27. Geez that's old.
It baffles me to think of where I was seven years ago. And how I've managed to get here now. I wonder what 20-year-old me who think if she knew of the journey she had ahead of her. If she'd take to heart the lessons that I learned in those seven years.
you cannot be happy until you're happy with yourself
My husband taught me this.
Happiness comes from within. A deep confidence that you are who and where you want to be in life. Knowing that you're able to handle what comes your way. Feeling like you have a purpose. Only once you've achieved that can you truly be happy with your life and others in it.
good girlfriends are your lifeline
Choose them thoughtfully and carefully.
Never be afraid to end a toxic friendship.
you don't know until you try
If you had told 20-year-old me that at age 27 I would be playing in five volleyball leagues a week I would have given you the crazy eye. If you had told me that I would be pretty decent at it, I would have just walked away. What a loon, doesn't that girl know I absolutely hate volleyball based on my brief one week gym class experience?
their perfect isn't your perfect
I didn't really learn this lesson until a few years ago. Maybe at the ripe age of 24.
I was just getting into blogging more regularly and found myself overwhelmed with others' lives. The portrayals of their beautiful homes and lifestyle on their blogs. It could be disheartening and made me feel like less.
Learning to accept that my perfect is perfect was an amazing lesson.
We live in Cleveland, where the weather is always less than impressive.
We own a house, that is usually in a state of disarray.
We have dates at fast food restaurants. Where our food is not served on a perfectly styled table.
I sometimes cannot figure out if chicken is cooked correctly. This haunts me.
We make our own adventures. Sometimes our big night out is just a bike ride or a family walk.
Just because you're not living 'the life' doesn't mean you can't live yours.
marriage is not what you expect
beauty comes from within
We have the world's SWEETEST, most LOVEABLE dog.
He has one white eye because he has a cataract which cannot be operated on at the moment. It breaks my heart how people look at him. How some people in our lives comment that his eye freaks them out. I don't post a lot of straight on photos of him anymore because people can just be cruel.
But he's beautiful.
We're blind to his variation in eye color. Because we love his unbounding energy, quirkiness and snuggles. For being an amazing friend that we've been blessed with.
A lesson that should ALWAYS be applied to both people and animals.
three things that will make every day a little better
mango orange juice
the smell of summer
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