25 Things I’ve Learned in 25 Years

In honor of my 25th birthday that passed a couple of weeks ago, I figured why not start back blogging with a funky, cool list of 25 things I’ve learned in my quarter of a century here on earth.

25 Things

  1. It is seriously okay that you are not where you thought you would be when you pictured your future at 10 years old.  Marriage, babies, dream job, and dream home will come when the good Lord knows you can handle it.
  2. Never, ever, ever let a boy make you feel unworthy.  God has the perfect man waiting for you.  You do not deserve to be someone’s second choice.
  3. Read all the books while you still can.  And do it because you enjoy it!
  4. You want that cute purse you saw online or those shoes you think you just have to have?  Wait 30 days.  If you still want it, #treatyoself.  Do not immediately buy anything without careful consideration and research.  Except groceries.  And toilet paper.
  5. Go easy on the alcohol, or cut back entirely.  I have been alcohol-free for almost a year and it is one of the best decisions I have ever made.  Mostly because I have to because of my medication, but still… Try it!
  6. It is okay to admit defeat when it comes to your mental health.  You can only put up a front for so long.  It is not healthy and there are plenty of people who will support you.
  7. Make a playlist for every mood you think you might have… super happy, down in the dumps, something that gets the creative juices going, ANYTHING!  I have found making random mood playlists in Spotify really helps me get out of my funk, or gets me to buckle down and get work done.
  8. You want to cut off over twelve inches of hair and donate it?  Do it!  You will feel empowered, but I will warn you – the short hair do will be a love-hate relationship.  And another word of advice – do your research of the organization you wish to donate your hair beforehand. 😉
  9. It is possible to have a Pinterest worthy home on a budget.  Shop garage sales and Goodwill.  Also give Hobby Lobby and TJ Maxx/Marshall’s a try when they’re having a sale.
  10. There is more to life than sitting on social media all day.  I usually delete my social media apps every few weeks and go as “social media-less” as I can when I am at home.
  11. Skip the soda.  Swap it for water.  ‘Nough said.
  12. Stope comparing your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 20.
  13. Cherish all of the time you can with your loved ones – family, friends, pets – because life is too precious.
  14. Never settle less than what you know you deserve and have earned.
  15. With that said, work hard for what you have and want to have.  Then work even harder for it.  You are not entitled to anything in this world.  Best believe you need to do your part.
  16. Get rid of all of the negativity in your life – friends, job, the kitchen trash you have been meaning to take out for two days – just throw it out, walk away, and delete it.  You are so much better off.
  17. Take the time to find your best 5 minute, 10 minute, and 30 minute beauty routine.  The 5 minute looks are usually my best anyways. 😉
  18. Always tell people thank you and that you appreciate them and what they have done for you.
  19. No matter how many times you tell your boyfriend to clean up after himself, he’ll still do it in his own time and wish he did it earlier.  Stop stressing about it. (I am still working on this life lesson… ugh.)
  20. Take plenty of pictures.  Not necessarily of yourself, but hey, no judgement.  You do you, boo.
  21. Pay off your credit card charges as soon as they post, but don’t stretch yourself thin.  You can thank me for your improved credit score later. 😉
  22. Do not ever dumb yourself down for a boy.  If he does not like you for your brains, move on.  Ain’t nobody got time for that.  You don’t bust your butt in school for nothing.
  23. Rescue an animal.  It is the best decision you will ever make in your life.
  24. Never be afraid to take a stand, even when it’s scary and you’re not sure of the outcome.
  25. Never stop learning and stay educated.  This does not necessarily mean go back to school.  Pick up a new hobby, read more books, learn more about one of your interests.  Just keep growing that noggin’ of yours.

I cannot wait for the next 25 things I learn over the next 25 years!  What are some of your favorite life lessons you have learned in your time here on earth?

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