Saturday, August 18, 2012

As I turn 26

Today I turn 26 years old, and following tradition, I've compiled a list of 25 things I learned while I was 25. I’ve been creating a list like this since I was 18 with the last few years shared on my blog.  Its one of my favorite things to look back on. Here is my list for this last year.


  1. Love stories are the best stories, especially when they’re true life and they’re yours.
  2. Every day might not be good, but there is something good in every day.
  3. I love grey striped walls and the color yellow.
  4. Practice makes permanent.
  5. Auntie Shai is my new favorite name.
  6. You never know how much you’ll miss a person till they’re gone.
  7. Humility and modesty mean recognizing my limitations.
  8. There are many different and unexpected ways to flourish.
  9. I love that with blog design I am always learning something new and with each new client I get to create an online home perfect for them.
  10. Forgive and then love…that’s all we need to do.
  11. Live with intention. Blog with a purpose.
  12. Learning the Russian language has brought so many blessings.
  13. When I pick a hairstyle he really likes my husband showers me with compliments.
  14. Done is better than perfect.
  15. Never take indoor plumbing for granted.
  16. Nothing beats putting pen to paper and letting everything spill out through your fingertips.
  17. It is important to be a human doing, not just a human being.
  18. God is greater than my heart.
  19. Medical insurance is worth every penny!
  20. Emotional trauma needs time to heal just like physical trauma.
  21. The best thing is always the kind thing.
  22. Sometimes real life is pain and heartache, but it is also beauty and unraveling and love.
  23. Always make time for photo-shoots with the ones you love.
  24. Instagram makes everyday life even prettier.
  25. A world where I can’t drink coffee is a world I don’t want to live in.



  1. Love #23. So true! Photos are the greatest to look back on.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you have a fabulous day!

  2. This is a great idea! I must remember to do this on my birthday!

    Oh and of course: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!


    1. You totally should Becky! Its one of my favorite projects to do each year. I love taking the time to look back through all that happened and really dwell on what each thing taught me. I'd love to see your list!

  3. Happy Birthday! Hope that you had an amazing one :)


  4. Happy Birthday! PS...I LOVE your hair that way!

    1. Thanks Felecia. :) I really like it right now too. This is the longest I've kept one hairstyle in quite awhile.

  5. I hope you had a wonderful birthday Shaina! xxx

  6. Happy Birthday! I just turned 26 also. I love this idea. I have started making list of things I want to accomplish in the following year. I love the idea of reflection.

  7. Hope you had a lovely birthday! I love all these points, very useful! thank you for the great post! xx