I feel as though this is a pretty typical post you see for big milestone birthdays. I wanted to put a bit of a spin on it and let you guys into how my last 24 years have shaped and molded me into what’s about to be one of the best years of my life! I have a lot to look forward to this 25th year, so it’s been extremely refreshing to look back and reflect on how far I’ve already come.
In the past 24 years, I have graduated college; technically not high school- long story, gotten a big girl job, moved states, have lived overseas, gotten a dog, purchased a house, started a blog, and have gotten engaged!
Then there are the struggles. I have lost those that I have loved, I have left a job, I have had major surgery, been rejected, had my heartbroken, and have struggled with myself.
Good or bad, I’m so grateful I opened my eyes on my 25th birthday, ready to take on another year. So without further a-do, let’s jump into it!
- Self-love and self- awareness is a journey. You get better and better at it, but it doesn’t happen overnight.
- Self-confidence does not equal self-love. I said it. I find myself still battling my confidence in other places in my life other than the love of myself.
- Some people just don’t love, respect, and/or support you as you do for them. That’s okay. Recognize it, evaluate the relationship you have with them and figure out whether it’s a healthy relationship to keep in your life.
- Emotions are not a weakness. Learn to communicate your emotions, but understand that being “more emotional” doesn’t make your emotions less valid.
- As you grow, some people will always see you for the person you were. Those people are probably not in your life anymore…you know who you are. You don’t need to prove you’ve grown. Your actions will speak for you.
- TREASURE YOUR ALONE TIME. Being comfortable being alone only makes you stronger when you’re with others. It keeps you balanced.
- Just do it. Life is too short. If you want to travel, find a way. Want to start a new hobby, try it.
- Spend time on what brings you joy.
- De-clutter your life and refocus on people, goals, dreams, and versions of yourself you want to work on. Anything that doesn’t serve that purpose, let go.
- Fail, fail again, and then try again until you succeed. Success comes from failure. The failure to try does not bring you success.
- Let your mom continue to teach you…especially when you think you can sew, but can’t.
- There’s not one way to do something. Honestly, don’t get stuck in your ways and realize everyone has their way of doing something.
- Everyone falls on the dance floor at least once in their life and everyone dances on a table at some point or another.
- Everyone has something to contribute and something to teach you. Listen up!
- Just because you’re right does not make you smart. Be smart and know when to be right.
- Stop pacing your life to those around you. Do things in your own time.
- Dear college, you were the best and worst.
- Family isn’t always a title given to those that are blood related.
- TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN. Skincare before makeup 100%.
- Making friends as an adult is so much harder.
- Take time and truly learn to have a healthy relationship with money. Financial independence is where real adulthood kicks in.
- In general, take care of yourself. Seriously, go to your annuals and don’t skip the dentist; although I’m not a fan. Just take care of your body.
- Get off your phone, be present.
- Your life isn’t over when you make a mistake. You’re alive right? Okay then, clean slate, keep living.
- Seriously- call out people commenting on someone’s body. It’s not cool. You don’t know someone’s story so zip the lips.
Bonus 26- Drink the beer, eat Chick-fil-A, and just be content with the fact that all your clothes will always be covered in dog hair.
Well that’s all folks. What would you tell your younger self? Let me know!
As always, thank you for stopping by.