Wednesday, March 29, 2017

26-ish things I've learned about life

My birthday was Monday - 27 on the 27th. :) I skipped over this post, in favor of posting my race recap. Which, in the words of Rebecca Jo is how I know I'm a serious runner. Race recap > birthday? Yeah.

Last year for my birthday I wrote a list of 25 things I had learned by the end of my 25 years. And, true to my personality, I jumped right on in to this post, started writing the middle before the intro ever crossed my mind. I had totally forgotten about my post from last year, however, I didn't forget much of the advice. As I read through last year's post, and the meat of this post, I noticed, many are the same.


I apparently feel very strongly about folks finding a dish they're good at making & taking it to potlucks. I don't even go to that many potlucks! I am also a great cook - so I usually volunteer to make something to round out the selection.


So then I thought maybe I should change the title to 1"2 things, including 4 I've already posted about, that I learned this past year". But, that didn't have quite the same ring to it. So, I stuck with the title as is. Don't let the title fool you though. Considering I'm just starting my 27th year of life, it didn't feel right to claim I had learned 27 things, especially since I can only seem to come up with 12. And I'm not feeling especially loquacious (ha!) today.


Instead of more knowledge dropping - I present to you, mostly a post with pictures of "Baby Jessie". I was, and continue to be adorable and photogenic. Unless I've decided I'm not feeling it. In which case, see "the face". Side eye game strong.




1. Sometimes waving is more infuriating than flicking someone off. Someone honks at me in traffic? I like to give a sarcastic little wave to thank them for expressing themselves, but also let them know "I do what I damn well please".


2. Memories > Things - Always.

3. Sometimes you have to flex your grown-up muscles, because you can, by eating ice cream, FOR DINNER.


4. Having more friends isn't always a bad thing.


5. Friends come & go - sometimes it's just not the right season for them.

6. Just because you love something 85% of the time doesn't mean you'll always love it. Like running. Sometimes it makes me want to punch someone, sometimes it keeps me from punching someone.


7. Find a dish or two you're good at making, and could make with your eyes closed. Take that to every potluck you ever go to. Pick one that is simple.

8. Spend less money than you make.


9. Always look for a coupon code before buying online. At least get yourself some free shipping.

10. One day - you will wake up and feel old. It won't happen gradually. It will happen all at once. You'll find a grey hair, or your knees will crack, or whatever. It's a thing.


11. Figure out what colors flatter your skin tone - wear more of those colors.

12. Ask for what you want. The worst someone can say is "No".


I'm a year older, but it feels like more. All of a sudden I'm not in my mid-twenties anymore, cue my late twenties, and the desire to panic. The good news about that is there is no time to panic. I'm excited to see what 27 will bring - I already know I have some big things and big life headed my way. Bring it on 27 - bring. it. on.

Tell me something good.
What's something you would go back & tell your 21 year old self?
What about your 16 year old self?

Linking up with Amanda.

22 comments:

  1. I love this!

    One thing I'd tell my 21 year old self... hmm! Probably to stop stressing about growing my business because it WAS growing and in three years time I'd be freaking the eff out because it's grown so much that I need to clone myself haha!

    My sixteen year old self? You're a coeliac, that's why you're sick! Stop eating gluten so you don't have to waste 5 years waiting for answers 😜

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    1. Love that - and love that your business has grown so much it would make sense to clone yourself! So proud of you for building that from the ground up.

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  2. I would tell myself not to move in with that boy I've known for 2 whole weeks. But truthfully, I wouldn't be who I am without that experience. I wouldn't change a thing in my last 28 years.

    I love this post :)

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    1. That's so true - every time I look back at the past, I wonder where I would be if at some point I had made a different choice. Picked a different boy, or different college, or different ANYTHING.

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  3. I love all the childhood photos, you definitely had epic side eye :) I think the asking for what you want thing was definitely a big lesson for me. And the more I did it, the easier it became.

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    1. It turns out my side eye game has just gotten stronger over the years. ;)

      And I definitely agree, the more you ask for what you want, the easier it is.

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  4. So many cute pics! #4 - spoken like a true extrovert ;-). My lesson (as a true introvert) has sort of trended the opposite way. The older I get, the more I realize that if I just have a few great people in my life, I'm doing okay. It took me a long time to realize that I don't need to be BFFs with everyone I know - heck, I don't even need to like everyone, and they don't need to like me, and that's fine. Plenty of fish in the sea.

    So I guess I already answered the question of what I'd tell my 16/21 year old self - just be you, and don't worry so much about what other people are doing. But honestly, I'm not sure it would matter, because I doubt my younger self would listen anyway :-)

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    1. My younger self wouldn't have listened either, Haha. She was stubborn. Definitely not BFF with everyone I know, but I guess I'm constantly surprised by the people who jump in to help, and that I have things in common with when I decide I'm open to having more friends.

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  5. ha! i love all the adorable pics. jeez, 27 was a LONG time for me but i do remember my late 20s being amazing.

    i'm pretty much the same now as i was back then - didn't take any shit, did what i wanted, never let fear guide my actions.

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    1. I agree - don't take any shit. It has served me well so far, and the older I get, the more I see people trying to become that way, I've been practicing that my whole life.

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  6. This post ... how PRECIOUS!!! & girl, you are the queen of side eye ;)
    You are so right about just waking up one day & feeling old. Wait till you get in your 40;s - you feel EVEN OLDER ;) haha

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    1. I got out of bed the other morning and everything cracked & creaked.

      And I STILL give that side eye. I can't help it. I've tried to stop, and I just can't. Haha.

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  7. Love this post - such cute pictures. Happy belated birthday to you!

    I am SO about that potluck advice. For my monthly book club, I always make one of two things: dip or brownies because they are both cheap, easy, and two of my favorite things to eat. I'm probably boring the other girls to death with those choices but too bad!

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    1. Yes - cheap & easy for the win! I go against my own advice & usually volunteer to fill in a hole with something the hostess wants, but brownies are always a great go-to!

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  8. yes to 9! I gave in and got the ebates toolbar on my browser..now I get cash back and have any coupon codes automatically applied. life (or at least money) saver ;)

    Hope you had a great birthday!

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    1. Ooh, I should look into that, I'm always just Googling "Coupon code for X" - I can USUALLY find something, but I would love to not have to spend the time looking.

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  9. Love how simple these lessons are... My parents have definitely impressed the memories over things and spend less money than you make on us; and that has been a huge blessing...

    HAPPY happy birthday! I hope it was a huge blessing!

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    1. Yes, people seem to make money so complicated sometimes! But it's simple, always spend less than you make & you will figure out the rest!

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  10. i would tell my 21 year old self to stop being such a baby and get over it. i don't know what she was upset/mad about, but it was always something, and it was annoying. haha.
    i don't have a dish i can make with my eyes closed lol. don't invite me to potlucks!
    baby jessie is freaking adorable and your side eye is hilarious.
    what you said about running - so true!

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    1. Haha, we always have one friend who just picks something up. I'm sure you could figure it out. ;)

      It's crazy how something I love so much some of the time I can hate so much the other times.

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  11. Happy belated birthday, Jessie. I am seriously behind on blog reading. I hope you had a fantastic day. I truly enjoyed your childhood photos and I can definitely relate to some of the lessons learned (esp. #2, #5, #6, and #9)

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    1. Thank you! I love having an excuse to post baby pics because they are so fun to root through at my parents house!

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