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31 Things I’ve Learned (a birthday post)

  1. Planning a birthday party for myself is great fun (more details to come soon!)
  2. I have waited years to turn thirty and this past year was totally worth the wait. I finally feel as if I fit myself. I’m excited to be in my thirties.
  3. I can’t not read, I actually feel anxious if I go without reading for longer then a week.
  4. I love being a boy mum, it’s such an unexpected gift and a delight.
  5. Autumn is truly my favourite season- the colours, the crisp air, the sweaters and the daily lighting of candles.
  6. I enjoy homeschooling more then I ever thought I would. It’s a delight and also the greatest challenge I’ve taken on thus far.0b0oqeun2w0yrn0nqow8xm3pqqkk
  7. Kindess, honesty and genuine interest in others are some of the greatest qualities.
  8. The internet is a magnificent invention- so much information, inspiration on the daily.
  9. Too much screen time is not good for me. Practicing ‘work hours’ with my computer and phone have been life-changing.
  10. One doesn’t need many friends, one just needs a few really good friends. I’m so grateful to have a few kindred spirits local to me and a few friends that I can talk with regularly who get me.img_1335
  11. Introverts love people too and need regular gatherings.
  12. By the water will always be one of my favourite places to be. Or the mountains.
  13. I love to make things pretty, especially with natural elements. Light a few candles, bring in a few branches or scatter some leaves around and I’m a happy girl.img_1125
  14. I have a long runaway (thanks Anne for the terminology!), this means it takes me awhile to think about something, process it and make a decision. Once the decision is made, I’m solid. It just takes me awhile.
  15. I have spent years trying not to be like this. I also spent years trying to be an extrovert.
  16. It is much better to embrace one’s uniqueness then try to fit into someone’s else style.img_1179
  17. I hate clutter. I am constantly tidying up and do it for my own sanity as much as keeping my house neat.
  18. I’m not a great house cleaner. I can putter, tidy, and make it pretty but the actual cleaning I have to motivate myself to do.
  19. Biggest splurge if we could afford it would be a regular house cleaner.
  20. The older I get, the more nature nerdy I get. Mushrooms, birds, leaves, moss and lichens. They make my heart sing.
  21. I’m really fast at washing dishes. When we moved into this house, we opted to have the dishwasher taken out. I wash a lot of dishes and I’ve gotten fast.
  22. Routines keep our house running smooth. And we all strongly benefit from them. I’m really good at routines.img_1154
  23. I’m not good at spontaneity or surprises.
  24. Having one of my oldest friendsΒ take photos of us this summer was pure joy, I love how she captured us.
  25. I really like hanging out with Jared
  26. A weekly date night in has been one of our great habits of the last year and one of the highlights of my week.
  27. Food is my love language- making it for people and eating good food.
  28. Hermoine was right- when in doubt, the library is always the place to go.
  29. A grateful list trumps any anxiety or discontentment.
  30. I will never drink coffee like a Gilmore. My body can only handle a small amount of caffeine and I’ve finally made peace with this.
  31. Coming up with 31 things I’ve learned is hard but 31 things about motherhood, books, travel or homeschool? That I could do easily.

Thanks for reading all the way to the end! Let’s continue the fun, I’d love to know three things about yourself.

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Krista November 8, 2016, 5:30 pm

    I enjoyed reading this so much. πŸ™‚ I can’t drink coffee like a Gilmore Girl either. πŸ™‚ I also need books, and I’ve made peace with the fact that most of my reading is done via audio books now. I miss my real pages, but this suits my current lifestyle so much better. (3) I need outdoors. I’ve started working on my veranda with its view of trees and fields, and I’m so much better in spirit and mind. πŸ™‚ xo

    • thisvintagemoment November 8, 2016, 9:40 pm

      Oh, I love your list. I wish I could get into audio books, I hear many good things about them but that’s not for my current season. =) Your veranda sounds so dreamy and outdoor time is so good for mind and spirit. XO

  • Alison Mosher November 8, 2016, 6:26 pm

    This was excellent to read Breanne! I thoroughly enjoyed it..:-) I see our sameness and our differences well and love the variety..:-) You are an amazing and very special lady..:-)

    • thisvintagemoment November 8, 2016, 9:38 pm

      I’m glad you read it! Now, I want to want what’s the same and what is different. =)

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