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31 Lessons Learned in My 31st Year

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With the flurry of {unexpected} activity that came with the beginning of the year, I haven’t had much time to be introspective. But my dear husband gave me a few hours to think and write the other morning, and I thought I would share the fruit of a bit of it as I wave goodbye to my 31st year this morning.

 

31 Lessons I Learned in My 31st Year

1. I need to lean on others and stop trying so hard to rely on myself in all things. GOD especially.

2. With two babies at home, if I can accomplish one chore in a given day, I have accomplished a great feat.

3. Hospitality is always more important than a spotless house.

4. Finding time for reading every day, even just a page, keeps me sane.

5. There is an incredible support team to be found online. Although we may live at a distance, we can cheerlead each other through the tough days. We can pray for each other across the miles. The lack of adult interaction is better fulfilled. It makes the days spent exclusively at home seem much less lonely.

6. It is important to be intentional with my time spent online so it doesn’t end up burrowing into the rabbit hole of endless clicks.

7. Facebook and Instagram {and Twitter, although that is not my jam} can be useful tools of human interaction. It’s all in how you use them.

8. Equally important is the community of women surrounding me at home. As a new mother, I found it difficult — frightening, even — to connect with other mothers, as I felt so unsure of myself. But soon came to understand that in that uncertainty, we could all be bonded together.

9. This is truth —> “Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter: whoever finds one has found a treasure. Faithful friends are beyond price; no amount can balance their worth. Faithful friends are life-saving medicine; and those who fear the Lord will find them. Those who fear the Lord direct their friendship aright, for as they are, so are their neighbors also.” Sirach 6:14-17

10. Having photos of beautiful moments with my family scattered throughout my home is a great morale booster. {It brings great delight even to my two-year old!}

11. Forgiveness not only makes the heart lighter, but lifts the bodily oppression as well.

12. A five minute massage on tired shoulders results in a range of motion to my shoulders I forgot possible.

13. The difficulties of pregnancy are worth the reward at the end.

14. Sometimes mommy needs time-outs too.

15. Taking a few minutes to meditate on Scripture each morning makes a world of difference for how the rest of the day will turn out. {This is one place I love to do it. And I’m writing there today. :)}

16. God gave me the greatest gift in my husband. He is my best ally, my closest friend, my safe confidante, my greatest treasure. I love him more every day.

17. When someone is having a bad day, taking just five minutes to sit with them one-on-one and give them one hundred percent of your attention often turns everything around. This applies equally to toddlers as to adults.

18. Your heart can heal. You can trust again. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5

19. Even when you feel like you’ve hit rock bottom in the sleep department, there is always a little reserve somewhere in there that you can muster up. {Either that or I have a superhero husband who will come to my aid. God bless him!}

20. This stage your little one is in will both feel like it will last forever and go by way too quickly.

21. Although it is important to me to cook and bake from scratch, it’s okay to cheat a little in the kitchen (i.e. go ahead and buy the pre-cut veggies).

22. Similarly: Although homemade may be the best, it is not always the best way.

23. California sunshine is the best medicine.

24. A cup of hot tea warms the soul as well as the body.

25. {Good} food is equally the way to a woman’s heart as it is to a man’s. {At least this woman.}

26. Just when you feel like you’ve got one parenting technique mastered, the next one will prove to you that it is worthless and you’ll have to start from square one.

27. There is nothing a great dance party can’t fix. {….oh, wait, I already knew that one.} But watching your little girls find that same joy. Priceless.

28. Having a mother and mother-in-law at a close distance can be an absolute saving grace. {And a gift I truly treasure.}

29. When your core is the weakest its ever been since the day you were born….whoa. It can be the cause of great ache. Time to get a routine going for building it up again.

30. The art God intended for me to paint with my life is not always what I had necessarily envisioned. But His way is always the best.

31. Docility is key to alleviating much frustration.

2 Thoughts on “31 Lessons Learned in My 31st Year

  1. Love this! It’s amazing the things you realize about yourself and life in general with every passing year. It seems to me that the pages fliping by on the calendar lead to a more true and real joy

    • It’s true, Lindy. That’s one of the reasons why I love reflecting on the year — it gives me a chance to count my blessings! 🙂 (As well as learn from my mistakes…. ;))

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