The One With Nuggets Of Wisdom From Year 23


Well y’all, I can’t believe I am typing this but….. that’s a wrap on year 23!! WHAT?! And due to the success of sharing last year’s nuggets of wisdom I thought I would continue the tradition this year!

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It has been a pretty fantastic year folks, with more than a few lows but also the highest of highs. If I could describe this year in one word, I wouldn’t, because that’s dumb. This year was so much more than a word. It was filled with so many beautiful moments and memories that will last a lifetime.

It was also filled with growth. A lot of growth. I learned more than a few lessons this year that I’ll most definitely be passing on to my future children (see last year’s post). But since that is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy in the future, I’ll just go ahead and leave them here for the time being 😉 So without further ado, here are some of the things I learned in my time as a 23-year-old…

  1. At some point in everyone’s life they will sing “Oh Where Is My Hairbrush” for fun, and at some point in everyone’s life they will sing “Oh Where Is My Hairbrush” for real, in a panicked craze, about 30 minutes before leaving for work…

  2. You are never too important to hold a door open for someone.

  3. A few days spent with your childhood best friend can fuel you for a year.

  4. Contrary to what you may think, you cannot walk in the dark. So invest in a bedside lamp. And nail polish remover.

  5. Talk to little kids. They are actually the smartest people in the universe.

  6. When someone asks you if you’re sick and you’re not, just roll with it. Otherwise you’ll be forced to say “no I’m not sick…I just decided to look homely today” and things will only continue to get awkward from there.

  7. Be nice to E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E. You never know who you are actually talking to.

  8. But that is not the reason why you should be nice. Be a kind person because there are enough bad things in the world that you cannot control. But you can control how YOU treat people. So leave everyone a little kinder and happier than when you met them.

  9. Be proud of your youth. But don’t go around rubbing it in people’s faces. Unless it is Antonio Banderas. That guy can take a joke like a champ.

  10. Talk things out. Even if you hate confrontation (like me), you just gotta suck it up and do it.

  11. When your apartment shuts the water off for the day, WRITE THAT STUFF DOWN, unless you want a toilet full of #1 to come splashing back at you after a longgggg day, ruining your attitude and one good business skirt.

  12. Take advantage of goofy holidays. Specifically National Pancake Day, Free Slurpee Day, Free Chicfila Day and National Donut Day. When you are in your early 20s you’ll want all the free meals you can get. And when you outgrow your 20s, you will still want all the free meals you can get.

  13. Take pride in where you live.

  14. Don’t trust people who don’t like Taco Bell or Harry Potter. It’s just a good rule of thumb.

  15. Find your tribe and love them hard.

  16. You can get away with a lot of things if you have a British accent. I have the CDs to help, feel free to borrow them at anytime govna!

  17. Even if you never think you’ll use it, get a can of dry shampoo for emergencies. Because on the day you fall asleep in the shower causing you to wake up suddenly and think you have already washed your hair, when in fact you have skipped that step entirely and only put in conditioner IT WILL SAVE YOU and keep you from being late to work/looking like the loch ness monster all day.

  18. You should never feel bad about celebrating your successes, just remember everyone around you may not be on cloud 9.

  19. If he doesn’t know what Zetus Lapetus means, he is too young for you.

  20. Own up to your mistakes and leave the excuses at the door.

  21. Don’t let anyone make you feel bad for choosing to spend Friday night at home alone OR for partying up a storm until the wee hours of the mornin’. You do you babycakes.

  22. Also game nights are highly underrated.

  23. Read more. I don’t care what you read, but it better be on something you can hold in your hand and it better be something where you physically turn the pages yourself. So a book. It better be a book.

  24. Laugh out loud every day. It’s important.

  25. Just pretend the cute guy has a girlfriend. If he doesn’t, it will make it easier for you to talk to him. If he does, it will make it a lot easier for you to talk to him.

  26. Brussel sprouts can be delicious. When smothered in honey and balsamic vinegar.

  27. Go on more adventures.

  28. Maybe don’t say “nothin’ much, just chillin” when the Chairman/CEO stops by your desk and asks whats going on…

  29. It’s ok to be vulnerable. The truest of friends will make it worth it.

  30. Your parents are jedi superhero geniuses. Listen to them.

  31. Do not, I repeat do not, leave your toilet seat up when you are getting ready in a tiny bathroom…

  32. Find a TV show you and your friends LOVE and watch it together. It doesn’t matter if it’s The Bachelor, FRIENDS, NCIS or Cheers. A weekly tv hour with friends is important (for your health, obviously).

  33. Reach out to friends when you miss them. They miss you too.

  34. There is a difference between the governor and the lt governor.

  35. You will fight with your sister and it’ll stink. But it will also make y’all stronger & bring you closer.


  37. Find people who love roadtrips. And always split the gas.

  38. Putting yourself out there hurts. But so does not having the courage to do it in the first place.

  39. Julie Andrews is the living breathing definition of class. I’ve always known this but felt it needed to be shared.

  40. Smiles can change the world.

  41. Every time you do something for yourself, do 2 things for other people.

  42. Celebrity impressions are a neat party trick.

  43. Don’t be afraid to tell people you are going through a hard time. There’s a reason people who ask for help generally end up better than those who don’t.

  44. Take a camera with you everywhere you go. But also take your eyeballs.

  45. Start a complaining jar. Add a dollar every time you complain. You will either learn quickly and end up a better person or save up enough money to feed an African village. So really it’s a win win.

  46. Learn something from everyone you meet.

  47. Donuts are always a good idea.

  48. You can learn a lot about a person by how they treat a receptionist.

  49. New Years Eve does not have to be spent at a big party surrounded by couples. It could be spent at Disneyland with a good friend who doesn’t mind leaving at 11:45pm to beat the traffic AND IT’LL BE THE BEST NEW YEARS OF YOUR LIFE.

  50. High school reunions are, uh, interesting. Even if you had a decent time in high school. I think the word “reunion” is what messes everything up.

  51. There are few people who can make everyone, and I mean everyone, act like a star-struck bumbling school girl. Mick Jagger is one of them.

  52. If you realize you forgot your wallet after they ring up your groceries just be honest about it. Don’t write a check, because they will need to see your drivers license. And don’t run out to your car in a panic leaving all your groceries behind, because they will call the number on said check (which will still be your mothers cell number) and ask what you want them to do about all your groceries. And you will never be able to go back to Albertson’s again, because embarrassment.

  53. Sometimes life just sucks and he does have a girlfriend.

  54. At some point you will accidentally crimp your hair in an attempt to try a new curling technique. And on that day you’re just gonna have to own it.

  55. Going to see a boy band in concert will be one of the most fun things you ever do. Going to see a boy band concert movie will be one of the most terrifying.

  56. There are 2 types of people in this world, those who watch Law & Order SVU marathons on USA and weirdos.

  57. The weather man is a load of hooey.

  58. Buy the thing that makes you happy. Not the thing that makes you trendy.

  59. Roommates will come and go. Good roommates will change your life.

  60. Taxes can be fun.

  61. That was a lie. Just wanted to make sure you are paying attention.

  62. Life is short. Take the job with the nice co-workers.

  63. Find someone (usually a best friend or sibling) who you can call at anytime, day or night, when you are walking back to your car by yourself. This will help you stay alert while also keeping the monsters at bay.

  64. Sometimes things will spread across the internet faster than a speeding bullet. You should do your research before you jump on the participation wagon (KONY 2012), don’t do things out of peer pressure but do them because they are a worthy cause (Ice Bucket Challenge), and sometimes participating in something light-hearted can be good for the soul (white and gold).

  65. “I’m sorry if I did something…” is not an apology.

  66. Treat everyone you meet like you will know them forever (thanks for this one Bex).

  67. Sometimes you don’t do life big. You do Netflix. And that’s ok.

  68. Embrace life’s authentic messiness.

  69. A pinata can make a great passenger and be your ticket into the HOV lane.

  70. Laugh at silly things.

  71. It’s impossible to edit posts when Chariots of Fire is on.

  72. It’s okay to not be okay.

  73. Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s should be a permanent event on your calendar. Because it’s free ice cream. And because fireman give you the free ice cream.

  74. Meeting new people is scary. But 9 times out of 10 it’s worth it.

  75. Explore your city. Explore yourself.

  76. That should be on a postcard.

  77. Life is a lot like attending a Sherlock Holmes themed Murder Mystery Dinner Party with a bunch of people you don’t know. You’ll get just as much out of it as you put into it.

  78. Put your suitcases away the day you get home. Because you WILL trip over them 3 weeks later in the middle of the night and the bruises will NOT be worth it.

  79. $50 worth of quarters is not the same thing as 50 quarters.

  80. Life is 90% perspective and 10% pancakes.



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  • Reply CalPal 06-16-2015 at 4:45 pm

    Oh Katie Bee, you are amazing as usual!!! Keeping me entertained from miles and miles away. You’re speaking my language with this post. I am all about Friday nights at home, free donuts and ice cream, piñata passengers and catching up with childhood friends but on a side note our reunion was amazing and you are a loon!!! Love love.

    • Reply Katie 06-17-2015 at 4:20 pm

      Oh Calpal thanks a mil 🙂 I’m so glad this post good speak to you on so many levels!!

  • Reply Tracy Matheson 06-16-2015 at 5:21 pm

    Wowzers(which autocorrected to weiners!) That was one amazing list!!! Can’t wait for the next installment.

    • Reply Katie 06-17-2015 at 4:26 pm

      Hahaha thanks Tracy!!! Glad you liked it 😀

  • Reply Megan Bosworth 06-16-2015 at 6:30 pm

    Amen to all of dis. Also try Brussels sprouts with maple syrup, olive oil, salt &pepper. Cheers to 24!

    • Reply Katie 06-17-2015 at 4:27 pm

      OMG Megan that sounds AMAZING!!!! Literally putting that in my phone right now so I get it next time I’m at the grocery store!!! Thanks for the tip 😀

  • Reply Carma 06-16-2015 at 10:39 pm

    I think you should send someone at the LA chamber of commerce your blog and then sell them ad space on your blog! I love it.

    • Reply Katie 06-17-2015 at 4:28 pm

      That’s a GREAT idea Carma!!! Thanks for the love 🙂

  • Reply gramps 01-29-2016 at 1:09 am

    According to your reply guy I have already logged in. I think I will just remain double logged because (1) I need good ideas, intelligence and info more than once a day, (2) I miss you so much that hearing from you twice at a time may help you seem closer.

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