33 Things I’m Doing to Better My Life

Hey all! I celebrated my 33rd birthday yesterday! I ran 11 miles, took my time getting ready and even curled my hair, went for a walk, Craig made dinner for us at home, and I even treated myself to a 1.5 hour (much needed) nap.

I already spent some of my birthday money at Lululemon on Wednesday. I was ‘just going to look,’ but I ended up getting sucked in. I bought this tank and this sports bra and of course absolutely love both of them already. Come on summer weather!

With each passing birthday, I enjoy the simple things in life more and more: being at home with my family, going for walks, talking with close friends, and playing with Cullen. I have listed 33 things that I am doing to try and better my life and those I interact with on a daily basis. These are things that will leave a lasting impression more than anything else.


  1. Give others the benefit of the doubt.
  2. Say ‘I love you’ more.
  3. Be a little more spontaneous.
  4. Read instead of be on the computer or my phone before going to bed.
  5. Not feel guilty about taking naps when they are legitimately needed.
  6. Smile more.
  7. Stop living in the past or the future.
  8. Spend more time with God.
  9. Making more food from scratch.
  10. Giving my time to those I care about.
  11. Remember that running brings sense to life decisions.
  12. Putting my family’s priorities before my own.
  13. Call friends and family more often.
  14. Enjoy the simple things in life: the sunrise/sunset, Cullen’s laugh, a good run, etc.
  15. Try to embrace the stressful times because those are the times we grow.
  16. Declutter and live with less.
  17. If I say my sorry, try to not let it happen again.
  18. Make sure to enjoy every stage of Cullen’s life.
  19. Try to accept life isn’t fair.
  20. Go on more dates with my husband.
  21. Read more books.
  22. Opt for the hillier route on a run.
  23. Know that I can’t have it all.
  24. Remember to always say thank you.
  25. Covet other’s things less.
  26. Drink more water.
  27. Trust my gut more.
  28. Remembering that money will always come and go.
  29. Listen more, talk less.
  30. Volunteer more.
  31. Remember that nothing changes if nothing changes.
  32. Embrace the now.
  33. Enjoy life and live it.


I wrote a guest post for Teri at A Foodie Stays Fit on 5 Essentials Every Beginning Runner Needs. Go check it out and find out ways to stay motivated, how much you should expect to spend on a new pair of shoes, and the hardest part of running.

Happy Friday!


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