Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sturdy Thirties

Ok so maybe this blog post should've come last year but I was too occupied freaking out about turning 30 and it's taken a whole year for me to truly embrace this decade of my life.

Yesterday, I turned 31 and I am not wasting another day worried about getting older. I never had a fear of turning 30, or so I thought. A little more than two years ago, I was begging to be let into the third tier, desperate to leave behind the immaturity, self-doubt and growing pains that made up most of my twenties.

Then I hit 30 last year and I suddenly began to have mixed feelings. Thirty just sounds so old but truth is, I don't feel old. Matter of fact, I don't even feel grown. Partially because I still don't have solid plans on a career BUT I can see my destination and most importantly, I am optimistic about the future.

What I've discovered in my first year of fabulous thirties is, I was able to let go of all the expectations I had about my life and just live it.

So, in honor of my thirties, I made a note of just a few things I learned the past 30 31 years:

  • Enjoy being alone. You can't expect anyone else to enjoy your company if you don't.
  • Trust yourself. People will tell you a ton of stories. If it sounds like a lie, it probably is. If it sounds true, it may be. Go with what makes sense to you. 
  • Love is an action. Having the emotion means absolutely nothing if it's not followed through with action. 
  • Learn how to treat people how you want to be treated. You're not perfect and neither is anyone else. 
  • Learn from your mistakes. Try not to apologize for the same thing more than once. 
  • See the world. Visit other continents and cultures. Learn to appreciate your own.
  • Embrace getting older. Young people eventually get old too. 
and last but not least... 
  • Smile. It's a curve that sets everything straight!

Gonna relish in this decade and determined to make it my best!


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Leti's Happiness Project 2012

It was another date night Uela was in charge of and I knew we would be spending the evening at B&N. Over two months ago, I got Uela a nookColor. Besides the fact that there's an ever growing library all around me, I got the nook thinking we could save money on buying books since ebooks are cheaper...epic fail! He still would rather have the book. I love B&N when I find a good read but every other month when Uela is in charge is a bit much. It's always suppose to be low-budget date night. I always find it fun to browse around, and flip through books and magazines with no intentions of buying them. But one of us always has intentions of buying. Only this time, it was me.

I came across an interesting book. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. It's part memoir and part self help book. It has practical "how to become happier" advice in each page of her personal story--a year-long project--than most self-help books. Her month-by-month plan, wide range book reading and everyday details of how she discovered what worked for her and what did not has been inspiring to say the least. I understood her discovery of learning most, not from studies, but from several individuals approach to happiness had the most relevance for me too.

So thanks to date night and Uela's obsession with books and B&N, I will be working on my own Happiness Project for 2012, a new way to set my resolution(s). I will be blogging about it to keep you all posted. Although there's not a whole lot I would change in my life, but I think there is always room for more happiness.

GIVE PROOFS OF LOVE "There is no love; there are only proofs of love. Whatever love I might feel in my heart, others will see only my actions."

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