Once upon a time (*cough* as recently as last year *cough*) I thought I was being virtuous if I remembered to remove my make-up before slumbering, and if I managed to gobble something other than a pie breakfast? Why, I’d practically be applying for knighthood! But with my 28th birthday ambling towards me (oh, time. How you fly!), I’ve realised that it’s probably a grand opportunity to break up with some not-so-neat behaviours, and implement ones that don’t make me blush (I’m sorry, A.M. spinach and ricotta savouries. It was good while it lasted!). Like…
1. Waiting 24 Hours Before “Reacting”
Can you imagine how many silly stresses, unnecessary dramas and gut-wrenching conflicts we’d avoid if we DIDN’T immediately press ‘send’, or morph into stark-raving lunatics at the first sniff of a disagreement? I can, and what I’m picturing looks wonderful! While I don’t generally believe in regrets, I could rattle off a slew of situations that could have been handled
differently better if I’d waited a day before responding (and not like a complete pork chop). Late 20’s Corrine is learning from the mistakes of Early 20’s Corrine!
2. Developing A Skincare Routine
In exchange for the “wisdom” we inherit through ageing, we slowly receive all manners of lines, creases and wrinkles (delightful, huh?!), and while I’m not too frazzled about the crinkles that are forming around my eyes when I grin, I figure I should probably introduce a moisturiser into my routine sooner rather than later. (Or, you know. Actually develop a skincare routine in the first place!)
3. Contributing To My Superannuation
Voluntarily, and NOT just when it’s mandatory!
4. Completing A Road Trip
5. Incorporating More Vegetables Into My Meals
For a vegetarian I devour an absurd amount of (non-vegetable) starches. Would it be so difficult to add the odd scoop of spinach to my pastas, or steamed carrots alongside my rice? Nah. (And my body would thank me!)
6. Worrying Less
Within the same seven days my laptop broke, an (inexpensive, but valuable) item was stolen and I had to cradle a carsick infant (and wear the contents of her illness) on a bus from Whakatane to Rotorua. Where I once would’ve had a meltdown, I now remind myself to inhale, exhale and remember that everything’s – somehow! – going to be alright.
7. Doing Selfless Deeds Without The Expectation Of Reciprocation
As I creep closer to 30, I’d love to send more surprise groceries/packages/letters to my friends, families and neighbours. Not because it’s their birthday, and not because it’d be swell to receive something in return, but because if I have the ability to make their day, I absolutely want to. Happiness all around!
8. Familiarising Myself With A Needle & Thread
Let us not speak of the wasteful girl (ahem) who used to THROW CLOTHING OUT because she didn’t have the foggiest idea about hemming, but of the one who’s going to sit down, YouTube tutorial on, and familiarise herself with the basics of sewing. (That’s a promise!)
What would you like to do more (or less!) of in your next decade of living? People pleasing? Vest wearing?! As I put together Part Two, I’d love to know!