25 Things I've Learned in 25 Years

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

It's my birthday. I'm a quarter century old, or a fourth of the way closer to dead. Yikes. Seems like yesterday I was making highly questionable makeup choices, playing Liesl as a true "16 going on 17"-year-old, and bee-bopping to Hanson. Now I can rent cars, worry about cellulite, and buy anti-wrinkle cream like a champ.
Over the past five birthdays (I'll let you figure out which one is my 21st), I've had a lot of fun. I'm a big fan of birthdays, after all. I also feel like I've learned a thing or two over the years. I decided to share this wisdom with you today as my little birthday gift to you. You can decide whether or not you want to trust the girl who clearly has a serious problem deciding what color her hair should be...

Here are 25 things I've learned in the past 25 years:

1. You will always always regret eating Taco Bell.
2. Self-confidence is one of the most attractive qualities in a person.
3. You can never have enough mascara.
4. Very few things in life are worth staying mad about.
5. Money hanging up in your closest is so much better than money in the bank.
6. A loyal friend is worth her weight in jelly-filled donuts.
7. There's nothing that a hot shower and a long nap can't cure.
8. Life is too short not to snuggle every night.
9. Your mamma is the best friend you'll ever have.
10. Running a marathon is the most addicting natural high.
11. No one is as perfect as their Facebook and Instagram pictures make them seem.
12. Buy the expensive jeans. Your thunder thighs will thank you later.
13. "Don't Stop Believing" is the best feel-good song there is.
14. Family is more important than your right butt cheek.
15. Your bathroom should be cleaned every week. Every week, people.
16. Essie nail polish always beats OPI.
17. Be with people who make you laugh. Every day. All day.
18. Marriage is the most beautiful, rewarding kind of work.
19. Just because you have an opinion doesn't mean you need to share it.
20. Being short is fun unless you start gaining weight, cause everyone's gonna notice.
21. The best feeling in the world is taking off your bra after a long day. #unchained
22. You can make your own sunshine.
23. "Jesus said all will be will, so all will be well."
24. If you can, wrap it in bacon.
25. Spoil your spouse. He deserves it.

42 comments:

Rachel said...

Happy birthday, pretty girl! Hope this year brings more joy and happiness than you knew was possible! I sure hope Mr Roach and sweet Sawyer spoil you and pamper you like you deserve :) Thankful for you!!!

P!nky said...

word on being short and gaining weight...CURSEDDD!

Hannah Cox said...

Happy Birthday :-) I hope you have a lovely day.

I always love reading your posts, they bring a huge grin to my face. All of these things are so true. And makes me feel less guilty about the 100 mascaras sitting in a drawer!

Hannah x | lovelettersandsnippets

Amy said...

happy happy birthday!!! :)
great list! :)

Whitney Alison said...

#21 for the win! I have little ones and its still the BEST!

Lauren said...

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Hope you get an extra long shower and nap today ;)) xoxo

Pamela said...

Ah, love these! so true :) happy birthday, girl!

Casey Aslan said...

Happy birthday, and what a great list!!

Becky said...

Happy birthday!!!! I hope Grahm and Sawyer make this day great for you!!! :) This was a helpful list to read since I'll be there in 2 years!! Definitely agree about the Taco Bell, taking off the bra and hopefully one day the marathon :)

Meg @ Mr.C and Me said...

agreed...except for Tbell...that sh!t's my jam. yumyumyum. ;) Happy birthday!

lori said...

love these... so much truth! happy birthday, mama!

Kalyn V said...

Happy Birthday! I love all of this. Bacon on everything!

Sarah said...

Bahaha at #1! So true. Happy Birthday!

Meghan said...

Happy Birthday!

The Lady Okie said...

Yes. #13. Best Karaoke song everrrrr.

Katie Did What said...

But Taco Bell makes some MEAN nachos. Even if you will regret them later, I always black out in the moment. SO GOOD.

Anyway. HAPPY BIRTHDAYYYYY!!!!! :) I hope your day is amazing, as I'm sure it will be cus you've got your little cutie pie to celebrate with now!! <3

xo

Kaysie said...

Spoil your spouse by wrapping HIM in bacon. A win? Happy birthday sweet blog friend, I'm so happy to have found you

Courtney Rose said...

Happy Birthday!!! I have to say in my 25 years of life I would most definatley have to agree with all of these points life lessons! Wishing you the happiest day!

Ashley said...

First off....Happy Birthday!!!!!

And you can totally pull off any hair color, so you go girl.

I totally agree about Essie beating out OPI.

Manca* said...

Happy birthday, Jena! :)

Breanna said...

Happy birthday!! I hope you have a day full of love and joy! (and that you get spoiled like none other)

Also I love fact #1, that is something I learned early in life and continue to avoid to this day.

www.goingupupandaway.blogger.com

shaeken said...

You speak the 100% complete truth.

(and my 21 year old self told my 24 year old self to get taco bell for lunch today. glad 24 year old self said "nope, we've got a wedding in 2 months" because it is 100% always a horrible decision)

Happy birthday!!

Allison said...

Happy Birthday pretty girl!!! Love your list. And yes to taking your bra off after a long day. So freeing. Hahahahaha.

Rachel said...

Happy Birthday!!! This is such a good list, especially #21 ;)

Kristin said...

Happy birthday!!! Hope it is a great one!

Kristin said...

Happiest of birthdays to you! Love your list - I think I have made some of the same discoveries myself (sometimes the hard way!)

Diana Me'chelle said...

happy birthday! your list is awesome! and I definitely agree with many of them :p I hope your day is amazing!

www.dianamechelle.com

Tinamia said...

Don't Stop Believing. Just yes. And happiest of birthdays to you!!

Tinamia said...

Don't Stop Believing. Just yes. And happiest of birthdays to you!!

Julie @ Just the Joy's said...

Happy Birthday to you! I hope it's a great one!! :)

Mariah Rickard said...

Happy Birthday! This was so fun to read! I am turning 20 in about 15 days. Thank you for the advice!

Kayla MKOY said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MISS JENA!!! You are such a fun lady, and I'm so glad this crazy blog land brought us together.

I love this list, especially #11!

Christina Marie said...

Happy 25th Birthday! Your 25 in 25 are absolutely perfect (and hilarious)!

Kalen said...

Happy birthday mama! Hope it was a good one (duh, you went to lowes)!

Alyx said...

Happy Birthday!

I could never get behind #1, though. Taco Bell is ALWAYS a good idea.

Regine Karpel said...

Love 7 and Jesus

Christine Moor said...

Happy Birthday! Loved your list :)

Dani Brandt said...

Hi! Recent reader over here. Just wanted to wish you a happy birthday, and agree with this very true list! Especially number 21, it it one of the simple joys of my day :)

Dani
brandtsyeah.blogspot.com

Elizabeth Than said...

Happy birthday! Welcome to the quarter life mark! (Yah, I am there too.)

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

These are wonderful. It's like a mini memoir!

Second Hand Rose said...

Haha I love this list, number eight is definitely true. You should never go to bed on an argument. XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.co.uk

Erin LFF said...

Sorry I missed your birthday!! I was absent from the blog world all last week- but happy belated one!!! :)