32 things I’ve learned in 32 years

I celebrated my birthday yesterday and I’m now 32. THIRTY-TWO. Wow. It seems crazy to type that. While I know I’m still young (right?!), 32 sounds so adult. Maybe it’s because we have a two-year-old and I’m six, almost seven months pregnant with our son (all the deep breaths), but I feel like as monumental as the past couple years were this one will be especially big…I can feel it in my bones.

Thanks to the breakfast in bed and outpouring of LOVE I felt all day from my people + my pregnancy hormones I’ve been reflecting a lot on all the lessons I’ve learned in my life so far. Through trial and error, good and bad seasons, mistakes and mishaps, I’ve learned: God is in control – not me, kindness goes a long way, there is always so much to be thankful for, and popcorn + peanut m&ms is always a winning combination. Here are a few other lessons I’ve picked up over the years:

God’s timing is always best

Dreams change and it’s okay to change your direction

Sleep is important and 9pm is a totally acceptable bedtime

My parents are super cool and know all the things

Put God first and everything else will fall into place

Dry shampoo is a staple

You don’t have to be in the same stage of life to be friends with someone

Becoming a Christian and choosing the right spouse are the two most important decisions you’ll ever make

Take time to get moving every day and HYDRATE

The honeymoon phase does last – it just changes and gets better and better

Pregnancy is hard, but beautiful and amazing and all the things

Good friends, the ones you do life with, are gifts from God

Gratitude changes everything

Being a mom is hard but holy work

Learning when and how to say “no” is so important

Reading a good book is one of life’s many simple pleasures

It’s okay not to be okay – this too shall pass

Your house doesn’t have to be sparkling clean all the time

Accept a compliment and freely give sincere ones

Forgive, forgive, forgive

A hand-written thank you note goes a long way

Dating your spouse is FUN and date nights are a necessity

Show yourself the grace you show to others

Some friendships are seasonal, and that’s okay

Not everyone is going to like you, and that’s okay

Having people in your home is always a good idea

Your body is beautifully and wonderfully made – be nice to it

Speak up, even if you’re terrified

Finding mom friends is important – and so sweet when your kiddos become bffs

Writing is a form of therapy

Mascara and concealer are a girl’s best friend

Invest in experiences, not stuff

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