33rd Trip Around The Sun 

Whenever it’s my birthday, I feel all reflective and deep! It’s a blessing to be able to say, I’m a year older, I have most of the physical things that I want, decent health, a deep satisfying love and a job that I love! 

I started my day with Donda’s House for a PR Workshop with our alums and guests. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my birthday than doing what I love. We also had a huge dinner, which I’m hoping to share more about later. I’m posting this with 9 minutes of my birthday left lol. 

Here are 33 things I’ve learned that have helped me in my life, and things that I constantly remind myself of. Thanks for all of the birthday texts, cards, phone calls and messages! They mean the world to me!

Preparing for Trip 33 Around The Sun

1. You can always make another choice.

2. You get to decide who you want to be a part of your life.

3. Don’t hold on to anything or anyone that doesn’t bring you joy. 

4. Being organized saves time and money.

5. Invest in noise canceling headphones. 

6. Open up your heart to new friends.

7. Be careful with people who don’t have any friends. That’s a red flag.

8. Relationships & friendships require maintenance.

9. Address conflict early & often.

10. Talk to people about your goals & dreams. You never know who will be passing you the ball next.

11. Don’t engage in the pain olympics! Everyone has experienced pain & we all process pain differently. Don’t get caught up in trying to figure out whose pain matters or who had it worst. 

12. Find a healthy place to put your pain. 

13. When you’re nervous or anxious create a plan as the path forward. It will make you feel better.

14. When making choices, weigh the pros and cons. Try to always go with the decision that has more pros.

15. If you’re the smartest person in the room, all the time, you’re in the wrong room.

16. Document everything that you do in some way, especially in professional settings.

17. Don’t assume or make up how other people think or feel about you. You don’t know unless they tell you directly.

18. Be careful about listening to 2nd or 3rd hand information. In most cases you’re only getting half of the story.

19. Overcommunicate! It helps to prevent misunderstandings.

20. Have serious conversations face to face. It’s easy for things to get misinterpreted via text.

21. Give back and help others! This looks different for everyone but determine what it means to you and plan accordingly.

22. Listen to your gut! It senses and perceives things that are unseen and unheard by the naked eye. 

23. When you’re angry, be still to avoid saying or doing something you’ll regret.

24. Take care of yourself! Do what you love to do.

25. When in doubt, write it out. 

26. Not everyone is where you are and that’s ok. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a relationship with them,

27. Say thank you.

28. Make eye contact with people. Don’t be afraid to smile.

29. Treat people regardless of their position the same! From the people who greet you at the front desk to the CEO! 

30. Know your strengths and own your challenges or the things you dislike. Try to articulate those things.

31. Curate your physical environments as much as possible and think about all 5 of your senses as you do so. Purchase bedding in fabric that you love. Paint the walls. Eat the food you love. Cater to your senses!

32. Be ok with agreeing to disagree! You don’t have to make people agree with you. Let them be entitled to their opinion!

33. Every battle doesn’t require you as the soldier. You don’t have to be on the front line all the time! 

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