Hello, all! And welcome to my weekly blog post. As some of you may have known, I turned 25 a few weeks ago, and it’s been pretty great so far. My mom made this collage to share with the Facebook world on my birthday that I wanted to share with all of you…wasn’t I cute? Look at my little red overalls!
I do feel “older.” The last day of 24 and the first day of 25 felt like a ginormous age shift. I’m not longer a “young twentysomething.” I’m one year closer to a “thirtysomething!” I need to slow down.
Birthdays are often a time of reflection for me. From one year to the next, how far have I grown? What have I accomplished? While New Year’s feels like too much of a cliche to reflect in that way, my birthday feels uniquely special to me. And this year, with the whole having-a-blog thing, I wanted to reflect here. Twenty-five lessons I’ve learned in my 25 years.
- It’s okay to love yourself. In fact, I would strongly encourage it.
- Ramen is not a proper substitute for a meal.
- Other people’s opinions of you really don’t matter. Really. Your own opinion of yourself is more important.
- Growth only occurs under constant and consistent supports. Know your support systems.
- Heartbreak is temporary, but the lessons you take away are lifelong.
- Love does win.
- Jumping on the bed won’t hurt anybody (unless you fall off or twist your ankle).
- Your body will thank you for eating your yucky green vegetables.
- Karma can be a jerk or a blessing. It all depends on what you put into the Universe and how you treat others.
- All feelings are valid, but you need logical examples to support your claims.
- Parents can be equal parts annoying and loving, but in the end, they will always be there to love and support you.
- Friends are just as important as family.
- Be intentional in your work, your relationships, and your purpose.
- The biggest sign of positive growth is resistance. Don’t give up.
- It’s okay to give up.
- Failure isn’t the experience to fear.
- Every experience is either a positive experience, or a personal growth opportunity.
- There is no “right” way to live your life.
- Your life is defined by you.
- “Hold your friends close, and enemies closer” is garbage. Hold your friends as tight as possible, and let go of any negative energy in your life.
- Grown-up birthdays aren’t always celebrated on your day of birth. It doesn’t mean people love you any less.
- Look for opportunities, and take them.
- Take a risk in taking risks.
- Move forward, while also looking back (yes, it’s possible).
- It’s all going to be okay. I promise.