A Quarter Century

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Can you believe it’s already March?! That means Spring and warm weather are right around the corner. It also means my birthday is coming up in a week and this year is a big one – 25 (if you didn’t already guess).  On March 8th I will have been on this Earth for 25 years. That’s 9,132 days! A lot of things have happened in my life and the world since I was born. I’ve had so many experiences there’re too many to count but I thought I would make a list of 25 things I’ve learned.  Even if you’re already 25+ I hope my list may help you learn something new.

25 Lessons from my 25 Years of Life

  1. Don’t always try to please everyone. It’s okay to focus on what you want sometimes.
  2. Every day is one day closer to when you are going to die (morbid but a fact) so stop waiting to do the things you want to do or saying you will “start on Monday.”  The reality is there may not be another Monday so start living your dreams now!
  3. There will always be SOMEONE who doesn’t agree with the choices you make so STOP CARING about what others think and just do your own thing.
  4. Find a hobby that relaxes you and make time to do it regularly.
  5. Don’t feel guilty about eating the donut (or the ice-cream, cookie, whatever).  Like I already reminded you of before, we are all going to die one day so indulge if you want to but don’t make it an unhealthy habit.
  6. On the flip side of that: make time to exercise regularly.  I’m not saying you have to go run on the treadmill, find something you enjoy to be active! Not only is it healthy but it releases stress (remember – exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy and happy people just don’t shot their husbands – Elle Woods).
  7. Read self-development books.  People may make fun of these but they help you learn and grow.  One I read was 7 Strategies for Wealth and Happiness  by Jim Rohn, it was short but had some great life tips.  A few others that I would like to read are: No Excuses by Brian Tracy, #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso, and The Power of I Am by Joel Osteen.
  8. Take care of yourself: use sunscreen, drink plenty of water (half your weight in ounces), and get enough sleep (8 hours).
  9. Start using an anti-wrinkle cream on your face (I’m not kidding! It’s recommended you start in your early 20’s). This is the one I use!
  10. Write down your goals and put the list somewhere you can see it daily.  Be specific! This makes them more attainable and real.
  11. Spend money on experiences instead of things.
  12. Everyone has struggles and bad days. No one is perfect so don’t compare yourself to what everyone posts on social media.
  13. See as much of the world as you can.  Even if that means going to explore a neighbouring town.
  14. School/grades are not everything so don’t forget to have fun.  I’m not saying to go out and get plastered the night before an exam but take time off from studying and have fun!
  15. Learn how to budget and start saving early. One time in college my car got towed I needed $200 CASH to get it out. Luckily, I had it! I would’ve liked to buy lots of other things with $200 but I saved for this exact kind of situation.  It’s always good to have a little back up money to fall back on.
  16. It may seem like everyone is getting married at this age but plenty of people are still single so don’t rush it, your time will come.
  17. You make time for the things that are important to you so if you find yourself blowing something/someone off then you probably don’t care enough to continue with it.
  18. Cut the dead weight. Stop trying to date the guy/girl who treats you like crap. Stop trying to hang out with “fair weathered friends.” If they are true friends they will be around for the good and the bad.
  19. Listen to your gut feeling! It’s usually right.
  20. Learn to laugh at yourself and you’ll get past embarrassing moments a lot quicker.
  21. It’s never too late to start something new. Every day is another day later so try a new sport, learn a new language, make new friends; you CAN teach an old dog new tricks.
  22. It’s ok to make mistakes, that’s how we learn what we want/don’t want in life.
  23. Learn to love yourself.  Everyone has flaws or something they are insecure about so love your body because it’s the only one you’ve got.
  24. Try to have a new experience as often as you can.  Try a new food, go to a new town, meet new people, try a new sport but whatever you do don’t repeat the same thing every day.  Branch out and have adventures!
  25. Your family is your backbone.  As annoying and crazy as they may seem sometimes, they will always be there to support you when the going gets tough.

So there you have it, those are my 25 life lessons. While I may have learned these, there are some I’m still working on implementing myself. I know I should do these things but it takes time to really get them down pat. I definitely have some life lessons that are less serious but I think I’ll save those for another day!

Life should always be an adventure and I’m excited to start another quarter century! I can already feel the changes coming this year 🙂

xoxo Brie, like the cheese.

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