Saturday, October 27, 2007

My Reflections on Turning 30

*Disclaimer - these are strictly my own opinions and not meant to offend in any way!

1. As the book title says, don't sweat the small stuff. Unless there is some major physical, mental, or emotional wound or a national/international situation - it is not a crisis.
2. Do not lose the magic of Christmas.
3. Along these lines - do not tell anyone that there isn't a Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, et al. because each of these individuals exists in some way.
4. You can't be friends with everyone. Realize this, accept it, and let it go.
5. When on vacation, relax! Enjoy the beauty of the place you are in.
6. Love and appreciate your family and friends.
7. Love and appreciate your home.
8. Love and appreciate your neighbors (within reason!)
9. Don't allow anyone to ever put you down.
10. Stress is simply your reaction to a situation. Don't let it escalate.
11. Take time to talk to God. He just may talk back.
12. If you are unhappy, figure out how to make it better and do it.
13. Don't intentionally hurt some one's feelings.
14. Sometimes we have one or more family members that cause us some sort of harm. It is okay to keep them at arm's length (or further).
15. Forgive. Hanging onto resentment and anger hurts you the most.
16. You do not have to actually tell someone you forgive them as long as you tell your heart.
17. Volunteer (just not to an excess!)
18. If you see someone fall, help them up. Chances are they will return the favor.
19. Love your spouse/significant other. Try to see things from their point of view.
20. Do not judge people -ever. You never know what someone is going through.
21. This does not mean that there aren't bad people out there that deserve to be punished for their crimes.
22. Do not believe everything your elders tell you/you over hear. Form your own opinions.
23. Be kind to animals. They have feelings to.
24. I'm not a mother - but - don't let your kids run wild in someone else's home!
25. Whether or not you are a parent - take the time to make a difference in a child's life.
26. Unless you are rich, your home will most likely not look like Oprah's - work with what you've got.
27. Respect, love, and take care of the elderly. They were/are our teachers and if all goes well, you too will be elderly someday.
28. Do not future - live in the present.
29. When negative thoughts invade your mind, acknowledge them and let them go.
30. You get what you give - put out positive energy and positive will ultimately come back.

And one for good luck!
31. All bad situations are really opening doors - we just have to find the door knob.

Got something to add? Leave me a comment.


Anonymous said...

Hi Karla,

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy 30th dear Karla,
Happy birthday to you!!

I loved turning 30! And we think you have covered it all!!

Have a GREAT weekend!
Jenn and Jacqui xo

*Heidi* said...

Happy Happy Birthday, Karla! Wow, I remember when I turned 30, I loved being 30! Your list is perfectly postive, everyone should print it out and carry it with them, refering to it as various life situations arise! Hope your weekend is going great!

Big *smile* and huge {hug} to you!

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Happy Birthday, Karla!!!

These are all such excellent thoughts! I especially love the one about living in the present... we all too often let so many things slip by, by taking them for granted, and daydreaming of what MIGHT happen later on.

Monica said...

Happy Birthday Karla! Hope you are dealing better with the big 30 than I did, I cried off and on the whole weekbefore...haha!

Natasha Burns said...

Happy birthday gorgeous girl!!!! I wish you millions more of them and enjoy 30, it is great fun! People start taking you seriously now, LOL!!!

Natasha Burns said...

Just thought of one I can add to your wonderful list...

When you smile you will feel better instantly and you'll also make someone else feel good!

Scrappy Moments said...

Hi Karla,

Happy Birthday to You, I'll be 35 in 2 weeks, after 30 time goes faster for somereason,LOL.

Those are great reflections :)


Sandy said...

WOW Karla,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! OH 30! that was 10 years ago for me (almost - I'll be 40 next month)

Hope you had a fabulous day!
Sandy :)

Arlene said...

Happy Birthday Karla! 30???? Oh, don't I just wish! said...

Hey, I am turning 50 this year and still haven't learned some of those lessons. Good for you!

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Don't forget to say Happy Birthday to people!!
Happy Birthday!!! Anyone with an attitude that good should have a good one :)

Flea Market Queen said...

Hope your Birthday was delightful!
You list sure is...

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Karla, sorry I missed your birthday. Hope you had a very happy one. I remember when I turned 30--just barely. It's been a while. I thought I was so old. Now I know I was a baby. Happy happy! --Susan

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Happy Birthday, sweetie!! I loved being 30, believe me, life just gets better and better and better.
Loved your list.
HOpe you had a wonderful day.
XO Lidy

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Time spent with a child is never wasted...
Life is about the journey! Enjoy it~

Allison said...

Happy birthday my friend!!! I hope you had a wonderful day. I very much like and agree with your list. 30 is a great age (and so far, all 4 of my years in my 30's have been great)!


deb said...

happiest of birthdays my friend!

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