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I am already on my 3rd shot of espresso this morning and it is not even 10am.  Let’s just say, I am coming down from an ultimate high from this weekend’s celebrations.  Thanks to my awesome friends, family and fiance, this was a birthday for the record books.  They definitely know how to make a girl feel special, even if it was only my 26th birthday.

Thanks to my dad and all of his life lessons throughout the years(or he what he calls his “pearls of wisdom”) I decided the best way to start my next year of life, was to look back at some of the things I have learned and accomplished in the last 25 years.

1. Be respectful (always)

2. SAVE, SAVE, SAVE (it’s better to be wealthy than rich)

3. Love unconditionally (and except nothing in return)

4. Be genuine in everything you do

5. Honesty is always the best policy (even if it doesn’t feel right at the time)

6. Family comes first

7. Play hard, work harder

8. Success does not come easy

9. Find happiness in the unexpected

10. Wake up everyday with a smile

11.  Be grateful for everything you have (even if it doesn’t feel like a lot at the time)

12. Never stop learning

13. Be passionate

14. Find great friends (not just good ones)

15. Speak your mind (communication is key)

16. Always strive for perfect

17. Never settle

18. Treat yourself after a great accomplishment (or just because you deserve it!)

19. Be compassionate

20. Set goals and surpass your goals

21. Do something you love everyday and it will never feel like work a day in your life (this is one of the most important lessons my dad taught me and why I continue to write A Dash of Details everyday)

22. Find someone who makes you a better version of yourself

23.  Do something that fulfills you everyday

24. Own up to your mistakes

25. Take care of yourself

26. Have the best day every, everyday (thanks to my friend Blair, this has been my favorite daily mantra)

xox- a dash of details

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6 replies
  1. Lindy
    Lindy says:

    I’m so late on reading this! What would we do without Blair reminding us that everyday is the best day ever!!!! This post made me smile :)

      ALI LEIGH says:

      Hi Diana! It is actually vintage from my mom! For a little splurge, Edie Parker has some of the best acrylic bags or sometimes ASOS has some hidden gems! xox- Ali


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