The 100th Blog Post!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Today is the birthday of my blog — we've reach the 100th Post!

100 Life Lessons Over 100 Posts:

1. You can't change other people — but you can change yourself.

2. A smile is the best accessory.

3. Your past does not define you.

4. In fact, nothing can ever define you.

5. Life is better when you take pictures.

6. Downton Abbey is the best show ever made. 

7. But Parks & Recreation is a close second.

8. You're a more joyful person when you're thankful.

9.  Write letters to loved ones who are far away.

10. There's no need to stress.  Worry doesn't add anything to your life.

11. You learn to write by actually writing.

12. And you learn to write well by reading well.

13. The greatest compliment I could receive would be that I'm becoming like my mother.

14. Sometimes, all you need is chocolate and tea to make a bad day better.

15. It's okay to not be okay.

16. Friends are the greatest gift you could ask for.

17. You can regret both the words you did say and the words you didn't.

18. But you can't live forever in regret.

19. Always speak your mind in love.

20. It's better to be informed before you try to be opinionated.

21. Smile and laugh a lot.  

22. Swing dancing brings more happiness than Netflix and ice cream combined. (That says a lot.)

23. Your parents are usually right.

24. When something seems too good to be true, it usually is.

25. We'd all be better off if we listened more than we speak.

26. Fitting in is overrated.

27. College may seem like the "real world" — but, let's face it. It's not.

28. Cynicism destroys you.

29. You'll never regret encouraging someone.

30. You should realize there's no such thing as a "normal" culture, so appreciate diversity.

31. Forgive others and forgive yourself.

32. Admit that you can never have too much coffee.

33. Learn something new. Study something you know nothing about.

34. Set goals.

35. Have deadlines to reach your goals.

36. Learn a foreign language.

37. Keeping a journal makes you self-reflective.

38. Accept criticism. 

39. Accept compliments.

40. Know that neither of the above things change your value or worth.

41. Find work that you love and work at it whole heartedly. 

42. Cultivate creativity.

43. Music and art make life beautiful. 

44. Stay disciplined with time management. 

45. No one has everything figured out.   

46. Know that people won't always agree with you and that's alright.

47. But those who love you will care about you just the same.

48. F. Scott Fitzgerald was a freaking genius.

49. There's nothing more satisfying than a sense of accomplishment.

50. The true leaders are the ones who lower themselves.

51. Calendars and schedules shouldn't dictate our lives.

52. There's nothing more breathtaking than a sunset.

53. Be spontaneous and go on adventures. 

Hiking through a rainforest in the Caribbean 
54. Give advice.

55. Take advice.

56. Seek counsel from those who are older and wiser.

57. Don't rush into an important decision.

58. We are dictated by habits, so examine yours.

59. To make assumptions or judgments about someone is to fail to see their inherent value.

60. Almost every cliche has some sort of truth in it.

61. Your self worth should not come from anyone else but from who you are in Christ.

62. The way you dress changes how you feel.

63. Relationships are about what you can give, not what you can get.

64. You can always read more books.

65. But seek to read ones that are edifying. 

66. You should always be adding to your vernacular.

67. It's never to late to make new friends.

68. Sometimes you should eat dessert first just because you want to.

69. Life is too short to count the calories, but strive to be healthy.

70. Facing difficulty makes you deeper as a person.

71. Family makes life worth living.

72. You can love someone dearly and still disagree with them strongly. 

73. If you feel convicted, say so.

74. If you feel sorry, admit it.

75. If you love someone, tell them.

76. Living with roommates is a blessing.

77. There's nothing quite like a home cooked meal.

78. Always take the opportunity to sing in the car.

79. Time alone helps you clear your mind and focus on what's really important.

80. Make plans but don't limit yourself by them.

81. Meet people who can you help you get to where you want to go: build a network.

82. You have nothing to prove. 

83. It's possible to overwork yourself, so find a happy medium between leisure and diligence.

84. Always take the opportunity to travel to a new place.

85. Don't become too comfortable. 

86. Acknowledge your own weaknesses.

87. Do something silly just because you want to.

88. Starting over requires a unique kind of bravery.

89. Life is too short to live in fear. 

90. Know that art takes work – but if that's what you want to do, work hard.

91. Try to find things to be thankful for everyday.

92. Stay up on current events.

93. Exercise is a crucial part of life, so hit the gym.

94. You can never ask too many questions.

95. Pray unceasingly. 

96. Go on dates. (Yes, Wheaton.)

97. Learn to live in the moment, the ever present now.

98. Find your dreams.

99. Chase your dreams.

100. Believe that you have what it takes to go for it.

On my fifteenth birthday, my father gave me a little book called Go For It.  This tiny precious book is one of the few things I brought to college for purely sentimental reasons.  Halfway through, it asks the question What will your legacy be?

I hope that my achievements in life shall be these...that I fought for what was right and fair, that I took risks for things that mattered, that I helped those in need, that I left the earth a better place because of what I did and who I was in Christ.  And, most importantly, that my life brings glory and honor and praise to the Lord.

Sometimes, it's important to stop and look around at your life, to count the blessings and work on aligning your heart with gratitude. I'm thankful for writing and for this blog and for the opportunities from the Lord that continue to come my way.

Many blessings to you all!  Happy 100th Blog Post Day!


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  1. Yay! Congrats on 100 posts, Ciera! :)

    All great lessons and words of wisdom listed here. I particularly like 99 and 100. Not to cheat and go all the way to the end, but those two ideas are so applicable to my life right now. And your final paragraph gave me an idea for one more: Practice gratitude on a daily basis.

    1. Thank you!! 99 and 100 are my favorites, too. ;) And I love your addition - practicing gratitude is definitely something I need to keep in mind every day.

  2. This was really cool! I especially liked #32.

    1. Thanks Andy - and I have to agree about #32!

  3. Sorry, I'm late, but congratulations! My favorite ones are 51 and 97.

    Alexa S. Winters

    1. BTW, I tagged you for the Lyric Medley Tag! If you don't feel like doing it, don't feel obligated!

    2. Thanks for the tag, Alexa!! I'll definitely look into it!

  4. Love this life lesson blog post Congrats on 100 post!

    God Bless!

    1. Thanks Debbie! This has all been such a joy!