This weekend something special happened… I turned 27!
And to celebrate that, I decided to come up with a list of 27 things I have learned over the past 27 years of my existence.
- Life is hard. I learned this lesson earlier in life than I would have liked, but my teenage years were certainly an eye-opener to how difficult life can be. I like to think that life’s hardships have made me a stronger person.
- A positive attitude changes everything. Because life is so hard, it’s important to face your challenges head on with a smile on your face. We only get one life. Let’s live it up!
- If you want something, go get it. You’re not going to be handed your dreams on a silver platter. You need to be willing to crawl through the mud and go get it yourself.
- Live below your means. When I first got out of college and lived by myself for the first time, I got a trash dump of a place for just $550 per month. At that time, I could have afforded a more expensive place for myself, but I chose to live below my means so I could work hard on paying off my student loans.
- Friends will come and go. Life happens and people grow apart. We change, we develop, we grow. If a friendship ends up fading away because of that, then that’s okay.
- Be with someone who is willing to protect you, provide for you, and profess his love for you. These things may be simple, but they are important and should not be overlooked when looking for a partner.
- If you are the smartest person in the room, get out. There is always someone smarter. Go find those smarter people and make conversation.
- Your opinion is not the only one that matters. Listen to other people’s opinions and take them into consideration.
- Buy timeless pieces of clothing. Have a few little black dresses, some pencil skirts, dress pants, and solid color tops to ensure that you look styled but not tacky. Don’t go with the immediate trends when it comes to fashion.
- Make family a priority. I try to call my mom, dad, and brother regularly. Usually I call them during my lunch break at work and chat with them for about 20 minutes. It’s super important to make sure your family is a priority. They’ll be there for you when things get rough!
- Get a hobby. Whatever that hobby may be for you, just make sure you have something you’re doing outside of your day job.
- Be kind to yourself. If you were as harsh to your friends as you are harsh to yourself, would that be acceptable? Treat yourself with love and compassion.
- You can walk away. Bullies and abusers are not just in grade school. They will appear in all walks of life. But remember no matter what, you don’t have to sit there and take it. You can simply walk away from the harmful situation.
- Respect yourself. Never lower your standards for someone else.
- Forgive but never forget.
- Don’t be afraid of change. Picking your life up, moving to a new city, and making new friends can be scary. But I promise you, change is good! Change happens, so embrace it.
- Not everyone is going to like you. To this day, I have trouble accepting this. I try really hard to be a pleasant person to everyone, but at the end of the day there will be some people that just don’t like you. Try to brush it off as best you can.
- Learn to love yourself. Accept your flaws and move forward with your life. If you’re unhappy with who you are as a person, then change. At the end of the day, you need to love the person looking back at you in your mirror.
- Make your health a priority. If you love yourself, then make sure to take good care of yourself. Workout, eat right, and be healthy!
- Take care of your skin. Wash your face, put sunscreen/moisturizer on, and stay in the shade!
- Do not procrastinate. Seriously.
- Volunteer. Try to get outside of yourself and do something for others. I volunteer for Girls on the Run of the Triangle and help out with their marketing efforts. If you’re not sure what to do to volunteer, check this out.
- Do not act in anger. If you have an argument with someone, it’s totally okay to say, “Look. I’m really upset right now and I just need an hour to process. Give me an hour and then we can talk.” Then go for a quick walk, meditate, or just do something that will calm your mind. Never say something you will regret or do anything in anger.
- Listen to podcasts to and from work. I like to listen to The Dave Ramsey Show and Amy Porterfield.
- Read the news. I look at different sources to try and get as much information as possible. When I don’t have time, I have The Skimm come straight to my inbox.
- Make a monthly budget and stick to it! You’ll save so much money.
- Learn how to take a compliment. Smile, say thank you, and let the compliment happen.
What are some things you have learned over the years?