Year 26: What I’ve Learned and Relearned (So far)

I probably haven’t mentioned this, but I love lists. I love making lists, reading lists, checking things off on lists…the whole shebang. It’s been an interesting year so far and I figured I’d share a list of some things of some things I’ve experience and learned through and some tidbits of knowledge that I let myself lose and had to discover again. This, of course, is not a comprehensive list. I will continue to update periodically throughout the year with more profound and not-so-profound thoughts  that go through my head. Without further ado, I present you with THE LIST:

1. Self-care is not selfish. Don’t ever feel bad for taking care of yourself.


A regular part of my self-care routine: Dr. Teals bath salts and a good soak.

2. Cellulite. Apparently I have that now. I’m pretty sure it magically appeared overnight.

3. I can no longer eat whatever I want. For real this time. Cheez-its now make me sick.

4. Tacos are the perfect food. I will fight you on this.


BEST taco place in NE Portland: Quesabrosa


5. I prefer being my genuine self always than hiding away certain aspects of my personality that I think others won’t like or will think is “weird.” Screw it. I’m weird. Perfect silly example of this: I have an excellent memory, and for so many years, I used to pretend that I had forgotten a memory or fact or moment so that my freaky recall skills wouldn’t cause people to look at me weird. Ridiculous, I know.

6. The people who come into your life do not always stay there. That’s okay. Really, it is.

7. It is OKAY to have different likes, hobbies, wants from your friends and family. It is NOT OKAY for anyone to put you down or make you feel less than because of this.

8. The Beatles are the best band that has ever existed. I will fight you on this.

9.  Hangovers are somehow worse and are easier to get. Getting drunk doesn’t sound appealing. This doesn’t mean that I don’t still enjoy a beer or a glass of wine. 😉

Cider flight from Atlas in Bend

10. I like running now. Past Megan is dumbfounded. Also, having the right shoes is SO important.

11. Having tact goes a long way. Being opinionated and being mean are not synonymous.

12. There are always going to be things that you “should” be doing. Always. I’m working on understanding this, but also understanding that sometimes all those things you “should” be doing aren’t actually what you NEED to be doing.

13. Admitting you need help is not weak. Admitting you need help is brave. Even if all you need help with is fixing a jammed stapler (that you, ahem, may or may not have jammed yourself.)

14. Action vs. Reaction. The importance of the pause. (More on this another time.)

15. I found my first gray hair. I survived. Barely.


What are some things you have learned/relearned this year so far? Comment below!

As always, have a beautiful day, and namaste Darlings!


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