Sometimes, when I look back, it feels like it took forever to get here.
Then, there are other times when I can pinpoint different memories as if they were yesterday.
Each year, when my birthday rolls around, I tend to reflect on the people who’ve made a meaningful impact on my life. I am often awestruck by those – both living and deceased – who’ve carefully curated and placed a piece of their experience into the woman I’ve become.
With that, I give you a collection of what I’ve acquired over the past quarter of a century as a result of those I’ve learned from and loved along the way.
- Don’t panic about getting older because we’re all getting older at the same pace.
- Unfortunately, we live in a fact-resistant world. Trying to communicate with those who use pseudoscience and shaming to make their point will only waste your time.
- Speaking from personal experience, you can never have too many books.
- As much as you may try, you cannot pour from an empty cup. Fill yourself up first and give to others from the overflow.
- Take some time – even just 10 minutes – for your mental, physical and spiritual health each day.
- Keep a list of the books that have changed your life. This year I devoured: “Reclaiming Conversation” by Sherry Turkle, “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi and “The Woman I Wanted To Be” by Diane Von Furstenberg.
- Preventative healthcare is the best healthcare. Be diligent in scheduling your annual exams.
- There is always more than one way to do something so fear not if you’re on the road less traveled.
- It’s never too late to start. One step in the right direction is better than standing still.
- Remember that sometimes you outgrow things, hobbies, even people – and that’s perfectly normal.
- Be willing to let go of what no longer serves you to make space for what does.
- Health and beauty basics to implement: Eat your greens, drink enough water, get enough sleep and wear sunscreen daily. That’s it.
- Health and beauty trends to skip: Dieting. Wellness is the new skinny and your body needs proper nourishment to stay healthy, happy and strong to do all the things you want to do.
- Don’t subscribe to any dietary labels; instead, fuel and nourish your body with real, whole foods. That means clean, unprocessed foods that are as close to their natural state as possible.
- Meditation can might seem a little woo woo at first, but practicing mindfulness meditation is a simple, secular and scientifically validated exercise for your brain. The best part? It’s free and requires nothing.
- Running late? Well-fitted denim, basic v-neck tee, blazer and ballerina flats.
- “You are not a reflection of those who can’t love you.”
- A beautiful heart and kind intentions will bring things into your life that all the money in the world couldn’t obtain.
- We can’t consume our way to a more sustainable planet. Buy less, choose well and make it last.
- Don’t place such a high premium on external measures of success that you forget what truly matters.
- “Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve gotta say, and say it hot.”
- My most treasured gift: To be a first world woman. To have the freedom to wander intellectually, to read whatever I choose, to look up solutions for life’s challenges and to debate today’s issues freely.
- If you want to be intelligent, get comfortable with uncomfortable facts. As Phillip K. Dick once said, “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.
- Always make time to read. Reading books takes us out of our own headspace and connects us to the lives and experiences of others in a way no other media can match.
- Don’t forget to tell the important people in your life that you love them. Do it often.