I turned 33 last week, and in true Danielle, procrastination style, I’m blogging about it now, (I also used all my free time last week to plan and book our next holiday, another reason? Excuse?). To celebrate my 33rd birthday, I’m doing two posts themed around ‘33.’ Some bloggers might celebrate their birthday by running their age in miles (which I’ve seen, and have no plans of running 33 miles), others might share a photo diary of what they did for their birthday. Me? I’m creating a few different lists. I like lists. The first is a list of the things I’ve learned through running, cooking, baking, marriage, blogging, and the many experiences I’ve had that have shaped me into the 33 year old I am now. Shall we begin?
1. It is better to be remembered for being a good person than being a good runner, softball player, baker, chef, weightlifter, etc..
2. Marriage is not what Hollywood films make it out to be.
3. As the No Fear saying goes ‘He who dies with the most toys…. still dies.’
4. Butter is the best fat to use for baking.
5. Overtraining will get you no where. Actually, it will get you somewhere: the road to injury.
6. Sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your mind and your body. It is when your body repairs itself, take heed runners!
7. Marriage is incredibly tough, but also incredible. The two things I love most about being married: you are still loved even when you’re unlovable (aka that crazy, horrible bitch comes around), and someone knows you as well as your parents do.
8. Some blogs are very poorly written.
9. Some blogs can be seen as ‘toxic’, and promote either unhealthy, restrictive approaches to eating and/or authors who over train themselves to the point of injury.
10. Increase in weekly mileage should be only 10% of your total miles run; so if I ran 15 miles altogether last week, then this week I’ll only increase my total mileage by 1.5 miles.
11. I have learned more about myself since I’ve been married than when I was single.
12. To be a good runner, you can cross-train and follow smart training programs all you want, but you must fuel your body with good food and enough of it, otherwise you’re being counterproductive.
13. There are some adults we love, others we dislike, and yet others to whom we are completely indifferent. This is the same for children.
14. Just because you ‘feel’ you could run forever doesn’t mean you should.
15. You can be an amazing cook and/or baker, and make some incredible stuff at home, but sometimes the best meals are the easiest, most basic ones to prepare with the most basic of ingredients.
16. You do not need to blog every day.
17. Margarine may be lower in fat, but it is a synthetic fat, which isn’t good. Take the advice from a quote from the film Failure to Launch: “Deception is like poison, it’s like margarine. I can’t have that in my body.”
18. Setting goals is a wonderful thing, but these goals need to be realistic and small. If your goals are neither, the only thing you’re setting yourself up for is failure.
19. Common running injuries are a sign of too much too soon.
20. A quote I saw on a Starbucks coffee cup a long time ago: “It takes two seconds to tell the truth and it costs nothing. A lie takes time and costs everything.” I concur.
21. If you find a blog ‘toxic’, and it is mildy driving you crazy, the best thing to do is walk away and unsubscribe. The author is not your friend, and no matter what you comment, it will not change them. I’ve abided by this and stopped following blogs, stopped following the authors on Twitter, and other social media because I completely disagree with what they’re doing and feel that if I continue to read, I’m supporting something that I deem unhealthy.
22. Europe is full of culture and history, but it is also has its fair share of tacky tourist traps.
24. Driving a car with a manual transmission is such a good skill to have: you’ll be able to drive all over Europe!
25. Another Starbucks cup quote: “You simply can’t make someone love you if they don’t. You must choose someone who already loves you. If you choose someone who does not love you, this is the sort of love you must want.”
26. Buying a latte from Starbucks everyday makes you poor. Especially when you just finished university. That’s why it’s called the Latte Factor.
27. Playing on the best team and winning all the championships isn’t always amazing. Politics in elite sport can turn something you love into something you hate.
28. Rather than looking at misfortune or getting frustrated with things not going your way, it is better to look at it from the perspective that it is meant to be, and try to discover why that is. I’ve used this approach and it’s helped me understand and appreciate my situation at that specific time.
29. In my opinion, there are three great things in life we strive for as young adults: the spouse, the house and the job. The order in which we get these things depends; for me, it was the job, then the spouse and still waiting on the house. For some of my friends, it was the spouse, the house and still waiting on the job. Patience, it all works out.
30. Ignoring doesn’t always make things, situations and behaviours go away. But neither does micro-managing.
31. You can have the brand new car, the big house, or vacation all the time, but unless you make a crap load of money, you can’t have it all starting out. So you compromise. We’ve opted for the ‘vacation all the time,’ for now.
32. Life is so much easier when you have good credit.
33. Pick your battles!
And one more for my 34th year of life:
34. KISS: Keep it simple, stupid!
It’s now time for bed 🙂