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In honor of birthday next week, here’s a random assortment of (some) things I’ve learned over my 35 years of life. 

In no particular order.

Figure out your why & it will make every decision you make so much clearer.

Don’t do things simply because it’s on someone else’s timeline, do what makes sense for you.

You won’t need to change who you are for the right people.

You don’t need to have all the answers. Stay curious. Ask questions.

Sleeping with a coworker typically doesn’t end like a Hallmark movie.

If you wait until you feel ready to start, you’ll be waiting a long time.

Boundaries are hot.

Write that shit down, you won’t remember it later.

Be a little more gentle with yourself.

The things that make you feel different or weird are probably the things the people close to you love most about you.

Failing means you tried. Keep doing it.

Trust your gut, it’s rarely wrong.

Dress however you want. Doesn’t matter your age – wear what makes you feel confident.

Not everyone is going to see the best side of you, and that’s ok

Wash your face. And invest in skin care that actually works.

The small moments are usually the big ones.

You can get closure without getting answers from the other party.

The things that feel big and scary usually aren’t if you give them time to settle.

You can change your mind, with no explanation.

Eat the food.

Go on the trip.

Hot girls do have stomach issues.

An honest conversation will usually save you a lot of anxiety.

Not every important person in your life will be a for lifer. It doesn’t make them any less important, everyone serves a purpose in your journey.

If something makes you happy, then no one else needs to understand your reasons.

Change things one step at a time, it’s more likely to stick that way.

People aren’t thinking about you as much as you think they are.

Surround yourself with people who make you feel good, who make you feel comfortable being you, who challenge you.

Soulmates aren’t just lovers, they’re friends too.

Quality over quantity is typically best – in most areas of life. 

You don’t have to justify your lifestyle to people who will never get it.

Ask yourself if you really like that person or if you’re too distracted by wanting them to want you. Read that again.

Too much comparison can block your creativity and stall your progress.

Sometimes you have to close a door to get some fresh air.

Own your mistakes.

You don’t need to be anywhere you’re not wanted.

Enjoy the process. 

Most people aren’t actually too busy. That includes you. Make time for the important people in your life.

XO, Marika