There have been so many great posts from our bloggers of what they have learned over their years.  I tried not to use some of the same ones, but really, some lessons we ALL had to learn! So here are my 32 1/2 Things I have learned in my 32 1/2 years:

  1. Be kind to others.
  2. Love the body you have right now.  It’s the only one you’ve got and hating it isn’t going to change it.
  3. Introduce yourself as you first.  You are not just so-and-so’s mom, or so-and-so’s wife.
  4. Accept the flaws in others because you have them too.
  5. Don’t let people walk all over you.  Stand up for yourself because you, and how you feel, are worth it.
  6. You are a woman and you are strong.  Don’t let anyone tell you that you are weak.
  7. Cry.  It takes a strong soul to feel such deep emotion and let the world see it.
  8. You will make mistakes.  Forgive yourself and try harder next time.
  9. Smile at strangers, you just may make their day a bit brighter.
  10. Each of us has the ability to make a difference in someone else’s life.
  11. Give a few bucks to the guy on the street even if they “just use it for booze.”  Wouldn’t you need a drink too if you were living on the street?
  12. Pay for the person behind you in line.  Whether it is the tollbooth, the coffee shop or the grocery store, that may be the best thing to happen to someone all year!
  13. If you see something/someone in need of help, don’t expect that someone else will do it
  14. If you go to college and can afford it, go away!  Pick a school that is far enough to make you stay there on the weekends, but not too far that you can’t make it home if you have to.
  15. Get involved!  In your school, your community, your work, the PTA, whatever.
  16. Family is everything. Period. The end.
  17. Marrying your high school sweetheart CAN happen, but realize it won’t always be like it was when you were 16.
  18. Marriage is hard work. Love isn’t enough to just coast by on.
  19. Counseling/therapy is a good thing.
  20. True friends will understand that life happens and sometimes you won’t talk as often as you would like to.  But when you do, it is as if there has been no time in between.
  21. My mother was my first best friend, but it was also clear she was my parent.  I’m still learning how to do this.
  22. Apologize to your mother for all of the awful things you did as a kid.  Someday, your kids will do the same.
  23. Everyone tells you when you are pregnant that life will go by now in the blink of an eye.  They are right.
  24. I gained more confidence after having kids.  After giving birth, other things didn’t seem so hard.
  25. Eating together as a family (when schedules permit) is a good time to connect.  In my Italian family, food is what brings us together.
  26. Start your foodie young!  As soon as you know they are not allergic to things start feeding them what you eat and then some.  Before you know it your kids will be begging for sushi and chicken tikka masala!
  27. Hiring a professional to do something in your house is not admitting defeat.  It is maintaining your sanity.
  28. Take the time to do something for yourself.
  29. Let your kids run, jump, fly, hang, etc.  They are going to get hurt in life and need to learn to brush themselves off and get right back up.
  30. Teach your children how to be independent, but let them know they can always count on you when they need help.
  31. A bottle of wine, a loaf of good Italian bread, and some cheese, is perfectly acceptable as a substitute for a night out.
  32. Get out of the house and be you.  Get together with your girlfriends, go out with your spouse.  Someday, (in that blink of an eye) the kids will be gone and you don’t want to be just figuring out who you are.

32½ . The half is for all of the things I have yet to learn!

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