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I Turned 35. Now You Have To Read About What I Learned.

It’s a thing now, right? The big birthdays lead to big reflections. Well, I jumped on the band wagon. I turned 35. Don’t expect too much, it’s just a list. I’m busy celebrating. 🙂

  1. Leading by example is key
  2. Love wholly
  3. Trust and believe
  4. You really can’t have everything, and that’s ok
  5. You can have more than you dreamed of
  6. Relationships are 100/100, not 50/50
  7. Do your yearly check ups. All of them.
  8. Learn to gain compassion for self and others
  9. Some people you just gotta let go
  10. Some people you should have tried harder for
  11. Dress to your body type
  12. Chopping veggies is a serious life skill
  13. Done is better than perfect
  14. Clarity comes from action
  15. No one cares about your business
  16. Noticing nice things about people matters
  17. Positive sandwich
  18. Habits cannot be broken
  19. The safer you feel, the more creative you are
  20. Dogs are better than people
  21. People everywhere are the same
  22. People everywhere are different
  23. Culture matters
  24. Sometimes fixing yourself isn’t enough
  25. You are the company you keep
  26. If you meet an asshole in the morning…
  27. Airplanes are small. Don’t be a dick.
  28. Be nice to the people that do the shit jobs.
  29. When you can afford business class, buy it.
  30. More expensive stuff doesn’t mean better stuff
  31. Cheap stuff costs you twice as much in the long run
  32. You can’t be afraid to look at yourself
  33. Being outside in nature is necessary
  34. Sarcasm and passive aggressiveness… need to go.
  35. Everything is connected.


There it is. My 35 years on earth broken down into a list.


What are your top three lessons? Write them in the comments below.

Now that I’ve already learned the above, it’s time to get cranking on some new material. 😉





  1. Chris Donovan

    1) Everyone isn’t going to like you. That’s okay.
    2) Worrying never solved anything. (I unlearn this one…then learn it again.
    3) Moderation, even with moderation. Period.

  2. Kel

    as I am a year older than you I am doing more thab 3 as that gives me privileges!
    Happy Birthday Lovely!!!
    I like your 35 and wish you the best for the growth and joy in the next 35!!! Hopefully we share a little more time together

    2- laughter is really a great medicine

    3 – love hurts, but it’s worth it!!!

    4- you can’t control everything – but god I like to try!!!!

    5- sunshine is pure joy

    6- cheese, wine and cured meat makes the earth revolve

    7 – happiness is a moment, not a continuous state

  3. Melanie Leite

    1. If you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem.
    2. Get regular haircuts and take care of your skin.
    3. The people that mind don’t matter, and the people that matter don’t mind.

  4. Nikki Hume

    1. Wake Up, Show up, and don’t give up!
    2. Know when to listen.
    3. Get creative!

  5. Hayden

    Happy Birthday!! I wish you all the best for this next year 🙂

    1. Don’t change yourself for others – you’ll just end up miserable
    2. Life is too short to live with regrets, but make sure that you don’t regret not thinking about your choices
    3. Do what you love

    1. caitdonovan


      Don’t change yourself for others. Yes.
      I am using a notebook right now that says: be fearlessly authentic.

      So hard sometimes though!

  6. Émilie Font.

    1-don’t postpone things you can do now.. Cause they will only be lost dreams if you do nothing about it
    2-focus more on what really matters
    3-don’t spend too much on compulsive purchasing
    3-run the race
    4-tell people how you feel about them
    5-take care of your body.. It’s your home for this life
    6-don’t worry too much about things you can’t control.
    7- don’t overthink..just go for it
    8-tell your mom you love her
    9-smile more
    10-complain less
    11-drink water
    12-clean your house
    13-listen to people more
    14-talk less
    15-enjoy the little things
    So many.. Though hard to follow all the time..

    Thanks Cait <3

    1. caitdonovan

      I love these 🙂
      It’s hard to follow all the time. I find it’s a constant cycle of forgetting and remembering 😉

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