24 Things I’ve Learned

24 things I've learned in my life

If you caught on, yesterday was my 24th birthday. I thought it would be fun to highlight 24 things I’ve learned so far in my 24 years of life. πŸ™‚

1. Everyone has a different “best time of my life”.

Growing up, I always heard people say, “High school will be the best years of your life,” or, “Enjoy college, it’ll be the best years of your life.” But that’s not true. Sure, it’s the best for SOME PEOPLE, but not everyone. First of all, I think that’s a horrible way to look at life. It’s almost like saying, “Enjoy this, because it’s all downhill afterwards.” REALLY?!

When I was in college, I still looked at middle school as being the best years of my life. That’s when I was surrounded by the people I’d grown up with and always gone to school with. That’s when I had my best friends. Then, suddenly, in high school and college I was thrown into groups of totally different/new people. And I didn’t click with ANYONE. I looked back on those middle school days and I missed them.

Then, after college (now), I realized that I was now in the best time of my life. I’m married, I’m self employed, and I love my life! But at the same time, I also feel like there are AWESOME things ahead of me. I love where I am now, but I’m also excited for new things on the horizon.

Everyone will have a different favourite part of their lives. Don’t expect that high school or college will necessarily be the best.

2. You can do whatever you want.

Seriously, you can.

I think this really clicked for me when I quit my job. I started a year in industry (like a paid internship) with a company as a web designer. I started Monday and quit Friday.

When I quit, I felt like I was doing something wrong. I thought I was supposed to have a corporate job. So how the hell could I quit?!?! Plus, it’s pretty embarrassing to quit a job on the fifth day (Fourth day, technically. I called in sick on the Thursday because I couldn’t stand to be there.)

But I knew that it was something I REALLY didn’t want to do. That’s when I realized that I didn’t want a corporate desk job. I wanted to do my own thing. I wanted to be a freelancer.

So I went out there and made it happen. I took a big risk, but it ended up completely changing my future and I LOVED it!

3. Making friends as a freelancer is hard.

In general, it’s hard for me to make friends. I’m picky and not super outgoing when it comes to new people. But when you work from home, it’s even HARDER to make friends. You don’t have a job that you go to every day where you see the same people. I stay at home. I see NOBODY.

I probably need to find some “after work” groups/activities to join.

4. You can lose weight.

Seriously, YOU CAN DO IT!!

Sometime over the last four years of my life, I gained a bunch of weight. Losing it seemed like such a huge, daunting task. I didn’t want to diet, I didn’t want to exercise, BLSOSDIFJAOSFI JEFOIAW sfiwjo!!!!

But you know what, I did lose it… and it wasn’t actually that hard. It only took me about six weeks to lose 10-15 pounds and guess what? I’ve been doing a good job of maintaining the weight loss.

5. Cheating is okay, once in a while.

Continuing on from #4, cheating (on your diet—NOT on your BF/GF… geeze!) is okay too. My husband and I used to get REALLY upset and freaked out when we’d have one single cheat. And for us, a cheat was like eating 35 grams of carbs instead of 25 grams… Big deal.

But we realized that having a cheat day here and there is totally fine. Sometimes you’re feeling lazy, have zero interest in cooking, and want to order a fucking pizza. Do it, it’s okay.

Just don’t do it every day.

6. Your future isn’t set in stone.

I guess this is similar to #2, but it feels different to me.

I always thought I’d be a web designer. Emphasis on the designer part. But I’ve slowly come to realize that I don’t actually enjoy designing for other people that much. It’s stressful. What if they hate my ideas? What if we don’t click together? What if I can’t create their vision?

And when I realized this, it freaked me out. I thought I was a web designer! What if I don’t want to be that anymore???!?!

I realized that I enjoyed doing the coding part and I wanted to focus on that. It wasn’t what I originally imagined for myself, but that’s okay too. Your dreams can change and you can set yourself on a different path. There’s nothing wrong with that.

7. You can run a 5K.

I haven’t even run a 5K. But I believe I can.

In 2014 I started the Couch to 5K program. I didn’t finish, because, reasons… but I saw myself improving. Prior to C25K I had been able to run for 10 minutes, but never longer than that at once. But in the C25K program, I ran for 20 minutes straight. I was SHOCKED! I really didn’t think I could do it, but I did. That’s when I started believing that I could finish the program; I could run a 5K. And if I can do it, so can you.

So now I’m back on the program and determined to see it through!

8. You have to MAKE time.

Sometimes I think that time will just fall into my lap. For example, I know I need to redesign my client site to match my new branding, but I always tell myself, “I’ll have time later.” It always seems like there are more important things to be doing, and I’ll have time to do this less important thing at a later date.

But time doesn’t just present itself.

I finally realized, that this was never getting done if I WAITED for an opening. If I wanted it done, I’d have to make a commitment, shave out some time, and just do it.

9. Cutting back on carbs isn’t as hard as you think.

I used to be all carbs. I’m talking sugar, bread, pasta, carb-filled sauces… the works. I never thought in a million years that I could stop eating those things, but I did. And after a few days or a week, you realize it’s not actually that hard!

The only hard part for me is giving up hot chocolate. Hot chocolate is my coffee equivalent. So, coffee lovers out there, imagine not drinking coffee. Sounds crazy, right? That’s how I am about my hot chocolate.

10. You will lose touch with friends. It hurts.

This has always been a hard one for me. If I were to look at my entire life and think, “During which period did I have the BEST friends?” it would be middle school. 100%.

It’s pretty easy to figure out why. Up until middle school, I was with the same people. We went to elementary school together, then went to middle school together, and we just grew up being friends, you know? And middle school was when it was really solidified. I had a best friend or two and a whole crew of other friends who I loved to hang out with. Those were the glory days.

Then in high school we split off for the first time. Only ONE person from my middle school went to my same high school. And things just kept going downhill. I never met anyone who would become a friend that was “on par” with my middle school friends. I still haven’t been able to click with anyone the same way.

And, well, ever since high school I’ve lost touch with nearly all my middle school friends. We just branched off and went different ways. I see ONE middle school friend about once a year and that’s it. It makes me REALLY sad, but it happens…

11. You can learn anything.

I’ve learned so many things over my 24 years of life. And the only thing stopping you from learning the thing you want is time and patience.

  • I knew NOTHING about coding.
  • I started with templates and just tweaked a few things. I slowly learned how to EDIT someone else’s code (not make my own).
  • After enough editing, I started to understand what I was doing. That understanding allowed me to build things from scratch.
  • Soon enough, I could build entire—static—websites.
  • Then I realized WordPress was THE SHIT. But I had no idea how to code on WordPress!
  • I followed a tutorial that helped me build my own theme from scratch. I didn’t really understand everything, but I did it!
  • After enough of this (plus Googling), I obtained that same understanding as before. I could make my own themes from scratch instead of using a tutorial/template.
  • Then I thought it would be cool to make a WordPress plugin. But dude! I had no idea how to do that. I didn’t know PHP beyond how to include stuff.
  • So I did a lot of Googling and practising and piecing things together… suddenly, I had a plugin.
  • Then I started using WHMCS. But obviously I wanted my theme to match my brand. But I had no idea how to code a WHMCS theme!
  • So I opened up the starter theme, moved things around, edited things… and I had my own template.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that we all start at the same place—not knowing how to do something. You just have to jump in there and DO IT. That’s the first step towards learning.

12. A bad airplane journey can fuck your shit up.

When you combine these three things, you get your shit fucked up:

  1. A long flight.
  2. An early morning (between 7am and 12pm) landing time.
  3. A class fare that does not have a “bed” or “lie flat” chair.

That is a POWERFUL combination. Do not underestimate it. You will get zero sleep (2 hours tops) then you’ll land at your destination in the early morning, which means you have to last the ENTIRE day before you can sleep. Well obviously that won’t happen, so then you’ll have a nap and become nocturnal.

13. You don’t have to constantly beat your previous achievements.

In 2012 I read 128 books. In 2013 I read 153 books. Then in 2014 I “only” read 84.

Although I had expected to read fewer books in 2014, I still felt a little disappointed. My numbers were climbing and climbing, but then I stopped being able to match my previous number. I felt a little disappointed. It’s like I was no longer up to my own standards. But you SHOULDN’T think that way.

You’re not in competition with yourself. You don’t have to constantly try to beat your previous records. You and your priorities are always changing. If you force yourself to keep beating your previous records, you’re on a fast track to burn out.

14. Relying on other people can suck.

It doesn’t always suck—sometimes it can be great. But other times it SERIOUSLY sucks. In 2014 I talked about why I hate relying on third party plugins. It seriously sucks when the guy who created your email subscription plugin doesn’t update it for a major WP update, it breaks, and then he’s MIA for like four weeks. It really, really sucks. Imagine if you were using that for your business and actually lost money because of it!

Obviously you can’t always do everything yourself. But my new motto is, “If I can do it myself then I will.”

15. Have your terms set and stick to your guns.

I’m writing this one in regards to businesses, but I’m sure it can apply to pretty much anything.

As a freelancer, make sure you take time to write out all your terms. What happens if the client doesn’t pay? What happens if they stop responding? Who gets the copyright? What’s your refund policy?

Write all that out, then have your client sign a contract to agree to these terms. Then do that EVERY SINGLE TIME. Do not make exceptions. Don’t get excited over one particular client and not make them sign your contract. Don’t break your own invoicing/refunding/deposit rules. Stick to your guns, and that’s how you’ll run a solid business.

16. If it seems like a headache, say no.

Sometimes you can get an iffy vibe about a situation/job/person, but you go through with it anyway because you need the money or you feel bad, etc. But that’s usually the quickest way to get frustrated and stressed. If something doesn’t feel right to you or excite you, don’t do it. Better opportunities will come along that you’d actually enjoy.

17. Do not buy a sofa if you don’t actually use one.

My husband and I have a sofa. We don’t actually NEED a sofa in the sense that we don’t need a place to sit and we rarely entertain guest that would want to sit. Since we don’t actually USE it the way you’re intended to use a sofa, we throw all our shit on it. Then we start throwing shit on it instead of putting it away properly. Soon, we have a huge pile of shit on our sofa and it’s horrible and overwhelming to clean up.

It seems like it would be easier to just not have a sofa.

18. A good playlist can make all the difference.

This is true when working, when going to the gym, when doing dishes, when doing laundry… anything! Having good songs playing can change you from “meh” mode to “dance party” mode immediately.

19. People make mistakes. And they change.

Someone can fuck up REALLY REALLY BADLY. So badly that you’ll think they’re a bad person and you’ll tell yourself to stay way from them. You’ll be tempted to hold it against them forever. But there’s probably another side to the story. Or if not, then at least the person who made the mistake might learn from it and change. Heck, you might even want to be their friend in a few years.

20. Animals make everything better.

I miss my cat Willow SO FREAKING MUCH! I know it might seem lame, but sometimes I think he’s my best friend. He’s been with me all through high school and college (even if I was away in a dorm) and beyond. He’s been there curled up at the foot of my bed while I cried, while I read, while I giggled, while I watched movies. He would follow me upstairs for midnight snacks, then back again to bed.

Now I’m living in the UK and he’s still at my parents’ house. I miss him like crazy! Sometimes I feel like I’m missing my partner in crime.

21. You can find inspiration anywhere.

Some of my best ideas come when I’m in the shower/bath. I swear that’s where I do my best thinking!

But also, I get some awesome design ideas from the simplest things, like a single colour scheme, or a single font. Those single elements can spark an entire design idea. Always be on the lookout for inspiration!

22. It’s so easy to get worked up over something small.

I recently talked about how I’m a bad customer and I think this point integrates with that one a lot. If something small happens to me, I can FREAK THE FUCK OUT if I don’t immediately know how to fix it. Cue stress, frustration, pouting, moping, sobbing, etc. Sometimes we get super worked up when we don’t need to be. It would make a lot more sense to just take a deep breath and work through it.

Of course, that’s much easier said than done.

23. Eventually you will be able to laugh about your most embarrassing moments.

I don’t have a ton of embarrassing moments, but I do have a few. There are some deep, dark secrets that only my husband knows. I NEVER thought I’d be able to get over those moments, but I am beginning to. Now I can laugh about them without trying to stick my head in the ground and hide.

24. It’s really hard to think of 24 things.

That sounds bad… as if I haven’t learned 24 things in 24 years. I guess that’s not necessarily true, but it’s REALLY hard to sit down and think of 24 useful or important things. This post took me DAYS to write. I had to constantly save it, step away for a day, and come up with new ideas. I don’t think I’ll be making this a yearly thing! LOL.

What’s something important that you’ve learned?

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38 comments

  1. Your list made me laugh! I think you’re wiser beyond your years because you were able to learn all of these. It takes longer for some people to get to that point. Some things that I’ve learn? Family is important and I’m sure sometime in the distant future you will also learn that there is no greatest love than being a mommy. I’ve also learn to let the unimportant go, to choose my battles, to have patience, and to love with all my heart and say it often to all that matter πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Liza. πŸ™‚ You’re right, family is very important! It’s sad that my immediate family lives so far away.. I only get to see them a few times per year. πŸ™

  2. This is an amazing list. You have really thought a lot of these things through. I’m older than you and I have a hard time coming up with 10. I did like your “You have to MAKE time” and #22. I seriously overreact to so many things… only in the last month have I decided to not react to things the way I did in the past. I’m trying to get past things and LET IT GO quicker. not worth the headache and frustration. πŸ™‚ Hmm…. wonder what my list would look like?

    PS Can you have pets where you are currently living? Would you want to get another cat? I know I’d miss my two kitties if I had to leave them, but I see how hard it might be to try to have him move to the UK with you. *hugs*

    1. Yeah in my first sitting I only thought of like 5 or something. I had to keep this saved as a draft for DAYS and continue adding to it!

      Sadly I can’t have pets where I live. πŸ™ We live in an apartment and pretty much ALL apartments in Cambridge have a global “no pets” policy. *sob*

  3. Fun post, Ashley! And all VERY educational, ha! It’s really nice to be reminded that my future isn’t set in stone. I’d really not like to be at my job for the rest of my life. And I’ve definitely learned lately that you most definitely have to make time for things. I’ve found out that as you grow older, the days seem shorter! Ugh, and yes, number 10 is too accurate. Since high school, I’ve lost touch with so many friends, and it stings. I think that’s essentially what I miss about high school. I also like #13 and #16! And I’ve been trying to be better about #22 πŸ™‚

    Great list, and happy 24th birthday!

    1. You’re right, some days in particular are SO SHORT! I guess it doesn’t help that I usually wake up at 10:30 or 11.. hahaha!

  4. Holy crap Ashley, when I read this, I felt like I was reading some kind of “Cheats to the Universe” thing. I feel so much better after reading this, to be honest. A lot of this is what I’ve heard of because teachers and counselors *rolls eyes* Anyway, I really love the stuff about motivation and sticking to your goals. Every so often, I get a fear of ‘what the hell am I supposed to do after high school?’ or ‘is this REALLY what I want?’ and then I start to second guess myself.

    This was so helpful, thanks so much for writing it <3

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    1. Bahaha. Maybe I should rename the post to “Cheats to the Universe”. πŸ˜‰

      Luckily you still have time to figure out your life, and there’s NOTHING wrong with changing your mind. You can change your major, you can change your career… nothing is set in stone. I know loads of people who changed their major like 3 times, then when they graduated they went into a job that had NOTHING to do with that major in the first place.

      There’s always room for change and flexibility.

  5. It seems like you’ve learned many important things over the years. I think that the ‘you can do whatever you want’ is a great point. If you have something in your head and you are willing to go for it, I think you can do (almost) anything. I’m not sure how my future is going to look, but it’s definitely a nice idea to know it’s changeable.

    You will lose touch with friends and it hurts is also something I’ve discovered too (hardest part was perhaps that some weren’t really friends in the first place) and it gets harder to find a good best friend.

    I think one of my biggest lessons is how I’m slowly learning to conquer my fears. To just get over them and DO it, because sometimes it’s not as scary as it looks.

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  6. What i’ve learned is that people change and life is so precious that mostly people only see it when they loose their health.

    Friends move on and some actually try to make us feel bad because we move on…i used to be the only single in the group and get everyone pick on me because i didn’t have a boyfriend and it was because of my clothes, weight etc…some even secretly tought i was a lesbian (wich was stupid so i can’t be a single straight person searching for someone, but i can be a single lesbian?). When i found my love i felt like some friends were not friends…they were actually poison in my life…i tought we were their for each other but they were only there to criticize! And i move on, i don’t see them as much and we kind look like strangers now…if we go out there’s nothing to talk about, they seem like they trying to know stuff about us but in a weird way…i stopped…i don’t need bad people in my life!

    Most of what i’ve learned is from my work as a nurse and from my patients and colleagues. One day you’re fine and in the next one you got a f*cking diagnosis, you fall and wake up not be able to talk, move on side of your body or move the entire body…you will be dependent on people to take care of you and after that you realise that money, argues, stressfull work, does not matter but taking care of yourself, enjoying family/friends time is the most important. I have colleagues that work in 2 or 3 hospital/unitys and they are awake 24h/7 and some nurses died…they wanted money for travelling, iphones etc…”the good life”…and they die because the body need to sleep/rest as well and objects in the end are not so important but mostly don’t get the change to learn that lesson!

    Life move on so fast…serious when i tell my patients i’m 28 they say: “i’m 93 years old now and it was like yesterday i was your age!”. I started working at the hospital when i was 22 almost 23 and now i’m there for almost 6 years??? It pass so fast!

    I’m glad you are controlling food and exercise and winning the battle against overweight. Overweight and other issues like high cholesterol, have hypertension and diabetes in my family sucks, i tried a lot and i failed a lot…i’m trying again because i don’t want to loose myself for food. I eat emocionally and it’s really hard because if i’m mad because of work i will destroy the kitchen XD.

    When i was young “i want to be a doctor/musician/actress” and when people asked me how i would do that i would answer “i would be an actress playing a character “doctor” in a musical” XD When i was 18 years old and i had to apply to university i decided that maybe the health industry was not for me but i always said “doctor” etc i did not have the grades to be a doctor (is like 19 out of 20 and my grades were 17 out of 20) so my family convinced me to “be a nurse” and said “is almost like being a doctor”. But with the internet boom and me be online and discover the blogger world i wanted to be a computer geek but i decided to play safe and choose nursing. Nursing may be great but with the health system failures is really stressfull: people don’t have money to buy medicine, doctors don’t prescribe somthing so the hospital will save money…everything goes around money…so you know in my unit in the evening shifts is just me, one nurse, 2 helpers to 40 patients and i also receive people from the community to give injections and other treatments…me to 40 patients, their families etc…i’m really stressfull! And in the night shifts is just me and one helper and we are alone in the hospital to 40 patients!
    I decided to follow your quote ” You can learn anything.” because i feel i can do other things or work in other place, i don’t have to be there till i’m old…i feel like changing and hopelly the crisis Portugal is going through gets better and we do not live other the clima “don’t change work, you will not find any, this is the only thing”. Meanwhile i decided this year i will try to learn computer geek stuff: HTML and others…they look chinese now but who knows maybe i’ll find i’m good at it to only create my plugins, not as a business thing, but to personal joy! My blog is a big deal for me is a escape from reality. I enjoy reading and talk about it and love to meet other people in the virtual world that are like me *book geeks :D*

    “You can find inspiration anywhere”…true! And sometimes in the most ridiculuous places…in the bath, walking etc…i’m always “can my blog have this? I’m going to bug Ashley about it XD” and i start to write and drawing in my head and i’m always with music *i’m the crazy person that is always with the ipod and people try to wave at me or stare at me but i’m in another world*

    I have a good humour and when i look at some of my moments i laugh about it, i’m not one of those people that get ashame etc if something embarrasing happen…i just move on and not let it destroy the party :D!

    So sorry for the big comment XD…and one thing also i’ve learned…is that if you pay attention to what surround you…you will always be learning! And that’s the fab about life, keep your mind open and enjoy learning and living!

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    1. I’m closed to new design projects for the foreseeable future. πŸ™‚ I’m going to be focusing on:

      * Making pre-made themes
      * Making plugins (pre-made and custom)
      * Teaming up with designers to code for them

      If I can’t make enough money doing those two things, then I will be opening up new custom design orders again. πŸ™‚

  7. Wow! What a great post Ashley!
    I can tell you put a lot of time and thought into it. I will admit I may have LOL at the sofa one though! I spend too much time on mine because I use my laptop on it so that rule would not apply to me πŸ˜‰
    As for Animals THEY DO MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER!!! I have three pugs that make me smile and laugh numerous times daily. I love them like kids (which I don’t have) and I spoil them to death too. I can’t imagine how hard it has to be for you to be away from your kitty. I consider my dogs my best friends too, their loyalness knows no bounds.
    It took me a long time to realize #19 — and it’s so very important. People can do bad things and not be bad people. We all make mistakes, and have bad days.

  8. Although it is sad, I’m glad to hear that not everyone keeps in touch with their middle grade/high school friends. I recently moved schools and am finding that I’ve lost touch with a lot of people really quickly and haven’t made lots of new “best” friends. I’m also super happy to know that you’ve just done something that you enjoy and have been successful πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for this post, it’s been pretty inspiring!

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  9. Happy Belated Birthday Ashley!
    hahaha what a wonderful List πŸ˜›
    I especially agree with number 10 It hurts a lot when some friends you expect you will always be friends with are no longer there, no. 13 is very true and no. 18 a good playlist makes everything better even the most mundane chores around the house. I have different types of playlist for different chores so I’m not bored to death while doing them. πŸ˜€

  10. Ashley, with # 6( Your future isn’t set in stone) you hit on the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT CONCEPT IN LIFE.

    The future isn’t determined for us, WE MAKE IT.

    To some, that’s frightening. They WANT to be told what to do.

    But not people like you. You make your own way, and I’m certain, get more out of life knowing and acting on that fact.

  11. Belated happy birthday! πŸ˜€ I found myself nodding with a lot of these. I used the C25K programme too and I’m on a break because… Reasons. But before it, I could barely run! But now I actually like running. πŸ˜€

    I especially adore #23, that you can look back at your embarrassing moments and laugh. I remember when I used to be so afraid of embarrassing myself, like making a little slip up as THE END OF EVERYTHING. It used to keep me doing stuff. Now I just laugh about it. πŸ˜€

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  12. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post. #13 really got to me. I always get so hung up and scared about doing things, because I feel like they’re not as good as something I’ve done before, and the thought of disappointing someone scares the shit out of me. Reading this really makes me realize how hindering that can be. Thanks so much for that inspiration!

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  13. First of all…Happy birthday!!!

    Second of all… this is a great list!! I esp like #’s 2, 7, 8 10 and 11. I used to HATE running. So I was doing zumba for a while. And then my friend (an avid runner) convince me to try running with her. Just one time. She promised that if I hated it she would never make me go again. I ran 3 miles that day. I didn’t realize how in shape I was from doing zumba. And the fact that I could do that blew my mind. I’ve been running with her ever since and actually enjoying it which I thought would never happen.

    #8 I definitely have learned this last year and still need to put it into practice. I have a novel that I’m working on and I just didn’t touch it all that much last year because I “didn’t have time”. I kept telling myself I would get to it, but it never happened and I realized that if it’s something I want badly enough, I need to make time for it. Hopefully I’ll be better about it this year.

    #10 – this sucks. It’s always hard.

    #11 – Google is my best friend. I’ve learned so much just by googling things. It’s amazing.

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  14. The sofa one made me laugh πŸ˜€ This is a really great list, and being 22, I recognise a lot of these points. Especially the first one about high school/college being the best time of your life. First of all, high school was shit, so no. Second of all, college was meh, so no. And thirdly, thanks for saying that the rest of my life will only get worse. I’m also totally behind the good playlist – it’s amazing what a few happy songs will do! That’s why I have a Happy playlist on my iPod for whenever I need it! & animals are the bomb. Except for spiders.

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  15. I love this! I’m in agreement with a lot of the things you mentioned πŸ™‚ I especially wanted to say that I think it’s hard to make friends as an ADULT PERIOD – and I’m sure much harder as a freelancer as well. Even the people I meet at work are hard to REALLY become friends with – there is always a line of professionalism always there. And even if you overcome that – everyone is already established in their lives and routines and it’s hard to become really close the way I’m used to with old friends from childhood or even college. I MISS HAVING A LOT OF FRIENDS…

    And I love that you included that “you can learn anything” one! Learning about coding/web design is pretty overwhelming and it just seems like there is so much I don’t know! (it was almost better when I was blissfully ignorant of how much there was to learn haha!) And I’m also learning that you have to “make time”! If you don’t, you’ll never get around to doing whatever it is. Great post!

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    1. That’s a really good point! I guess for a lot of people, work is work. It’s a professional environment; not a time or place to be social.

  16. Fun idea!

    I always tell people that cutting out carbs isn’t as hard as they think it will be – especially after the first week. They rarely believe me πŸ™‚ I miss chocolate in general but especially brownies. I cheat for chocolate occasionally πŸ˜‰

    I got through about half of C25K a few years ago but then had an injury that set me back enough I never quite picked it up again. But I did the 5K I was training for anyway – I just had to walk a lot more than I was planning. I keep wanting to get back – just to be able to run a few miles a few times a week would be really great.

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    1. Yeah what people don’t realize is that their body is actually addicted to carbs. But after you go off them for about a week, the cravings stop because you’re no longer actually addicted to them. It’s pretty nuts.

      But yeah, my weakness is hot chocolate. Other people drink coffee, I drink hot chocolate. That’s the one thing I can’t kick!

      You should pick up the C25K again! I’m sorry about your injury. πŸ™ But I think it’s fantastic that you did the 5K anyway. Great job!!

  17. Awesome post; I love it! I wrote a “28 in 28” post for my birthday last year, and I feel you on trying to actually come up with that much stuff. The worst part was that I didn’t think to write it until the last second, so had to slam it together in a few hours. And guess what? Doing it again this year, only with 29. #somuchfreakingfun

    1. Haha good luck with 29 things! πŸ˜€ I’m not sure if I’ll be able to manage to do this ever again.

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