Things I’ve learned so far in my short life:
1. Don’t buy cheap cinnamon. (Or vanilla extract, for that matter)
2. Doing hard things makes you stronger; it makes you better. It still doesn’t mean I always do them.
3. Expecting things to be worse than they are makes for pleasant feelings later when it’s not as bad as I thought.
4. Family is more important than just about anything.
5. Do the right thing, even when no one is watching; especially when no one is watching. They won’t know, but you will.
6. Be a part of the team.
7. Procrastinating just makes it worse.
8. I’m never going to make everybody happy. Focus on making the most important people happy.
9. Some things aren’t worth fighting about.
10. Baking is therapy.
11. Orbit really is the best gum: minty flavor, long-lasting and doesn’t get tough.
12. Punctuation is my friend. It should be your friend, too. It just makes everything so clear.
13. I can live on less sleep than I thought. I made it through the first four months of my kid’s life pretty well intact, sleeping at 2- and 3-hour intervals. That said, now that he sleeps through the night, I’m overjoyed.
14. Recently I was told I am very culturally sensitive. I’ve never really thought that about myself, but maybe that’s what happens when you have a different passport than your parents, grow up in an expat culture, travel and live on a ship with people from more than 40 different countries. Oh, and marry someone from a different culture. I guess I get that people think differently from one another. Is that news?
15. The best way to eat cupcakes.
16. I picked really, really well when I married my husband.
17. Two kids is harder than one. Still worth it, though.