THINGS I LEARNED THIS PAST YEAR OF MY LIFE (ON THE DAY OF MY BIRTH)

On your birthday each year, my love @kirasolveig will always ask this singular question: What did you learn this year? So this year, a list:
  1. 1.
    How to sell a book like a real fucking boss babe
  2. 2.
    How to negotiate
  3. 3.
    How to walk away, firmly and finally, from someone you loved deeply who treated you with disrespect
  4. 4.
    How to access the part of my brain and psychospiritual being that enters bliss mode via list-making
    πŸ™ @list @bjnovak @dev and all of you
  5. 5.
    How to use a real camera and tripod and trigger and timer and how to edit photos in Lightroom
  6. 6.
    How to lactoferment sauerkraut and then can it, like a pro
  7. 7.
    How to deal with heartbreak by smashing sets of wine glasses with a hammer in a completely safe and shard-proof manner
  8. 8.
    How to reconnect with one of my oldest friends because she had a baby and suddenly it's like we're both 13 again and dreaming of what life will be like when you're grown up, and even though she had a human baby and I'm having a book baby, we're both realizing dreams we've cherished as long as we can remember
  9. 9.
    How to calm down, just a little bit
  10. 10.
    How to eat meatballs and cheeseburgers and maple-candied bacon and duck confit and ribs and a bunch of other weird foods (they still seem weirder to me than tofu and spirulina)
  11. 11.
    How to let the people on my team really help me grow the businessβ€”still working on this
    πŸ™ @Lauriebuck
  12. 12.
    How to deal (and possibly thrive) on a 16-hour recipe video shoot
  13. 13.
    How to make doughnuts
    πŸ™ @alanakysar
  14. 14.
    How to transition virtual friends to IRL friend-love-fests
    πŸ™ @mollyyeh
  15. 15.
    How to date a priest (for a brief period of time only, no expertise here)
  16. 16.
    How to look imposter syndrome in its hella shady eyeballs and say fuck you
  17. 17.
    How to let myself feel like part of a family with my dad and his girlfriend without having that devalue my remembrance of my mother
  18. 18.
    How to have general anesthesia and outpatient surgery (related: how to take a selfie of what I at the time considered to be chic one-size-fits-all hospital underwear)
  19. 19.
    How to debug my hosting account from a malware attack
  20. 20.
    How to have an adult conversation with my dad
  21. 21.
    How to dive off the back of a speed boat (not moving, who do you take me for?!) into snow melt
  22. 22.
    How to ask for exactly what I want
    @Suzanne can vouch for this via the 27-item email I sent her listing the dessert things I would accept on my birthday (she nailed it, btw)