1. Own a cast iron skillet. Or several. And learn how to properly use and care for them.
2a. Life is too short for mediocre coffee and poor wine. Buy the best you can afford.
2b. Even if it is just for you.
2c. Especially if it is just for you!
2d. Sometimes a $2.99 bottle of wine can surprise you ( in a good way). Don’t be a snot- more $$ does not necessarily equal better.
3. If you aren’t just collecting friends like a teenager seeking validation, Facebook is really awesome.
4. Temperature is relative- move from California to a colder clime and you’ll make fun of family for wearing sweaters when the mercury drops to 60 there. Return, and you’ll go right back to doing the same thing.
5. A hybrid car is sooooo worth it.
6. If you can make spaghetti sauce, baked chicken, and muffins from scratch you will never hunger and save big bucks.
7. Real friends stay with you until the tow truck arrives (inebriated or not), or until your parents/spouse/friend can get there with spare car keys.
9. Electric kettles are the best!
10. So is plain, black tea. And freshly brewed iced tea.
11. Screen time is overrated. People are underrated.
12. Mom Advice that is everywhere, but we don’t appreciate until later: “The days are long but the years are short.”
13. You need a community- humans are social creatures. Join and meet regularly with at least one spiritually/socially edifying group be it a church, synagog, club, society, etc.
14. Stop being so offended by everything, people . It offends me.
15. Spend time with people who lift you up and make you want to be a better person- spiritually, mentally, emotionally. And in turn, BE that person with everyone who spends time with YOU.
16. Pop your own popcorn in a heavy pot. It’s an entirely different species than microwaved stuff.
17. Everyone thinks they are the most interesting person in the world on Pinterest. They are all wrong. I am. I can prove it: https://www.pinterest.com/DDWJ/
18. A trick I learned from a dear and darn near holy woman: carry candy in your purse to always have on hand to share with your friends’ little ones. Guaranteed favorite adult status!
19. If you want to try something new every day (need to get yourself out of a rut? Overcome anxiety? Or just looking for some good, clean fun?) but don’t know where to start, start small. Pick one small project- a new book, decorate an area you have neglected, try a new cuisine. Don’t start with large or grandiose projects (Re-landscape front yard! Read the complete works of Shakespeare!). I guarantee you will be surprised how uplifting it can be to simply repaint your front door.