“She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her away, she adjusted her sails.” – Elizabeth Edwards

I’ve been reflecting on the many things I’ve learned in my 33 years, and here are the 33 things I’ve learned the hard way. (in no particular order):

  1. You can’t buy happiness
  2. Jesus is the only way
  3. Money isn’t everything
  4. If I don’t take care of me who will
  5. Genuineness and authenticity trumps quantity every time
  6. Forgiveness is the only way to live
  7. People won’t do what you do, or reciprocate what you want them to
  8. Planning everything all the time isn’t as fun without a lil spontaneity
  9. I’m not going to be a bikini model,  IG model, etc… but there is only one me and I’m beautiful
  10. I’m always going to be a daddy’s girl
  11. It’s important to take “me” time, without guilt
  12. Saying “no” doesn’t make me a horrible person
  13. Intentionally and purposefully scheduling my time
  14. I own who I am and I’m unapologetic for it
  15. Focus on the blessings and the positives
  16. Everyone makes mistakes
  17. No one sin is greater than another
  18. My relationship with Christ outweighs my desire for religious acceptance
  19. My infertility journey has changed my life and who I am
  20. God is always with me,  no matter what, he has never left me
  21. I overcame more than anyone expected me to
  22. I’ve got a serious chocolate addiction
  23. I adore serving others
  24. Change is constant
  25. I’m uber emotional, fierce, strong and loyal,  to a fault
  26. My scars are beautiful signs I survived
  27. God has already given me his love and forgiveness,  I don’t have to perform to earn it
  28. I work for God,  not for man
  29. Blood doesn’t make family
  30. You can’t trust everyone
  31. Every relationship takes effort and nurturing
  32. Race,  gender and religion always matters to someone
  33. The IRS is real,  their power is real,  taxes are real,  pay them

A few extras for good blessing:

  1. Tithing is sowing the seeds for the harvest that is to come. It’s God’s 10%
  2. Financial knowledge and management is crucial
  3. Credit management is essential
  4. Travel the world, get cultured, it’s the memories that matter
  5. Is never too late to do what you want,  be what you want,  have what you want.  Every day you get another chance,  make it count.

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