28 Things I Know For Sure at 28

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this whole “where did the time go?” thing is really hitting me hard. i can’t believe i’m 28. that means some of my tattoos are 10. years. old.Β i’m not one of those people who freaks out about aging because if we are aging, that means we are living. it’s the quick passing of time that is making me crazy.

thanks for all the birthday wishes and love via texts/blog/facebook/email/cards/etc. i feel so loved and thankful to have quality people in my world!

it was recently helene’s 28 birthday too (yay january birthdays!) and she did a fantastic post so i’m launching off hers! i still have lots of questions and search for many answers but there are a few things i know for sure at 28…

What I Know For Sure at 28

  1. the more you experience in the world, the more questions you will have
  2. sometimes you just need to split a pizza, a bottle of wine and call it a night
  3. i’m 100% sure i’m lactose intolerant
  4. quality purses and quality shoes are worth the splurge every now and then
  5. however much i thought i loved my husband when i was 20, has been magnified and felt deeper 8 years later and hopefully the pattern will continue
  6. i will probably always have some level of anxiety but there are things that can make it better (and way worse)
  7. that feeling right before you have a belly laugh is one of the best feelings in the world
  8. it’s true, a handful of close friends are way better than a ton of mediocre ones
  9. if you work hard enough, stay focused and be authentic, you can accomplish anything.Β 
  10. beans are still disgusting and i hate them
  11. family is incredibly important. soak up all the time you can with them
  12. there is mental health benefit to booking a trip in advance and looking forward to it
  13. i am introverted and crowds of people do not make me happy
  14. spending time in nature does powerful things for the soul
  15. you can’t give what you don’t have, so (truly) love yourself first
  16. the change of direction in life/career/relationship/goal is terrifying but just existing to exist isn’t living
  17. all of the terrible scenarios in my head are worse than what actually happens
  18. down time and fun are just as important as working hard and hustlin’
  19. cookies and donuts are better than most cakes
  20. a good hug and back scratch can soothe a lot
  21. relationships are complex, must be made a priority, and so very worth it
  22. jeans and t-shirts still win over dresses
  23. curly hair is sexy hair
  24. most everyone has differently sized boobs (it’s true)
  25. snail mail is the best
  26. you don’t have to dye your hair when it turns grey
  27. exercise is more about mental health than physical health
  28. loving that much deeper, taking that trip and eating that cookie are always worth it

what do you know for sure at your age?


  1. Emma Lincoln

    January 26, 2015 at 8:48 am

    So much agree about booking a trip beforehand…and quality shoes! And curly hair! Thanks for sharing Chelsea πŸ™‚
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  2. Kim

    January 26, 2015 at 9:16 am

    We are way more alike than I ever put together. Cheers to a fellow introverted, shoe and purse lover, believer that cookies and donuts are better than cake, anxious, exerciser! πŸ™‚

    • chelsea

      January 26, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      really, kim?? love hearing that i’m not alone in some of my weirdness/introversion/cookie addiction/anxiety fighter and exerciser! goooo team! thanks for your comment πŸ™‚
      chelsea recently posted…28 Things I Know For Sure at 28

  3. Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties

    January 26, 2015 at 10:56 am

    “I am 100% sure I am lactose intolerant” bahaha I love how that comes right after the pizza. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHELSEA!!! hope you had an awesome weekend with your mom! πŸ™‚
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    • chelsea

      January 26, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      haaaa it’s true i can’t deny it anymore, ashley (dannnng it)! thanks for the birthday wishes and i had a BLAST with my mama!!!

  4. Elizabeth T

    January 26, 2015 at 11:11 am

    So many of these make me feel like I’m reading something I wrote myself! Happy Birthday, Chelsea!
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    • chelsea

      January 26, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      wooohooo! i knew that’s why we get along, elizabeth! thanks for the birthday wishes πŸ™‚ it’s been a good one!

  5. Paula Howley

    January 26, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    You are the bomb.
    Happy Birthday. πŸ™‚
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  6. Lindsay Ropella

    January 26, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    lol you don’t like beans? Like, all beans or just certain kinds? πŸ˜‰ This was great though, I could relate to so many of these, even though I’m just a few years behind you! πŸ˜‰ Happy Birthday girlie!
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    • chelsea

      January 26, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      ohhh it’s ALLLLL beans, lindsay! no thank you…i don’t even really like jelly beans (although i’m mainly referring to pinto/black/refried/kidney/etc). thanks for the happy birthday!

  7. Patrice

    January 26, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Great post! Happy birthday! You made my heart sing and it feels amazing. Thank you for sharing what you know for sure at 28…

    • chelsea

      January 26, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      thanks patrice! i feel like i can hear your heart singing from here πŸ™‚ it was refreshing to list out some of the things i know for sure during this time in my life!

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  9. Amanda Wood

    January 28, 2015 at 11:28 am

    YES to all of these, especially #17
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    • chelsea

      January 28, 2015 at 7:10 pm

      for. the. real. why are they so so bad in our heads though?!

  10. Rebecca

    January 28, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    I hope you had the best birthday ever. I love this list so much. #2 and #4 are lessons I’ve learned as well πŸ™‚
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    • chelsea

      January 28, 2015 at 7:12 pm

      i really did! it was a fantastic birthday and glad you’ve learned these important lessons too rebecca πŸ™‚

  11. Kayla Hollatz

    February 15, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    I loved this post, Chelsea! My favorite was definitely about splitting pizza and having some wine but for me, it would be more like having the whole pizza and bottle of wine. Woo hoo!

    • chelsea

      February 15, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      thanks for reading, kayla! mmmmmm pizza….mmmmm wine….now that’s all i’m craving!

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