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Another year has gone by, another birthday is upon me. This time, though, today, I turn 31. Blah. Last year was the big 3-0, but it marked the beginning to a new era. This year? Just one more year into that era, so it's nothing big. Just makes me feel one year older.

Today, I wanted to share some of the things I learned in the last year of my life, the first year of my 30s:

  1. Wrinkle cream is amazing. I started out with Garnier Nutrisse stuff- started it one year ago today (on my 30th birthday, damnit- I was determined to keep my youth), and moved to Neutrogena stuff, but either way, I have used my wrinkle cream stuff for the last 365 days. I must say, I don't think I look 31. Might just be fooling myself on that, but it's okay; I live in my world, and they are okay with me here.
  2. Cheaters suck. Seriously. Especially the kind that claim they aren't and say they hate cheaters. Those blindside you the worst. That's all I'm gonna say about that...
  3. Farts are still funny- even in your 30s.
  4. Sometimes all of the answers you need are sitting right in front of you. You just have to clear your mind and your life of all the bullshit, and you'll see it.
  5. I can sit and watch kittens play for hours- maybe the senility is setting in already.
  6. Kids are pretty resilient, but a good foundation needs to be there to begin with. In one calendar year, the kids and I moved from Arizona to South Carolina, moved in with a guy I was seeing whose house was 30 minutes from where we lived in SC, then moved from South Carolina to Virginia (see #2 above). They've been amazing the whole way, but I've made sure to have complete open lines of communication and to explain things to them every step of the way.
  7. Any board game can be turned into a drinking game, even Disney Scene It.
  8. Watching kittens being born is gross- something I really don't ever want to see again. I tried to watch with the open mind of how I was watching new life enter the world, how amazing it was to see a creature take it's first breath... but all I think while I was watching was, 'Ew, gross... that's all slimy and... WHAT did she just do with the umbilical cord... oh YUCK!!!'
  9. Sexiness comes with 30... at least for me it did. Maybe it was just a final acceptance of who I was, what I wanted out of life, and how I looked, but something happened to me last year that made me feel like the sexiest woman alive. Honestly, I think it was the strength I gained of going through everything I did. Self confidence can be the sexiest thing a woman wears.
  10. Family is everything. Don't ever let a job, a person, anything, come in between you and your family. And they are the ones there for you whenever you need them.
  11. A Keurig is God's gift to coffee drinkers and lazy people everywhere.
  12. I have a knack for this writing thing, and I enjoy it. It calms me, makes me smile, and hell, I get to embarrass my kids over the entire internet, not just in our house or at school.
  13. Netflix rules. And redbox.
  14. Go with the flow of life. Sometimes it will lead you down a dark path, but there are lessons to be learned there. Pick yourself up, forgive yourself and those around you, take the lessons to heart and move on with your life. If you are always fighting the same battle, maybe that's the Universe's way of telling you that you are on the wrong path. Watch for signs, go with the flow, and enjoy life.
  15. My husband is my best friend. Through everything we've been through, the last 4 years of craziness, we have remained friends, best friends at that. That truly says something, and when you can clear the BS out of your life (see #4 above), and realize that you are already married to your best friend, you realize it's stupid for the two of you to get divorced or remain separated.

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