What I Know Now That I Wish I Knew Then




that my parents aren't dinosaurs because they waited until their late 20s to become parents.

that places other than American Eagle and the merch booths in the back of concert venues sell clothes.

that money isn't everything, but it's something, and not getting enough of it for a job I'm more than qualified for will make me feel like shit.

that I'm worth more.

that it is almost certainly anatomically impossible for me to ever have a thigh gap. And that having strong thighs to power through adventures feels better than any thigh gap I've ever seen.

that beer actually tastes good when it's not the kind in a Solo cup in a beer pong game

to never leave my house without filling in my eyebrows

that running isn't punishment, it's a gift.

that being an introvert doesn't make me weird; it makes me observant of the world around me, empathetic to the feelings of others, and a good listener.

that no matter how many boxes of dark hair dye I go through, I'll never feel more like myself than I do when I leave the salon after going back to blonde.

that I can do anything.

16 comments :

  1. Running IS a gift... and so is being an introvert... and YOU CAN do anything! Love these simple yet oh so nuggets of truth!

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  2. The second one made me laugh out loud, haha. But I love all of these and can relate to so many.

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  3. I love every bit of this. We've talked about our thigh gaps and lack thereof, our strong legs, and the gift they represent in our lives, so you know I feel that so much <3 Introverts and HSPs are special in that, the best way, brows are life, and yes...yes, YOU can do anything.

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  4. LOVE!

    Ya know, I truly don't even understand the obsession with thigh gaps. I mean, maybe I've just written it off as an impossible thing for me, but I just don't get it. I don't always love my thick, muscular legs like I should, but I really don't think a thigh gap is going to magically make me a happier person.
    And your comment about being an introvert is spot on. Sometimes I DO feel weird about being an introvert, but the older I get, the more I really just don't mind it anymore.

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  5. You CAN do anything :)
    I try to remember the same thing about running every time I lace up those shoes.

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  6. Oh, American Eagle, how I loved thee. It was a sad day when I realized that I needed to start dressing my age, but thankfully that happened well before I was "that" girl trying to relive her youth a little too hard.

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  7. haha @ thigh gaps. it is so ridiculous. i was never obsessed with that specifically, but i used to be very focused on how i looked, but now i'm definitely more appreciative of a strong body vs a skinny one. nothing wrong with being skinny, unless you're starving yourself to achieve a thigh gap of course.

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  8. I hope they aren't dinosaurs because that would make ME one... having my first child at 29!! ;) Running is definitely a gift! Even though I still sometimes have a love/hate relationship with it- I've learned to just enjoy it in MY way. And that might mean just occasional jog/walks or one day it might mean running another race. Who knows?! :)

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  9. This is fabulous, lady! I love it! Running is totally a reward :)!

    I wish I knew that you didn't have to be friends with everyone and to trust your gut when it comes to drama people.

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  10. I have learned to love running after hating it for years.

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  11. Money definitely isn't everything, but there is something to be said for getting paid what you feel you are qualified for. I happened to find out what my company was planning on offering the person who was hired for my job, and it was much higher than what I am getting paid for said job. I don't have a master's degree (which was on the original qualifications list), so it sort of makes sense why I'm not getting that much, but still! It was kind of a shock to find that out accidentally and be like ????

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  12. yes to all of this!! thigh gap is something i've never had even when i was super skinny...it's just not in the cards for me and that's ok!

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  13. I wish I had learned earlier than running shouldn't be punishment. I love it SO much more now! And I really wish I had learned to fill in my eyebrows earlier, too. Game changer, haha!

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  14. Are you sure that running isn't a punishment? It sure feels like it when you are on that dreadmill! Hahah :) But seriously though, I love this post!!! Amazing how good beer tastes when it is of quality and not in one of those solo cups, right???

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  15. Haha yes, beer CAN taste good!
    I was so mad when I accidentally found out my coworker was making more than me and we're in the exact same position. I finally got a bump this year, but I'm editing my resume and starting a job search soon. Hopefully this realization can motivate you too!

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  16. What an amazing, empowering list. I absolutely love this. And the eyebrows... I'm with you! I saw a meme today that said something to the effect of who knew eyebrows would be so important.

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