45 years into this thing we call life, and I took a few moments to reflect.  I still have lots to learn and look forward to doing so. Some things I have learned so far:  

  1. 1.Family is everything, but family is what you make it.
  2. I also need time away from my family.
  3. Meditating is easier than I thought and more healing than I thought. 
  4. I trust too easily, but a lot of good comes from trusting. 
  5. Buy the shoes.  You deserve them.
  6. And the good makeup.  Makes a huge difference.  
  7. Tastes change.  Food, clothes, wine, people.  All good. 
  8. Creativity lives inside me and it needs to get out. 
  9. I have an angry resting face.  I am always working to smile more. 
  10. I want to read more.
  11. Set goals and don’t beat yourself up when you don’t reach them the first time. 
  12. It is ok to fail. Actually, it is needed to succeed.  
  13. I am hard on myself. 
  14. I love naps. 
  15. Be kind. A compliment to a stranger makes you both feel good.  
  16. Watch a sunrise even on a random Monday morning.  It can lift your spirit. 
  17. You won’t get the sale if you don’t ask for it. 
  18. No one else is doing what you are, the way you are doing it. 
  19. Experiences over things. 
  20. People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. And that’s ok. 
  21. Talk to people, not at them. 
  22. When someone is angry with you, call, don’t email. 
  23. Embrace your friends. Treat them like gold. 
  24. Call your Mom. If she is gone, call someone you love like a mom. 
  25. Painting literally quiets my mind. Finding that has proven to be very healthy. 
  26. Sing in the car or the shower. 
  27. Breathe deep. More than when your watch tells you to. 
  28. Decide to be in a good mood, and be in a good mood.  
  29. It is hard to ignore the haters.  No matter what people say. 
  30. Know your weaknesses.
  31.  Practice more patience. 
  32. Buy yourself the flowers. 
  33. The tough times happen so you can make way for the good times on the other end. 
  34. Take the long way home.
  35. Walk more. 
  36. Do it because it is important to you. Not because someone thinks you should. 
  37. Vote.
  38. Give back.  Whatever that means for you. 
  39. You can be the ripest juiciest peach in the bunch, there is still going to be someone who doesn’t like peaches. 
  40. Hire slow. Fire fast. 
  41. You don’t have to show all your cards. 
  42. Don’t jump too quickly on trends, make sure you love it first.  It may be with you a while. 
  43. Nighttime is magic.  This has gotten my kids through a lot of bumps, scrapes, scary dreams… me too. 
  44. Worry less.  If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.  
  45. Reconnect.  With people, and places taking the time to do this will bring joy.