I always see these lists people have written with the number of things they learned by a certain birthday and I always really enjoy reading them, so I decided to create one for myself. It also is a good thing to look back on if I ever need a reminder of how far I’ve come.
- It’s okay to pack up and move across the ocean to try and find yourself. It’s also okay to come back home, too.
- It’s not easy coming back from living in another country for an extended period of time. It always feel like you’ve changed more than everyone back home.
- Friends from high school may seem to drift apart, but friendships can be restarted over a cup of coffee or a walk.
- Adopting a rescue pet is so rewarding. It can be tough at first, but you both have a secret bond and know that really you saved each other.
- It’s okay to change your plans, over and over. No need to stick to your 1 year, 5 year, 10 year plan if the end goal no longer serves you.
- You don’t have to have life all put together by a certain age. I find this one is sometimes hard to not get caught up in with friends buying apartments, getting married, having kids.. It’s not a race.
- The food you eat impacts your whole body. Good digestion is SO important. Pay attention to how you feel after a meal. Bloated? Sluggish? Gassy?
- You really don’t appreciate your good health until you’re not at your 100% best.
- Saying NO is okay. Leave the job you hate, keep your days off for yourself, don’t go to the party you don’t want to attend. The world will go on if you take time for yourself.
- Relationships take equal effort on both sides. It is very exhausting being the only one seeming to make an effort and it is totally okay to cut those ties.
- Mini Vacations are much needed. Even if its just a regular weekend and a hotel stay in the city, they are very refreshing.
- Make time for your hobbies. I have a lot of creative projects always on the go. This blog, Etsy, baking, crochet, sewing, gardening.. it’s very important to make time for them and stay connected to who I am.
- You can rebuild yourself into anyone you want to be. It’s never too late to change careers, go back to school.. etc.
- Podcasts are the best. If you find a good educational one, it’s a great way to learn new things without all the studying. I love Ologies by Alie Ward. I saves some offline on Spotify to listen to while I’m on my way to and from work and I have yet to listen to one I don’t like. Another good one is Beautiful Anonymous by Chris Gethard. People will call in anonymously and talk about whatever they’d like to talk about for upto 1hour. Another really good one, some funny, some sad, some happy.
- Music is super therapeutic. Nothing is better than blasting a playlist that fits your mood. You can find me current favourites here.
- Sometimes emotions get the best of you and that’s okay. Cry if you have to, but make sure you get back up and fix your tiara/tie/hat.
- Self care comes in many forms, but it is just as important. It could be anything from running, journaling, painting, a bubble bath, watching your favourite movie, painting your nails, baking. Pretty much anything, just whatever makes you relaxed and feel yourself.
- Astrology is super rad. I have the co-star app and love my daily notification. Some are super accurate to how my day is going and others just make me think.
- Some days will be a total write off and that’s okay. You know those ones where you wake up and everything just seems to go sideways? Those are the ones where I often crawl back into bed with a cup of tea, watch a show on Netflix and then ‘start my day over’.
- Wake up earlier and go to bed earlier. I know your twenties are supposed to be for partying and the “fun times”, but I really enjoy a good sleep and I find my day goes a lot smoother when I wake up early enough to ease into the morning.
- Writing down your goals for the day really help with productivity. This goes in hand with my previous comment of getting up a little earlier, but I find it makes a huge difference if I write out my goals for the day. Even if my goals are simply to write a grocery list or do the dishes. I like using these Moleskine journals to write out my lists.
- Make your bed!! I always heard that making your bed sets the tone for the day and although it hasn’t always been something I did, once I started making my bed regularly, I realized how nice it is to come home after a long day to a made up bed.
- Stick to your values/beliefs. Of course, your opinions change over time and thats okay to change with them, just do your own research and educate yourself on the topics you are interested in. I had my eyes opened to the dairy/meat industry, from friends and through doing my own research and now I have made the switch to veganism.
- Make peace with your past or it haunts you forever. It sucks to get heartbroken, be a child of divorce, realize you dated the toxic person for too long, but it’s better to make peace with it (when you’re ready) than it is to let it dwell in your mind forever. Carrying around emotional pain can often present itself in other symptoms like muscle aches, clenching your jaw, etc.
- Interpret your dreams. Maybe I’m just weird, but I absolutely love looking into my dreams. Sometimes they don’t really make sense, but a lot of the time I find they end up pretty relevant to my life at that moment. Even if the dream itself was random, it can be as a result of another subconscious thought that hasn’t presented itself yet.
- Lastly, just be yourself. Do whatever makes you happy at the end of the day. Cut your hair, live with 10 dogs, dance in your pyjamas and drink wine often, listen to Christmas music year round, say no to the events you don’t want to attend, eat chips in bed.. do whatever you have to to make yourself happy, because after all; we spend the most time with ourself.
I hope you enjoy this list and let me know in the comments below if you want me to do more for the next year!
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