8 things I learned since turning 30 – Part #1

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5. December 2013 by swissfitchick

Good morning!

I planned this post a few weeks ago and finally got it written down. Though it is too long to post in one – so expect round #2 tomorrow!

When I read through my favorite blogs I see that I am the oldest here in the community – and I am totally fine with that. Of course, sometimes I wish I could go back and do things differently, but overall I am happy with my life and where I am today. I get often emails from women who are a bunch of years younger than me, asking me questions – and sometimes I am proud because I feel a bit like the big sister. By no means I want to sound snotty or condescending, because believe me – some of my younger blends seriously rock my socks off by their wisdom. Still, there are a few very important things about life I learned in these 35 1/2 years on this planet and I thought I want to share them with all my younger sisters🙂

1. Take care of your body.

You  might roll your eyes, thinking – yeah of course, we read a healthy living blog, so we know what this is all about. But believe me – I thought I was healthy until 2 years ago when I actually started with my journey in recovery and figured that I was not healthy AT ALL. I didn’t take care of my body, I binged, I starved, I swallowed dangerous pills and I overexercised. Only today when I am back in a healthy state (physically), I realize what torture I dragged my body through. Don’t forget that you have only ONE body, the one you live in. If it works properly then you’re lucky – because it’s not a matter of course. Never forget what damage can do in a long-term. Even if your body forgives you a lot of damage, it never forgets. Nourish it, move it, rest it, embrace it and love it – it carries you through all the shenanigans of life and it deserves the best care ever.

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2. Own it.

Whatever you do – own it. If you decide to move to an other country, if you decide to live a healthy lifestyle, if you decide to be a stay at home Mom, if you want to dress a certain way and style or if you decide to run marathons – whatever we do, there will always be people who judge. Or even haters. I know that not everyone who is reading my blog likes what I say or do, and I know that probably tons of people on Facebook eliminated me from their list because I annoy them with my blog-babbling every day. But – so what? It’s what I love to do and I OWN it. Same goes with my healthy lifestyle – there are always people who think they need to tell me how disordered I still am. Maybe they’re right, maybe not, but in the end, it’s my life. I decide. Getting married, having kids? Don’t get me started on how many times I get asked when we will FINALLY plan our wedding and a family. Honestly? If people ask me because they care about me, then I am happy to explain them what is going on in my life and why. But if it is only for judgemental reasons then WTF? I do what is right for me. No need to worry about. So – don’t let anyone stress you out or put pressure on you – if it feels right for you then GO FOR IT! It’s your life, OWN it.

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3. Take risks.

I’m not talking about risking your life in any way here.

I am an adventurous person and I am willing to take risks – most of the time. I did take a lot of risks in my life and I do not regret one of it. I went abroad to live and work in the Philippines for 3 months on my own…..

philiI went to live in Berlin/Germany for 7 months to work on my own…..

berlin…both of these trips were super scary – huge country or city, not ONE person I knew there. No idea where I would live, nor how my job would be. But I wanted it so bad. I wanted to survive in the jungle on my own. I was homesick like crazy, I had crisis and struggles – but I had SO much fun, so MANY wonderful life-enhancing experiences and I grew stronger than ever before.

I quit my jobs several times, I started university social work studies with 29 years old, I went bungee jumping and skydiving and I left an unhappy relationship. Risks I took and changes I made of which I had no idea what the consequences would be like. Some were good, some maybe a little irrational – but all of them taught me so much about myself and strengthened my confidence in a positive way.

bungeeSometimes you just have to take a risk. Changes can be scary and difficult, but they can lead us to great knowledge and maturing. There was a post about embracing changes just this week by one of my favorite blends, Kierston – worth a read! Don’t be scared – you are more capable of things than you can imagine! capable

4. Be silly, Dance. Laugh.

One day I might have children and when they turn into teens, they will be embarrassed by their mother. They will probably say:’ Mom, stop being so silly it’s SO weird! You’re too old.’ Really? I mean, I remember being terribly embarrassed by my Dad cause he used to be SO silly and always made really bad jokes about me. I hated it. Today, I think it was just really funny – and so healthy. He did not care at all how old he is. Both him and my Mom were silly and when we had a party at our house, they used to rock the dancefloor until the end. I felt awkward, but I was a teen.

Please never stop having fun or loving childish stuff just because you grow older. Aren’t humurous grand parents the best? See. It’s so refreshing. AND it keeps you agile and young. Yes, I can use that sentence. I will turn 40 in 5 years. EEK! Nevermind – no way I will stop dressing up in crazy costumes and sing along awful songs – with some prosecco in one hand and the BIGGEST smile (literally) on my face🙂

IMG_5679That’s enough wisdom for today from your old blogger grandma – round #2 coming up tomorrow!

Happy Thursday!

What was the most important lesson life taught you?

Are you afraid of changes?

Biggest adventure you conquered?

xxx

Lucie

22 thoughts on “8 things I learned since turning 30 – Part #1

  1. Don’t worry you’re not the only old one around here🙂
    These are some really, really great points. Thanks for taking the time to reflect and share.

  2. Cat says:

    Such an inspiring post! I think these are great pieces of advice at any age. I massively admire your adventures abroad! Quitting my job and going to Japan earlier this year was my biggest, scariest life leap – and probably the best thing I’ve ever done! – looking forward to round 2🙂

  3. How about your blogging bro?

    You are someone I look up to because you do struggle. You do have off days. But you know what? You push through it, you show that there is light at the end of the tunnel. All those girls who email you are doing themselves a favour. You really are an inspiration Lucie- cannot wait for part 2.

    Tonne frere? (lol spelling?!)

  4. Samarilla says:

    I love all of your advice- OWN IT girl! I absolutely love the fact you won your lifestyle and who you are in all ways- I get frustrated a little with blogs that seem to preach one thing and not live it. You are wise and I have no older sister so if you don’t mind I shall think of you as my honorary one lol.😉 My most important life lesson was his to be true to who you are and follow our own path even if its harder than the ordinary one. Xo

  5. I really love the list you put together. If there is one thing I know, it’s that you’re incredible & one awesome “sister” to me. Since moving abroad (huge adventure for Joshua and I), life hasn’t always been easy with Joshua working long hours & not knowing many people, but the friendship we’ve formed over the year has brought such happiness into my life. You’ve been here for me when all I wanted to do was cry – and you’ve been here for me when I wanted to vent. Thank you!

    Going back to your post – taking care and loving your body is such an important lesson to learn. Sure our bodies can be put through a lot, that doesn’t always mean it’s a good thing to do so. We need to nurture it with healthy foods, snacks from time to time, fitness – to an extent, and self-love. We need to not let stress take over our minds, for that will only cause your hormones to be worst. We need to laugh, smile & enjoy all that life has to offer❤

    • Awwww thank you so much girl!! You know I feel the same way about our friendship and I couldn’t be happier that we found each others blog!
      Taking care of our bodies is definitely more important than we think…. And it does send all the signals we need to know to take good care. We just need to listen!

  6. The biggest lesson I’ve learnt is to live for today – not for tomorrow, not for next week…for NOW. Unfortunately I had to learn this in the hardest way possible, but it is the most valuable thing I take with me everywhere. I loved this post Lucie, looking forward to round two tomorrow🙂

    • SO agree with you Poppy. Living in the present and for the moment is the way to be happy we can not change the past and we never know what’s going to happen tomorrow!

  7. Agnes says:

    What an awesome post.🙂 I’m turning 35 soon and couldn’t agree more with these points. The most important thing I’ve learnt so far is patience and acceptance, and that it’s not worth getting worked up/angry over small things. I’ve learnt to save my anger for when it matters, choose my battles so to speak. And that has made life so much easier, both for myself and for the people around me. The other really important thing I’ve learnt (and am still learning) is to truly appreciate the people around me for who they are. I’ve lost quite a few people close to me and it really puts things in perspective.

    Though sometimes I think that if I live another 35 years until I’m 70 I’ll probably look back at myself now and think that I knew absolutely nothing!🙂

    • Thank you Agnes for a great comment! I totally agree with you – it’s wasted energy to get angry about small things – trying to relax and calming down is sometimes not easy but so worth it!!
      And you’re right – I guess in 30 years I will read this post and laugh🙂

  8. This is all fabulous advice, Lucie! I really think that I need to take your advice about taking risks – I’ve spent so long in various routines that I really need to shake things up a bit. Eric and I are in talks of possibly undertaking a massive ‘adventure’ once I graduate, which I think will be a great thing for both of us!

  9. caileejoy says:

    These are some great tips!! I love the picture w. Jennifer Lawrence!🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

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  12. Loved this!! And you seriously could not have picked a better time to publish this post…for me, that is! Since I just turned 29, I’ve been thinking a lot about my next birthday and to be honest, it scares the SHIT out of me! Like, where have all the years gone? How did I get to be so “old”?! Part of me is ready to be done with my twenties (as they’ve kinda felt like the biggest transitional years of my life) but part of me is still nervous about entering the next decade in my life. I just hope that this year will be a good one to end this one with!

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