29 things I’ve learned in my 20’s

29 Things I've Learned In My Twenties

You guys – it’s my BIRTHDAYYY! The last birthday I’ll ever have in my 20’s 😳 And while this (near) decade of my life has seemed to last forever, each year has simultaneously seemed to fly by. I’ve grown a LOT, and gone through ups and downs just like you all probably have. During this decade I graduated college, moved out on my own, have worked at 4 different companies, moved in with my boyfriend, bought my first brand new car, bought a house, traveled to countless cities, attended over a dozen weddings, spent too much money at Nordstrom, interviewed some pretty cool people, had a segment on the news, started a blog, shut down that blog and started a new one, and so so so many other things which I’m eternally grateful for. With all the things I’ve experienced, I’ve definitely learned a thing or two. While there are absolutely more things I’ve learned, here are 29 of my favorites.

  1. Life has no set path. There is no right way or wrong way to make a living or live your life despite what society, your boss, or your parents might tell you.
  2. Trust the timing of your life. I catch myself thinking sometimes obsessing over age and thinking that I’m not where I thought I’d be at this point in my life (married, owning a house, with kids), but that my life is unique and I’m extremely happy with it (and I have the house!). Don’t worry about the numbers.
  3. Working out is great, but don’t workout because you hate your body. Workout to strengthen, love, and appreciate your body.
  4. It’s better to have a handful of amazing friends who you can call at any hour of the day, than a few dozen acquaintances. True friends are extremely rare and such a gift. Hold onto them.
  5. Your parents are human beings who are actually pretty cool (not to mention extremely selfless). Cherish them and thank them for everything they’ve done for you over the years.
  6. Say yes to the things that bring joy and value to your life, and say no to the things you don’t want to do (and don’t feel bad about it).
  7. Experiences are so much better than things. I would rather go to a concert or travel than get a new handbag.
  8. As difficult as it is sometimes, forgive and let go. Holding onto anger, grudges, and hostility only ends up hurting yourself.
  9. Be yourself unapologetically and don’t care what anyone else thinks. Love yourself unconditionally.
  10. Mentors are extremely important to your personal and professional. Be one and have one.
  11. Your mind is a powerful thing, and once your mind is made up you can literally do anything your heart desires. Work hard. Hussle. Take action. It’s possible.
  12. Living across the country from your friends is extremely difficult, especially when you’re used to living with them in the same city (or house). Be sure to nurture your friendships and put in the time and effort.
  13. Hangovers are 10000x worse when you’re in your late 20’s compared to your early 20’s.
  14. Saving money is one of smartest things you can do to set yourself up for success. Put together a budget and stick to it (I recommend the 50/30/20 rule).
  15. Don’t compare someone else’s highlight reel to your behind-the-scenes. Especially in this day and age of social media it’s so easy to, but know that everyone has bad days and is only choosing to show the most perfect, curated moments of their life.
  16. Celebrate everything.
  17. The best times are when you’re having so much fun that you forget to pick up your phone.
  18. Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks about you. One quote I’ve heard before is “You could be the juiciest peach there is, but there’s always going to be someone who doesn’t like peaches”. WORD.
  19. Time is the greatest gift (and the scariest one). Never take it for granted, and always tell those around you how much you love and care about them.
  20. Your brain can trick you into thinking false things: that you’re not good enough, that you’ll fail if you step outside your comfort zone, that taking a leap of faith off the “typical” path is dangerous. Don’t you dare allow yourself to have those thoughts.
  21. Always fly direct if there’s the option – it’s always worth it.
  22. Take care of your skin NOW. It’s never too early, and is always a good idea. Wear sunscreen daily, invest in an eye cream, and take off your makeup every.single.night.
  23. Everything happens for a reason, and I truly believe that. There have been so many situations I’ve been in (I didn’t get the job I applied for, the brand I wanted to collaborate with didn’t work out, even small things like leaving my house 5 minutes late) all turned out to be for the better.
  24. Laugher, and salt water are the best medicines. Nothing will make you feel better than laughing until you cry with your best friend, or just straight up crying with your two best friends (ben & jerry). The ocean, and a good sweat session also fall into the salt water categories.
  25. It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. This applies to a lot of aspects in life, including in emails, talking to your coworkers, when you’re in an argument with your significant other, when the sales person at the mall keeps hounding you….the list goes on and on. Watch your tone, and watch your body language. It speaks waaaaay louder than you think.
  26. Invest in yourself – whether it’s a conference you want to go to to better your business, a comfy pillow to help you sleep better, or a classic LBD you know you’ll wear over and over again.
  27. Know your worth. You are valuable, and sometimes that means not taking free jobs in exchange for “exposure”. Don’t feel bad about charging your worth.
  28. It’s never too late to change your mind or start over. Quit your job and pursue your true passion. Break up with your mean boyfriend (and delete his old texts from when he was nice – he’s not that person anymore). Move to a new city you’ve always wanted to live in. Believe in yourself, and put your own happiness first.
  29. Life is short. Eat dessert.
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