Some things I have learnt in my 36 Years

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Today is my birthday. Here are some things I have learnt in my 36 years…

– to never give up on my loves, whatever they may be and however hard it is to carve out time for them.

– to be proud of my body, it’s grown three beautiful babies and isn’t perfect but whose is?

– to say no. Sadly, I learnt the hard way that people tend to take advantage of those who say yes to everything. Saying no is empowering.

– to always always trust my gut, bad things happen when I go against it. Tuning into my instincts was one of the most valuable things I have ever done.

– to have the courage of my own convictions, which means my conscience is clear.

– having faith that ‘this too shall pass‘. It’s super tough at times but utterly vital to remind myself during the dark moments.

– that believing in myself will lead to wonderful things. Repeat: I CAN do this and I WILL.

– knowing without doubt that surrounding myself with awesome people will mean I am a wealthy lady. Money is almost irrelevant in this life, it’s the people that truly enrich it.

Oh, and this…

– life is far too short to drink cheap plonk or instant coffee. Quality organic all the way leads to far less sore heads the next day 🙂

I’d love to hear what you’ve learnt in the comments section!

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18 Replies to “Some things I have learnt in my 36 Years”

  1. Learning to say no is such a good thing isn’t it 🙂

  2. Thank you darling, you’re so lovely – I’m very lucky to count you among my friends too xxx

  3. Thanks my lovely, wasn’t the best but never mind… there’s always next year xx

  4. I remember you writing about your birthday last year and feeling really sad for you hon. I hope you have a wonderful time in Bath celebrating, and making up for that disappointment 😉 Next year I’m going to do something special… not entirely sure what but something xxx

  5. i missed it too! But Happy Birthday and I’m sorry it wasn’t the best for you. I had a pretty crap one last year which involved a six hour drive back from Devon and a massive fallout with the husband. Mine’s tomorrow and that’s why I made arrangements for us to have two nights away together child free this year. Hugs Xx

  6. Ah, happy birthday lovely. Sorry I missed this, been a bit of a busy week (aren’t they always!?). Hope you had a wonderful day x

  7. Happy birthday beautiful lady, you are so wise and loving and utterly gifted as a writer and mother. I flipping feel honoured to have you as a friend, your work and values touch us all and I can’t live without your book. Here’s to another 36 years and many more! I loved this post so much. Mwah x

  8. I have also learnt some of these along the way,
    especially learning that saying no from time to time isn’t such a bad thing.
    I hope you had a lovely birthday 🙂 x

  9. It’s a good one isn’t it 🙂

  10. We have such a similar outlook on these things! It’s been a strange old week to be honest, but we’re off to the seaside on Monday and I can’t wait. Hope you’re well xx

  11. Thanks so much Julie. Can’t wait to meet you at River Cottage! xx

  12. Thanks very much my dear. I did put a bottle of champers in the fridge but it’s still there. We had a couple of vinos with lunch and that was enough for me… definitely getting old 😉

  13. I think it all depends on your tastes. Personally I don’t think you can go wrong with a £10(ish) bottle of shriaz or tempranillo. I also love beaujolais, especially chilled. I don’t really go in for fancy super expensive wines, but I do like organic where possible. Naked Wines are fantastic, you should check them out and you’d probably get a discount off your first case xx

  14. Happy Birthday xx I hope you have a really lovely day.

    I’ve learnt that I need to learn more about decent wine. I haven’t got a clue.

  15. Happy birthday, Renee. I nodded along to all of this but in particular the last point. Quality is everything when it comes to food in general, and coffee and booze in particular. I hope you’ve got a bottle of something suitably fizzy on ice to celebrate … 🙂

  16. Happy Birthday Renee, hope your day is filled full of lovely things. xxx

  17. Happy birthday!
    Great post – by our mid 30s it seems most lessons have had to be learnt the hard way. Having been through it all I do hope it’s also the beginning of easier/happier times!
    So true about the cheap bubbles – life is too short and the hangovers aren’t worth anything less!!
    Have a fantastic day!
    Xx

  18. Ohh those words have given me some patience this year. “This too shall pass”. Well done on writing an entire book this year, you forgot to put you are awesome for doing so in your list. 🙂 I have my 36th in a few weeks. Eek. Happy Birthday lovely. Hope you have a very fantastic day!

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