26 lessons learned in 26 years:
1. If the jeans fit perfectly in the store, they won't fit after you wash them twice.
2. The taste of wine and beer will grow on you.
3. Write thank you notes.
4. Don't curate other people's tastes.
5. Be unrelenting in your desires.
6. Most of the ideas in Martha Stewart Living are too difficult or too expensive to be worthwhile.
7. Sometimes you have to eat nails for breakfast.
8. Don't talk about politics at the Thanksgiving dinner table.
9. When on vacation, don't eat at chain restaurants that are located in your hometown.
10. Ironing is not a high priority.
11. People who talk non-stop about their million great ideas rarely implement any of them.
12. Don't take your best serving platter to a potluck. Or your best pillows to a hotel.
13. Friends don't have to be only in your age group. My favorite friends range from 18 to 80.
14. People just want to be heard. Listen. Or pretend to listen anyway.
15. You can survive without a television or a cell phone. Seriously.
16. It can all get worse. It can all get better.
17. Sometimes the minority is right.
18. There is no catching up on the laundry. Ever.
19. School loans are totally worth it.
20. Buy your expensive items at Costco. They will take anything back.
21. Embrace worthy traditions.
22. Eat dinner at the table with your family.
23. Wear your seatbelt.
24. Feed your cat.
25. Marry someone who can edit your posts.
26. All you need is love. And some Coldstone ice cream on occasion.