23 Things I’ve Learned in 23 Years

While you’re reading this, I’m off adventuring in Boston for the first time with Josh in celebration of our birthdays. Yesterday, I turned 23 (eek!) and I have to say that I’m happy with where I’m at with this age. Today, I want to share 23 things I’ve learned in 23 years with you. Make sure to share some important lessons you’ve learned over the years as well!

1| Do more of what makes you happy.

Why wait until you’re 30 to pursue your dream job? STOP WAITING. Go out and do all the things you want to do right now. I’ve realized that your passions are your calling and you should always pursue them. So go out and start doing what you love!

2| Love above all else.

Let’s be real, friends. Life is too darn short to waste it on hatred. Giving love even when you think that person may not deserve it is one of the strongest things you can do. When in doubt, let love win. Always choose love and always give love.

3| Don’t let social media fool you.

That girl took more than 40 selfies to get the right angle to post on Instagram. The lighting isn’t always perfect, and yes—everyone reuses their Starbucks cup for several Instagram photos because no one wants to spend $50 a week on coffee.

4| If you can’t get a miracle, be a miracle for someone else.

Simply remember the words.

5| Friday nights are different. And that’s okay.

Because there’s nothing better then spending a night in with good friends, some Disney songs and a lot of sushi. You don’t always need a night out to enjoy your time with people you care about.

6| Surround yourself with people who lift you up.

You deserve to be around people who love you and appreciate you. Don’t waste time on people who are negative and don’t bring anything positive to your life. You’re a product of your environment, so make sure you’re spending it with amazing people.

7| Savings are too important to ignore.

Girl, pay off your debt and start putting aside money every week and every month. You can’t pretend that savings aren’t important because they are. Set a budget, prioritize the necessities, and start saving money for your future house, travel, your business or anything else that is important to you.

8| Quality over quantity.

Now is the time to invest. Invest in one pair of high-quality shoes that you will love and use for the next 10 years. Invest in your skincare products, invest in good luggage, invest in a a good piece of jewelry you’ll wear every single day. But always remember quality over quantity.

9| You are enough.

You are enough. You are so enough it’s unbelievable how enough you are.

10| Take care of yourself.

Drink water. Get enough sleep. Keep your home clean. Make yourself healthy meals you truly enjoy. Make regular doctor’s appointments. Ask for help when you need it. Take time for yourself when you’re overwhelmed.

11| On that work/personal life “crisis.”

In the midst of what seems to be a disaster, ask yourself: will this matter in five years? The truth it, it might not even matter a year from now or a week from now. Take every “crisis” in stride and remember that this too, shall pass.

12| Minimalism matters.

Get rid of anything in your life that isn’t beautiful, useful or brings a sense of joy. You’ll be amazed what a difference this makes.

13| Forgive yourself & others.

Things happen and everyone makes mistakes. Forgive others if they have wronged you, but also remember to forgive yourself of your past mistakes, too.

14| Travel and explore.

The world is too large and beautiful to stay in one place. Spend money on adventures and traveling. Traveling is the only thing you can buy in life that will make you richer.

15| Spend time alone.

The most important relationship, and the relationship you’ll have for the longest is with yourself. Enjoy time alone and use it to learn and grow. Your future self will thank you.

16| Never stop learning.

You have a degree, but that doesn’t mean you should stop learning. Read as much as possible. Listen to podcasts. Watch documentaries. Listen when someone is speaking. Travel (See number 14). There are so many opportunities to learn in your lifetime.

17| Treat yourself.

Treat yourself to a hot bath with Lush products, or to a glass of wine, or your favorite dessert. Buy that Starbucks drink when you know you haven’t had it in months. You deserve it. Remember it’s the little things in life!

18| On working out.

Working out isn’t just about “looking” good. You should be spending time working out because it’s good for your mental, physical and emotional health. Work out because it’s a priority for your well-being. Find exercises you enjoy and do them regularly.

19| Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Don’t let that negative email from your boss or the evening traffic get to you. Life is too short to get worked up over things you can’t control. Remember this when something unexpected and frustrating comes along in your life.

20| It’s okay to not have it all figured out.

Of course, we want to be able to say we know exactly what we want and have our 5-year plan mapped out. This isn’t always realistic. It’s okay if you know where you want to be in 5 years. But if you don’t, that’s okay, too because plans change. It’s all about being able to roll with the punches.

21| Dress up. Show up. Never give up. 

If you’re having a rough day, dress up and spend a little extra time getting ready so you feel good. Put on an outfit you can rock all day. It will help with your productivity and happiness throughout even the most difficult Monday. I promise.

22| Learn when to say yes and no.

Say yes to adventures, new experiences and things that will bring you the most joy. Say no when you know you’re unable to fully commit to something and when you need a break. Learn when to say these two words, and you’ll always find balance in your life.

23| Be thankful.

Be thankful for every positive and negative experience in your life because it was either a blessing or a lesson. Regardless, it was able to help you grow! Express gratitude at every opportunity.

What are some life lessons you have learned over the years? Make sure to share them in the comments below!

 

 

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10 Goals Before I’m 23

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I turned 22 on Monday. I was thankful no one played Taylor Swift. Don’t get me wrong, I love her, but I hate how playing her song “22” has become a trend for people who are that age. It’s weird. I digress.

Anyway.

I wanted to try something new for my 22nd birthday. I wanted to create a list of goals and plans I have for this year of my life. I don’t think we should make goals once a year. I think we should always try to improves ourselves throughout the year, which is why I’m giving myself 10 goals I want to achieve by my 23rd birthday.

Next year, I’ll check my progress to see how I did. For the time being, here’s what I hope to accomplish in this year of my life.

Get Experience:

For those who don’t know, I will begin my first job on May 2nd. Although I am nervous about this new chapter, I want to take advantage of all the learning opportunities within my field. I am beyond blessed to have a job where I’ll be working in different facets of my field. So, I’m hoping to put my talents, learn, and gain as much experience as I can.

Make My Health A Priority:

Throughout 2015 and even now in 2016, health was put on the back burner. I hate saying that because I have always been passionate about health and fitness. Unfortunately, with the stress of other life commitments, this slowly crept further away from my life. I’m hoping this is the year where I make health my number one focus, and I can become a healthier, happier version of myself by 23.

Write Every Day:

Journaling is something I have always done. However, I want to ensure that I’m constantly writing each day. I have gone through phases where I write every single day for several months. Then I go through a phase where I don’t write at all. I want to be consist because writing has always been therapeutic for me. Whether it’s writing a gratitude journal, prayer journal or a regular journal, I want to focus on writing each day.

Learn To Cook:

So, I’m not going to say I’m a bad cook. I can do the basis: chicken, any variation of pasta, etc. But, I know there is so much to learn. Even though I’m young, I’m hoping this is something I can focus on now that I’ll be living with Josh. We move into our new place tomorrow, so now would be the best time to learn! It’ll be a new adventure for us, but I’m hoping I won’t give up and order out five nights a week.

Have Adventures:

Just because I am leaving my college days behind, I don’t want to be the type of person who gets up, goes to work, comes home, and goes to sleep. I still want to have spontaneous trips and adventures with Josh or my friends. I don’t want 22 to be the year where I become boring. I want to be adventurous and get the most out of life as possible.

Continue Blogging:

For awhile, I was considering ending my chapter of blogging. I thought between the new job, and learning how to live on my own—having a blog would be too much. I am known for taking on too much, but I promised to continue blogging as long as I don’t overdo it. If there ever comes a time where blogging is too much, I will take a step back when necessary, which brings me to my next goal:

Take More Breaks:

I feel like I never give myself a break. When I’m not 100 percent focused on school, working, or blogging, I am planning a new project. With social media and blogging, it can be hard to unplug and take those necessary breaks from the digital world. However, I have been practicing social media and blogging breaks for myself in order to rejuvenate.

Begin Writing A Book:

Did I say I’m always planning a new project? Well, this is one I’ve been considering for a long time. The idea of writing a book has always been a dream of mine, but this dream has been coming up A TON recently, so maybe this this the year where I begin making that dream a reality. I don’t know what will happen with this goal by my 23rd birthday, but I hope I will have good news to report.

Never Stop Learning:

I can’t fathom the idea of not being a student. I’ve been in school for 17 years. It has been the majority of my existence. Because I am a nerd at heart, and I love to learn, I want to make a goal or reading more, watching documentaries, and learning in any possible way. I think that learning is essential. If I’m not learning, I’m not living.

Be Kind To Myself:

Unfortunately, this is something I need to work on. Many 20-somethings struggle to be kind to themselves because we live in a world where we are constantly criticized. I am at the age where I need to accept myself for who I am, and focus on the person I want to be. Self-love is so important, and I hope I have a better relationship with myself by 23.

What goals do you have for yourself for this year of your life? Make sure to share them in the comments below!

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22 Things I Learned By 22

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Today is my 22nd birthday. Over the last year, I feel like I’ve learned so much about myself, what I am passionate about, and what I see in my future. Your early 20s are special because you’re developing more every single day. This year especially, I learned so many things in life. And I am glad I learned this advice at a young age.

In honor of my birthday, I thought I would share 22 little lessons I’ve learned by age 22. I am still working on some of these things in my personal life, but I feel that we are all constantly a “work in progress.” So, here’s some life wisdom I want to share with you.

1.Things will work out the way they’re supposed to.

2. Never strive to be someone else. Instead, become a better version of yourself.

3. You need to take care of yourself before you can help anyone else.

4. Dwelling on the past will not help you presently.

5. There’s always room for improvement.

6. Accept yourself and love yourself.

7. Make your health a priority.

8. If you don’t like something, change it.

9. If someone wants you in your life, they will make an effort to have you in their life.

10. If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.

11. Your passions aren’t silly. They are your calling.

12. Friends should never make you feel bad.

13. Learning is something you should never take for granted.

14. If you can’t get a miracle, be a miracle for someone else.

15. Don’t go to bed with makeup on. Don’t go to bed mad at someone.

16. When in doubt, make a list.

17. Always look at the big picture. Whatever is bothering you won’t matter in five years.

18. Don’t feel pressured to be perfect. Being your genuine self is perfect enough.

19. Breathe. This too, shall pass. Take life one day at a time.

20. You can’t plan for everything in life, and that’s perfectly okay.

21. Being present is so special. Practice it daily.

22. Give yourself a break. You’re doing the best you can.

I feel like this last year has taught me so much about the type of person I am, and the type of person I want to be. These lessons and pieces of advice have allowed me to grow as a person, and I hope you can learn something from this list as well!

What life lesson or piece of advice can you add to the list? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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