I don’t know what it is about “33” but I’m REALLY excited for my 33rd year on this planet.
(Note: My 33rd is next Monday so mark your calendars because I have yet to grow out of being stupid excited over my own birthday and expect plenty of accolades for keeping myself alive this long).
ANYWAYS, I haven’t counted, but I think I’ve learned approximately 211,937 life lessons so far…at least. I’ve decided to choose a few of my favourites to share with you. I hope you enjoy reading them as much I enjoyed learning them…
***33 Lessons in 33 Years***
1. Be there for someone when they’ve really messed up beyond comprehension.
2. One day, you’re gonna mess up beyond comprehension. Let someone be there for you.
3. “Sorry” is not a blanket statement or a free pass to be a dummy.
4. If someone gives you a compliment, say thank you, then STOP.
5. No sleep will make you bat shit crazy. Make sleep a priority.
6. If you’re hurting, laugh until it hurts. If you’re not hurting, laugh until it hurts. Then, laugh some more. As much as possible, and often.
7. Believe in something.. the Universe, unicorns, unitards, whatever works for you.
8. If crappy people are being crappy, send them love and move on.
9. When you spend your time and energy on crappy people, you’ll have less time and energy for the people that matter.
10. Use your manners.. especially when you don’t want to.
11. Never, ever, never replace someone else’s judgement for your own.
12. More often times than not, listening > speaking BUT if you get the urge to stay silent just to keep someone comfortable, it usually means that you should speak up.
13. Don’t stick little pieces of the A-Team’s toy van up your nose. It hurts.
14. You can’t expect other people to believe in you if you don’t believe in you.
15. Having a conversation with someone is better when you don’t have a phone in your hand. A whole new world!
16. Break out into song whenever the fuck you want. Your Life = Musical.
17. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Be weird. Own it.
18. When someone shares exciting news with you, take out the responses “must be nice”, “I’m jealous”, … out of the mix. Be excited for others! Be, be, excited!
19. It’s not always about you… It’s all about ME! (Just kidding). The world doesn’t revolve around you or me. Thankfully.
20. When shit is going South, remember how big of a deal losing your Jem doll was and how little of a deal it is now. This too shall pass.
21. Take lots and lots of chances. But maybe not jump-on-a-trampoline-drunk-in-an-ocean-when-a-storm-is-coming kind of chances.
22.Your ego is an asshole, usually.
23. If it can be fixed with money, it’s not a real problem.
24. Don’t believe everything you think. Like, if you think you can’t fit your foot into heels that are 2 sizes too small (see photo), you shut that lil voice down and you commit to making it happen.
25. When you start caring too much about what other people think of you, stop it. You’re the only one who has to live THIS life. They don’t know what it’s like. Oh, baby, you don’t know what it’s like… to love somebody.. what? (see #16)
26. Travelling the world makes it smaller and will humanize people in other cultures. You should do that and often.
27. If you’re travelling in remote areas overseas and own a bladder, give your dignity a high-five and send it on it’s way.
28. Stuff is just stuff and everything can be replaced. Except that Jem doll. I never did find it. I wonder where it went…
29. There’s a time to let go.
30. Never take anything or anyone for granted. People are not disposable things.
31. Never, ever, never let the action or reaction of others change who you are. If someone takes advantage of you for being nice, be nice anyway, but create boundaries and protect your bad self! By bad self, I mean good… self.
32. Don’t use “hip” language that you can’t manage.
33. Always be learning your life lessons. It usually hurts but if it didn’t you probably wouldn’t learn from it. Can you imagine if I kept sticking A-Team toys up my nose?!? I pity the fool!
Step 1. Squeeze your feet into heels that are at LEAST a size too small.
Step 2. Fall ALL over the damn place, but do it with a smile because the photographer is going to laugh at you and take pictures anyways.
Step 3. Get your balaaaance… Easyyyyyyy.
Step 4. Grab onto squat rack for dear life.
Step 5. Smile like you do this all day long.
**LADIES!!** You do NOT have to be super fit (or graceful apparently) to come play at FEM Camp. If you’re interested in increasing your knowledge in health and fitness and having a lot of FUN, join us in Vegas May 16 – 18th!! Message me for details or check out www.FemCamp.com.
Today, I celebrate 9 years in business for myself. I could actually say that I’m celebrating a lifetime of it considering I started my first venture at about 8 or 9 selling pet rocks, but I don’t want you to think I’m lame so pretend you didn’t just read that.
Five years ago today, I made the decision to leave my full time job (pictured above, or to the right, or left, whatever, in the god damn picture) and pursue my dream of owning my own business after 4 years of working on it on evenings, weekends, and every chance I got. It started off as a video production company and evolved into writing, editing, strategizing, marketing, producing, PRing, coding, geeking, designing,…
I’ve had many businesses, partnerships, ventures, and projects over the years and from that experience I’ve made a list of 15 (or so) things I’ve learned to share with you. Here they are (in order that they appeared in my head at 4am):
1. Listen to your instinct ALWAYS.
2. Choose your business partners carefully.
3. Don’t be a dick.
4. Unless you have to be.
5. If someone seems shady, they probably are. Don’t do business with them.
6. Sometimes they’re not though, so give everyone a fair chance.
7. Don’t contradict yourself.
5. Don’t waste your time making a business plan until you need one and you know who it’s for.
5. Don’t take business advice from someone who doesn’t own a business.
7. Don’t ever follow my numbering system, (I feel like we’ve had this talk before).
8. Without marketing you don’t have a business.
9. If you fall on your face, have a glass (or bottle I ain’t judging) of wine, cry if you have to, then get over it and start again tomorrow.
10. Be loyal but not to a fault.
11. If you don’t know what you’re doing, don’t pretend like you do. You just look like a dummy.
11. Celebrate. Enjoy the ride. Laugh at yourself. Have fun with it.
12. Take care of yourself – exercise, eat good food, drink lots of water, sleep when you can.
13. There will be times when #12 won’t happen, have lots of coffee and sugar free Rockstars on hand, especially if I’m with you.
14. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re crazy. You’re in business for yourself, so you are, but don’t let anyone tell you that.
15. Dreams don’t work unless you do. You will work long hours, every day, with no break, sometimes with little or no reward, and nobody will understand why you’re doing it. Do it anyway.
**To my amazing clients who stick by me even when I mess up from time to time, all my business partners over the years, my friends who cheer me on when I’m winning and feed and vodka me when I’m losing, my family who (strangely) haven’t disowned me (yet), and everyone who has been a part of my entrepreneurial journey so far – THANK YOU!!!**#onwardandupward #ipitythefool heart emoticon A.
As some of you know, I manage social media channels for some of my clients. It’s the reason why I’m “here” so much… well that and I really like the attention you give me. Anyway, over the years I’ve seen countless lists, rules, commandments, etc.. for social media use. I’ve made a few of my own for business but here’s my version for the general public (that’s you! you’re the general public) Enjoy, and more importantly follow them!!
1. Don’t be a dick.
2. Stop whining about your life.
3. If you’re going to whine about your life, give me all the juicy details. No more vague statements that force me to engage and ask questions. Tell ALL in an epically detailed rant.. or shaddup about it.
3. Don’t you tell me that I’m on FB too much. The fact that you know how much I’m on FB tells me you’re on it just as much. (Just because you don’t post doesn’t mean you’re not here creeping. I’m onto you motherf*$%er!)
4. The complaints about the invites to candyfarm jewelcrushville and the actual invites are equally stupid. Just play your games and don’t tell anyone. It’s embarrassing for all of us.
5. Don’t be a duck.
6. Or a dick.
7. Let autocorrect take the wheel sometimes… it could work out, (see rule #5)
7. Don’t pay attention to my numbering… ever. (See rules 3,3, and 7, and 7…shit!)
9. Don’t poke me just because its an option. Decaf coffee is also an option… doesn’t make it ok.
8. Unfollow/unfriend whoever you want. Just don’t post an announcement about it. People getting publicly shamed makes me sad. #sadface
9. Never be sarcastic, (see what I did there?)
10. Post funny shit as much as possible, and #extrabonuspoints for inappropriately and/or ironically used #hashtags.
Alina and I at the Self-Employment Trade Show.
Alina makes the best green smoothies I’ve ever tasted and delivers them right to your house! WHA!? Next time you want to order pizza call her instead. Your cells will love you for it. http://