Today is my birthday and I celebrating with you!  Here are 32 things that I know are true on my 32nd birthday.

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      1. “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” ~John Lennon
      2. Sleep can be your best friend or your worst enemy.  Play nice and make friends.
      3. Fitness doesn’t have to be hard.  Pick the thing that excites you and you’ll actually look forward to working out.  Crazy, right?!
      4. Dogs make everything better.
      5. One minute of meditation everyday can change your life.
      6. You can tell your real friends anything and they will love you for it.
      7. Happiness is a choice.
      8. Gratitude is the ONLY attitude.
      9. Thinking “Do you want to be right or do you want to be happy?” is a perfect way to center yourself in a tense moment.
      10. Dark chocolate is so much better than milk chocolate.  Seriously, why didn’t anyone tell me earlier??
      11. My So-Called Life is still one of the best shows ever created!
      12. Stress relief begins with taking a deep breath.
      13. Skinny jeans aren’t scary!  You actually look taller and thinner in them – who knew?!
      14. Leopard print is a neutral.
      15. It’s not selfish to take care of yourself.  You’re only as good to others as you are to yourself.
      16. It’s never too late to find your passion.
      17. “You must do the thing you think you cannot do” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
      18. Cooking healthy weeknight meals is all about planning and preparation.
      19. You need to look fear in the face and choose to let it go.
      20. You don’t actually need coffee to survive.  (This is one of my biggest lessons from that last year!)
      21. Being loved is an incredible feeling.
      22. It’s critical to love and accept yourself fully and deeply.
      23. You have more time than you think you do.
      24. It’s important to remember that your phone can actually makes calls too!  I need to work on this one and call my friends more often.  A text or email conversation just isn’t the same as hearing their voices!
      25. Drinking a large glass of water first thing in the morning is a life changer.
      26. It is really important to wear sunscreen everyday.
      27. Your major in college doesn’t determine the rest of your life.
      28. You are what you eat.
      29. Success should be determined by how much fun you are having.
      30. Worrying doesn’t accomplish anything.  In fact, most of the time it prevents great things from happening!
      31. The world responds when you are truly yourself.
      32. “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” ~Dalai Lama

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This post was inspired by reading 29 Things I Know Are True on My 29th Birthday on Elizabeth Rider‘s blog.