35 Things it Took Me 35 Years to Learn

My Dad has always stated, “No one gets any sense about them until they turn 30!” Well, 30 was five years ago, and I am still trying to figure out how that time has passed by me so quickly. Today, October 2, 2020, is my birthday, and I turn 35 years old, and sometimes I wonder if I have gained any of that “sense” my Dad speaks of often.

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When my 30th birthday rolled around, I was miserable. It wasn’t because I was turning 30 I was just in a terrible season in my life. However, only five short years later, that has all turned around. I am now remarried, I have a lovely little family, and I am living my dreams in my chosen career. I guess turning 35 isn’t terrible after all; there will be no sad tears today, only grateful ones.

35 Things it Took Me 35 Years to Learn

To celebrate my birthday today, I want to share with you a list of 35 things that it took me 35 years to learn!

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  • Chasing your dreams is hard, but it is worth it.
  • There will be difficult seasons in your life, but you will make it back to the light.
  • When you least expect it, you will realize that you are indeed turning into your Mother. However, it is something to treasure, not something to fight.
  • Much to your horror, you can turn into a morning person when you have been a night owl all your life.
  • There are going to be people in your life that dislike you for no reason, let it go.
  • Seek the magic and grace of life in the ordinary things of life.
  • It’s typically not the roots that will trip you up on your path. Instead, it will be the flat concrete slabs you will fall on. (Both literally and mentally, 2 broken feet suck).
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  • You have to stop being so shy and get out and meet people.
  • Talking and Answering Yourself Outloud is FINE! Not crazy.
  • Full-blown emotions only stay in your body for 90 seconds so let them pass but don’t attach yourself to them forever.
  • Eat before you become HANGRY!
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  • You can stare death in the face and come out on the other side with peace.
  • Life is fragile, so embrace it NOW!
  • Look for adventure in trails that are off the beaten path.
  • Love will find you when you are NOT looking for it actively.
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The Booknerd in Me Will Never Cease
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  • Prayer works, so use it!
  • Do not feel inferior to anyone. (I still struggle with this one, but it is a process)
  • Leggings are AHHHHMMMMAAAZZZINNNG! Why did I only discover them a few weeks ago?
  • Stop looking at something repeatedly when you want to buy it because if you wait and go back, it will not be there.
  • Laugh at drama because you don’t have time for it.
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  • Fear appears to be a giant in your path, but all you have to do is say Boo, and it will run away.
  • Trust yourself, and don’t depend on others for your creative ideas. YOU HAVE THE GIFT inside you! Fling open the door and run to them.
  • You can have everything you ever wanted and lose it. It will crush you, but God will redeem you with something better.
  • Get out in nature more because it soothes and quiets the soul.
  • To make money, you have to spend money on a business.
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  • It is ok to say no.
  • It is also ok to say yes!
  • Although you may like to “wing it,” you are better off planning.
  • Yes, you can learn to like the summer months even though snakes and mosquitos are out in droves.
  • Clean out your closet once a year and stop holding onto stuff you think you will learn to love.
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  • You can work too much, and you need to take off at least one day a week.
  • There is real evil in this world.
  • But there is also pure good.
  • Dry shampoo can help your fine hair gain texture!
  • Choose happiness and make the decision to look for it every moment you can!
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Just so you all know this is how I really feel when I have to get in front of my own camera. Thank you to my husband for taking these shots of me.

Sidenote: I would rather be behind my camera instead of in front of it, LOL!

HUGE Shoutout to the  Fab Flawless Hair & Makeup Artistry team for doing my hair and makeup! Thank you Anna for my hair and thank you to Sheri & Alyssa for doing my makeup!

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About Sabrina

Sabrina is a photographer located near Asheville, NC who loves to create stories through her lens. She is known for her conceptual photography inspired by literature and her love of books.

Sabrina is also a portrait, wedding, and small business photographer. Her artistic style bridges the line of cinema and paintings.

And when she’s not photographing people, you can find her indulging in journaling, reading traditional fairy and folktales, researching her beloved Southern Appalachia, daydreaming, or spending time with her family and her pampered dog, Pixel.

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