As you get older, you're supposed to get wiser - at least that's what they say. And my forehead is beginning to look like Mother Nature + Father Time are taking a tap dancing class up there, so I've got the older part covered - I'm working on the wiser part every day.
My birthday just came & went, and I celebrated with a table full of girlfriends during Happy Hour (our apologies to those around us - next time you may want to follow your gut & change tables) and we spent a lot of time talking about what we've learned. Here's a few of my rules for life & living Gluten Free:
- It's OK to leave a restaurant if you've spent 5 minutes talking to the chef & they still don't understand the difference between gluten & glucose.
- There is NO substitute for great friends, great jeans or a great haircut.
- There are good Gluten Free substitutes for pasta, pizza, brownies & bread. They will not be the first ones you try.
- Websites, start-up businesses, and home improvements always cost more than you planned. Always.
- Failure is part of learning. But it ain't the fun part.
- Time heals all wounds. Viognier makes the time go a little faster.
- 6-year-olds hear everything.
- If you buy yourself something you love right before your birthday or other major holidays, it makes it a lot easier to be genuinly excited about popsicle-stick frames and whatever your husband brings home.
- It's the thought that counts! (But jewelry is nice)
- There's almost nothing better than the feeling you get after finishing something that's been hanging over your head.
- If you are going to have an obsession, growing heirloom tomatoes is a good one to have. You get to eat them afterwards.
- If you surround yourself with fun people, you'll have a good time.
- If you surround yourself with trustworthy people, you'll have a better time.
- I'm incredibly lucky to have great family, great friends, and my health.