I’m 27! As my husband likes to remind me, that’s very close to 30. Sometimes I still don’t feel like a grown-up. I probably call my mom once a week for advice about something.

Still, I’m learning a lot. I’m pretty sure that’s what life is: asking for advice, flailing around and faking it until you figure things out, and learning from those experiences.

Here are 27 things I learned this past year:

  1. Health insurance blows. Seriously. Shopping for it. Paying for it. Paying bills leftover from it. Yuck.
  2. Don’t spend your tax return all at once. You’re going to need it later.
  3. Dogs are truly a girl’s best friend.
  4. Money works itself out. Don’t lose sleep over it.
  5. If you believe that the universe is a place of opportunity and abundance, it will be. I thought this was woo-woo BS. It is a real thing.
  6. If you believe that, bad crap is still going to happen, but it’s usually going to happen to cleanse your life of something and make room for something better.
  7. Never underestimate the healing powers of a girl’s night with vodka smoothies.
  8. Never underestimate the value of having a good massage therapist.
  9. It’s okay to write everything down. It’s okay to plan things. It’s also okay to be free-spirited, spontaneous, and a little flaky. It’s okay to do you and have your own style and for Pete’s sake stop worrying about what everyone else is going to think of how you do things!
  10. It sometimes feels like people are watching and judging you, but they’re so wrapped up in their own stuff, they’re not even worried about what you’re doing. Live a little more uninhibitedly.
  11. Always buy the screen protector and case for your really expensive cell phone.
  12. Don’t buy cell phones that cost more than your car. Yeah, that happened.
  13. Dry skin? Coconut oil! Out of moisturizer for your face? Coconut oil! Need some healthy fat added to your smoothies? Coconut oil! Hair care, dog allergies, healthier baked goods…I have a jar of coconut oil in every room of our house. Not kidding.
  14. Accept your own definition of success. I spent most of my young adulthood wondering why I wasn’t succeeding working for other people. I just thought I was a failure who sucked at working. Because I wasn’t meant to work for other people. I was destined to work for myself. If at first you don’t succeed, redefine success.
  15. It’s okay to love lots of different things and have many projects, but not all at the same time.
  16. It’s okay to need a second job to support your business and your family. It’s also okay to have more than one business. Love what you do. Pay your bills. There’s no one right way to work.
  17. I’m an adult, and if I want to eat donuts for lunch or pie for dinner once in awhile, that’s okay. It’s also important to nourish my body with healthy food so that I have energy for all the wonderful things I want to do in life.
  18. If you leave cat food on the porch overnight, you will attract other animals. While possums are cute, feeding them 3 CUPS of cat food every night is not.
  19. German grammar is hard at the intermediate level.
  20. Enthusiasm is not enough to make a business great. Neither is just spending money on advertising. You need a plan and you need to HUSTLE YOUR BUTT OFF. Hard work is what makes a business great.
  21. Keep learning. Always.
  22. There are never enough hours in the day. Make the most of the ones you have and stop freaking out about the ones you don’t.
  23. Adult coloring books are probably the most relaxing thing I’ve discovered this year.
  24. Don’t be afraid to dance, whether people are watching or not.
  25. Marriage is bumpy like everyone said it would be. I still love it.
  26. Drama is BS. Don’t invite it into your life.
  27. I am capable. I am good at my job. I am a boss lady. You are too, and as business women, we need to recognize that within ourselves and each other.

This year has brought a lot of insights – weird and wonderful – and has helped me grow a lot. This year was full of ups and downs, massive stress, and glorious, life-changing doors opening in front of me.

I am blessed to be traveling the road I’m on.

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