27 Things I Learned in 27 Years

I turned 27 this past Saturday. It doesn’t feel that way but it sure happened. Over the years I’ve learned a lot about myself. I continue to learn more each and every day. I’m proud of where I am right now and look forward to where I’m going. 

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness— it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” – Brené Brown

1. Do things that make you happy. 

Don’t settle for mediocrity. Do what makes you happy. we only have one life to live. It sounds cliche but believe it or not most people settle for what works.

2. It’s important to stay in touch.

You might move or just not spend as much time with someone. We all get busy. But if someone is taking the time out of their day to reach out to you. Respond back. Don’t be that person who’s “bad with their phone“. They care enough to stay in touch, you mean enough for them to reach out, or they may even be having a bad day and need to vent. 

3. Reading is the best way to escape.

I don’t think about anything else when I’m reading a book. I just appreciate any story as a whole.  getting to know the characters. Getting lost in their world. It distracts me from everything else. 

4. Stop comparing yourself. 

Everyone was made differently. You’re beautiful in your own way. No one should be telling you otherwise. Not even social media. It’s still okay to appreciate the beautiful people that are out there just know so are you. We are our own worst critics. 

5. Pick your tribe wisely. 

You’re who you surround yourself with. I never used to understand when my mom used to tell me this. But it is very true. I often found myself in the middle of a lot of drama back in middle school. As most of us do. It doesn’t have to be that way though. I’ve come to find you need a few people to call friends and they will bring out only the best in you. 

6. Don’t stop learning.

There’s so much out there to learn. You don’t have to stop once you’ve graduated. Do you want to learn another language? Do you know how to properly do laundry? You’ll never know at all. That’s okay. 

7. Be on time!

This is actually a pet peeve of mine. But I learned the hard way. I was on a dance team back in middle school. Late for practice, a couple of times and didn’t really think of it is that big of a deal. In all honesty, I felt betrayed at first. But I was letting my team down and was ultimately in the wrong. After that, suddenly been on time meant more and more to me. 

8. Selfcare is a must.

I think it’s good to do things for others. But we can get distracted and neglect ourselves. Make sure you’re drinking enough water. Treating yourself. Going to the doctor when you have things go wrong. 

9. Hard work will pay off.

I’m someone who doesn’t do well with our immediate results. You have to be patient. Give yourself credit where credit is due. 

10. It is okay to say “no.” 

It’s okay to say no to going out that night or not let someone borrow something you need. If you don’t want to do it you don’t have to.

11. Change isn’t always a bad time.

There were a lot of things I didn’t do because I didn’t like the risk. That’s Okay. But part of it was I wasn’t sure what would happen if I made the change. One particular time that I finally made the change I started to regret it. But over time, realized it was the best thing for me.

12. Don’t let doubt hold you back. 

It’s easy to quit. It’s not easy to push through but the results will be much more satisfying if you keep going.

13. Be authentic.

You won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Everybody’s different. That doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with you or that person. Be you. 

14. Rejection is inevitable.

It can apply to a lot of different things. A job. Relationship. Ultimately I feel it means life is redirecting you to where you should be. We learn so much from this in the end.

15. Follow your gut. 

That feeling is there for a reason. Take the time to listen. We will make a lot of decisions in our lifetime so let this feeling guide you.

16. Pick your battles.

Sometimes it isn’t worth wasting your time to argue. “Do not correct a fool, or he will hate you; correct a wise man, and he will appreciate you.” 

17. Say what you mean, mean what you say. 

Just as written. You shouldn’t say things out of anger, not more than you should sugarcoat something. Just about anything can be misinterpreted. This is also the expectations I set for others. 

18. Eat what you want. 

Don’t get me wrong I think you should take care of yourself. But if you want that pizza eat that pizza. 

19. Get out of your comfort zone.

There is potential for more growth than you realize.

20. Be smart with credit cards. 

They can quickly become a problem. It’s not free money. Don’t use it if you don’t have money, to begin with. It’s a credit-building tool.  

21. Travel. 

Vacations are meant to be taken. Make memories. I’m a strong believer in experiences over things. Don’t wait until you retire. There’s so much of the world to see! This is your sign to Buy. That. Plane. Ticket. Haha.

22. Give generously. 

One of my favorite things is to give gifts to my family/friends. A chance for me to show my appreciation and to see how they react.  it doesn’t have to be anything big of course but I always feel it should be meaningful.

23. Ignore negativity.

There’s no time for that. No need for it in your life. Negative people often only look to tear you down. Challenge them with a smile. Positive thoughts are powerful. 

24. Be spontaneous.

Some of the best things in life are unplanned. 

25. Don’t take your loved ones for granted.

You never know when will be the last time that you see them. Life can be too short.  

26. Follow your dreams.

You may not obtain it right away but it will happen. Reference #12. Don’t let doubt creep in. As a newer blogger, this is always something I wanted to do and I doing it. I may not be “big” but I enjoy spending my time working towards my goals.

27. Forgive yourself.

I’m still learning this one. But I feel like it will give you a sense of peace to practice this. We all make mistakes. We shouldn’t dwell on them only learn from them.

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