10 Things To Learn In Your 20s

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Your twenties are a beautiful time where you’re learning more about yourself each day. Yes, that sounds cheesy, but it’s true! This is a time in your life where you’re constantly growing and evolving into the person you wish to become.

I think it’s important to be aware in your 20s, which is why I’m sharing 10 things you should learn during this period of your life. Make sure to leave a comment below sharing what YOU think I should add to this list!

1| Learn where you came from

Family is everything. I think it’s important to find out where you come from and your family’s history. Are your parents first-generation citizens? What are some stories from your family’s past back in your home country? My dad’s side of the family has created a family tree book where they trace back our family history since the late 1800s in Italy. This was a 10-year project, and it’s something I hold onto dearly. Learning about your family’s culture is so important, so learn about the stories from your grandparents—you won’t regret it!

2| Learn how to master an interview

Point blank: you’re going to have a lot of interviews in your life for jobs, so you need to learn how to handle an interview properly. Learn what questions to ask, and what questions you shouldn’t ask. Learn how to wow your potential boss with answers that will blow him or her away. You want to know how to make a great first impression in an interview? Practice that handshake, and work on that elevator pitch (see 6 below). You will walk out of each interview confident but humble.

3| Learn when to say no

And when to say yes! The problem is that Millennials are having a difficult time saying no. We tend to take on too much, and we aren’t sure of our limits. As important as it is to say yes to golden opportunities, it’s equally important to learn when to say no and how to gracefully decline an opportunity that you simply don’t have time for. Learn that it’s okay to say no because you are only one person, and you can’t do it all. But that’s okay!

4| Learn how to be happy for others

It’s easy to get a [little] jealous of the girl who landed her her dream career in New York City, or the couple who got engaged before you. These moments can have you asking yourself: Am I not where I need to be? Should I be engaged? Should I make a career change? This leads to questioning your self worth, which isn’t necessary. Learn how to be happy for someone regardless of your current situation. Don’t feel the need to compare yourself either. We’re all going through life at our own pace.

5| Learn 10 solid dinner recipes

Because who isn’t searching “easy chicken recipes” on Pinterest every night? Don’t be the graduate who eats cereal and take-out for dinner every night. Learn a handful of recipes you can make quickly and easily while staying on a budget. I was always worried about making meals for myself, but I learned 10 or 12 recipes I love and I stick to those when I need to make dinner in a pinch. You’re taking care of yourself now, and it’s important you’re not eating PB&J every day. Follow the recipe, and learn from your mistakes if you don’t get it right the first time.

6| Learn your elevator pitch

“So tell me about yourself?” Ugh. It’s that dreaded question you hear at a networking event or an interview. It’s an opportunity where you can fall flat on your face if you don’t know about your goals and passions. An elevator pitch is a 30-second bit about you, your work, your passions, future aspirations, etc. What words you would use to describe who you are and what you’re passionate about? Find those words, recite them, and use that pitch when you meet someone professionally.

7| Learn how to be alone

I find that there are so many people who don’t know how to be alone with themselves. If they were told they couldn’t leave the house for two days, most people wouldn’t be able to handle it because they need to be around others. While I agree you shouldn’t cast off all your friends and family, it’s still beneficial to be content with your own company and to not be defined by other people. You learn so much about yourself when you spend time alone, so make the time to read, treat yourself to lunch, etc.

8| Learn how to take care of yourself

I feel like there are so many #adulting questions and problems that arise the minute you graduate. How do you change your license or address when you change states? How often do you need an oil change? And what can you bleach/not bleach in the wash? But really, there needs to be a Life 101 class prior to graduation about taxes, laundry, self care and everything in between. When in doubt, Google it, buy a book, or ask your mom and dad. I can’t tell you how often I’ve been calling my mom for cooking help. (Thanks, mom!)

9| Learn your passions

I know some many people can feel lost post-graduation, but all you need to do is ask yourself: What brings you joy? What makes you want to get up each morning? P.S. it’s okay if you have more than one passion! Write down all the things you love and make sure they are part of your routine and life. If you’re working at a job you hate, leave and find a job you love. If you love your job, you’ll never work a day in your life. If you love traveling, take time off to go see the world! If you want to become a author, start writing every single day. Find your bliss, and let your passion bloom in your 20s.

10| Learn about your relationship with yourself

I can’t stress this enough. Learn about yourself, and learn how to have a relationship with yourself. Your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have. If you’re hateful and negative toward yourself, that same energy will come from other relationships in your life. Learn to love yourself, and learn how to have a happy, positive relationship with yourself. If you don’t like something, accept where you are today and take the steps to change it tomorrow!

What tip is your favorite? What other tips would you add to this list? Make sure to share them in the comments below!

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  • Lindsay Katherine

    What a fabulous list!! I love #4 the most; I think it’s so easy to get caught up in envy when we should celebrate others’ happiness.

    • Thank you so much for your comment! And yes, I couldn’t agree more!

  • Ashley Stephenson

    Learning how to say no was the hardest for me. I used to always give in and would always book myself full and finally when I learned I can say no it benefited me a lot more because it gave me time to relax.

    • I felt the same way! Sometimes, I still do, but I do make steps to make sure I am saying no and do more to help myself and take care of myself

  • Candy Kage

    I made a family cookbook with all the kids favorites, they loved this gift and use it all the time.

  • Hard to pick a favorite because I agree with so many!! I think that learning about yourself helps you figure out how to be alone and what your passions are–everything goes together!

    • Exactly! I think that’s something to consider too–a lot of the things I talk about are intertwined!

  • so many great ones! Being 27, I’ve learned quite a few of these already, but definitely think I can explore a few of them a bit more 🙂 great post ♥

    • Thank you so much, Tianna! Always appreciate seeing you in my comments! 🙂

  • Yes to all of these!! I couldn’t agree more with dinner recipes and learning to say no– so important.

    • I think people don’t take the time to take care of themselves and focus on their needs, but it’s SO IMPORTANT! I’m happy to hear that you agree!

  • This is such a great list! Learning more about yourself and when to say no are huge!

    • These were two things that I’m happy to know how to do simply because I already see the benefits from them! Thanks, Rachel!

  • Jessica Hughes

    Such a great list! Some of us don’t learn these things until later in life, but they are oh so important for a happy life!

    • That’s so true. Whatever season you are in life, it’s never too late to learn more. Thanks for your comment, Jessica!

  • Truth! I’m still working on the whole cooking thing in general, haha!

    • Same! Since moving in with Josh, we haven’t ordered out once in over a month–so I am pretty happy about that! It’s all a work in progress! 🙂 Thanks for your comment, Summer!

  • Candy Kage

    Learn your elevator pitch makes me laugh, more people need to learn this.

    • I think it’s so important once you’re in the working world because you’re meeting people in your industry every single day. Of course you’re going to come across this questions. May as well have an answer down pat!

  • Theresa

    I love this list! As someone who recently turned a decade older, I can absolutely agree with the things you mentioned. Mastering an interview is especially important.

    • Thank you for your comment!I find that mastering an interview early in life is crucial for future job success!

  • These are all so important! Learning my elevator pitch has been so useful in both my personal and professional life.

    Nellwyn | http://www.thecardinalpress.com

    • I couldn’t agree more! It all boils down to telling people more about you, what you do and your passions in life! It’s important to know those things and how to explain them concisely. Thanks for your comment, Nellwyn!

  • I love this! These are all such important things, couldn’t agree more. I’m definitely learning to say no and definitelyyyy working on my “elevator pitch.” Something I still struggle with!

  • Ugh…the elevator pitch! I’m 29 and still need to get this down!

  • I just learned about elevator pitches the other day!! Working on mine now . . . Love this list!

  • Abby

    I love all of these! I think I’m doing alright with most of them, but my elevator pitch definitely needs work. I don’t plan to need one anytime, but I agree that it’s something people should have down.

  • nicole

    Such a great list and very true 🙂 Still need to master my 10 recipes!

  • Justine Y

    These are all great! I definitely agree that these are great things to learn earlier on in life, and too often people don’t learn these things at all! I think the interview thing is especially important these days, people ar so focused on their phones that they’re losing the ability to look at each other and have a face-to-face conversation!

  • Dia

    Great list I think one of the biggest for me I’m still struggling with (less than a month from 27) is saying no.

  • I love this post! This is relevant for everyone at any age but learned earlier on is awesome.