'Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.' (Jean Paul Richter)

Thirty-five things I've learned on the way to becoming thirty-five. 
I've learned that we are all in the middle of some kind of story.
I've learned that Iowa is not so bad. I kind of like it here.
I've learned that if you don't try, you'll never win.
I've learned to think before I speak. Most of the time.
I've learned that you can't live up to Pinterest. (You just can't.)
I've learned to take photos. You can never take too many photos.
I've learned that when in doubt, wear black.
I've learned to tread lightly. 
I've learned that there is plenty of room in my heart for two kids. Plenty.
I've learned that everything is going to be alright. Stressing too much is wicked.
I've learned to feel pretty. Whether I'm in a Vans t-shirt or a Jason Wu dress.
I've learned to say 'yes.' And I've learned to say 'no.' Mostly.
I've learned to enjoy. And not to hold back.
I've learned that life is too short to waste being insecure.
I've learned to embrace my beliefs. And that you can believe in God and listen to heavy metal and support gay marriage.
I've learned how to lose.
I've learned what true friendship is. And that good girlfriends are pure gold.
I've learned how to hold babies.
I've learned how to throw birthday parties.
I've learned that you can't always get what you want.
I've learned that giving feels good.
I've learned that when you find your match, you will know it. And you will be so lucky.
I've learned to be comfortable in my skin. As much as I possibly can.
I've learned that you have to keep growing.
I've learned to give a little.
I've learned that no matter how old I get, I can always count on my dad calling me to sing 'happy birthday.'
I've learned that adequate sleep and a hot shower cures all.
I've learned to be sensitive.
I've learned that the internet is a strange and wonderful thing.
I've learned to be the love I feel.
I've learned to live on purpose.
I've learned that the years fly by but sometimes the afternoons are endless.
I've learned that music can heal. The right song can make you soar. Even Pantera. On the right day.
I've learned that is never hurts to be great. Especially when you can be badass.
I've learned that there is so much to learn. It never ends.


  1. This is lovely! And you're right, stressing too much IS wicked.

    I think I'll do one of these too.

  2. a lot of wisdom right there. Loved this post, Jen.

  3. Great post. Have an awesome birthday!

  4. Happy Birthday, Jen! This is a fabulous list!

  5. There's some real wisdom in there. Hope you have a wonderful birthday xo

  6. Happy Birthday! I'm going to listen to Pantera for you!

  7. Happy Birthday!!

    This is such a great list, and a great way to celebrate a birthday!

    I think my favorite is "I've learned to live on purpose." :)

  8. Thank you for all your insight. HAPPY BIRTHDAY

  9. Awesome post.
    Awesome girl!
    Hope you had an awesome birthday! :)

  10. Great post and everything on that list? Is the truth.

    Happy Birthday!

  11. What a wonderful post. Thanks for sharing and Happy Birthday!

  12. Happy Belated Birthday, Jen! Loved your post - very thoughtful and meaningful. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Wow, what an amazing list. Love it.
    "I've learned that the years fly by but sometimes the afternoons are endless."
    I like the way you put that.


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