90 years of life 5 minutes of advice

It's Back To School soon and I can already feel my pulse quickening. I have begun making lists and feeling antsy. To be honest I am stopping myself. This is silly.  Prepping is one thing, but freaking out even one second is another! These summer days are too precious.... Life is too short.  That's what Regina says!

In Regina’s words:

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is my most requested column once more. Here are 45 Life Lessons from me to you: 

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good. 

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step. 

3. Life is too short – enjoy it. 

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will. 

5. Pay off your credit cards every month. 

6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself. 

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone. 

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it. 

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck. 

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile. 

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present. 

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry. 

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it. 

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye, but don't worry, God never blinks. 

16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind. 

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways. 

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19.. It's never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else. 

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer. 

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. 

Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special. 

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow. 

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important organ is the brain. 

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you. 

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?' 

27. Always choose life. 

28. Forgive 

29. What other people think of you is none of your business. 

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time. 

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change. 

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles. 

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of
 anything you did or didn't do. 

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now. 

36. Growing old beats the alternative of dying young. 

37. Your children get only one childhood. 

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved. 

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere. 

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back. 

41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need 

42. The best is yet to come... 

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up. 

44. Yield. 

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.”


After doing about 2 minutes of snooping I found the author of this wonderful list! Read more {here}. I was so confused. Why did this young chick keep popping up??? The deal is that the author is not actually 90, she is 50.  She chuckles that she has been turned into an Urban Legend.   But you know what?  I like it. The “legend” is better. Somehow listening to the advice of a 90 year old plays upon our hearts and makes us more open to their advice. Who would not listen more intently to someone who is writing the final pages in their book? 

I know after reading this List of 45 Life Lessons I called my Grandma. I was curious what she would add to the list.  She said something to the effect of  “Love that man of yours like it’s your last day together and kiss that baby (Jackson)of yours.” This is what she has always told me.  It’s good advice! I refuse to worry about B2School. Rather, I am going to pour lemonade, douse sunscreen, and occasionally add things to my TpT  cart.  I love my job and I love summer.  Each  have their place in my heart and my to do list.  Right now swimming is my top priority! 


  1. Thanks for sharing...the list made my day!

  2. Today is my 40th birthday! Your list is perfect for me today! I am so glad you shared this! Thanks so much!


    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  3. Casey and Karen,
    I am glad! This list is something that I think I'll read often. It's a great reminder

  4. What a fabulous post, Katie! Thanks for sharing!

    Lucky to Be in First

  5. Amazing list! Thank you for sharing it with us! :)

  6. Timely advice. I just got back from vacation and went into full on panic mode for all the things I have (want) to get done before school starts. Thanks for helping me see the bigger picture!
    Kickin' It With Class

  7. That's a great list! I was panicking with B2S and thinking I need to to this and that and go here and there... and then I look at my boys and just think "Two birds in bucket..." and just remember #37.... Thanks for sharing this list!

    First Grade and Flip Flops

  8. Love this, thank you. More relaxing than yoga.:)


  9. Okay, this brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for sharing it --and your grandma's advice, too. I love this!

    Bitty Bilinguals

  10. Each & every quote was encouraging & too true :) Love this post!!

  11. Thanks for this post!!! I love bloglovin' but sometimes reading everyones' blogs and what they are doing creates a little bit of anxiety because I haven't started doing much. Your post made me realize that I don't need to be on top of it all and it's ok to just be in the moment. In this case let go of school stress and focus on relaxing and enjoying my summer. I don't have a pool but I am going to just sit outside and enjoy a good book. You are my favorite new blog that I follow, BTW. Cheers.

  12. I love this list. Always good to put things into perspective. Thanks for sharing!

    Team V's Second Grade Fun


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