A lot can happen in twenty-four years. Like any girl in her twenties, life can be confusing at times for me. But I cannot allow myself to forget all that I have learned in my twenty-four years of life.
So, here is a list of twenty-four things I have learned in twenty-four years:
You cannot take life too seriously.
Seriously. It’s important to make life fun. Take a spontaneous trip, hike a mountain, eat too much sugar… just live!
Self-care is so important.
Remember: self-care looks different for everyone. Relax and take a bubble bath or get your heart rate up by going on a run.
Not everyone will like you, and that is okay.
Boundaries in relationships are key.
Never allow anything to happen if it doesn’t make you happy. Set your boundaries, share them with the person, and stick to them!
Fight for family, but know when it is important to walk away.
Family is important, but sometimes family is toxic for you. It’s important to understand when your family may be unhealthy for you.
Do not be afraid to be yourself.
Learn how to be alone and enjoy it.
Pet a dog or hold a baby any chance you get – I promise it will make your day better!
This is quite possibly one of the most important things I have learned (ha!). These two things are guaranteed to brighten your day.
Do not be afraid to try new things.
Stop waiting to do something. Just go for it.
There will be always be reasons not to do something. So, just go for it. Make it the right time.
Following Jesus is hard sometimes, but it is beyond worth it.
Never believe you are ‘stuck’. We are all capable of change and growth.
Your emotions are valid.
Even if there is no one around to tell you this, you are allowed to feel the way you feel.
Holding grudges are toxic for you.
Always find reasons to be thankful.
Celebrate your small successes.
Even if it doesn’t seem like much, celebrate it! Small successes are important. It may be small, but it is a vital step in something much larger.
Someone else’s opinion of you is none of your business (yep, stole this from the wonderful Rachel Hollis).
I mean, let’s be real… Rachel has offered some amazing advice! She has provided me with advice I have needed and I can truly say this is one huge thing that I have learned.
Communication is key.
People cannot read your mind. You have to tell people what is going on.
Television is great, but there is nothing quite like reading a good book. Follow me on Instagram to check out the books I have read/are currently reading.
Don’t let your dreams scare you.
We’ve all probably heard the phrase: “If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough”.
Never let anyone’s “no” stop you from doing something.
In regards to achieving a goal, such as writing a book or starting a blog. Obviously, the word “no” does have some important meaning behind it and should be listened to (i.e. in the case of coercion or behaving forcefully with another individual).
Surround yourself with people who are truly on your side.
Be true to who you are – don’t compromise your values.
Always be open to constructive criticism and feedback.
That’s all, folks! Those are the twenty-four things that I have learned in twenty-four years.