What an auspicious day! I’m 31 years old on the 31st, with a blue moon shining tonight.
In my quest for self-discovery and self-creation, I’m always scribbling pieces of advice to myself in the margins of notebooks and on sticky notes in my office. I try to integrate these learnings and apply them in my life as best I can. (though I seem to forget them and then rediscover them often.)
As a birthday reflection, here’s a roundup of 31 little nuggets of insight I’ve received along the way.
Hope you enjoy!
1. Life is an epic adventure.
2. At the end, we all die.
3. Have courage to tell the truth.
4. Observe with wonder and curiosity.
5. Ask for help.
6. You can only love others as much as you love yourself.
7. Pursue activities on a daily basis that make you feel alive.
8. ‘No’ is a perfectly acceptable answer.
9. Be clear about what you want, and communicate it well to others.
10. Listen to your body and the rhythms of your energy.
11. Honor your needs for intimacy and passion.
12. Check in daily with your thoughts and feelings.
13. Don’t feel guilty to put yourself first.
14. Accept what is.
15. Be bold about determining what’s worth saving, and what to scrap.
16. Avoid toxic people and drama.
17. Transform ‘work’ into creative play.
18. Control is an illusion. Let go.
19. Contribute to signal. Reduce noise.
20. Boundaries are important.
21. Without structure, creativity devolves to chaos.
22. Vulnerability is power.
23. Trust yourself.
24. Much of the world can be healed through dialogue.
25. Your tribe is out there waiting for you.
26. Share your gifts often.
27. Anchor in your purpose.
28. Face your demons.
29. The meaning of life is determined by us.
30. The past and future are beautiful, yet dangerous rabbitholes. Be present.
31. I know less than I used to. This seems to keep happening.