39 Life Lessons


Today I am 39. My last birthday of the thirties (that is until I start repeating them...?). I figured I would celebrate "Shannon day" by sharing some of the life lessons I have collected in my time on this planet thus far.

  1. A little kindness and compassion go a long way
  2. Vulnerability is sexy
  3. Hugs are magic. Hug often
  4. Travel expands your mind 
  5. Life is more fun when you treat it like a Broadway musical *cue jazz hands*
  6. Always play. Play all ways
  7. Give more than you expect to receive
  8. When singing in your car, be sure to always give the performance of your life. Your enthusiasm will lift your spirits and entertain others on the road
  9. Don't compare your real life to someone else's social media highlight reel
  10. Put your own oxygen mask on first
  11. See the beauty in everything
  12. Don't take yourself too seriously
  13. The sisterhood is sacred. Always show up for your tribe
  14. Move your body every day (I encourage dancing, yoga, and cycling!)
  15. Trust your gut
  16. Honesty is always the best policy
  17. Connect with nature. Barefoot is best
  18. You will never be given a dream without the power to make it come true
  19. Debt is not worth it (this comes from once living below the poverty line to now celebrating 3.5 years debt free)
  20. Collect memories & experiences, not things
  21. You will learn more about yourself from your children than you might be prepared to handle
  22. Forgive and let go
  23. Gratitude is the key to happiness
  24. Done is better than perfect
  25. Clutter weighs you down
  26. Always be the first to say you are sorry
  27. Abs are made in the kitchen. Planking helps too
  28. Relationships change. Everyone comes into your life for a reason
  29. Your words matter
  30. Sleep can give you superpowers
  31. Do the work
  32. It’s never too late
  33. When in doubt, eat more leafy greens
  34. Never go to bed angry
  35. Luck is when preparation meets opportunity
  36. You are a combination of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Choose wisely
  37. Meditation is a total game-changer
  38. If it's not a hells yes, then it is a no
  39. Tell the important people in your life that you love them

When I first decided to do this list, I thought I might struggle to come up with thirty-nine things. However cutting it down to only 39 seemed the bigger challenge. What would you add to the list? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Have an amazing day. I know I will!