have realized, is from the hand of the true God”
Romans 1:20 says: “For his invisible qualities are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made, even his eternal power and Godship, so that they are inexcusable.”
I love reading and of course I found a quote on books and it’s from a book that I’ve actually finished reading recently, Beasts of Prey (be on the lookout for that review) and it says: “…they could be trusted to be consistent. A book could be read a thousand different times, a thousand different ways, but the words on the page would never change. Unlike people, books couldn’t be disappointed in you. They couldn’t abandon you; they couldn’t fail you.”
Write that book (to check out mine, check here)! Start that business! Go back to school! Do something you’ve always wanted to do. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Don’t live your life with regret of the things you’ve never done but always wanted to.
“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”
― Jojo Moyes, Me Before You
Be present. Spend time with your loved ones. Once its gone, you cant get it back. Life will pass right before you so don’t wait until it’s too late. Give people their flowers while they’re here (in other words cherish others while both you and them are still alive).
In America, black cats are seen as bad luck. In Japan, they’re seen as good luck. Point is, don’t let the world mold you into an awful person. There’s more to what meets the eye.
Help others. Not only will their life be better because of you but your life will also be better!
Explore your options. Learn a new skill. Do something different! You never know where life may take you.
Your mental health is everything. There are things we have to put up with but take care of your mental health and worry about the things you can do. For example, having boundaries with yourself and others, getting physically healthy, and there’s therapy that I believe everyone should go to.
Not everyone will understand your life choices and that’s okay. You have to do whats best for you. What works for one person may not work for you. Just be open to things.
Proverbs 17:17 says: “A true friend shows love at all times and is a brother who is born for times of distress”
It don’t cost much to make yourself feel special. Drink water or sparkling water out of a wine glass. Take a bubble bath. Buy yourself some flowers (Publix have sales all the time on flowers). Treat yourself to a glass of wine or a nap. Have a nice picnic. Make your favorite meal. Do something for you!
Get out of your comfort zone! Challenge yourself! Start small and work your way up. You’ll be quite surprised at what you achieve.
On a side note: If you aren’t aware, I am studying with Jehovah’s Witnesses and birthdays are a HUGE no no. It has pagan beginnings and any birthdays that were mentioned, bad things happened so they don’t celebrate birthdays. They do acknowledge Jesus’ death because he said do this in rememberance of me. So I don’t want what I did for my birthday to reflect negatively on them.
What are some nuggets of wisdom you’d like to share with each other? Put them down in the comments!