15 Lessons I Am Carrying into My 39th Year

Feb 28, 2018

“The universe wanted you to celebrate and appreciate your life so every year she gave you a birthday.” -Debasish Mridha

Each year as my birthday arrives, I feel most fortunate. No matter where or how I am planning on spending it (it is often simple and intimate), I take the time to celebrate the year that was as well as the future ahead of me and where I wish to go, but most importantly, savor the day that comes but once a year.

As the blog has become part of my life, it has also offered an opportunity to share what I have discovered. And while I may not go into the long story that led to the lesson (although, sometimes there is a link to a more detailed post), it is the exercise of reflection that makes me appreciate the journey to arrive at this day all the more deeply and fondly.

Each of us on our birthday will celebrate in our own unique way, much as we design our own unique simply luxurious life, and that is an amazing gift we can give ourselves. So whether you gather with many friends and members of your family, toast high and loud with a spectacular glass of Champagne, take a special trip or dine out on the town with your love and/or family or whether you stay in and revel with your partner the good fortunate life has bestowed upon you regardless of what the outside world sees, may we all make our birthdays a very special occasion indeed.

Below are 15 lessons I had the opportunity learn this past year, and while experiencing some of them, I was not smiling from ear to ear, I am fondly and greatly appreciative for the life lessons they gave to me that will never be forgotten as I apply it forward into my 39th year.

1. Having a morning routine I look forward to each day is akin to waking up to see what Santa brought me as a child on December 25th. I exaggerate not at all. 

2. Chia seeds are a great addition to my daily morning steel oats breakfast (a great source of omega and much more!). 

3. Saying yes to unexpected travel excursions will always deepen life’s experiences in ways I couldn’t fathom prior to stepping onto the plane. (Case in point: this trip and this trip.)

4. Quality beauty products are worth the investment

5. Often the biggest challenges we face, the seemingly impossible obstacles to surpass, are the last hurdle before you reach the summit. Keep striving forward. (Check out this post and this post for more motivation on this truth.)

6. Seek a partner for life’s journey, rather than a soul mate, but be thankful for the soul mates met along the way. 

7. Seek out experts in their field. Converse with more than one to come to understand who would be the best fit for what you are seeking to accomplish.

8. Speak up. If someone has hurt you, if a behavior causes you pain, and especially if the individual isn’t aware, say something. If they truly love you and understand your pain to be real, they will listen and change even if they do not entirely understand.

9. However, if you speak up about how you have been hurt and they do not change, make one more attempt. If they still do not change, and do not validate your pain, let go. Walk away. 

10. Once you see a purpose and feel it in your bones to be part of the essence that you are, letting go or sacrificing what does not serve your journey regarding that purpose will be simple and nearly effortless. (Read these three posts – one, two and three – for more motivation on this topic.)

11. I actually CAN meditate every day, and it does make a significant, positive difference in my attitude throughout the day. 

12. My evening routine is simple, but designed to bring tranquil closure to each day. Each day, no matter how magnificent, I eagerly look forward to unwinding with my cup of tea, chocolate truffle, a good book, from time to time a show I have taped, and the boys snuggling at my side.

13. Doing the work of putting my financial future in order is a priceless comfort. 

14. Taking what seem to be big risks as viewed through each of our lenses are exactly the risks we individually need to take because they are what we are innately passionate about. They are what will feed us, and the fact that the risk seems so great is due to how significantly we unconsciously understand our lives may change if we attain what we seek.  In short, strive forward and bask in the amazing reality that could be yours.

15. There are more good, amazing, talented, accepting and loving people in this world than we realize, and you, TSLL readers, are each one of them. Thank you for your time, for your passion for unearthing your most amazing self and for having the courage to recognize you have amazing gifts that only you can share with the world.

Have a beautiful Wednesday and thank you for stopping by to share a moment with me here on TSLL blog. Bonne journée!

~Past BIRTHDAY posts from the Archives:

~12 Discoveries Unearth During My 38th Year (2017)

~10 Birthday Revelations after 27 Years (2016)

~A simpler approach this year – lists, not sure why the shift happened (2015)

~Appreciative & Exhilarated (2014)

~A Work in Progress (2013)

~33 Lessons Learned (2012)

~Traditions: To Follow or Not to Follow (2011)

~A Simply Luxurious Year(2010)

51 thoughts on “15 Lessons I Am Carrying into My 39th Year

  1. Happy Birthday Shannon !
    Loved the post , and thank you for all the links , I will look forward to exploring them all later !
    Have a wonderful day , and all blessings to you in the year to come .

  2. Happy birthday! Love reading your blog and look forward to reading through the links this evening with my cuppa!
    Your dogs are adorable and I hope you get lots of birthday cuddles today.
    I’m 39 in a few months, not scary at all….. especially with reading your inspiring posts, thank you!
    Enjoy your special day 🙂 Lindsay x

  3. Happiest of Birthdays Shannon! I lived in great fear of turning 50 and decided right then that each and every birthday is a celebration, not a reason to mourn getting older! At 52 I am so glad I discovered your blog because it supports and nurtures my new outlook on life!

  4. Happy birthday Shannon! I hope you have a beautiful day! Thank you for such an inspirational blog that makes a difference in my life.

  5. Best of birthday wishes to you, Shannon! May your year(and every year) be filled with joy, laughter, adventure, and contentment.
    Thank you for sharing you with us.

  6. Bon anniversaire Shannon. Hope your day is blessed. Hope you get spoilt by the “boys”
    Thank you for your gem of a blog and for sharing your life lessons. I think each day is to be savoured and birthdays even more so
    I look forward to exploring some of the links. Hope the champagne is in the chiller
    Have a wonderful day😊

  7. Happy, happy birthday Shannon! Even though I’m old enough to be your momma, I love your book, podcasts, notepads, and I think you are a very wise young woman. Wishing you a lovely day and blessed year! And birthday cheers!

  8. Happy birthday! I love how you begin this post, “Each year as my birthday arrives, I feel most fortunate.” I downplay my birthday, grudgingly celebrate it. But recently – as I hit 51 – I decided to honor it, welcome it. I’m healthy. I’m alive. I’m thankful.

  9. Happy Birthday, Shannon. I hope you enjoy your special day in whatever way makes you feel special. You’re in the prime of your life, so enjoy every moment and every year.

  10. What a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday! Thank you for these ideas, I will use them as I sit and write in my journal. Lately I’ve been disappointed with myself for NOT doing the things I want to, but understand this may be a bit harsh. Taken to heart, I WILL begin to take the action to move forward towards the life I want. Your book sits on my bedside so I can peruse any of the chapters I’ve been neglecting in my life.
    Thank You so much again for all you pass on to your readers

  11. Shannon! Thank you for consistently offering insight into what it means to live a luxurious life. I love how practical you are! I always find useful ideas that I can implement easily into my life on your blog. I appreciate all that you give. May you enjoy your day and give gloriously to yourself today and always. Your life has made a difference to mine. Happy birthday.

  12. Happy Birthday Shannon! Je vous souhaite un très joyeux anniversaire et vous transmets tous mes voeux. J’apprécie énormément la qualité de votre blog qui est une constante source d’inspiration et me réjouis de suivre vos étapes. Si votre 39ème année vous mène à Paris je serais heureuse de vous donner quelques recommandations. Sachez que votre francophilie aide des parisiens commme moi à apprécier les petits plaisirs que nous oublions au quotidien. A nouveau très joyeux anniversaire!

  13. Looooooooove your blog and podcast. Been reading and listening all the way from South Africa. You’re such an inspiration. I turned 39 in January and I believe life has just begun. Wish you an awesome year😊

  14. Happy Birthday, Shannon!! I hope you are having a wonderful day! I love your whole outlook on life; you are such an inspiration to me. xx

  15. Happy Birthday to you, Shannon!!! Another year older just means another year wiser 🙂 Warmest wishes to you on this very special day! Thanks a lot from the bottom of my heart for all your effort that you put into your amazing blog and podcast. Cheers to another year of success, happiness and a fulfilled life for you!

  16. Happy birthday!!! You have inspired me to simplify with quality and savor the simple pleasures that life offers.

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