For the past few years I have posted the lessons I have learned based on the years I have been on this planet. This Year on the 13th, it’ll be 44, so here ya go!

  1. Don’t be the smartest person in the room.
  2. Don’t trust professional just because they say they are professional, get to know them and make sure their philosophy matches yours.
  3. Trust your gut.
  4. Trust in the power of the body to heal itself.
  5. Drink lots of water.
  6. Be kind, everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
  7. Learn from your elders, but know that sometimes they are just full of crap.
  8. Learn from the generation coming behind you because they are a wealth of ideas and opinions that are vastly different.
  9. Let your kids own their mistakes and their own success. It will serve them well as they grow.
  10. Keep a journal.
  11. Write down 5 things you’re grateful for
  12. When you’re upset/angry/sad lean into it don’t numb it with alcohol or any other drug.
  13. Don’t live in anger/sadness. Wallow around a little while and then come up with 5 things for which you are grateful and move on,
  14. Forgive. Especially when it’s hard. It’s not for them, it’s for you.
  15. Be open to love in all forms.
  16. Eat the damn brownie!
  17. Exercise consistently (I know I say this every year, but really, as I get older I have a fundamental need to encourage you to exercise!!!)
  18. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Everyone is scrolling, no one is paying that much attention.
  19. If you own a business consistently speak to your audience.
  20. Let someone help you!
  21. Help someone, many someones.
  22. Don’t take things personally. It’s really not about you, it’s about them.
  23. There is always something new to learn. Pick up a new podcast. Pick up a new book. Pick up a new friend who is different from you.
  24. Don’t believe everything you read or see. Do your own research.
  25. People pay for what they value
  26. Quality over quantity. Unless it’s cookies then quantity wins.
  27. Raising good kids is hard, letting those kids go (to college) is SO weird. Raise em up for 18 years and then you just gotta let them go do their thing. WEIRD!
  28. You have survived everything that has been thrown at you so far. That’s saying something.
  29. Laugh more! At yourself!
  30. Just go! Travel. See more of this country of ours. ((It can be done on a tight budget))
  31. Schedule time with people you love.
  32. Only keep the things that serve you. If something no longer serves you let it go! Whether it’s a relationship, a piece of furniture or a habit.
  33. Say yes to adventure!
  34. Pray. Daily.
  35. Listen without responding. Just listen.
  36. Be on time. If you’re going to be more than 5 minutes late, let the person know. Being on time is showing respect to the person who is expecting you. Being late is telling them that they are not important to you.
  37. Wake up before the rest of the world and spend time filling your cup so that you are equipped to fill up the cups that need it during the day.
  38. Connect with the check out person at the store. You’re there anyway, it won’t take you any more time to simply make eye contact and ask about their day or compliment them on something. The smile on their face is a huge reward.
  39. Be a good human.
  40. Don’t talk about people. What people do with you, they do to you. Think about that!! If someone is talking TO you about someone else you better damn well know they are talking ABOUT you to someone else too. Best way to nip that in the bud is simply to NOT talk about people.
  41. Men are more fragile than I think.
  42. You can do anything in 30 day sprints. Try 30 day challenges and experiments. You will be amazed at what you learn and accomplish in 30 days.
  43. Surround yourself with beautiful souls.
  44. “Jesus doesn’t find a way for you to avoid fire, because fire is coming. He wants to walk there with you.” Erwin McManus