30. It seems like such a milestone, and maybe it is. Do I feel as old as I always perceived thirty-year-olds to be? Absolutely not. However, suddenly twenty seems incredibly young to me. I will save any further reflections and ramblings on this for another time. Let’s jump right into what you came here for…
30 Things I’ve Learned in 30 Years:
- The world of Board Games has more to offer than Catan and Scrabble.
- There are a lot of people who will tell you a lot of things about nutrition and food. It’s actually not as complicated (or scary) as it’s often made out to be.
- Rothenburg is a place worth seeing; however, beware of the Schneeball — they will attack you.
- The difference between an adequate sandwich and an excellent sandwich is sprouts.
- Your anxiety is not the enemy. It may even be your superpower.
- Munich is a perfectionist’s paradise.
- Purple hair is high maintenance.
- Take care of your skin today. Don’t put it off.
- Starbucks’ Egg Bites taste just as good as they smell.
- Wear SPF daily. Yes, even in the winter.
- It’s difficult to stay healthy without eating meat.
- People may not tell you how they are doing, but they will show you. Pay close attention.
- Social Media may have been a mistake…
- Learn smart money management (and investment) and take action today.
- GDPR compliance is hard. And by hard, I mean really gosh darn hard. Good luck. (Article 13 may also be a cause for concern.)
- Practice gratitude daily.
- Make changes today, not tomorrow. Because ‘tomorrow’ never comes.
- Sia makes some pretty great music.
- Every time you are given an opportunity, exceed the expectations. (Thanks, Sean Evans)
- Everyone needs a relaxing, creative hobby. (and I believe we all have creativity–find yours.)
- Don’t overcomplicate exercise. Just do it.
- Challenge yourself constantly; it pays off.
- Most of what we recycle in BC (and elsewhere) ends up in the landfill anyway. This is tragic.
- Buzzfeed is everything that’s wrong with modern journalism.
- Germany makes sense (most of the time).
- Our mental health is linked to our ability to connect intimately with those around us.
- Don’t get distracted by what other people are doing — you don’t have that kind of time.
- Keeping plants is rewarding and not as hard as it may seem. (Bonus Tip: get a pothos!)
- If you spend your life on your phone, life will pass you by. Don’t let that happen.
- Life is beautiful.
For those of you who voted for a gratitude list instead, I’ve decided to write an end-of-year gratitude list for 2018. So stay tuned!
Song of the year:
Goof of the year:
Sat down not realizing the bouquet of surprise flowers my cousin had delivered until…