3 Things to Think About At 33 [GIVEAWAY]

November 6, 2015 / 60 Comments / Giveaway Closed, Giveaways, Personal

Hey guys! It’s my birthday!

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Yes, that’s right, today I am 33.

I know there isn’t anything big or special about 33, but I’m a birthday person, and every year I get older, I do think I gain a little more wisdom and a lot more perspective. So, if you’ll indulge me, here is a list of things I’ve thought about and learned in the past year.

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How Much I Value My Physical Well-Being

Look, I’m not saying I’m the healthiest person around, but having sprained my ankle and spent months healing it, only to have it strained again…I’m aware of my physical limitations more at 33. But I’m also aware of how grateful I am that nothing super-serious has touched my life thus far. I don’t take my health for granted anymore.

How I Continue to Discover Things To Learn From and Love

I’ve always been a feminist and someone who cares about women’s issues, but this year, I discovered just how much female empowerment and gender equality matter to me. It’s been surprising and illuminating uncovering my voice on women’s issues in young adult fiction.

How I Still Battle For Perspective, But I’m On the Winning Side Now

Sometimes I get really in my head and into negative cycles, but in the past few years, I’ve been recognizing those cycles a lot more. I’ve been able to say “okay, this is just a bad moment, a bad phase. It will pass.” I’m grateful that I have friends and family who allow me to have those moments and remind me that it’s okay to not be perfect or happy all the time.

Also, it’s been a huge relief to realize that that anxiety has stopped completely about my place in the bookish community – in fact, I feel like my blog and being part of the community has made me care a lot less what others think, and focus more on what I think and care about. So thank you for that, friends!


So. Because you all are awesome, every year, on my birthday, I like to spread the love toΒ my readers, who are with me through all of these milestones, bookish or not, big or small. This year I’m giving away any book that I have reviewed in the last year – so from November 2014 to today. There will be two winners – and yes, this contest is international!

Here is the full list of books you can win!

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60 responses to “3 Things to Think About At 33 [GIVEAWAY]

  1. Cali W.

    Thanks for the giveaway and happy birthday!!! πŸ™‚ Something that I have learned about myself is that I have more creativity in me than I thought. πŸ™‚

  2. Happy birthday! I’ve learnt that I can actually be a part of the blogging world, and that starting my own blog is an amazing thing. Thanks for the giveaway πŸ™‚

  3. The happiest of birthdays Tiff β™₯ I didn’t realize that we were so close to the same age (I’m 35) I definitely get more introspective around my birthdays and always try to be a better person each year. I love the lessons you’ve shared with us^^ I hope that you’ll have a wonderfully bookish WEEK and good luck to everyone entering the giveaway xx

  4. Sam

    Happy birthday!! Thanks for the giveaway!

    I don’t know if this counts, but this past year, I’ve learned exactly what I want to do with my life, and I’m working on achieving that goal, hopefully in the near future! πŸ™‚

  5. _Sandra_

    That I can do and achieve anything I set my mind on, just have to be persistent. Happy, happy, happy birthday, hoe it’s an amazing one!

  6. Happy Birthday, Tiff! Can’t wait to celebrate with you. πŸ™‚

    One thing that I’ve learned about myself is that I’m stronger than I’ve ever imagined I could be. Since I tend to show emotion rather easily, I was often made to feel like I was somehow weaker than other people by my Nana when I was growing up. Even though I haven’t believed that in a long time, this year has made any small inkling of me that held onto that story about who I am disappear.

  7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TIFF! Wishing you lots of love and joy on your birthday, and the many years to come <3 Let's see… In the past year, I've learned to simply define my own boundaries. I used to have a hard time saying no, or standing up for myself (in terms of what I liked/didn't like, what I enjoyed/didn't enjoy). But now? I've found it easier to stand up and be more confident in who I am, what I like and what I don't.

    • Thanks so much, Alexa. I still have a hard time saying no to stuff, so I’m really glad you’ve learned that. I feel like that shows in your blogging a lot – your reviews are so confident now! It’s refreshing to be so honest, right?

  8. Red

    Happy Birthday! I turned 33 in September and I have learned that I am a very patient person. I have also learned I don’t have the best memory, which is not a good thing. I hope your birthday is everything you hope it to be. Thank you so much for sharing the love with a fabulous giveaway.

  9. Sel

    Happy Birthday ayeeee! πŸ™‚ I did learn how to stand up for myself which is actually pretty amazing! πŸ™‚

  10. Nia

    One thing I’ve learnt about myself this year is how I should trust my instincts and myself first, because after all I know myself best, don’t I? Thank you for the generous chance and a happy birthday! πŸ˜€

  11. That is a lot of books! The one thing I have learned this year is that I really need to not take my health for granted. I’ve due to numerous illnesses (like pneumonia) I’ve broken my ribs and have been bed-ridden so many times (like right now) and it is frustrating and painful. I feel particularly bad for my three small daughters who are always worried about me now and afraid to touch me because they think I’m always broken. πŸ™ I’m really hoping that 2016 will be better health-wise.

    • Ugh, that’s so rough, Melanie. Thanks for sharing – I feel the same with my ankle. 2015 hasn’t been the best for me in terms of health either, but I really hope that your daughters will realize that they – and you – can get past this together. Crossing my fingers for 2016 to be better for both of us!

  12. Happy 33! I got there in July, and I have learned that I get tired early now. Like, 10PM, I am ready for bed! And I am more willing to listen and learn as I get older.

  13. Happy Birthday Tiff! This year I’ve learned to be more determined and to not underestimate myself. Confidence is key! Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Madalyn Hardwick

    Happy Birthday, Tiff! This year, I’ve been learning a lot about myself as a person, and specifically, I have been discovering and coming to terms with my sexuality. πŸ™‚

  15. Alyn

    Happy belated birthday! I learned something new about my body, but I don’t want to share anything specific about it. It’s not a topic everyone likes to discuss or even see.

    • Hi Alyn, thanks for your comment – I hope what you learned was positive and good and makes you feel good about yourself. If it doesn’t, I hope you keep on pushing to find a way to accept. All the best!

  16. One thing I’ve learned is that just because *some* people don’t see my full value/potential doesn’t mean that it’s nonexistent and to not dwell on the people that don’t fully appreciate you.

  17. Kayla Arnold

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve learned that I can handle my anxiety and stress really well if I change certain habits- and it made such a better year πŸ™‚

  18. Emma A

    Happy Birthday!!!
    I have learned that I need to get out of the house for a little bit every day, even just for a tiny amount of time.

  19. One thing I’ve learned this year is…I’m not as bad at adulting like I thought. I was one of those post-college adults who took a while to get back on her feet and be stable. I didn’t like admitting that I was 26 and still living at home. It took leaving a very toxic relationship it felt like I was making something of myself. In less than a year, I paid off nearly $2,000 of credit card debt, purchased my very own car (with an interest rate of 1.99% because I got my credit back to a better place), moved out of my mom’s house and into my very own apartment. OH! And I have a saving account again! What a relief. I feel like I’m accomplishing things again.

    • Oh my gosh! Congrats, Jackie on being an incredibly self-sufficient adult! These are incredible accomplishments! Just to let you know…it took me until I was 27-28 until I got a really decent job, and I’m still paying off college loans, so congrats on getting out of that relationship and being awesome. Thanks for your comment!

  20. Summer

    Happy Birthday! Over the last year I’ve learned that it’s up to me to be happy and not let other people’s attitudes bring me down, definitely something for me to focus on during the holiday season. Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Happy Birthday!

    I’ve learned so many things in the last year, one being that it’s important to know when you have to just say “no” and not spread yourself too thin in your commitments.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!


  22. Megan S.

    What a great giveaway!
    One thing I’ve learned about myself is that I really can do anything I set my mind to.

  23. Valentina B.

    Happy birthday! One thing I’ve learnt about myself this year is that I should be more confident. Thanks for the chance!

  24. Yun-A

    Happy Birthday!

    I think I’ve learned that you shouldn’t give up before really giving it your all, and that I can be wrong about a lot of things.

  25. Happy belated! I seriously love this post! It is so important to reflect on yourself and continue to learn and grow!

    The biggest thing I learned this year about myself is my ability to love which I am still learning about. This year has given me so many ups and downs, I’m still just trying to navigate through it all.

  26. Caitlin

    Something I’ve learned about myself this past year is that I’m not as devastated by failure as I thought I’d be.

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