Monday, August 11, 2014

26 beautiful life lessons {A Birthday reflection}



{This shirt/pic is a sneak peak for an upcoming post}

I'm 26 today. Birthday's are a beautiful chance to review life. I've been thinking tons about all the lessons I've learned in my 26 years. I don't know everything, but I know these things for sure.

P.S. I'll be doing 26 acts of kindness today. Feel free to join in and find others to serve. Every act has the ability to have a ripple effect that could go on and influence SO many lives.


26 Beautiful things I know:

1. Karma is real. Give everything you can into the world with the right intentions and you will be so blessed for it.

2. The only opinion of yourself you should ever care about is your own.


3. You are ALWAYS more capable of going farther than your mind tells you is possible.

4. Never ever ever make a choice only to please someone else.


5. You will NEVER have anything you don't go after.


6. You often go through specific trials so you can help someone else with that exact trial down the road.


7. Keeping a daily record of tender mercies you see in your life reminds you just how blessed you are and that God's hand really is in EVERYTHING!


8. People come into our lives for a reason. Open your eyes to see what that person has to teach you and what you can do to bless their life as well.


9. Comparing yourself to other people destroys everything you have to offer. You are different for a reason and if you embrace that you will find that everything you ever needed or wanted was in you all along.


10. There is no set out form of beauty. Beauty is all in the eye of the beholder.


11. Life is too short to be wasted dreaming to be somebody else! You are the only YOU and that is remarkable, embrace it.


12. It's impossible to measure the extent of our influence. You have the potential of making a huge impact on others & you may never even know.


13. Sometimes it rains so we can learn to appreciate the sunshine more!


14. When given adversity, you can choose to let it define you or you can allow it to refine you - the choice is yours!


15. Our trials in this life are so often our blessings in disguise.


16.  There is no station for happiness. It's not graduation, not marriage, not children, not retirement. You have to choose to be happy NOW!


17. If you are doing something big - people will always rain on your parade! So just keep going!


18. Happiness comes from faith.


19. Tears are a gift from God. An opportunity to let him cleanse our spirit & heal our heart.


20 You can’t push your purpose. When you are ready and prepared, your purpose in life will come to you…naturally and you WILL KNOW! Your purpose will be the thing that drives you to get out of bed in the morning. It will be the one thing you just can’t stop thinking about that drives you to be better and work harder.


21. People are watching you & looking up to your example. Usually the people you would least expect.


22. Miserable people think about themselves - Happy people think of others.


23. A broken heart takes time to heal. Be patient and give yourself the time needed.


24. The moment your heart goes from peaceful to conflicted, you need to reevaluate something.


25. Love others FIRST - forget about them loving you in return!

26. You can't please everyone to get everyone to like you. It will only hurt you. Even Christ had enemies. It means you stand for something!



P.S. This idea was inspired by The Shine Project

60 comments:

  1. I love this! Happy happy Birthday lovely girl!

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  2. Thank you so so much! I truly appreciate your kind words! :)

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  3. "Sometimes it rains so we can learn to appreciate the sunshine more!"
    Definitely the truth. This is a wonderful idea and I love what you're doing! Happy birthday Ashley!

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  4. happy birthday dear ashley! i love this beautiful list!!!

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  5. Great list. My favorite is "Love others first." Really excellent.

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  6. Great list! "love others first", especially when they act like they don't need it. Everyone needs to be loved, told they're loved and to feel love.

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  7. Happy Birthday! Love the way you've chosen to celebrate it on your blog. This is such a clever idea. I hope you have many many many more amazing birthdays and get everything you wished for!


    Katie <3

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  8. Happy birthday!!! Love this! I turn 26 in February and will do a post like this too! You have such a great list and I absolutely love number 25 :)

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  9. Happy birthday :D Hope you had a fabulous day. Great post!!

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  10. Happy 26th Birthday! I love this idea, I might use it for my next birthday! I have kept #6 in mind for years, as I've gone through many physical trials. A great list!!!

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  11. Happy Belated Birthday!!!! Absolutely love this idea and love to see this. I think I will have to do this for my birthday. Great idea. Love your blog by the way.
    Thrifting Diva
    www.thriftingdiva.com

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  12. I'm loving #5, #15, and #26!! Amazing post!

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  13. These are great life lessons! I love number 19. Sometimes you need a good, cleansing cry.

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  14. Great insights, these are perfect for us to always keep in mind. I particularly resonate with "You are ALWAYS more capable of going farther than your mind tells you is possible." Reach for the sky, because you *will* surprise yourself with what you can achieve. <3

    Happy birthday!!!! <3

    xo,
    lauriel

    EyeForElegance.com

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  15. happy birthday! Hope you had fun celebrating! :-)

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  16. Happy belated! Cheers to an awesome year!

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  17. I love the "happy people think of others" so true!

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  18. I really love your T! And these are all wonderful lessons :)

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  19. happy birthday!! i love the idea of doing the number of acts of kindness on your birthday. can't wait to hear about what you do!

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  20. Aw, happy birthday a few days late! This post makes me so happy - the Shine project makes me so happy!! I can't wait to hear about your 26 acts of kindness. They're my favorite pastime.

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  21. Happy birthday, no.15 is so so true :-)

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  22. Yes yes yes to all of the above! Happy Birthday and thank you for sharing your reflections with us!

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  23. I think I needed to be reminded to give my heart a chance to hear and remember everyone comes into our lives for a reason. Happy birthday (belated)

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  24. Karma is TOTALLY real, and I'm a firm believer in it! Happy Birthday, Darling!

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  25. Happy birthday! Love your shirt! Can't wait to see that post. ;)

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  26. Very Zen-friendly ideals here. I love it!

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  27. Thank you so much & thanks for stopping by!

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  28. Thank you SO much! I love clothing from Aerie. The post will be up soon!

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  29. Thanks so much for the birthday wishes. :)

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  30. Thank you so much, thanks for stopping by.

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  31. Sorry you're going through some heart ache. It will completely heal over time. Promise! Thank you so much for the birthday wishes.

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  32. Thank you so much for the birthday wishes. Of course, I love blogging because I love sharing!

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  33. Thank you! I love when we can finally see the blessing after the trial has passed.

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  34. Thanks so much for the birthday post! I plan on posting the acts of kindness very soon!

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  35. Thank you so much! i plan on posting the acts of kindness soon!

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  36. Thank you so much for the birthday love!

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  37. Thank you so much for the birthday wishes!

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  38. I had so much fun celebrating & performing acts of kindness. Thank you for the birthday love!

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  39. Thank you so much for the birthday love! It is so true, I learned this as I started my workout routine. You can achieve so much more than what you may believe at first.

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  40. Thank you so much! You sound like you're really ambitious as those are your favorites! I wish you all the success in your dreams & ambitions.

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  41. Thank you so much for the birthday love! Let me know if you end up doing it. :)

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  42. Thank you so much for the birthday wishes! As Robin Roberts says "Make your mess your message."

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  43. Thank you so much for the birthday love, it was wonderful!

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  44. Thank you so much for the birthday love! Let me know if you end up doing a post like this! :)

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  45. Thank you so so much for the birthday love!

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  46. Yes, so true. Those that are hard to love need love the most! :)

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  47. Thank you! It was hard for me to follow at first as you used to be shy but now I love seeing what I can say to put a smile on the face of others in my bubble.

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  48. Thank you so so much for the birthday love!

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  49. The rain isn't always my favorite but it makes me appreciate life and my blessings so much more! Thanks so much for the birthday love!

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  50. Happy Happy Birthday!!! I love all these- such a great post and so true on all of these.

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  51. Happy Birthday! I love the 26 lessons that you shared with us! They are all important and true! Can't wait to see the buzz on that shirt of yours!

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  52. Happy Birthday... what a great life lesson list :)

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  53. Happy belated birthday!!!! I need to do this on my birthday. Great idea on this post.

    thrifting diva
    www.thriftingdiva.com

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  54. Thank you Ashley, time indeed heals all

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