Things I’ve learnt in my last year of life.

Humphry Bumphry tooo meeee!


So I’ve just turned another year older.  I was awoken this morning with a shower of pressies, tweets & bookface loving. It was awesome.

Saturday’s lunch with friends was divine.  I was spoilt rotten with love and presents and flowers and tequila.  I wish it was my birthday everyday!  Thank you so much to everyone, I’m overwhelmed with attention (and loving every minute of it).

I feel like I should be imparting strong words of wisdom, because I don’t think I’ve ever had a year of growth like I did with this last one.  So, here’s some of the things I live by these days:

  1. This too shall pass. Applicable to only the bad things, right?  Because the good things?  We like those…
  2. It gets better. And it really does, with time, perseverance & hard work.
  3. Friends don’t let friends drive drunk. Or swim drunk.  Or do anything fucking stupid, while drunk.  Life is too short!
  4. Cooking up a storm in the kitchen with Jon on the other side of the counter pouring a glass of wine cures even the heaviest of heavy days.
  5. Cake should totally be eaten for breakfast whenever possible.
  6. You can’t fix everyone, or every thing. Sometimes the best thing you can do is walk away and hope for the best.
  7. Being selfish is necessary for sanity. Putting everyone else first is something not even Mother Theresa did all the time.
  8. Work smart, not hard. This is a very recent learning, and one that I’m adapting to with glee.
  9. Be awesome instead. Why bother getting nervous?  All it does is psyche you out before you get a chance to be awesome instead.
  10. Stay in bed all day at least once a month. Better than a month’s worth of therapy!
  11. Love. Don’t be scared, don’t hold back, don’t over-think things.  Just love.
  12. Always wear your seat belt.
  13. Always trust your mother’s instincts, even when she can’t do it for herself.
  14. Plan ahead, even for the things that could go wrong. This is something Jon taught me and the best thing I’ve leart so far in life.
  15. Box with brains. In line with ‘pick your battles’, if you must war, war wisely and with caution.
  16. Appreciate those who love you. I’ve learnt that time is precious and if someone is willing to give up theirs to be with you, they’re special and deserve appreciation.

I don’t know about you, but I feel smarter.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this list, your wisdom and guidance is something I couldn’t go without.

Here’s to another year of learning!


  1. Michael says:

    Your title sounds like you are about to die and have just enjoyed your last year of you life…

    I agree on your seatbelt advice – so many of my friends don’t seem to realize that their fancy car with air-bags – disables said air-bags – if you don’t strap in.

    Happy Happy sweetie – may Jon treat you every day like it is your birthday 🙂

  2. CC says:

    Good list!

    Who made you that awesome cake, you’re sooo lucky.

    Most importantly, what presents did you get??? 🙂

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