33 Lessons In 33 Years

Today is my 33rd birthday. I’m so happy and blessed to have been given so much in such a short amount of time. I’ve accomplished goals that I hadn’t even dreamed of and look forward to achieving more in the future. For some reason, this year is special. Not for the typical reasons like a birthday party or extravagant gift. It’s special because it’s the first time I can honestly say that my thoughts, actions and beliefs are in harmony. I’m practicing what I preach, and doing so for the world to see. Pretty cool stuff.

Even though it’s my birthday, I wanted to share a gift with you. Here are 33 lessons that I’ve learned in my 33 years that I hope will help you (& help those around you) today and for years to come.

  1. Be happy now. Don’t wait until “one day” comes.
  2. Do what you want to do regardless of what others say.
  3. Learn from your mistakes otherwise you are destined to repeat them.
  4. Vulnerability is not a sign of weakness. It’s harder to be yourself than to try to be someone else.
  5. Dream big. Then, dream bigger.
  6. Education is not what happens in school. Education happens wherever you are.
  7. Look for the good in people and situations. It’s always there, even if it’s a lesson of what NOT to do.
  8. Have boundaries in relationships, especially relationships with family.
  9. Think for yourself and question everything. Enough said.
  10. Make sure your beliefs are in harmony with who you are now. You can’t control how you were raised, but you can control what you choose to believe now.
  11. Live below your means. Just because you can buy something doesn’t mean you should.
  12. If you don’t know something, Google it. 🙂
  13. Use social media as a daily way to enrich your life.
  14. Stop talking so much. Listening is a wonderful quality to cultivate.
  15. Always be a student of life.
  16. Watch less TV. Once you do, you won’t miss it.
  17. Ask for help if you need it.
  18. Help others, but not to your detriment.
  19. Don’t be afraid to try something new. There’s no such thing as failure, only an opportunity to do something different.
  20. Spend time with people who make you think, laugh and want to be a better person.
  21. Learn to grow your own food. This is a life skill that everyone should have regardless of the scale. In other words, you don’t have to own an acre to grow a little something.
  22. Only own what you love. Don’t waste time, space or money on anything else.
  23. Save for a tsunami, not a rainy day. 🙂
  24. Share your experiences with others. People need your perspective. However don’t be attached to the outcome of what they do with the information.
  25. If you don’t like something, change it. But remember, you can’t change people.
  26. The world needs your authenticity. Everyone has something great to offer, including you.
  27. Stand up for what you believe in. If you don’t, who will?
  28. Let others live their own lives. This includes your significant other, children, friends and extended family.
  29. Go after what you want. Sitting on the sidelines isn’t going to create the life you deserve. Only you can make it happen.
  30. Don’t keep up with the Jones’. They’re not as worthy of your attention as you think.
  31. Do nothing. Sometimes doing nothing is the best something you can do.
  32. Practice gratitude every day.
  33. Know that you’re not lucky, you’re blessed. You were meant for all the blessings you have and will receive. Keep the faith.

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