29 Things I Learned in My 29th Year

September 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Life has a funny way of not going the way you had planned. After switching careers and moving across the country, I thought that my life had taken enough twists and turns. HA! Apparently I was wrong, and I’m ok with that. This last year has been more difficult than any other year (including last year when I gave birth and brought home a newborn). Yet despite the struggles, there is a lot of good that has happened. I’m very thankful for everything I’ve gone through, and I wanted to share some of the lessons I’ve learned. Some are big and some are small (and they are certainly in random order), but they all have merit.


  1. My husband is the greatest man I know. Ok ok, I knew this before. But it became even more apparent this year. He is an enormous part of the reason why my recovery has gone as well as it has.
  2. My son is wicked smart. Really, though… he can help with the entire laundry process (including his version of folding) and he’s only 19 months old.
  3. High fructose corn syrup is in EVERYTHING. Why? Someone please answer that question for me. Bye bye, Sweet Baby Ray’s. L
  4. Patience. I had about zero before. Now I have much more.
  5. Going gluten/dairy/soy/coconut free (or rather having extremely limited amounts) is not as difficult as one would think. Except at restaurants. Then it’s a serious hassle and a half.
  6. Running my business gives me more joy than I ever thought it could.
  7. Not Googling your own medical conditions is better than Googling them.
  8. Once Upon a Time is my favorite TV show.
  9. Outsourcing our house cleaning was one of the best decisions that we could have ever made. Worth. Every. Penny.
  10. I need to go to bed by 10:00pm every night. Whether that actually happens is a different story…
  11. Husbands just don’t understand. This may seem to contradict #1, but I promise it doesn’t.
  12. I adore my Erin Condren life planner. Seriously, there’s just something about putting your plans on paper that makes writing them down extra satisfying.
  13. Allergies are no joke. For real - take your medicine.
  14. Doctors that value you as a PERSON and not just another number are rare and amazing and the best and incredible and I love them.
  15. Keeping up with a business social media account is easier while bedridden. However, it is certainly more fun while healthy.
  16. Finding Dory can make any situation (especially plane rides) much easier and keep my son in one place for more than 12 seconds at a time.  
  17. My love for my cats surpasses my allergic reactions to them.
  18. Every single day is a gift.
  19. Flying with a toddler (i.e. a walker/crawler) is much more difficult than flying with a baby.
  20. Going to therapy is not something to be ashamed of. Ever.
  21. Henry is mellow except if you take away his food, tell him he's finished doing the laundry, or tell him he can’t use the remote control as a phone. That first part 100% makes him my child. The second part makes him an anomaly of enormous proportions (at least in our family).
  22. I still feel like a kid sometimes even though I have a kid. I wonder if next year’s birthday will change that…
  23. There are more pieces of furniture from IKEA in our house than from anywhere else, and I’m 100% ok with that. This is aided by the fact that IKEA is 10 minutes away from our house here.
  24. I’m surrounded by more support than I knew. My friends have been such a constant source of encouragement for me. They continually called, texted, dropped what they were doing to come over, and made me feel so incredibly loved.
  25. Justin’s Maple Almond Butter is LIFE.
  26. Self-care is wildly important. Whether that be swimming or getting my eyelash extensions retouched (ladies, they’re the bomb), it’s all a part of feeling like myself.
  27. My current biggest grammar pet peeve is “a part” versus “apart.” The first means to be separated from something, and the second means to be included in something. PLEASE GET IT RIGHT, PEOPLE.
  28. I can only read Peek Inside the Farm four times in a row before the book magically disappears while something exciting (and fake) happens on the other side of the room.
  29. I am so much stronger than I ever thought I was.


I’m still learning so much about who I am now. While I’m still me, there are so many aspects of my life that have changed in the last year. Sometimes it’s difficult to completely figure out this new me, but I’m enjoying the ride. Hopefully my 30th year will be full of fun and adventure and wonder! I know it’ll involve lots of learning, but I’m an eager student.

Photos by Shannon Carlsen Photography - Thank you for always capturing our moments!


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