33 Things I’ve Learned Now That I’m 33

Tomorrow I turn 33-years old. As someone I know always says whenever anyone turns that age – “33? That was the year that Jesus died!” And….thanks.

Maybe it’s that I’m getting more sentimental in my old age (yeah, yeah, I know, I’m not that old), but I thought I would give you a short (ha!) list of 33 things I’ve learned now that I’m 33. Catchy, right? No particular order on this, I really just spewed things out. Here we go (and God bless you for reading).

33. Wrinkles mean that I have laughed a lot.

32. Gray hair means that I refuse to put chemicals on my head.

31. I’m an introvert and will not be ashamed to tell people that I don’t want to go to a big party and instead want to sit in my home with a good book.

30. Being a friend is a two-sided thing, and I have to realize that sometimes I am not holding up my side.

29. I will always enjoy a good burger. Always.

28. After enjoying a good burger, I will work out to justify eating such awesomeness.

27. If I don’t challenge myself today to work out, I won’t do it.

26. With that in mind, no one ever wants to go to the gym (unless you are one of those people that are there for 6 hours every day). No one wants to go, we just do it. Nike was onto something there.

25. No one likes low rise jeans, no one. Whoever invented these, please realize that the constant pulling up of jeans is not a good look. They should have cut you from Project Runway a long time ago РYou are out, auf wiedersehen.

24. Makers of fashionable boots only have girls with tiny calves in mind. I am not one of them.

23. Every generation thinks that their SNL generation was the best. Well, other generations, you are wrong. Mike Myers and Dana Carvey were where its at.

22. What About Bob? is quite possibly the funniest movie ever. Everyone should watch it and enjoy the neurosis.

21. I am addicted to ice cream. There, I said it.

20. My body shape is mine and no one else’s. I’ve stopped comparing it to other women a long time ago.

19. Glory days are fun to remember, but I like to live in the present and make new ones.

18. You can always raise a voice in protest, it is much harder to invest in a life.

17. If you want to lose weight, then eat for that goal weight, not the way that got you to the weight you are now.

16. I much rather prefer to do a beast workout in 30 minutes than a sluggish one in an hour.

15. U2 makes me happy and I love them, even when they sell out.

14. I may not live there, but people from Michigan will always be my favorite people in the world. We just get each other.

13. Michigan State basketball is my life in March, and I worry about the day that Tom Izzo retires (like I think about this often).

12. You have today to live your life to the fullest.

11. I am constantly compelled by the fact that Jesus asked me to love like He did.

10. I will never know God unless I read what He gave me and talk to Him.

9. I love books, tea, beautiful walks, and all things British – essentially I am the female version of C.S. Lewis without the insane creative genius for writing.

8. When Harry Met Sally had the most truthful statement on love from pop culture ever, “When you meet the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, you want the rest of your life to start now.” I love you, Dave.

7. Some days you need to listen to Adele and cry and some days you need to listen to Pink and rock out that anger and sadness instead.

6. There is always someone that is smarter than me in the room – I want to find them and learn as much as I can.

5. My sisters are amazing women who I have laughed more with than any other women in this world. I want to thank them for the hilarious text messages each week. #DeutschBaby #ForeverFacial #CampbellSoupChildren

4. For those of you who are in your 20’s, enjoy life and exploring what you want to do. You will get there in your 30’s.

3. I may be sarcastic, but I won’t pick on someone for something they like or believe in. That’s not sarcasm, that’s just being mean. Sarcasm is an art that is cultivated with much thought and precision and only the best of us know when to say something and when to leave the line uncrossed. As much as I try, I cross that line too, and for this I apologize.

2. I’m into sports, I paint my nails, I wear make-up, I lounge around in huge sweatshirts, I wear dresses and skirts, I lift like a dude, I love to cook, I am a huge feminist – I refuse to be put in a box, so stop labeling me.

1. I will always own my age, because it reminds me of the fact that I have lived an amazing life for which I am incredibly thankful.

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