I’ve learned a lot of things in my adult life; how to apply for (and actually get) jobs, how to BS my way through classes, and sometimes learn, how to parallel park. It’s been a journey. It’s what this blog’s all about.

Here are a few lessons that have recently jumped out at me from their hiding places in my brain.

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When trying to decide if you should buy something, walk away for a while, distract yourself with something else for a few minutes, hours, days. If you still want it, go for it.

Men’s shirts button the opposite way from women’s shirts.

It’s always a good idea to keep important items in your purse and/or car. I keep febreeze, tweezers, floss, deodorant, chapstick and (my favorite) a snack, usually nuts or granola, in my car. I have used all of it several times.

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Boiling water can get candle wax out of fabric. Just dip the garment in the water in 15-20 second intervals until all traces are gone.

Rarely is it a good idea to completely wash something out of your life. Harsh cleansers pull all of the good oils out of skin, traditional shampoos do the same for hair, forever gut cleansing without a single french fry can hurt your soul, and cutting out a loved one entirely is a bold move, that should be given proper thought.

The general idea that money doesn’t matter is solid. However, money is always going to be needed in exchange for goods and services. So, hope to win the lottery  or marry rich all you want but maybe also have a backup plan in case you don’t.

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The amount that virginity matters depends on the virginity holder. No one else.

If you are worried about health issues, WebMD will destroy you. Go to a doctor, ask the professional. Because chances are it’s not cancer but even if it is, I’d want to hear it from the doctor, not Dr. MacBook.

Try not to hurt the people who always love you. Try not to love the people who always hurt you.

If you dislike something and need a situation to change, talk to the person/people who can change it. Have I ever been passive aggressive? Absolutely not. Ok maybe a few hundred times. But, as I get older, I feel more and more like there ain’t no time for that sh**.

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Best of luck!

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