lifelong learning

July 29, 2011

little secrets of adulthood
i have a new policy: the minute i receive a wedding invitation, i purchase and send a gift. that way, i won’t be in a rush to do it later, i get my pick of the registry [if i choose to buy from the registry — i don’t always], and the recipients get a nice early present.

latest gift purchase. and yes, I AM JEALOUS.
i hit ‘purchase’ on the above le creuset item yesterday feeling slightly smug and self-satifsied — like it’d finally figured something out! it dawned on me that this was just another secret of adulthood, as gretchen rubin would say. her secrets are bigger [“the days are long, but the years are short” is perhaps her most famous], but i actually think there are a lot of valid little secrets that add up to mean something, too.

so, off of the top of my head this morning, here are 10 little secrets of adulthood [that i’ve found to be true for me, anyway]. i’d love to hear yours!

✰ stop thinking about it and just empty the dishwasher already. even if it seems insurmountable, it takes less than 10 minutes!

mascara really does make a big difference [and multitasking is overrated!]

rushing takes the joy out of anything.

✰ i will never regret attending a yoga class.

✰ always have some fun things coming up on the horizon: at least one small outing [tonight’s bon iver concert, for example!] and one big trip.

✰ keep a blank notebook handy. you never know when you just might NEED to start a new one.

✰ just get the magazine subscription [buying 2 issues on the newsstand costs just as much and isn’t nearly as fun as getting mail!]

✰ quality > quantity when it comes to clothes [within reason, of course]

packing a healthy lunch is always worth a few extra minutes in the morning [and will actually save time later in the day]

sleeping enough makes life better.

PS: 7 days CAFFEINE FREE!!!! i can’t believe it, but i think i’m really over the hump now . . .



cooking has been practically nonexistent this week – instead, it’s been a somewhat disastrous mix of mexican leftovers and take-out pizza. i think i’ve met my cheese quota for the year 2011 and i’m ready to get back in the kitchen!

workout: another trusty 30 minute run. amazingly, AM temps near or at 80 are not fazing me as much anymore!


  • Reply haya March 10, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    those are good secrets! so true.

    i am super jealous of your bon iver concert. i discovered him recently when i found an old acquaintance who is now an artist and describes her lovely style as "sarah mclachlin meets bon iver". and then starbucks had his song "calgary" as their pick of the week. it’s been the wakeup song on my alarm clock lately and i love it.

  • Reply nat@thesweetslife March 10, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    this is a great post! I can’t think of any to add right now, but I can certainly relate to the list above!

    maybe one i’d add is something about your family members are the ones who truly have your back, all the time, so don’t neglect them in favor of others! (not exactly how i wanted to word it, but you get the gist!)

  • Reply Emily March 10, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    I’m reading the Happiness Project right now!! Loved the post!

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