33 things I’ve learned in my 33 years

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?

33 lessons I’ve learned in my 33 yearsย 

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.

23. When you bring negativity to your running, your opening yourself up to the risk of injury. Why not try yoga thinking for your running practice?ย 

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Any valuable lessons you’ve learned that you’re willing to share?

13 thoughts on “33 things I’ve learned in my 33 years

  1. Totally agree with number 1. I was really selfish and judgemental as a teenager (beyond your usual 'angst' phase), but over the years I've learned to put myself in the shoes of others (like good ole Atticus Finch recommends), and I'm actually really embarrassed about some of the things I used to think and say when I was younger. So although I'm still a bit of a loud mouth, I think a LOT more carefully about how what I say now. A lot of the time, I'm glad I kept my thoughts to myself! I guess that sort of ties in with your number 33 as wel, though.

    I am also fully with you on numero 6. I don't even know how I used to function at school on like 4 hours of sleep!

    I've also learned that no matter how much I 'try' them, I hate brussel sprouts. They are just so gross!

    So do you feel a lot calmer/less anxious with all the yoga you've been doing? I've tried a couple of relaxation exercises here and there, but I think I might have to make them more regular to feel any difference…

  2. Two things that come to mind…

    It's not all about a good paying job…The best job I've had is looking after my girls, and it pays me nothing! In fact it costs me a lot! lol!

    And the only exercise I NEVER dread is yoga! Love that you can do it anywhere, and if you only have time for 10 minutes, it's still feels beneficial.

  3. Little Danielle is so cute! I think I'm still trying to figure out a lot of this stuff (it looks like I have a few more years to do it!), but I do absolutely agree that life is easier with good credit (very thankful now that my parents pounded this into my head growing up). And a Starbucks latte everyday is excessive (even though the cups are so spot on with logic!).

  4. I'm also embarrassed by some of the loud mouth things I said as a teenager, it was almost a regular occurence! Some things are better left unsaid, right? #33 I learned mostly from teaching at my current school: what will I ignore and what will I address?

    I LOVE brussel sprouts, but like you,I tried for many years to like them. I eased myself in by cooking them with butter and bacon. Totally fattening but incredibly delicious.

    I fell off the yoga bandwagon briefly when we were in Germany then with getting the flu, but I'm back to it again. In general, I feel more calm and rested, but I think that's also because I've made changes to my routine, like going to bed earlier and not loading my mental plate. Pat does yoga everyday, and we've both noticed a huge, positive difference in how he handles stress. How long are your yoga sessions? We do both 1 hour and 30 minute videos on YouTube.

  5. Going by the many hilarious stories you and Sheila told me about Charlotte, I can see how it's so rewarding for you. Her and Sally are adorable!

    Yoga is a saviour. I always see it as exercise for my mind, the body benefits are secondary to me.

  6. Don't worry about it, there are many things you've learned, look at your promotion of sensible training and balance in your marathong running. Many people can learn from you!

    The lattes are excessive but so good! My students in Canada used to buy me Starbucks gift cards for Xmas and end of year gifts, I was spoiled!

    And yes, good credit is a saviour. Life is so much easier when you don't have to worry about money every month. Unfortunately, I learned that the hard way.

  7. Learning to drive manual is one of the best things I've ever done; every single car I've owned is manual.

    For your refresher, as my dad used to grind into me: gradual! It's starting in first gear that's hard, but once you do that, the rest is a piece of cake.

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