32 Things I Learned at 32

Thirty-two has been a year of exponential growth. I’m beginning to feel that confidence they say you realize in your 30’s. The uncertainty I had in my 20’s is fading and a knowingness is settling in its place. It’s not a knowingness in the fact I know what my future holds, but a knowingness that I will be okay with whatever my future holds. I’m sure of myself. I’m in the right place at the right time. I’m getting comfortable with uncertainty. I no longer identify myself by my career or my relationship status. I’m not winning or losing anymore. I’m just me and I’m damn fine with that. So, in honor of saying goodbye to a great year, here are 32 things I learned at 32.

  1. Your life isn’t over if you’re still single at 32.
  2. If you don’t want to be single you actually have to put effort into finding someone. Serendipity is for the cinema.
  3. Happiness is not a destination. Like brushing your teeth, it’s a daily choice.
  4. Hate can transcend into love as Game of Thrones, Halloween, whiskey, and olives have for me.
  5. Skiing down the Rockies is immensely different than a man-made snow covered hill.
  6. A night out with the girls is like a bath for the soul. Whenever you find yourself lost in the weeds they remember where you’ve been and remind you where you are going (which might be to grab them another drink.)
  7. When nothing else works…book a flight.
  8. Doubt does not equal accurate thoughts. Doubt equals habitual thinking.
  9. I need cardio for my mental health. Lifting heavy and a solid diet transform the body, as does too many tacos and IPAs.
  10. Working harder and longer does not produce better results. Working on your positive frequency brings greater things to you with ease, like eight free tickets for you and your friends to see Alt-J.
  11. Building walls is for bricklayers. If you want to receive true authenticity from others you must open yourself to being vulnerable.
  12. I’ve spent too much time watching other peoples’ lives. FOMO on my own life is the ultimate FOMO.
  13. Invest in yourself. You should not feel bad about spending money or time on yourself if it helps you feel, look, or be better. Note: Credit cards lead to feelings of guilt, regret, and unsolicited phone calls.
  14. Consistency in the process creates progress. Strive for progress. Whatever the goal, know there will be set-backs, but just keep going.
  15. I am exactly where I need to be.
  16. I sleep better knowing I have money in savings.
  17. If you find yourself in Colorado taste testing gummies, no matter how much time has passed, only eat one. Do not eat two, or even three as you may be asking someone to take you to the ER…immediately.
  18. Spend time developing and capitalizing on your strengths and quit fighting with your shortcomings.
  19. Speaking of shortcomings, I still hate wearing shorts.
  20. When you think life gets mundane it’s really you that’s mundane. Find a hobby, travel, or write. Anything you can’t transform into something marvelous let it go.
  21. Do not judge a man by the size of his hands.
  22. If you want something you’ve never had you have to do something you’ve never done.
  23. Nothing makes me feel more put together than gels, lashes, and a spray tan. Note: Avoid human contact for 8 hours following a spray tan, otherwise, results may vary. 
  24. When life feels chaotic clean a closet or your entire living space. Purge the old and build room for the new. We are not talking about food here.
  25. Cats are easier to train than boyfriends.
  26. If your Uber driver has trouble finding you, he’s going to have trouble getting you to your destination. Cancel the ride immediately.
  27. I eat a shit ton of eggs.
  28. You know you’re getting old when you’re driving and mistake rap music for ambulance sirens.
  29. You also know you’re getting old when you call rap music, rap music.
  30. Writing down five things you’re grateful for puts a bad day in perspective.
  31. Five things I’m grateful for this year: my awesome family and boyfriend, the ability to walk to work, my job and being apart of the best team I could ever ask for, Jameson & Ginger, and my fur Wilbert.
  32. “The only thing more precious than time is who we spend it on”

Photo Credit: Paul Shay

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5 Comments

  1. Annette
    September 14, 2017 / 3:20 am

    You write beautifully! I am proud of you and happy I got to know you for a brief while when our paths crossed in ATL. Hit me up when you make it out to Cali!!

    • kriciarachelle
      September 14, 2017 / 12:03 pm

      Thank you so much Annette. That means a lot!

  2. Janet
    September 14, 2017 / 10:51 am

    Kricia I love you more than I have words. Some of your 32 things made me laugh! Here’s to many more my darling daughter. I love you! ❤️

  3. Stephanie
    September 14, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    ALT J …. that was such a fun day! I’m so glad a night out and no bathroom in sight brought us together! Here’s to the next chapter!

  4. Peter Gilbert
    September 14, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    You inspire me!

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