Today’s post is birthday post! I feel like this a post that every blogger has done, so sorry not sorry. I’ve even posting this on a different day! Today is my 25th birthday and I cannot believe I am 25, WTF! So in honor of my 25th birthday, I am sharing with you 25 life lessons I’ve learned in the first quarter of my life. Am I currently going through a quarter life crisis? Always. Here’s what I’ve learned:
- When living on your own, always keep baking/cooking essentials (flour, eggs, mixing bowls, cookie sheets and etc.). I’ve grown up baking and cooking and I found that whenever I used to get homesick at college/uni, I baked. Whenever it rains, I bake. It’s just a little piece of home that made me feel safe and sound.
2. Know your undertones. For all my beauty lovers, be sure to know if you have a neutral, pink or yellow undertone. I promise this will make finding foundation and concealer much easier. It also helps when it comes to lipstick and other products.
3. Volunteer, when I was in college I was in Alpha Phi Omega which is a community service based greek organization. There’s nothing quite like giving back to different communities and helping others. Some of my favorite memories from AphiO were my brothers and I ( since it’s technically a fraternity) cleaning up poop on a horse farm. I know it doesn’t sound glamorous but that’s how I bonded with so many of my brothers.
4. As great as it is to have a squad, all you really need is 2-3 close friends. Some of you may not understand this now but I promise, it makes a difference. I learned the hard way.
5. Find your cause/Issue. I never got into politics before the 2016 election and I’ve come to realize how important it is to have a cause to work towards. My two main issues are: Women’s Rights and Environmental/ Sustainability. Let me know what yours are in the comments below.
6. Drink a lot of water and buy a reusable water bottle. I cannot stress staying hydrated enough. If water bores you, check out these ideas.
7. A good cup of tea can fix almost anything. Here’s my favorite cuppa.
8. If tea doesn’t help, making lists will. I am obsessed with making lists. It helps me remain organized, calm and it’s fun for me. If you having a hard time making a decision try making a pros and cons list will totally help! Sometimes it’s better to physically write something then type it up.
9. Exercise is important and I love to be lazy. Something as simple as going on a walk with your pet can make all the difference.
10. You do not need to drink or party in college/uni to have a good time. There are plenty of other things you can be doing. My friends and I had baking nights and movie nights. Some of my best memories come from those nights.
11. Go to the movie theater. It gives you the perfect opportunity to unplug from your phone and focus on someone else/something else’s problems/life for an hour or two. Go for a matinee (tickets sometimes are half-priced).
12. Having a significant other is a great addition to your life but it’s not necessary. You are a strong, independent person wether or not you’re in a relationship. You do not need a bae to complete you.
13. Travel whenever you can, even if it’s too a neighboring town. It will refresh your mind and it’s fun.
14. Pay for an experience over an item. It will be a great story to tell, plus an experience never gathers dust. This is something I’ve learned from my Irish friend pictured in the photo below. This is us when we took a long weekend in Ireland!
15. Going out alone, doesn’t make you a loser. I love to explore museums on my own because then I don’t have to wait for anyone else to catch up or to slow down. Eating alone is nice as well because you get seated a lot quicker.
16. Do not neglect self-care even if it’s a five minute meditation, take the time to do it. Find your method of self-care, I prefer to do an excessive skincare routine.
17. Be open and take advantage of every opportunity you are given.
18. Self-love is so important, don’t let anyone make you feel bad about how you look. Another thing easier said then done. I may not be your typical idea of fit but I can lift 400lbs with my legs, and although I may not have abs, my belly is full of delicious food. P.S. I promise I didn’t eat everything in the photo below, I shared.
19. Getting over a loss is super hard, it never gets easier. I lost all my pets within a month of each other and I’ve lost both of my grandfathers around the same time frame. My uncle was murdered during 9/11. Do I still cry about their deaths, you bet. Has it made me stronger? Yes. Do I still think about them all the time? Also Yes.
20. Be Nice. Kindness will get you further than anything else. Do not forget to be kind, wether it be thanking someone for holding open the door for you or it’s thanking an interviewer. (P.S. PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO SEND A THANK YOU NOTE TO AN INTERVIEWER. IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE)
21. Do not neglect to send follow-ups when looking for a job. Follow-ups will get you far. Here’s why writing a follow-up is important.
22. Find a pair of comfortable sneakers/trainers. They will take you far and they will also protect your feet.
23. Save your change. Create a change jar. Eventually once the jar is filled, cash it in and voilà, you’re $50 richer. Use that change to treat yourself!
24. Always carry lip balm.
25. Adopt a pet or find an animal you connect too. I know not everyone loves a pet, but you can always sponsor an animal through websites like World Wildlife Fund. Adopting both of my pets has totally changed my life. Roxie is my best friend and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What is an important lesson that you’ve learned? Also don’t forget to tell me your cause!