Today, I turn twenty-seven. While it did take me some time to wrap my mind around moving from my mid-twenties to my late-twenties, I’m excited. I feel 27. And that’s a good thing. I thought about making one of those lists you see on the internet “27 things to do when you turn 27” but that felt overwhelming. And I don’t want to look on that list a year from now and feel like a failure if I haven’t accomplished what would most likely be an overly ambitious list. So instead, I have decided to share 27 lessons I’ve learned. Most are small reflections and none are ground-breaking revelations, but still, these lessons have shaped who I am today.
1. There is such a thing as eating too many cookies. Hard to believe, I know.
2. The best way to break in new shoes is to wear them with socks around the house. And on that note, never wear brand new shoes to a wedding or any event that will have a lot of standing/walking/dancing.
3. House projects will always cost more money and take longer than originally anticipated. If HGTV makes it look like it can happen in a weekend, it will probably take a month.
4. I’m naturally very Type A and a detailed planner. Being spontaneous is challenging, but I’m trying to be more flexible.
5. When doing manicures at home, base coat and top coat make all the difference. Also, make sure there is no dog hair nearby because it will inevitably get stuck to your nails.
6. May 7, 2011 will always be one of the best days of my life.
8. Just because I’m small and have typically been younger than my peers doesn’t mean I’m not strong or capable. I can do more than I give myself credit for. And if I get a running start, I can still put my brother in a headlock.
9. All wine tastes better when chilled.
10. Make one “bulk” meal a week that will give us leftovers for busy evenings.
11. I am loved and treasured by a gracious God.
12. Make time every day to check email, except for weekends. It’s good to disconnect every now and then.
13. Always pack chapstick
14. Treasure Saturday mornings. I love when we have a free weekend to sleep in, take Wrigley (and now Molly as well) for a walk, and have breakfast together somewhere. It recharges us in the midst of busy schedules.
16. Deciding to stay in San Antonio after graduation was a big deal for us. We don’t have family in town, but I am so grateful for this city and for friends that feel like family.
17. Dust first, then vacuum.
18. Don’t take the weather forecast seriously, especially in Texas.
20. If I need to remember to do something, I have to write it down.
21. Comparison is the thief of joy. This is a lesson I’m constantly learning, along with not only being content, but joyful in each season God has called us to.
22. Handwritten letters can brighten any day.
23. Remember to take care of myself and not feel guilty saying “no.” I have a tendency to over-fill my schedule (there, dad, I finally admitted it) and have realized that I am not the wife, friend, and daughter I want to be when I’m exhausted.
24. Always carry an extra hair tie.
25. Do a little cleaning every day, and don’t beat myself up that our floors get dirty within 36 hours of vacuuming and steaming.
26. Don’t leave important papers on the coffee table: they will either be thrown away or eaten by Wrigley.
27. Set aside a little bit of money each month for traveling. It doesn’t have to be much, but it will slowly add up.