25 Things I Learned During 25

In life, no matter how old you get, you never stop learning. It’s especially good to learn during your twenties because we are growing at such a rapid rate. We take so much in and experience so much. There’s no better time to make mistakes, learn from them, and continue discovering who you are. 

In honor of my birthday month, I thought it would be fun to round up 25 things I learned while being 25! I’ve definitely learned WAY more than this, but this was a fun way to reflect on my top 25 faves! Cheers to another year! I can’t wait to discover 26 things I learn during 26! Enjoy!

-Dance breaks are a lot of fun, and they relieve a lot of stress. I love to put on one of my favorite songs and just go crazy. Feels so good!

-Trying and failing and trying again and failing again is normal. It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It matters how many times you get back up.

-I love red wine just as much as white wine now. My entire drinking life I liked white more but not anymore. 

-I’ve always taken good care of my skin, except for those college years where I tanned in a tanning bed. As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized I need to be even nicer to my skin and take even better care of it! I now use a retinol, wear sunscreen everyday, use an eye cream, put on body lotion after I shower, not just the days when I shave my legs, but everyday, on my whole body. We only have one skin to live in! Got to take care of it!

-I’m really digging the short hair life! I don’t even know if I will ever go back to long hair. I’ll probably always do short or medium length. It’s just so much easier! 

-It’s okay to forgive and not forget. As Taylor Swift says, “I bury hatchets, but I keep maps of where I put them.” I don’t think this makes you petty. It just helps you keep your guard up and remember what you deserve. 

-I always liked to cook, but I’ve really started experimenting in the kitchen and trying out new recipes. I love making things from scratch!

-I’ve started to stop hating every ounce of fat on my body. Yes I still feel insecure at times about my body. Who doesn’t?! But I work on accepting my body every single day. I know that I enjoy eating, drinking, and living life, and I can’t constantly punish myself for that.

-I make countdowns for things I’m excited about and looking forward to. Whether I use a countdown app on my phone or actually write out countdowns in my planner, it’s good to look forward to the future – from big holidays to big and small life events. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed in the present so I always try to look ahead at all the good that’s in front of me. 

-If you have a dream, set your mind to it and make it happen! I contemplated starting a blog for over a year, and hi, I did it! I kick myself constantly for waiting to do this but just know it’s never too late to achieve your goals. 

-Forgive yourself the way you forgive others. We are so quick to forgive other people, but then we are our own worst critics and are so hard on ourselves. Cut yourself some slack! 

-My husband is the bomb! Silly, but true! I’ve known he was since the moment I met him, but doing life together each and every day, I discover something new that makes him even greater, even after being together for over seven years. I’m so fortunate that I get to do life with him!

-I definitely can’t hang or bounce back like I used to. I get worn out and tired easier, even from little tasks, both mentally and physically. And I can’t drink like I used to (sometimes I feel like a light weight), and hangovers last up to two days. Getting old sure can suck sometimes! 

-Playing mind games, in a real relationship or friendship, doesn’t help anyone. There have been so many times I’ve held in my feelings or issues I had about someone. Or there are times I will hear someone has a problem with me but didn’t tell me. What does that do? You’re holding on to this baggage and everything little thing they do bothers you. No one’s a mind reader. I so much rather being open and honest. If someone really loves you, they will verbalize how they feel. This will only resolve the issues faster and make your relationship stronger. 

-Some friends are meant to be in our lives for specific times. Some friends are lifelong friends. But, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that some friendships come and go, whether it’s for serious reasons or you just outgrow the person. There’s nothing wrong with friendships ending. But don’t harp on why it ended. Just know that that person was in your life for a specific reason during a specific time. That’s it. 

-Everything happens for a reason. This is such a cliche, but I am the biggest believer of this! Any time something doesn’t go my way, I remind myself of this. 

-If you’re looking to liven up the night, a shot a tequila always does the trick. It’s my fave! My record – three tequila shots in one night. 

-I learned to block out some of the noise. When I hear that someone said something bad about me, obviously it hurts. How could it not? I always say you could be Mother Theresa and people will still find a way to talk bad about you. I just remind myself that I know I’m a good person, and if I believe it, that’s all that matters. Who cares what people think!

-I love avocado! About two years ago I realized I like avocado, but I now could eat it with any meal. It’s so good! In smoothies, with eggs, on toast, mexican dishes, sandwiches, the list goes on and on. 

-Being sweet to everyone all the time can get you into trouble. I like to consider myself a nice person. But you have to watch it, for two reasons. People might think you’re too nice and will start speculating that you’re fake, or they will walk all over you because they know you will let them. There’s a difference between standing up for yourself and being a witch with a B, LOL! Have a backbone and voice your opinion! You can do this while people respect you for being the nice girl too! 

-Being patient, both in my life and marriage. It’s so easy to freak out, on small stuff, the big stuff, all kinds of stuff. It’s our natural instinct! And even though this is something I manage everyday, it is a lesson I learn and keep on learning. 

-There’s nothing wrong with admitting you need help. My husband said in passing to someone, “I never met a person that didn’t need help.” How true is that?! We want to be strong and independent and act like we have our shiz together, but that isn’t always the case. In my opinion, being strong is admitting when you need help and not being afraid to ask for it. 

-Make quality time for those you care about. We get so busy sometimes that we forget what’s important – our loved ones. I went through a phase where I felt too busy, or even made excuses to not hang out with loved ones just because I didn’t feel like it. During 25 I really realized the value of friends and family. 

-Being happy for someone else doesn’t take away your shine. Don’t let jealousy take control. 

-Make the most of where you are in life and love it. Constantly remind yourself that you are exactly where you are meant to be at this moment of your life! Once you realize that, you can relax and actually enjoy it!

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