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Episode 53: Eight Things I Learned in my 38th Year

When you’re about to hit a big milestone, do you ever get reflective? It’s hard not to, right? Emily’s turning 39 this week, and she’s recapping eight lessons she learned in her 38th year. From discovering she might be a cat lady after all (!) to helping her kids spread their wings in new ways, Emily’s showing us that every year has lessons big and small in store for us, if we take the time to look for them.

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Thought-Provoking Quotes

“We can learn so much about ourselves and the world around us when we push ourselves to step outside familiar territory and discover new things. It's good for the kids and it's good for me too.” Emily Ley  

"It's super important to Bryan and me to encourage our kids to step outside their comfort zones and do stuff. We want our home to be the nest they come back to, not the bubble that keeps them in. It's so exciting to see your kids spread their wings, but it's oddly tender. I just want to keep them a baby forever and protect them from the world, but I also want to see them fly." Emily Ley 

I am so much more than a number stitched into my jeans or flashing on a scale. I can do things that nourish my body and help me feel my best, and that doesn't always correlate with the numbers that all these outside forces tell me are the ‘good ones’. ” Emily Ley 

A Blessing for Your Week

Wherever you are, I hope you take a few minutes to take stock of your blessings. 

I hope you spend some time thinking through the person you are and how much you've grown in the past few years. 

I hope you see the same spark you had when you were a child, and I hope it's kindled into a fire that burns with passion all of your days. 

Simplicity Tip of the Week

You don't have to wait for any sort of milestone to take stock of your life. So this week, think about three of the biggest lessons you've learned about yourself or the world around you this past year. What kind of impact has this lesson had on you? How's this lesson changed the way you move through the world? Then, for more inspiration, you can ask a friend or family member what they've learned this past year. The answers might surprise you, which is all the more reason to ask. 

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