After one of my keynote speeches last month, a conference attendee discussed an exercise she does each year as part of her self-care regimen. She makes a list of things (number of things dictated by her year in age) of all the things she now knows to be true – some funny, some serious. I loved the idea and starting today, on my birthday, here’s my list of 38 things I know to be true.

  1. Infant farts are funny and adorable.
  2. Anyone else’s are not.
  3. Family is who you want to do life with – DNA and genetics have nothing to do with it.
  4. God is great, but sometimes life isn’t good. (Thank you, Martina McBride!)
  5. Everyone needs daily doses of personal development. Seriously, get on it peeps!
  6. My husband and I simply “get” each other, and in those moments, I’m convinced there’s no way I could love him more.
  7. Listening to my husband eating potato chips makes me want to murder him in his sleep.
  8. Kindness will get you further than you think.
  9. Decaf coffee and pie bring me a happiness I only thought occurred during one’s elder years.
  10. Gratitude can give even a flicker of light during one’s darkest times.
  11. At any given time, I’m in the middle of reading six different books.
  12. Postpartum depression is no joke, so be extra kind to new mamas.
  13. Grief doesn’t have an end or expiration date, though I secretly wish it did.
  14. I completely understand why Mark Zuckerberg wears essentially the same thing every day – decision fatigue is a real thing.
  15. Losing two best friends, getting pregnant, buying a house, moving, and having a baby is my new limit for the amount of sh*t that can happen during the course of a year.
  16. I’m convinced every kiss I get from my oldest son when I drop him off in front of school is my last, and I’m always pleasantly surprised when its not.
  17. I quote comedians, John Mulaney and Bill Burr, more than I think is socially acceptable.
  18. I have less tolerance for other’s ignorance and stupidity than I did a year ago.
  19. I believe people are generally doing the best they can with the tools they have in their toolboxes, and for some, that’s an incredibly sad reality.
  20. A child was, and always will be, the greatest gift I’ve ever given to my husband.
  21. Perspective is key to understanding others, forgiveness, and staying grounded.
  22. Bad dad jokes are starting to be funny…and that’s scary!
  23. I’m limited only to my beliefs.
  24. Short sentences and a use of periods vs. a bubbly exclamation point is my form of passive aggressive email communication. I’m sure the person doesn’t even catch it, which makes me wonder why I even bother, but it makes me feel better and saves me from being a complete ass.
  25. Nature has a beautiful way of reconnecting you to lost feelings, rejuvenating your soul, and bringing you peace of mind.
  26. Recycle, because have you driven by a landfill lately? Yikes!
  27. Holding a space of duality (instead of an us vs. them mentality) can build contentedness.
  28. I love the sun, but will probably never move, and that’s a predicament.
  29. You can disagree with someone and still respect them as a human being. Try it, I dare you.
  30. Attempting to grow my hair out is a more painful process than I could’ve ever imagined.
  31. Smiling can make someone’s day…and tell them you like their hair while you’re at it!
  32. Snorting when I laugh either makes people laugh (at me I’m sure) or roll their eyes. The “roll their eyes” people are not my people.
  33. Book stores bring me a sense of calm I don’t commonly find elsewhere…hence the reason for the excessive amount of books I own and the difficulty of focusing on one at a time.
  34. My parents have always been there for me and I will be forever grateful.
  35. Handmade kid art is one of my favorite gifts and it warms my heart.
  36. I will always miss Brian.
  37. I love the versions of songs my husband sings at home better than the ones on the radio.
  38. I’m so incredibly blessed, and I thank God for those blessings every day.

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