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I’m a big fan of Gretchen Rubin’s blog and book, The Happiness Project (check it out if you haven’t), and one of my favorite features is her list of Secrets of Adulthood. I agreed instantly with some of her epiphanies, such as “The best reading is rereading” and “Try not to let yourself get too hungry” (that’s a big one for me). Some of them have stuck with me, and as I’ve mulled them over, I’ve come to agree that, for example, ” You can choose what you do; you can’t choose what you like to do” and ” The days are long, but the years are short.”

Anyway, I thought I’d make a list of my own – so here are some of my Secrets of Adulthood:

  • It’s totally okay to say “I don’t know.”
  • Mascara and lip gloss make me feel more put together.
  • Wearing stilettos all day usually isn’t worth it.
  • Manicures are a lot of trouble – and don’t last long.
  • Always keep fresh fruit and cereal in the house.
  • Doing laundry can be very calming.
  • Growing your own herbs is immensely satisfying.
  • You can buy your favorite things (within reason).
  • Occasional pedicures are nice.
  • Hobbies add lots of joy to life.
  • People appreciate it when you try to speak their language (even a word or two).
  • You can usually afford to travel (even just a weekend getaway).
  • Related: Getting out of town often provides much-needed perspective.
  • Call your mother.
  • And your grandmother.
  • Support libraries – and buy books.
  • You can usually find $20 to give to charity.
  • In many (but not all) cases, quality is worth paying more.
  • Write it down.
  • It is okay to like country music and admit it. (Even growing up in Texas, it’s often considered uncool to enjoy country music – but I do.)
  • Free shipping is a great boon.
  • Make lunch dates with friends.
  • Once in a while, takeout is the BEST.
  • Spending a lot on a wedding photographer is worth it.
  • Avoiding caffeine in the evenings really will help you sleep.
  • Rubber gloves do actually protect your hands while washing dishes.

Anyone else have any Secrets of Adulthood? I’d love to read your pearls of wisdom.

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