33 Lessons Learned

Feb 28, 2012

February 28th is my birthday. And I am 33. And if 33 is anything like 32, I will feel beyond fortunate.
What I love about this journey we are all on called life is that there are endless lessons to be learned, and while I revel in finally having had learned some significant ones in my first thirty-three years, I know there are many more ahead just waiting to treat me to what they have to offer.

In September of this past year, I shared with you 26 Things I Know For Sure, but in the six months that have passed since, I have learned a few more lessons that I would like to share.

It’s funny, you know. For quite some time it can seem like nothing is going to work out, as though you are heading up against an insurmountable headwind, and then all of a sudden the winds die down to reveal amazing pearls that up until that point were in the process of being shaped, molded and polished, waiting for just the right moment to reveal themselves. So is life, no?

Below are 33 lessons I have learned:

1. Just because everyone else is doing it doesn’t mean I’m supposed to as well.

2. Place your desk to face a window or looking out into the office rather than to face a wall.

3. Amazing things can happen when you least expect them.

4. Respecting yourself and your path will draw others near you who value similar priorities.

5. When time doesn’t matter, you know you’ve found your passion, a good friend, or a partner (as long as the feeling is mutual).

6. DVR saves so much time – commercials? What are those?

7. Dream big.

8. Do the work now, even if the reward doesn’t come when you expected it would because when the opportunity eventually does presents itself, you’ll be able to pounce because you were prepared.

9. Being a doggie mama is a very important responsibility. I don’t know what I’d do without my boys – Norman and Oscar.

10. Becoming organized is a tried and true method toward alleviating stress and being more productive.

11. Letting go is not easy, but in doing so, the weight of that stress being lifting is very liberating.

12. Sometimes mothers do know best.

13. Financial security and being able to stand on your own two feet fiscally is a very empowering feeling.

14. Yes, anything is possible!

15. Walking every day is a simple and an effective form of exercise if adhered to consistently.

16. A decadent chocolate truffle before bed is a fabulous treat.

17. Feeling confident in the clothes you are wearing is a magnet for opportunities and respect if handled correctly.

18. Creating a sanctuary for yourself – whether it is an office or room in your home, or choosing to live by yourself – is a very necessary thing in order to remain balanced and focused.

19. Consignment clothes shopping – fabulous treasures await your discovery!

20. A good night sleep is priceless medicine.

21. A good blow-out is a simple way to treat yourself.

22. Always remain curious – buy that book, take that tour, watch that movie, hop on that plane.

23. Real life can be better than fairy tales . . . trust me.

24. Good friends are rare . . . nurture them, respect them, but don’t smother them.

25. Sequin tops . . . a great way to shine during the day and into the evening.

26. Create rituals for yourself and with those you love spending time with. Protect them and revel in those special moments.

27. Boundaries. Know where yours are and demand that others respect them.

28. Giving is so much better than receiving.

29. If it’s meant to be and you keep doing what needs to be done, it will find a way.

30. Less television is okay, but watching it to relax is okay too.

31. The coldest nights often come before the most beautiful spring sunrises.

32. Lead by example. Less talk. More doing.

33. It’s the every day moments when something is done “just because” that often are the most memorable.

Image: TSLL IG

28 thoughts on “33 Lessons Learned

  1. HAPPY,HAPPY BIRTHDAY,dear Shannon:-)))*

    May your day being simly stunning,full of surprises and very pretty things!!!

    I found your lessons are so good,really good!

    ”Amazing things can happen when you least expect them”…

    I do enjoy all your posts everytime:-)*
    Thank you so much!
    My mostly warm wishes to you,


  2. Happy Birthday!!! I hope you have your best year yet. I come to your blog everyday and I love all of the positive and inspiring pictures and messages. Thank for creating this blog, it’s a wonderful gift to all your followers.

  3. Happy Birthday Miss 33 year old!!!! I hope you have a fabulous and blessed 33rd year. thank you for your inspiration and encouragement through your posts.

  4. Happy Birthday! May you have many happy and healthy returns of the day. You are a treasure and I always leave your blog feeling happy and better about life!

    Cheers to you and your day!

    I hope this day brings much happiness as you have brought to us your readers, for you most certainly deserve a great day :))
    Wishing you all the best.

  6. Happy Birthday!
    This is probably the best moment to express my gratitude toward you for the inspiration that reaches us every day through your posts! Thank you very much – your thoughts are really empowering.
    Wishing you a fabulous birthday and all the best for the future,

  7. Happy Birthday! I’ve been absolutely in love with your blog lately and have been sharing posts with friends and pinning pretty images (daily at this point). Thanks for all of your great insights about how to improve my lifestyle. Your thoughts are truly inspiring.

  8. I wish you the most fantastic birthday and a wonderful new year full of love wisdom and pleasant surprises!!!!!

    Thank you so much for your insightful blog!

    Love from Germany,


  9. This is the first comment I’ve ever left on blog. I’ve been following your blog over the last few weeks and your blog has been an inspiration and has become a daily read. Happy Birthday and continue to share your light!

  10. Happy Belated Birthday! I turned 31 on February 24th. I’ve never felt overwhelmed or intimidated by my age and was the only one of my friends not to panic when I hit my 30s. However, I do often feel overwhelmed and intimidated by my life. I feel like I’m juggling a million things at a time. Your blog, this post in particular, remind me to stay focused on what’s really important and provide tons of great tips and excellent perspective. I’m printing this one off to tape up on my wall, just for the extra motivation. Thanks! 🙂

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