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Happy Birthday to me: 30 life lessons at 30

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Chiaki Creates - 30 Life Lessons At 30 chiakicreates.comToday I’m officially leaving my twenties behind and beginning a new chapter of my life. I couldn’t possibly be more excited! I’m spending my Birthday doing my favourite things: working on a very exciting soon to be announced project with my dear friend Chloë, eating loads of Japanese food, drinking wine, laughing, cuddling cats, reading (Jim Morrison’s poems at the moment), listening to freakbeat and getting loads of hugs. To mark this day I have decided to share these life lessons with you. Here are the 30 most important things that I’ve learnt during my 30 years.

1. There’s only this moment, live in it.

2. Material things are unimportant. Focus on experiences, making memories and connecting.

3. Don’t dream it, be it.

4. Expressing gratitude and enjoying the little things in life is the path to happiness.

5. Only compete with yourself.

6. Being naked is awesome.

7. Reading is always a good idea.

8. Wear whatever you want because it doesn’t matter what other people think as long as you’re happy.

9. An ex is an ex for a reason.

10. Don’t waste your time waiting for people.

11. When in doubt, watch A Bit of Fry and Laurie.

12. Learn something new every day.

13. Whole foods and yoga are fantastic.

14. The one thing that feels worse than the fear of failure is the regret of never even having tried.

15. Doing work you hate is never worth the money.

16. Dance, dance, dance.

17. Get out of your comfort zone.

18. Only you can make yourself happy.

19. The people who are there for you when everything falls apart are the people that matter.

20. Take every opportunity you get to laugh.

21. You can’t trust hairdressers.

22. There is such a thing as comfortable and attractive.

23. If you don’t like something; your appearance, job, location, name, partner, habits, attitude; change it.

24. Hate really is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

25. Alone-time should be treasured because not being defined by another person is a very good thing.

26. Your thoughts create your reality.

27. Practise thinking outside of the box because we unconsciously look for things that confirm what we already believe.

28. Always de-clutter.

29. You can only do what you believe that you can.

30. It’s not what people say, but what they do that matters.

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10 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to me: 30 life lessons at 30

  1. This is a beautiful post! I love every single point you make. Happy birthday Chiaki! Online hug ^_^

  2. Happy Birthday!

  3. Happy Birthday oh wise one! :)

  4. I love it! Happy Birthday, lady!

  5. I’ve been reading back over your old blog posts. (And it seems like its always your birthday on your blog- its coming up again soon isn’t it?) ;-) Its already been a whole year since you took a bit of a break from blogging and you wrote some really difficult and honest posts around this time. I hope they helped clear your mind. I’m still not brave enough to write like that about my present life but I always find you inspiring. Happy Birthday in advance! b.x

    • I feel like it’s always my Birthday on the blog too haha! ;) It’s on Thursday. Time is moving too quickly. I struggle with Birthdays really. There’s too much pressure and I don’t like the attention. Writing them definitely helped. And the positive response I got helped me commit to changing my blog direction. The break was very much needed. I’m completely in love with blogging again. :) Do you write honestly for yourself? I mean, some of those posts started as some sort of diary entry and turned into something I wanted to share. At the moment I feel like there’s lots of anxious thoughts that I don’t share online. One day, I probably will write about it though! It’s scary to write about the present but I love reading deep and difficult and honest posts. It’s a relief once it’s out there. You can always send it to me in an email if you’re not ready to share it on your blog. Thank you so much, my dear! Your kinds words here and on Twitter totally made my day! And your book is so wonderful! I’m still thinking about your beautiful words. xxx

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