Thank you all for the warm wishes and love yesterday. My heart was full and beaming. It was with great joy that I said adieu to my 25th year and welcomed a new one. But with all respect to the year of the quarter-life crisis, here are 25 things I learned and a few things I'm proud of...
25 things I learned at 25:
- You can have too much Champagne.
- Surround yourself with people who inspire you.
- Forgiveness = happiness.
- Choose your words and friends carefully.
- It's okay to eat steak and potatoes every night for a week.
- Your family loves you and will be there for you no matter what.
- Your best friendships do not have to be traditional.
- Do not worry about what people think of you. You're usually wrong, and the worrying makes you come across as defensive and less likeable anyways.
- Sometimes you have to choose what's right for you over something that will bring you fleeting financial comfort (life>work).
- Love always wins.
- It's okay to let go of all of your rules.
- Diets are bullshit.
- Travel keeps your mind and heart open.
- Flannel pyjamas are great.
- Poaching eggs in the microwave is just not the same.
- A well marbled steak can outdo a filet mignon at times.
- Positive thinking can improve your health more than any supplement.
- Fitness assessments at gyms are often built to lower your confidence and make you buy a membership. Be kind to yourself.
- If you love yourself, you will never be alone or unloved.
- Trust your gut.
- Sometimes you have to put yourself out for others, and sometimes you have to stay true to yourself.
- European dairy is so much better than North American dairy.
- Being married doesn't change much, but it's fun to say "husband" and "wife".
- For a change to take place within yourself you have to truly want it.
- Life is full of challenges but rewards you with opportunity.
Things I'm proud of accomplishing in my 25th year:
Launching this website, managing to fly to France and Berlin twice, taking a weekend to myself in Montreal to write and walk, getting a golden ticket on Recipe to Riches, marrying my best friend in a fashion that was true to the two of us, running 5k and beating my personal records, working on three great documentaries, becoming a writer for Foodnetwork.ca, living life to the fullest.