what I know for sure

Is there anything better than a birthday?  I used to hate my birthday… didn’t want the attention, the hassle, or people going out of their way for me.  I never wanted to put anyone out for lil’ ole me.

But that’s changed.  Birthdays?  Bring them on.  The happier the better in my book, and this year’s didn’t disappoint.

I also use birthdays at a reset during the year for me.  Kind of a new year in the middle of the year.  A new year for me!

So, last week, I did a lot of thinking about how I want the next year, my 48th year, to look like.  In doing so, I also started to think about what I already know and have learned so far.

This is the list I’ve come up with…

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I know gratitude changes everything.

I know loving someone isn’t always easy.

I know that things aren’t supposed to make you happy, but sometimes they do.

I know I haven’t even begun to know what I’m capable of.

I know my body doesn’t respond well to sugar.

I know I can’t live without coffee, wine, or the occasional diet coke from McDonalds.

I know writing makes me calm.

I know that my mind has many voices, and many of them are unkind.

I know I have a Target addiction.

I know I miss my mom more than anything and would be a different person if she were still alive today.

I know books make my life better.

I know being a mom is the best thing I’ve ever done.  Being a nanny is the second best thing.

I know I was put on this planet to take care of other people.

I know that I will never be happy with my weight, but I can learn to accept it.  Still a work in progress.

I know life is too short, and we are not here to worry about our appearance or what others think.

I know I worry about money too much.

I know a shot of Fireball can change an entire day… or night.

I know things like photography, knitting, and yoga are things that will make my life better.

I know you will usually get what you focus on.

I know genuine kindness changes everything.  Friendships.  Marriages.  Families.  Work.  It’s all better when you approach with kindness.

I know my dad is a really great man.

I know Alzheimers is a horrible thing for a family.

I know I could go on and on and on….

The truth is, we all know so much about our own lives, and each list is different, unique, and amazing.  I believe it’s a great way to see your life differently and appreciate what you know.

Take some time this week, give yourself 20 minutes to sit down and write a list of what you know.  It can be silly or serious.  What makes you tick, and more importantly, what are the things you’re grateful for knowing?

I hope you all have a great week.  Comment to let me know what you know for sure…

 

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