33 Things I Have Learned


  1. The internet is the best toy ever.
  2. You don’t need to live the story other people wrote for you.
  3. When it comes to screws: lefty loosey, righty tighty.
  4. You might never feel like a grown up.
  5. My form tutor was right; I am a feminist. You probably are too.
  6. Feminism is a concern for people of all genders. Anyone who tries to tell you anything different or that it’s not needed is mistaken, stupid or both.
  7. The effort of making something yourself is always worth it (even if the results don’t measure up to your imagination).
  8. You’ll have more fun if you stop worrying about what you look like.
  9. Success is more than personal achievement and gain. I think to be truly successful you need to reach out and help other people reach their goals.
  10. If you find something you like to wear which fits well buy a second, it will be worth it.
  11. We are not so different. We may be separated by generations or location but the more I read of people’s lives the more I recognise my own feelings, hopes and fears.
  12. Kindness is a strength. It is so much harder to always be kind then I ever anticipated and kindness in itself lends strength to others. Being kind is worth it every time.
  13. Separate but different is a fraud.
  14. Worrying about what everybody else is doing bigger/better/faster/more of leads to nothing but compare and despair.
  15. Never trust someone who tries to tell you what to think.
  16. Stopping to smell roses is a good thing to do.
  17. There isn’t much which doesn’t feel better after a good long laugh with your friends.
  18. There isn’t much which can’t be solved by asking Twitter.
  19. There isn’t much you can’t clean with bicarbonate of soda.
  20. The worth of a woman is so much more than her appearance and sexual attractiveness.
  21. The mantra: this too shall pass is one to remember.
  22. If it’s not a HELL YES it’s a no.
  23. Self praise is no recommendation.
  24. There is nothing like working for yourself both in terms of fear and reward.
  25. You can be the things you dreamed of as a child.
  26. Except maybe a ballerina, you really aren’t cut out for that.
  27. The right thing to do isn’t always the easy thing to do.
  28. Kitchens were made for dancing.
  29. Once you have children that heart of yours will be forever wide open and all the beauty and kindness in the world will make you cry. Frequently.
  30. The stories of our lives are a beating heart of belonging. Tell the stories, savour them and pass them on.
  31. Sooner or later everything you learn comes in handy.
  32. Some people say that you only regret the things you didn’t do. I say to them that they clearly never owned a lilac shell suit.
  33. There is nothing like the last minute for getting things done. All the minutes that come before it are for surfing the internet.

And ALWAYS credit your sources. This was inspired by Ian Martin’s 60 thoughts about turning 60; some things I have learned in the last 33 years.

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  • Reply Abby @ juicytots May 14, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    So guessing it could be your birthday? I know you get all cagey about the actual date, so Happy Birthday to you for your birthday which I know is in May but have never been able to actually pin down! Some wise words in this list indeed & a lot that resonate with me too. Just wish I’d realised a lot of this a long long time ago! Kindness is something we could all show a bit more of and the world would be a nicer place. Best of all it doesn’t cost anything :) xx

  • Reply Rachael May 14, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Ah, that made me laugh. Particularly the ‘hell yes’ (I try to apply that principle when buying clothes) and the last one. Very appropriate for today *sigh*.

  • Reply @nikidol May 14, 2013 at 3:22 pm

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  • Reply Emma Bradshaw May 14, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    I love this post Kat – the best thing I’ve read all year!
    I have been thinking a lot recently about number 9 – the most successful people I know are the most generous.
    I am however most concerned about number 32 – you owned a lilac shell suit!!???****
    Emma x x

  • Reply Super Kat (@thatkat) May 14, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Latest at Housewife: 33 Things I Have Learned – http://t.co/0HCY9pajkl

  • Reply Sarah May 14, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I like number 12, it’s harder work to be kind.

  • Reply Mumfirstdoctorsecond May 14, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Love it!! Especially the “hell yes” one :)

  • Reply Muddling Along May 14, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Particularly like no 22 – happy birthday

  • Reply Super Kat (@thatkat) May 14, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Wow, my 33 things post has gone viral. http://t.co/j21oSeSNpF Well, it had 100 views and nearly 10 comments, that’s the same thing, right?

  • Reply Mariale May 14, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Hehehe, I just saw your comment about viral… I love your 33 things, so true!!. An if it is your birthday, Happy birthday!!! Have a great one!!

  • Reply victoria (mrs_scruff) May 14, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    pearls of wisdom, my good friend, pearls of wisdom

  • Reply Pippa Melanie Pain May 14, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Number 4! Thanks for letting me know! I thought it was just me! haha

  • Reply Sandy Calico May 14, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    It deserves to go viral. Happy Birthday you wise wise woman.

  • Reply Robyn Wilson-Owen (@robynwilsonowen) May 14, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    I live by number 33, I often wish I didn’t when it’s 3am and I’m still working, but I’m learning to accept that’s just the way I roll!

  • Reply michelletwinmum May 14, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    I really love this post, It is fabulous and I am feeling inspired to do something similar, with credit of course! mich x

  • Reply @mygorgeousboys May 14, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Love this… 33 Things I Have Learned | Housewife Confidential http://t.co/XLDQWYIO5n

  • Reply @MTJAM May 14, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    “@thatkat: Latest at Housewife: 33 Things I Have Learned – http://t.co/qxLg2OpdCb” beautiful

  • Reply Looking for blue sky May 14, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Absolutely fab – it should be a picture too :)

  • Reply becky@babybudgeting.co.uk May 14, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Very true!

  • Reply @Daresie May 14, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Such a big fan of this lady RT @thatkat: Latest at Housewife: 33 Things I Have Learned – http://t.co/bjIWfpUyM9

  • Reply Lianne May 15, 2013 at 9:56 am

    and I would like to add to nr29 that, since I have children, all the sadness in the world makes me cry too…love the post Kat, thanks! XX

  • Reply The Pippa & Ike Show (@ThePippaIkeShow) May 15, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Read this lovely blogpost by Kat, (and do follow her): 33 Things I Have Learned http://t.co/46bUPRFlYV

  • Reply Lou @ Littlegreenshed May 15, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Love this Kat! And I agree with most of them… kindness I think is underrated, and the only way to live your life. x

  • Reply Surprised Zoe May 15, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Love it, happy Birthday fabulous, smiley beautiful lady. xx

  • Reply nic@nipitinthebud.co.uk May 15, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I love this, especially number 12. Kindness is so underrated but research has shown that doing little acts of kindness not only cheers your soul but also of those on the receiving end and even the casual observer. It reminded me of a quote, by the Buddha I think, about stopping to think before we speak, to ask ourselves .. ”is it true? is it kind? is it helpful?”. And you’ve also reminded me that I blogged about kindness once upon a time because it means so much to me http://nipitinthebud.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/k-is-for/

  • Reply TheMadHouse May 15, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I love this. In fact I resemble most of this. Will have to pay homage on my birthday!

  • Reply Eve May 15, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Love this. Inspirational yet again. Happy Birthday!

  • Reply Lorna at Knits for Life May 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Wow, I feel like I know you–a complete stranger–after reading this. Happy birthday! You’ve inspired me to make a list next year. :-*

  • Reply Kelly May 15, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Love this Kat. Great post, some will definitely stick with me. And yes, I too owned a Lilac Shell suit. *hangs head in shame*

    P.S. I am totally stealing this idea for my birthday. It is in a few months so I am sure you won’t notice ;)

  • Reply Carla & Bekka (@sistersguild) May 16, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    @AThriftyMrsUK loved this @thatkat ‘s fab list .. http://t.co/WwLHBgVw4O

  • Reply Mrs Fox May 20, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Lovely, number 17 is so true and 29 just beautiful.

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