Life Lessons [Part IV]

  • It’s okay to visit Pity City, but you should know that the locals there are kind of a drag.
  • There are two seasons in New England: winter and construction [and we like to gripe about them both].
  • The takeaway from preschool: “Show, don’t tell.”
  • You’ll never regret throwing in an extra handful of cheese.
  • Buy cards without an occasion [one will come along soon enough].

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  • Watch for cops at the bottom of hills, near bridges, and in plain sight.
  • Nothing to say and too much to say are not at such opposite ends of the spectrum.
  • A humblebrag is just a brag with a coat on.
  • You can’t out-train a bad diet.
  • Roasted garlic = mellow garlic.


  • Sometimes it really is all about who you know.
  • Pulling on jeans directly from the dryer will never fail to make you feel like you’ve gained weight.
  • Everyone likes new toys [they just get more expensive as we age].
  • Objects in mirror may be closer than they appear.
  • We could all use a digital detox.

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  • Trust is one of those things that takes a long time to grow back.
  • Don’t condemn yourself for the people you used to be – trying on different personalities is half of growing up.
  • If you’re trying to eat less, try using smaller plates.
  • Periodically, you have to back off so you can push hard again.
  • Rhubarb just needs a little heat, a lot of sugar, and a side of chocolate cheesecake.

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  • Update your resume as you go.
  • Press “save” as you go, too.
  • Try thinking about what you can add to your diet, rather than exclusively about what you can [and probably should] take away.
  • There are all kinds of tired.
  • Pansies have the prettiest faces.

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  • Take a bubble bath…and swap out the rubber ducky for a good book and a box of chocolates.
  • Grind your own nut butter [then you can add bananas and toasted coconut to it!].
  • Shake salt into your hand first…it’s a good habit.
  • Take your lunch outside, whenever you can.
  • Sunday mornings are for scones [or for a “fun” breakfast of some sort].

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  • We all have unsuspected stores of experience.
  • It’s a whole lot easier to make a bed with a partner.
  • A birthday is not a birthday without a homemade cake.
  • When your car dashboard lights up like a Christmas tree, you really should pull out your manual.
  • Unexpected encouragement can turn a whole day around.

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  • In this life, you will spend more time with yourself than you will with anyone else.
  • There is something very right about going to therapy.
  • Every once in awhile, allot 15 minutes to weed through your mental filing cabinet.
  • Be on time when you’re picking someone up from the airport. It means a lot.
  • Color is appetizing.

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  • Everyone has a place where they think best [in the shower, in the car, on a run, by the water, etc.]. You’ll find yours, too.
  • Write the way you speak [unless you’re a lecturer, in which case…].
  • Have a list of your own questions for your interviewer.
  • When you’re shaving your legs, go over your knees twice.
  • Take pictures with the people you love [even if they never turn out to be mantle-worthy].

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  • Pruning [properly] is a whole lot harder than it sounds.
  • When you travel, make it one of your goals to try every single signature dish from the region.
  • Always add a cup or two of chocolate chips to brownie batter. They meant to call for it, they just forgot. 
  • Fiber is filling.
  • Roast chickpeas for a salty snack with a satisfying crunch.

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  • Linen wrinkles.
  • Take care of your skin [so that that doesn’t wrinkle in the blink of an eye too].
  • There are lots of ways to be alone without being lonely.
  • There’s nothing more alienating than feeling lonely in a roomful of people who are having a great time.
  • Say the hard stuff [with a rueful smile].

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  • Thank your lucky stars if you have a family who will welcome you home with open arms if you ever need to re-group.
  • Recognize good advice for what it is, even if it isn’t exactly what you want to hear.
  • Pay with cash in a small store, if you can.
  • When you see a little girl or boy holding a lemonade stand, stop and buy a cup [even if you aren’t thirsty].
  • There is a way to work chocolate into your diet every single day [IIFYM], and still lose weight.

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  • Pay very close attention to how your date treats his mother.
  • It’s awfully nice to have someone play with your hair while you fall asleep.
  • Looking for work is right up there with getting your wisdom teeth pulled.
  • Whether you apply and get rejected or don’t apply at all, the answer will be the same.
  • If there is a soufflé available for pre-order at a fancy restaurant, do it. And try not to ignore the swirls of steam that come with it.

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  • We’re all confused about something.
  • When you write, leave in the uncomfortable and messy parts.
  • Sometimes it’s effective to be a contrarian when everyone else is busy agreeing.
  • Clear nail polish looks, well, polished.
  • Salads-as-meals need to involve so much more than iceberg lettuce, carrots, cucumber, radishes, and croutons.

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  • There is something life affirming about a tall glass of milk for drinking and a slightly under baked cookie for dunking.
  • You can only go as fast as the slowest part of you can go.
  • Nothing gets stale quite as quickly as an opened bag of rice cakes.
  • There is a trick to baking flat cake layers and it looks like this.
  • When in doubt, undercook red meat. It’ll keep cooking after you remove it from the heat source, and [gasp] there’s always the microwave!

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  • Worry casts a big shadow.
  • Even if you think you’re meant to be with someone, that doesn’t always mean you get to be with them.
  • Collect something – teacups, quarters, stamps, stickers, sea glass, perfume bottles, tiny vases, golf balls…anything.
  • Act as if you are a warm and witty person who will be fun to talk with, and you will be.
  • There is always a way to do the thing you’d rather be doing [there are probably several ways].
  • It’s okay to ask for directions. We all need help getting where we’re going sometimes.

Life Lessons Part I, Part II, and Part III.


4 thoughts on “Life Lessons [Part IV]

    • You’re welcome! Thanks for commenting…I’m majorly obsessed with your food photography and plan to make your Zucchini Protein Snack Cake very soon!

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