I am no expert on the peaks and troughs of life. However, I consider myself young enough to face the next, fresh chapter of my life (the looming thirties!) with fresh optimism but also old enough to reflect on what has gone before (and maybe old enough to know better!). The following rules have been devised by me when I was thinking about what guidance I would have liked to have been given when I was 21-years-old as a fresh graduate with an Arts degree and no idea what I wanted to do, or who I was.

  1. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness…or misery.
  2. Work at something that you enjoy, and that’s worthy of both your time and your talent.
  3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
  4. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
  5. Be forgiving of yourself and others.
  6. Be generous.
  7. Have a grateful for what you currently have, than constantly wishing for or dreaming of things you lack. You have all that you need in the present.
  8. Be Persistent.
  9. Save money
  10. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
  11. Commit yourself to constant improvement.
  12. Choose quality over quantity.
  13. Happiness is mainly found in building connections with people you love and respect.
  14. Be loyal.
  15. Be honest.
  16. Be a self-starter. Make it happen!
  17. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
  18. If you don’t ask, then the answer will always be “no”.
  19. Take good care of those you love.
  20. Sometimes life is not always a linear path. You are not straightforward either. You will live many, different lives over the span of your life. Embrace it-it’s adventure!
  21. Don’t do anything that wouldn’t make your mother proud.

Love,

SJ

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