150 life lessons for my daughter

Being a mother is one of the most joyful experiences in life. I cannot even begin to express in words how much I am in love with my little girl. Olivia is the light of our life; God has blessed us with a baby that is more tender & mild, more silly & smart, and more beautiful & lovely than even our wildest dreams. 

The past 10 months of motherhood have taught me so much more than I could have ever imagined -- about life, about my daughter, and about myself. It has been a whirlwind of good days & hard days, laughter & memories, overwhelming happiness, overflowing emotions and most of all, gratitude. Gratitude that Olivia is who she is and that I am her Mama.

I wanted to write a list for Olivia filled with all the little and big life lessons that I believe are important for her to grow up knowing and to know as she lives out her life through every season. Some are silly and others are serious, but all are special to me in some way or another.

150 Life Lessons for My Daughter

1.     You are never too old to act like a kid again.
2.     Seek beauty in all things. 
3.     Find your identity in Christ.
4.     Give and love generously.
5.     Walk with your head held high.
6.     Crying is not a sign of weakness. And a good cry is great therapy.
7.     Never love anybody who treats you like you’re ordinary.
8.     Class is more important than popularity.
9.     Stand up for yourself.
10. Depend on Jesus for strength and joy.
11. Never be afraid to ask questions.
12. Start each day like it’s your birthday.
13. Sometimes, a bubble bath is all you need to set the world right again.
14. God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
15. You must love yourself before another person can love you.
16. In everything, give 100%, even when you could get by with less.
17. Nothing that happens to you is a surprise to God.
18.  If you can’t pour your whole heart into it, it is probably not worth doing.
19. If you can only have one beauty accessory, choose mascara. And splurge on it because it is always worth the investment.
20. Don’t be afraid to be bold and speak your mind. But have discernment when you do so.
21. Write letters to stay in touch even when technology allows you to connect instantly.
22. Embrace messy hair.
23. Do your best to cherish each season of your life, especially those that are challenging.
24. Exercise regularly to be strong and healthy; a beautiful soul needs a sturdy vessel.
25. Know that no matter what, people will let you down. Put your hope in God, not people.
26. Never go to bed wearing makeup. Wash your face every night.
27. Baking is the best cure for heartache.
28. Stand up for people who can’t defend themselves.
29. Travel and have adventures.
30. Never stop learning
31. Remember that sometimes you just need to take a nap and get over it.
32. Order dessert. It’s worth it.
33. If something is worth fighting for, fight fiercely. If it isn’t, let it go.
34. Stand on God’s Word above all human opinion.
35. Be independent.
36. Clothe yourself with strength and dignity.
37. Remember that you are a daughter of the King.
38. Stand up for what you believe in and don’t waver based on popular opinion.
39. Listen to your radio loudly and sing along.
40. In relationships, choose your battles.
41. Don’t ever go tanning.
42. Always look people in the eye when you’re talking to them.
43. When people talk to you, listen to them.
44. Don’t gossip. It doesn’t build others up.
45. Read lots of books.
46. Smile when it’s raining.
47. Before you speak, picture whatever it is that you want to say written in public with your name underneath it. Would you still want to say it?
48. Be playful and silly. Regularly.
49. If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.
50. Beauty is a state of mind, not a state of body.
51. Take responsibility for your actions and apologize when you are wrong.
52. Food should be a joy.
53. Home is not where we live, but who we love.
54. Marriage is an act of courage, commitment and sacrifice. It is designed to make you holy, rather than happy. And it is also the most fun you’ll ever have with your best friend.
55. Use conditioner.
56. You will reap what you sow.
57. A strong man is never threatened by a strong woman.
58. The only thing holding you back from making a difference in the world will be yourself.
59. Be wild at heart.
60. Hold yourself to a standard of grace, not perfection.
61. Girls need girlfriends more than guys need guy friends.
62. Challenge yourself.
63. Forgive them even if they are not sorry.
64. Learn at least one foreign language, and speak it for the rest of your life.
65. An ugly truth is always better than a pretty lie. Be honest.
66. Dress for your body, not your size.
67. Follow your heart; the heart knows.
68. Eat fresh and whole foods, straight from the earth.
69. People will remember the way you treated them. Value them and love them sincerely.
70. Organization will save you so much time and stress.
71. Things do not make life worth living. People do, so put people first.
72. Hugs are underrated. Hug longer and more often.
73. Be yourself. Don’t try to impress others. If they like you for who you are, you’ll know it.
74. Learn to enjoy your own company.
75. God has a plan for your life that he set into action before the world was created. When life feels like chaos, remember that God’s plan is always good, to give you hope and a future.
76. Open your mouth only if what you are going to say is more beautiful than silence.
77. Your heart might be broken once or twice, but there is life (and love) after a broken heart.
78. Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.
79. If you spend money once, you can’t spend it again.
80. Seek to be worth knowing, rather than well known.
81. Believe in miracles.
82. Be polite.
83. Happy girls are the prettiest girls.
84. Never chase love, affection or attention; if it isn’t freely given, it isn’t worth having.
85. Be kind to others. Even when they are unkind to you.
86. Sometimes there is no right answer.
87. Read Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. I read it on my honeymoon. I promise, you’ll love it.
88. Laugh often. And Laugh hard.
89. Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.
90. Don’t be afraid to try new things. And if you don’t like something the first time, try it again.
91. Forgive. Not for others, but for yourself. Holding on to something will only hurt you deeper.
92. Seek first the Kingdom of God.
93. Class is knowing what to say, when to say it, and when to stop.
94. You will become like the people you spend the most time with; choose your friends wisely.
95. If you don’t know something, ask someone who does know.
96. Treat yourself the way you would treat someone you love.
97. You’ll know when a relationship is right for you; it will enhance your life rather than complicate it.
98. If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.
99. Fresh flowers make any day brighter.
100. You can never be overdressed or overeducated.
101.  Each day is a new day.
102. Trust your instincts.
103. If you are your authentic self, you will have no competition.
104. There is a difference between inspiration and copying. We create because we are inspired. Find out what inspires you and create something all your own.
105. Find a healthy escape for the stresses of daily life that will help you recharge.
106.  Marriage isn’t easy. And it may be the hardest thing you do in life. But it is without a doubt worth it.
107. Comparison is the thief of joy. Instead of comparing yourself to others, be grateful for the life you live.
108.  Sleep in when you can. It is one of life's most simple pleasures.
109.  Always write Thank You cards.
110.  Patience is a virtue, albeit somtimes a difficult one to achieve.
111. There is power of life and death in the tongue; let your words speak life and truth.
112. Don’t wait for things to happen; make them happen.
113. Choose a career you love, not just one that you can tolerate or that pays well.
114.  Jealousy is not worth your time or emotions.
115. You will never influence the world while trying to be like it.
116.  Find something to be grateful for every single day.
117.  Never cheat. On exams, in games or sports, and especially not on people.
118.  Learn to love cooking if you can. If you can’t, find a few simple dishes that you can prepare well and enjoy.
119.  Read the bible every day.
120. Never reply when you are angry; never make a promise when you are happy and never make a decision when you are sad.
121. Be curious, not judgmental.
122. Wear red lipstick because you can.
123. Anyone can hold a grudge, but it takes a person of character to forgive.
124. No prayer is too big or too small; pray boldly and fervently.
125.  Slow down. Don’t live your life in a rush.
126. Chivalry is not dead. Marry a gentleman.
127. Love is a choice.
128. The grass is greener where you water it.
129.  Learn and practice empathy.
130.  Bloom where you are planted.
131. No one has ever become poor by giving.
132. Take risks.
133. Do not aim to please people; aim to please God.
134.  Learn to adjust and adapt; flexibility in life will get you far.
135. Never settle.
136. Be present where you are.
137. Pursue more than just the things you are good at. While your talents will come through, attempt something you might not immediately excel at because you might uncover a skill or strength you didn’t know you had.
138. Discipline in your mind; extravagance in your heart. Be practical but don’t ever forget to take the time to dream.
139. The measure of your goodness is not the amount of love you receive; it is the quality of love you give to others.
140. If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough.
141. If you are going to be late, call or send notice. But always try to be on time.
142. If you love someone, tell them. And tell them often. 
143. The thing about makeup is that you want to look like you aren't wearing any.
144. You will lose some things and you will find some things. Some will be trivial, some will be substantial. Try your best to always make peace with it.
145. Do not allow your education to separate you from doing what you love.
146. If something tragic happens to someone you love, make sure not to ignore them just because you don't know what to say. Be there to listen and offer support.
147. You will always learn more by talking less.
148. No matter what is in front of you, walk toward it with confidence.
149. Remember that to me, you are the most beautiful soul, the most precious gem, I have ever laid eyes on.
150. I will love you forever. Even when I am gone, I will always be with you.

>> If you are inspired to create your own list of Life Lessons, please do not copy mine without giving credit. 
I spent many hours working on this list and would appreciate your recognition. Thank you. <<

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