Thirty-One Things: Attitude for Gratitude

Hi guys! It's my birthday! Not a national holiday yet but oh...someday it will be. Just you wait. 

I'm thirty-one today. 31! What a funny sounding number. Everyone puts so much emphasis on 30, the big three-oh, that anything beyond that sounds like, fake. And kind old too. No longer am I 30 I'm "in my 30's"...yiiiiiiiiiikes. 

Whatever. Beyonce is 34 and she still slays it on a daily basis and Helen Mirren is SEVENTY and looks better in a bikini than I did when I ever have or will so there's hope for us all. Age is but a number, right?


On past birthdays I've laid out some big goals for the year to come. At 29 I listed 30 Things to do Before 30...and achieved 6.5. Nailed it. And 30, I vowed, would be the year I stopped being so hard on myself. That's, um, a work in progress. As my current mindset is all about slowing down, being present and relishing the moment, I've decided to forgo making any goals or proclamations about the future and instead express gratitude and thankfulness for just a few things that make Liz-at-31 a pretty great place to be. 


birthday sunflowers at thirty one
  1. The Bri-Guy (Did you really expect anything else to come in at numero uno?!)

  2. My Schmoops and my siblings and my whole big, crazy family

  3. THE GOOSE!! So cute, she gets her own bullet.

  4. Buffalo wings

  5. Buffalo mozzarella

  6. My friends. Near and far. Old and new. (And I’ll know who my true friends are by who comments on this post!) (I kid, I kid.) (Or do I?!)

  7. Parenthetical asides

  8. Hulu Plus

  9. Old Navy

  10. My overall health. If I’ve learned one thing in my 30th year, it is that good health is never to be taken for granted.

  11. My legs, for being strong enough to be my main source of transportation and, with some hard work, for being able to run far and fast. (And for the kind genetics which allow these stems to look damn good in shorts.)

  12. Wine

  13. Prospect Park

  14. A career that (generally!) inspires me, challenges me, excites me...and gives me access to free books, and generous management who not only allow but encourage us to travel, create and build an identity outside of the workplace

  15. The Toast

  16. Fresh flowers

  17. Eggs. The perfect food!

  18. Scented candles

  19. Access to clean drinking water

  20. Public transportation (most of the time!)

  21. Brian’s right buttcheek. Brian’s left buttcheek. (To be read in the voice of Hugh Grant from Love Actually.)

  22. Love Actually

  23. Gel manicures

  24. Social media, for allowing me to stalk so, so, SO MANY people

  25. Independent booksellers

  26. Trader Joe and his delightful food emporium

  27. Maintenance workers and line cooks and subway conductors and janitors and all of the people working harder than I’ll ever work, oft unacknowledged, to allow me to live this nice life I live.

  28. Taylor Swift

  29. Condiments and sauces of all varieties

  30. Feminism

  31. This little corner of the internet where I write my silly thoughts and all of the beautiful people who take the time to check in and hopefully laugh and keep my ego afloat. Aka: YOU. Thank you for being here, you’re the best!

xo Liz Hott