Thoughts on 31

I can’t believe I’m turning 31 today! As always, my birthday tends to make me reflect on my life, both as it is and as I want it to be. If anything, all the changes of this past year have made me do that even more for this birthday! So, I hope you will bear with me today….I really want to share some of these reflections with you!

  1. All the things are you are working towards in life don’t matter if you forget to enjoy your life along the way.
  2. No matter where you feel like you are at in life, you aren’t behind. You are right where you should be.
  3. Experiences are so much more meaningful than things, pretty much every time.
  4. Taking time for yourself is not selfish.
  5. Good food matters – and that includes both healthy and less-healthy foods.
  6. Adult friendships are hard to maintain – put the work in. It’s worth it.
  7. Be vulnerable. It may be terrifying sometimes, but it will bring you the best in life.
  8. Never stop learning, even if there is no point to it other than you find it interesting.
  9. Enjoy the moment, for as many moments as possible.
  10. Along those same lines, try to stay in the moment as often as possible. Too often our brains move on to the next item on our “to-do” list.
  11. You very rarely don’t have time for a hug.
  12. Balance in life is key. You can’t always do all the things.
  13. Even when you are saving for something important, not everything has to be for that. You can indulge occasionally.
  14. Admitting you need a rest day or a self-care day is not weakness or a failure.
  15. Learning the difference between making excuses for yourself and actual reasons takes practice. The differences aren’t always clear.
  16. Forgive yourself. Holding on to mistakes from years ago doesn’t help you or those you may have hurt.
  17. Apologize when you mess up. Let go of that pride and give a real honest apology.
  18. Love what you love and don’t apologize for that.
  19. Try the new things that scare you.
  20. Set realistic goals. Dreaming big is fun, but setting massive crazy goals isn’t fair to yourself.

That’s what I have right now! Part of me wants to get this list to “31” but honestly, these are the thoughts that have been going through my mind lately. 30 was kind of a crazy year for me in the best way and I am so excited to see what this year brings!

Any thoughts on my reflections? Or reflections of your own you’ve had along the way? I would love to hear them!

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Life Lessons: The 29 Things I’ve Learned in 29 Years

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It’s my birthday! I might be freaking out a little! But…honestly not as much as I thought I would be. 🙂

Ok, this is something I’ve actually given a lot of thought to the past month or so. I turn 29 today….I think back to when I was 20 and what I thought life would be like in 9 years and this isn’t it. In fact, it’s not even close.

That’s not a complaint. I love my life! My family, Draz, my dogs, my home, this blog and all of the awesomeness related to that and so much more! Instead, it’s more of a realization that life takes some crazy and unexpected turns. Twists and turns that put me in a wonderful place in life that I could never have imagined at 20!

I’ve learned a lot along the way and still have so much left to learn! But here are 29 life lessons that I have learned so far! Some serious, some not quite so, and in no particular order, but I hope you enjoy all of them 🙂

29 Life Lessons I’ve Learned So Far

  1. I don’t know what it means to actually feel like an adult. I’m still waiting for that one.
  2. Parents are people too and pretty awesome to hang out with!
  3. No one actually has life all figured out.
  4. Not everyone will like you or needs to…and you don’t have to understand why.
  5. Be present for the moments of everyday life. It’s amazing.
  6. Reach out to those that you care about, even if you’ve lost touch.
  7. Drive slower!
  8. Taking time for yourself isn’t selfish, it’s necessary.
  9. You can like who you are while still trying to improve yourself.
  10. Push your comfort zone!
  11. Don’t expect life to follow your plan.
  12. Be unapologetically you – be honest about who you are and what you enjoy in life.
  13. Try to put a positive “spin” on things when you are having a bad day/interaction/moment/whatever.
  14. Be silly!
  15. Take care of your body – it’s worth the time.
  16. Take care of your mental health too – it’s just as important as your physical health.
  17. Don’t be too proud to ask for help.
  18. Find things you truly enjoy instead of things that just fill time.
  19. The best dates and/or moments don’t have to cost much, if anything.
  20. Quality over quantity – applies to much of life!
  21. Don’t procrastinate – it NEVER helps.
  22. Be spontaneous (at least occasionally).
  23. Smile often.
  24. Be kind to others, even when you don’t feel like it.
  25. Make sure you sleep enough.
  26. Try new things often!
  27. Give yourself a break – you can’t do everything.
  28. Always make goals and strive towards meeting them.
  29. Cut the negative thoughts and self-talk.

So that’s some of the things I’ve learned over the years. So aren’t surprising and a few took me a long time to learn. Some I still have to remind myself of. But either way, I am so excited to see how this year goes! I think that 29 is going to be an amazing and transformative year for me! (And I am so excited to share it with all of you!)

What are some of the things that you have learned over the years that have surprised you or been harder to learn? I would love to hear your thoughts!

And don’t forget that the Jewelry Giveaway ends today at 8 pm CT, so if you haven’t entered yet, hop over and get your entry in!

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100+ Followers…and a Giveaway to Celebrate!

When I started this blog I honestly wasn’t sure how well I would do. (Sometimes I’m still not) I’m not great with putting myself out there, plus I was worried that I would give up or only post sporadically. Instead, I found out that I love blogging! This blog has already improved my life, introduced me to some amazing people online and pushed me in some unexpected ways. I can’t wait to see where it continues to take me!

Now, I know that 100 followers is not a huge milestone to a lot of bloggers, but it definitely feels like a big one to me! And I appreciate all of you! So, to celebrate this milestone, my first giveaway! I hope you like what I have for you all 🙂

Giveaway Requirements:

  1. Be a follower of Nymph In The Woods (if you aren’t already, you can follow now to enter)
  2. Leave a comment below stating which one you would like to win. That’s it!

The giveaway will run from Feb 9th-16th, 2016. The winner will be contacted privately and also be announced on here. I can’t wait to see who wins and which one they choose! (Also, the 16th is my birthday and I can’t wait to celebrate it by giving one of you a gift!)

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