38 Things I’ve Learned In 38 Years

I’ve learned many things in my 38 rotations around the sun. Well, I’ve learned 38 things; no more, no less.

These are the 38 things I’ve learned in 38 years.

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  • Negative emotions can be felt without being reacted to
  • It’s fine to outgrow people, including and most importantly, past reiterations of yourself
  • Humans are easy to trick, not because we’re “bad” or “sheep,” necessarily, but because we possess caveman brains in a modern world; our synapses have in no way caught up
  • There is a scary void between setting goals and seeing results, and the only way out is through (self-discipline, trust the process)
  • Tensing and relaxing muscles from the top of the head to the feet is an instant de-stressor
  • Benjamin Franklin was right about that whole “early to bed, early to rise” thing
  • Let people badmouth you without presenting “your side;” time always tells who is resilient, reliable, stable, honorable, and kind
  • Wait before eating that candy, bingeing that show, saying your piece, or indulging that instinct; I’m not even saying don’t do it, just wait a bit (time changes perspective, and non-gratification increases self-discipline)
  • Mindfulness is just a hippie word for awareness; it’s for everyone and it can be honed
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General Musings

  • Arguing with a stranger on someone else’s post is beyond tacky, do that mess in the Buzzfeed article comment sections or somethings
  • Anti-consumerism provides a healthy distance from this insane world
  • People who regularly complain about what they can’t control are the worst
  • Popularity and success are not the same thing; a blurry but important distinction
  • We think we’re participating on social media but we’re customers
  • Wealth indicators are duuuuuuuummmmmmmb
  • No one polices women on the internet better than other women
  • Nothing shuts down problematic behavior faster than directness and derision
  • People are what they repeatedly do. Period.
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  • Quarterly 21-day resets are incredibly helpful
  • Put 1-2 tablespoons of water in empty muffin tins so the other muffins in the pan cook evenly
  • Sugar addiction (and its subsequent withdrawal) is reeeeeeaaaaaal
  • Tofu always requires more seasoning
  • Sparkling water isn’t the worst soda replacement
  • Beans + cumin=the best
  • Mini chocolate chips improved my chocolate chip cookie game
  • Butter makes everything better
  • A tiny bit of cream cheese makes super creamy mashed potatoes
  • Meal planning and list making saves copious cash and calories
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Beauty Advice

  • Cheap at-home skin treatments like microneedling, glycolic peels, and stainless steel rollers helps drugstore skincare pack a bigger punch
  • Wrinkles get a bad rap, but they can be easily covered; skin texture/evenness and pore size are bigger culprits
  • Speaking of, sugar and sun are the biggest skin agers
  • Tightlining is just as important as mascara in making eyelashes look thicker
  • While lemon water doesn’t “alkalize” you, it does provide a tasty dose of vitamin C that boosts skin’s collagen production
  • A ripe avocado and two eggs all smashed up is the best hair mask
  • A peachy-hued color correcting concealer masks dark circles best (put regular colored concealer over top)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil + 1/2 cup brown sugar= great body scrub
  • Don’t smile to find the “apples” of the cheek when applying brush; when you stop smiling that area drops and it’s gonna look weird
  • To look especially “snatched” apply cream contour and highlighter under foundation
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What are some of your biggest life lessons? Meet me in the comments and let me know.


megan imhoff


Megan writes everything on Ish Mom. She possesses a bachelor's degree in psychology, a flair for theatrics, and a whole lotta nerve. She lives in the Midwest (and loves it) with her wonderful husband and three young boys.

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  1. ‒Sometimes, watch the stars. When they’re grown up the overwhelming majority of people completely stop looking at the stars.

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