37 Things I’ve Learned

It’s my birthday.  Whoo.  I’m thirty-flipping-seven years old today.  A good friend of mine from primary school turned 37 last Friday and when I wished her Happy Birthday she replied with “We’re nearly 40 now!“.  No.  No we’re not.  Wash your mouth out love.

Except we kind of are.

40 is not that far away now.

I don’t mind I suppose.  Getting older doesn’t bother me in that I’m really content with where my life is and the things I’ve achieved.  I think what does bother me is the speed at which time is slipping away.  The birthdays come round quicker every year.

In honour of my 37th birthday I’m sharing with you 37 things I’ve learned during my time on the earth:

  1. Buy cheap, buy twice
  2. You can only spend it once
  3. You will end up turning into your parents (and that’s not a bad thing)
  4. I’m not good at being drunk
  5. Hangovers aren’t worth it
  6. I can’t use fake tan
  7. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
  8. Don’t waste your time on one-sided friendships
  9. Mushrooms are the work of the devil
  10. Manners cost nothing
  11. Being nice will get you a long way in life
  12. Sarcasm might be the lowest form of wit but it makes me laugh
  13. Your skin will age faster than you think
  14. Take the time to stay in touch with people who matter
  15. There’s ‘a rat’ in separate – I spelt it wrong for years!
  16. Always protect your “No Claims Discount”
  17. Washing dried on the line is the nicest thing ever
  18. Learning to touch-type is a ridiculously useful skill
  19. Tooth ache sucks
  20. People can’t spell Colette
  21. You can’t beat live music
  22. Comparison is the thief of all joy
  23. Building work always takes longer than you think
  24. There’s more to life than teaching
  25. Google is your friend
  26. You will miss your perky boobs when they’re gone!
  27. I love recording our memories
  28. Honesty is the best policy
  29. Diet coke isn’t a good substitute for water
  30. Wine is horrible
  31. Gin isn’t
  32. Good lipstick is worth spending money on
  33. How to get blu-tac out of hair
  34. Slugs are impossible to get rid of if they decide to live in your house
  35. Taking time for yourself isn’t selfish, it’s necessary
  36. The internet and procrastination are the best of friends
  37. Having kids was the making of me

I am sure I have learned plenty more over the course of my lifetime – most of which I’ve forgotten already – but these are the ones that spring to mind this morning.  Here’s to another 37 years of learning . . .



  1. March 24, 2017 / 7:48 am

    Happy birthday love! Loved this list! Mushrooms hahahaha. Wine is definitely horrible! And you reminded me of my slug problem- I only discovered it while having to get up in the middle of the night to make bottles for Lils. Found the source – getting in via waste pipe in kitchen. Expanding foam for the win hahaha!! x

  2. March 24, 2017 / 10:27 am

    Happy birthday! I would never have guessed your age. I was convinced you were younger than me. I turn 35 tomorrow. 40 feels a lot closer!

    • Colette
      March 24, 2017 / 1:59 pm

      You are my new best friend!

  3. March 24, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    Happy Birthday! I’m 37 and I wish people would stop saying I am nearly 40. Eesh!
    hehehe! This is a fab list. I am a mushroom and wine lover though.
    I hope you’ve had a fab day xxx

  4. March 26, 2017 / 8:57 am

    I loved this post – you have learnt so many GREAT things. I will be coming back here when my kids get blutac in their hair. It’s a when not an if! x

  5. March 28, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    I love this and it is remarkably similar to the 40 things I learned in my 30’s post I did 3 years ago – 3 YEARS AGO!

  6. March 28, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    Loved this and I have learnt that over 40 hangovers are even worse – seriously I don’t understand it but it is definitely true!

  7. April 1, 2017 / 9:31 am

    Belated happy birthday lovely. I hit that “big” milestone later on this year. Love this. A lot of lovely things you have learned x

  8. April 1, 2017 / 4:42 pm

    I’m a whole week late but Happy Birthday!!! I’m one of those weird people that doesn’t like the smell of clothes from the line. But excellent list 🙂

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