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56 Things I've Learned in 56 Years

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Wow where did January go?! Today is Feburary 10th, my 56th bday.  Although the 50's are getting farther in the rear view mirror, ha ha -it's all good! I cherish life, family and celebrate another year of blessings.

56 Things I've Learned in 56 Years

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I'm breaking away from the usual and sharing a different post today. For those of you visiting for the 1st time, sorry no travel or fashion tips today. ( However, my outfits are shoppable at the end of the post)
I hope this post will inspire you to live your best life and own your age.

"It matters not how long we live....but how."  Phillip James Bailey

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1) God's mercies are fresh every morning.

2) At 40 years old, you finally realize your parents actually know something.

3) Do the things that scare you the most. They will be the most rewarding.

4) Family support is priceless

5) Somebody always has it worse.

6) When someone tells you can't, prove that you can.

7) Focus on possibilites instead of problems.

8) Life isn't fair.

9) The world doesn't owe you anything.

10) Expect nothing in return for the things you do for others.

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11) Believe in miracles.

12) Always trust your instincts.

13) If you wait til you have enough time or money, you will never do anything.

14) It's OK to say NO.

15) Choose your friends wisley.

16) Be kind to your body and soul.

17) Learn to listen twice as much as you talk.

18) Learn something new every day.

19) Books are magic, read as much as you can.

20) Know your priorities and don't waver from them.

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21) Pick something you love and be the BEST at it.

22) Life is too short to put up with people who don't bring joy.

23) Maintain great relationships with your aging parents. ( Unfortunately my dad passed when I was thirty-five. I'm thankful for my amazing mother, who will be 91 in June)

24) Learn when to disconnect.

25) The extra 5 or 10 lbs, noboday cares but you.

26) Bad things happen to good people and vice versa.

27) Start a book club, you may meet life-long friends.

28) Don't think twice about saying " Thank you" or " I love you."

29) Cats are some of the most loyal companions to have.

30) Overthinking is useless, it stresses you out.

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31) You can't please everyone.

32) Make sure your kids have fun memories of their childhood

33) Failure is a reflection of an event, not a person.

34) Being alone sometimes is awesome...and is not the same as being lonely.

35) Admit it when you are wrong, and say sorry often.

36) Ask for what you want. If you dont, how will anyone know?

37) Take a risk and step out of your comfort zone.

38) You aren't wealthy until you have something money can't buy

39) When you choose to see the good in others, you end up finding the good in yourself.

40) Men can't be figured out, so don't even try.

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41) Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.

42) Travel makes you realize no matter how much you know, there is always more to learn.

43) Travel leaves you speechless and turns you into storyteller.

44) To live....is to travel.

45) Sometimes it's the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination.

46) My mind says I'm in my 20's, my body says yeah right!

47)  Don't let anyone dull your sparkle.

48)  Don't tell your dreams to small minded people.

49) HEALTH is WEALTH ( I caught covid even after being super careful. I went to the hospital for 2 days with pneumonia. I'm so thankful I survived it.)

50) In the end we only regret the chances we didnt take. (This one has me in deep thought some days!)


AND, the last 6 are quotes I've learned to love and live by...

51) Life is short buy the shoes

52) Nature gives you the face you have at twenty. Life shapes the face you have at thirty. But at fifty you get the face you deserve. ( Coco Chanel)

53) A girl should be two things: Classy and Fabulous ( Coco Chanel)

54) In order to irreplaceable, one must always be different. ( Coco Chanel)

55) Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.
(Coco Chanel)

Lastly...

56) You are never too old to do something crazy stupid ha! Yup, a few years back I cut the cord to a coffee pot still plugged into the wall. Luckily that turned out ok, thanks to the big guy upstairs watching out for me.
 
Thanks for joining me for my birthday musings. I usually celebrate in Vegas with a girl's trip. Exciting news about Las Vegas coming soon!

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  1. I love when people make lists like this. I'm so not introspective that I'm terrible at, so I envy that. Thanks for linking up with us today. XO

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    1. Hi Lisa, thanks so much for stopping by and doing the link up..I just started doing them again after a long break!

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  2. In love with your 56 things! I'm turning 50 this year so hearing this is what I needed. Happy Birthday!

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    1. 50 is a milestone to celebrate big, so I hope you do.. it seems a short time ago I was 50..how did I get here so fast...hahahah! Thanks for your kind comment Katherine!

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  3. This is such a fabulous post! I'm going to read it again and again to glean everything I can from your words.

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    1. Awe Carrie thank you so much for the kind words. I am still learning...I am so glad you stopped by !

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  4. OMG...this was so good Valerie!! It's so true about that extra weight....we need to remember to enjoy life instead of stressing about those silly details!!!
    Happy birthday!!
    XOOX
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Thank you Jodi for the bday wishes!!! Yes I am trying not to stress over those lbs but am trying to get some pandemic pounds off, ha ha. Thanks for your friendship these past 4 years, where did the time go! xo VAlerie

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  5. Happy belated Birthday! I love this list, especially the point about weight. It's so true! I've learned it's about health and not a number on the scale. It's amazing how that change in thinking can matter so much!

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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    1. Hi Shauna, thanks for the wishes. Yes you are so right...! I have gained some since the pandemic started and not liking it, but trying not to focus on it so much! Take care Valeriexo

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  6. Happy birthday to you! I hope it was a great one! I loved reading all of your life lessons! What a fun post!

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    1. HI Laura, thanks so much for the wishes and reading my post, have a great week!

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  7. I need to pin this, you have SO many great tips. I agree that taking risks is SO worth it. A few huge risks I've taken in my life are still rewarding me! Happy birthday!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. Hi Carrie, thanks for stopping by..I don't take enough risks..need to work on that! Glad to hear your decisions are still rewarding you!
      xo
      Valerie

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  8. Happy belated birthday, Val! This is such a great list - I totally agree with so many of them, and number 50 often has me deep in thought too!
    Julia x
    https://www.thevelvetrunway.com/

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    1. Awe thanks Julia, I treasure your friendship and cant wait to jump across the pond once again and finally meet you this time! xo

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  9. This is such a fun post idea! Love this list! Happy Birthday!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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    1. Thanks Jill for the bday wish and stopping by here!

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  10. Happy belated birthday, Valerie! I love this post so much and agree with it all! I am grateful that I have learned just about every single one of these lessons in my 40's but I know I have much more to learn and experience in this life. I embrace it all! Thanks for joining our Stylish Monday link party!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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    1. HI Shelbee, thanks so much for stoppign my my site and for the bday wishes!! I too still have so much to learn too and embracing it all is the right mind set to have! Looking forward to more of your link ups!

      Valerie
      xo

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  11. Happy happy belated birthday! I love this list- and it's so spot on. We worry about things so often that really don't matter- I think we see this more and more as we get older (ie, wiser!).

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Ashely, and for the bday wishes! So true..hopefully age + wiser ha ha

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  12. Happy birthday!! I LOVED this post!! What great things that you’ve learned!!

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  13. This is such great advice!! Happy happy birthday!!

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    1. Thank you Abby for the wishes and for stopping by my blog!

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  14. Happy birthday Valerie! Love all the points you mentioned, they are all on spot!

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  15. Oh love this and Happy Borthdday, thanks for posting!

    Allie of
    www.allienyc.com

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  16. Happy birthday. It was a very interesting list to read, thank you for sharing
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  17. Belated birthday greetings! Some great learnings. You did so well to come up with 56. Love the pics . Thanks for linking at #WowOnWednesday

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    1. Thank you Gail....I still have lots more to learn ha ha!

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  18. Happy birthday! You look fabulous! And I really love all of your lists. I am 40 so I am pretty much doing all of this. I have no friends. And I am okay with that.

    Loving that hot pink sweater mixed with the animal print.

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    1. HI Natalie, you are still so youn,g I wish I was 40 again, ha! Thx so much for the kind comment and for stoppin by! Valerie

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  19. Happy birthday, what fun outfits and photos! :) it's nice you are able to share these learnings too! :)

    Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup! Hope that you are having a good weekend, it's a hot day here today :)

    Away From Blue

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Mica and for the bday wishes!

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  20. This was a great read and I totally agree with so much - especially health is wealth! Hope your 56th year is your best yet!
    xo,
    Kellyann
    www.thisblondesshoppingbag.com

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