I am a long time subscriber of Real Simple Magazine and a big fan of it's publisher Kristin Van Ogtrop.  She writes a blog called "Adventures in Chaos" that I love.  Her post today was just awesome... 

1. Stop apologizing so much.
2. Appreciate how you look right now. It’s a lot better than you think.
3. Understand that sometimes boys are just clueless. They are not being intentionally clueless to hurt your feelings.
4. One cupcake/donut/piece of candy is not really that important.
5. If you have to ask yourself whether you should have one more drink, the answer is probably no.
6. If you think everybody is looking at you, you’re wrong.
7. No matter how much you love your parents, they probably love you more.
8. Sometimes doing the right thing is embarrassing and not cool. Get over that.
9. When you are arguing with someone, yelling rarely accomplishes anything.
10. Many of the smartest people are the best listeners.
11. Waterproof mascara is not worth the hassle of taking it off.
12. Just because you hated a book at age 20 does not mean you will hate it at age 40.
13. Arguing with your boyfriend after 10 p.m. is just completely counterproductive.
14. There is no substitute for a cake made from scratch.
15. Be careful when stating your opinion because it might change tomorrow.

Read more here.  What advice would you give your younger self?  Mine?  I'll have to steal something from my Dad.  He told me to marry my best friend, because that's what gets you through when love is hard.


    1. Great post, Elisabeth. Thanks for sharing these pearls of wisdom. My Dad is known for his advice as well... :-) BTW, super cute picture of you!

    2. Oh, oh, oh, I love this! So copying and pasting. I do take issue, however, with number 4 - it IS important. :)

    3. Yep, I'm with Lori, I'm so copying these to look back on later. I have "stickie notes" on my Mac that I can leave on the desktop. Love having words of wisdom like this to refer back to. Thanks for wonderful insight!

    4. Thanks, Elisabeth. I'm copying this & sending it on to my girls and friends. They'll all love it, too. I think numbers 2 and 6 are the ones I'd tell my younger self. I keep telling my OLD self, too.


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