Secrets of Adulthood

My stress level has been at record highs in September and October. I can’t even tell you how excited I am that my life is finally “slowing down.”

In order to cope with my stress and the chaos I call life, I started reading a book called, “The Happiness Project.”

I am only a few chapters in, but I’ve already determined next month I am creating my own Happiness Project.

And what’s my focus for the first month?


Finally, right?

Three items on my list for next month include:

  • Start Yoga
  • Spend (at least) one day surrounded by nature
  • Leave my computer at work unless I have a major project due

I’ll have my entire Happiness Project mapped out soon. In the meantime, I’m creating a list my list of adulthood secrets to consider throughout my project, which is something the author also created in her Happiness Project.

Here is my current list of adulthood secrets:

The real way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you take in. Weight loss simply comes down basic math.

Speak your mind- most people aren’t mind readers.

Hangovers get worse with age. In an attempt to avoid feeling like death the next day, drink one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage you consume.I promise it works!

You can’t change other people, but you can change your attitudes and perceptions of those people.

Stand for something or you will fall for everything.

You can say “NO” – the world will go on.

Mistakes happen. Own up to your errors and learn from them.

Most everyone has an agenda. What’s yours?

People are in your past for a reason.

Be on time. Better yet, be early.

Don’t talk bad about people.You can never take back the words you say aloud…

Karma- it’s real and always comes back your way. Good or bad karma, well – that is up to you!

Always send a handwritten thank you note after a job interview.

Hold the door open for everyone. You never know who will open up a door for you in the future.

Bacon makes everything better. Everything.

Don’t talk about religion or politics while drinking.

Black really does make you look thinner.

Always tip your servers 20 percent (or more if they were awesome) – they only get paid $2.13 an hour!!

Strive to always to see similarities in people instead of fighting over differences.Β 

Few women can pull off red lipstick.

You will work with someone you don’t get along with…but you will become a better and stronger person as a result.

Don’t harass the DJ at wedding receptions.

Be kind to everyone…you never know what sort of battles they are facing.

Time is the best gift you can give or accept.

If you don’t like something, change it. Don’t complain.

Runners high is a real emotion-feeling.

Perception is reality.

Giving is more rewarding than receiving.

Ask questions until you fully understand your project, purpose, and mission.

Failure will teach you more lessons than winning. It’s perfectly normal and acceptable to fail.

The rainy days help you appreciate the sunny days.

Taking a deep breath and counting to 10 really does work!

Don’t worry about things that haven’t yet happened.

You’re only one person. You physically can’t be everywhere for everyone all of the time.

Your parents are right 97.5 percent of the time.

You can do absolutely anything you set your mind to accomplishing.

Go to bed early so you can wake up early- every minute of your life is a gift.

Much love,

4 thoughts on “Secrets of Adulthood

  1. Well said, Ashley!! LOVE the picture/layout!! Very NEAT!!

    Love everything on the list….surprised not to see anything about Starbucks (specifically, the pumpkin spice latte) on it lol!

  2. Yeah, what once was our short lived Starbucks in this small town is a Verizon Store now. πŸ˜› They don't make a pumpkin spiced cellphone that I know of lol.

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