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  1. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta
    June 30, 2014

    Lovely. Not sure which is my favorite or what I would add, except I agree with Jasper. Old is like 100.
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  2. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
    June 30, 2014

    Those are some great lessons. Not being able to control everything… it’s a tough lesson to learn, but SO valuable. Happy, happy birthday!!!
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  3. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    June 30, 2014

    Happy Birthday friend! So many important lessons. I found myself nodding in agreement with all especially 14, 17, 22(OMG yes!), 23,24…I could go on and on!
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  4. Allie
    June 30, 2014

    Happy Birthday my friend!!! I’m right up there with you and I will turn 40 next year. I love your son’s response to that and I love your list. No coffee, no workee for SURE and I also need to work on my listening skills. I’m actively trying to not think about what I have to say when someone else is talking, and instead just listen.
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  5. Megan
    June 30, 2014

    loved all this advice! awesome post! Happy Birthday! Also your son is right, 100 is old! I remember when I was a kind I thought being 10 was old, then when I turned 21, then again when I turned 30. When I look back now, I have achieved so much more than 10 yr old me would have thought I could – none of what I thought I needed or wanted but still so much! 23, 24, 25 are so apt for me! X
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  6. Alison
    June 30, 2014

    What a great list, Christine. You are wise beyond your young years!
    Have a Happy Happy Birthday!
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  7. misszippy
    June 30, 2014

    Happy birthday! Boy have you spent 38 years becoming wise. I wouldn’t add a thing to this wonderful list. PS: I think you should submit this somewhere or somewheres. : )
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  8. CARLA
    June 30, 2014

    45 on the 18
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  9. Amanda @runtothefinish
    June 30, 2014

    yes, yes, yes more of 37. I feel like that is what i’m focused on above all else… i should probably add in yoga every damn day too, but for now it’s running :)
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  10. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    June 30, 2014

    Happy birthday beautiful woman! Love these lessons :)
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  11. Brittany@ Delights and Delectables
    June 30, 2014

    Very, very good lessons! Happy Birthday girl!!
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  12. Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama
    June 30, 2014

    Happy Birthday!! So many great life lessons from your 38 years. LOVE #1, 11, 14, 29, and 32. Heck, I love ‘em all! Here’s to many more adventures and learnings over the next 38 years (and beyond!).
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  13. Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family
    June 30, 2014

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I can relate to these on SO many levels!
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  14. lindsay Cotter
    June 30, 2014

    i love them all! especially 31! which is how old i will be next month. hmmm, maybe that’s a sign? Happy bday friend!
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  15. Tara Newman
    June 30, 2014

    Happy Birthday and YES to all of them. So true. This is one of those posts that need to be read as a daily reminder to keep in touch with what really matters.
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  16. Pamela Hernandez
    June 30, 2014

    Happy Birthday to a fellow Cancer! My 39th birthday is Monday and this is just what I needed to hear. Thank you!
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  17. Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb
    June 30, 2014

    I absolutely love this. Hope you have the best birthday!
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  18. Dare You To
    June 30, 2014

    Happy birthday, Christine!!!! #s 2, 7, 31, and 35 I’ve come to understand. #s 10 and 19, I’m finally starting to practice, and WOW #17 struck me. You’re so right.

    Really insightful advice – I will take these 38 lessons with me! Thank you
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  19. MCM Mama
    June 30, 2014

    Happy Birthday! Great list! And Jasper is right, we aren’t old yet (says someone looking at you from the other side of 40…)
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  20. carrie@familyfitnessfood.com
    June 30, 2014

    14 and 17!!!! Especially 14.

    Happy Birthday. Loved this. Truly.
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  21. Robin
    June 30, 2014

    Happy Birthday!! You’re still a youngin’ :) Have a great day.
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  22. Betsy
    June 30, 2014

    Great list! Happy Birthday!
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  23. jan
    June 30, 2014

    Aww, sweet boy! Happy birthday!! Love your list of lessons.
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  24. Heather (Where’s the Beach)
    June 30, 2014

    Happy Birthday. I love these lessons learned. I don’t know why it’s taken me so darn long to realize I can’t control everything either. Stubborn ;-)

    • Christine Yu
      June 30, 2014

      Recognizing that I can’t control everything is very different from accepting that I can’t :-)
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  25. Cynthia @ You Signed Up For WHAT?!
    June 30, 2014

    Love these – thanks for sharing what you’ve learned. I got reflective at 40 last year – I should write down my life lessons in a journal for my kids. :)
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  26. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast
    June 30, 2014

    Yes to all of these!! Well, except maybe the yoga every day… not so good at that one. :) Happy, happy birthday!!
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  27. Ilene
    June 30, 2014

    I don’t even know how to comment on this amazing wisdom above except to say that you are one wise 38 year old. I love this list – from yoga every damn day to learning to breathe to letting go of ego and the list goes on and on and on. Although I personally think it’s granola that cures all and not pie. Sorry. I had to.

    I love you – so glad you are a friend – and happy birthday! xxxxooooo

    • Christine Yu
      June 30, 2014

      YOUR granola sure does cure all! Love you and your granola and your friendship.
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  28. Tina Muir
    June 30, 2014

    So many great tips, I am not sure where to start…so instead I will start with what I should have said HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISTINE! Hope you have a wonderful day, filled with lots of love and happiness! Now I am off to use that foam roller and softball….thanks….but not thanks for reminding me :P ouchie!
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  29. Ari @ Ari’s Menu
    June 30, 2014

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I don’t know if you have any idea how much impact your life has, but I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, when I grow up, I want to be just like you. You are so inspirational to me always through your words and your giant, kind heart. So I just wanted to say, I’m so freaking glad you were born and I can’t wait til the day we get to play in real life! xoxo
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  30. Jody – Fit at 56
    June 30, 2014

    HAPPY BDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this & the quotes!!!!!
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  31. Coach Jess
    June 30, 2014

    I can I tell you how much I love this post?! I’ve been 38 for 6 (!) months now, and it’s the first time the number my age represents has made me truly feel like a grown-up. Happiest of birthdays to you! Thank you for writing and sharing your thoughts!
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  32. Tamara
    June 30, 2014

    I love #2. I love #14!
    I’m all about learning to breathe fully too. And I’m realizing that the first step is the hardest.
    I think I’d add that to truly meet with a new friend, you need to go out for NYC pizza with them.
    True story.
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  33. Devon
    June 30, 2014

    Happiest of birthdays Christine! I love Jasper’s comment. I will have to remember that on my next birthday. This is my favorite of your points, although I think they all have value… “One of the greatest gifts to give someone is the gift of being heard. Listen. Truly listen to people in your life.” So true.
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  34. Kim
    June 30, 2014

    Huge Happy Birthday wishes coming your way!! I hope your day has been awesome!!!
    And, I’m thinking that I might have to start drinking coffee – that might be my problem these days:)
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  35. Coco
    June 30, 2014

    Just when I’m getting all teary-eyed I get to #37. Thanks for the laughs. And the lessons. And the friendship.
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  36. Katie
    June 30, 2014

    oh man! I love all these but really love 24, 29 and 31. AMEN!

    Happy Birthday Christine! You are beautiful person and I hope you enjoyed your day and were able to be a little silly!
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  37. tracy@sellabitmum
    July 1, 2014

    LOVE all of these so much! Happy Happy Birthday!
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  38. Kindal @ LiftingRevolution
    July 1, 2014

    Great post and happy happy birthday! No coffee, no workie… my fav! Hope its a great birthday, cheers to 38!
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  39. Jolene
    July 1, 2014

    I ADORE This list and laughed, smiled or nodded to every single one! no coffee no workee cracked me up!! 17, 23, 31, 33 and ALL of them really, YES!!!
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  40. Jenni Chiu @ MommyNaniBooboo
    July 2, 2014

    Happiest of birthdays to you!
    The last one is my favorite…
    and holy moly, I’m still trying to LEARN most of these lessons.
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