To begin the birthday week festivities, here are my bits and pieces of life lessons I’ve learned over my twenty-six years of living.
1. The perfect remedy for sick days: sleep and a marathon run of your favorite T.V. show.
2. A good night’s sleep is a must if you want to function well and have a good day.
3. Set goals. When you write your goals down on paper or type them out, you find yourself actually working towards them.
4. Celebrate accomplishments. It doesn’t have to be something big as graduating college. Celebrate finishing a work week, getting a project done or even getting grid of a habit. It’s important to reward yourself.
5.Having minimal stuff(clothes, furniture, dishes, etc…) makes it so much less of a hassle to move. Minimal living also makes it much easier to tidy your space.
6. Your sister is actually your best friend in disguise.
7. Living in Los Angeles does not mean you’ll be seeing celebrities swarming the streets left and right. No, far from it. They do not want to be noticed by the public. What you WILL see in L.A is constant traffic, homelessness, very expensive rent, and gorgeous sunsets.
8. Exercise should be a habit in your life. Whether it be yoga, running, weight lifting, or a bit of everything, your body and mind will thank you in the long run.
9. Don’t waste hours and hours watching T.V. shows that bring you no pleasure, satisfaction, or happiness. They just suck up your time. Want to know what happened on the finale of Empire or Nashville?? Google it the day after it premieres.
10. Set aside time for media. If you need to check Instagram, FB, or Twitter try not no go beyond 15 min. Unless of course it’s part of your job for marketing.
11. Revolving your life around the opinions of others will get you nowhere. It is not your duty to be pleasing everyone around you. The book The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck explains this topic very in depth.
12. Don’t be afraid of change. Yes, it’s very scary at first, it’s uncomfortable, but once you adapt, it’ll be worth it.
13. Travel. You only have so much time left on Earth. Discover other countries, see how the rest of this planet lives. Immerse yourself in different cultures.
14. Being married is NOT hard work. When you find that one person you want to spend your life growing old with, marriage will never be work, despite what experts will tell you. It’s not all a honey moon cruise. Sure, there will be VERY hard times, many arguments, and problems you and your spouse will go through. But going through these difficulties together will make both of you more stronger.
15. Try not to resurrect old friendships from the past. IT’S THE PAST for a reason. Those people just don’t care to reconnect. That’s it. Deal with it.
16. You are responsible for your own happiness. Not your husband, parents, siblings, children or pets. YOU and only YOU.
17. Write letters to people. Letters of gratitude, encouragement, or just “Hi! just wanted to let you know I’m thinking of you.” This will get so much appreciation and bring joy to someone better than any text or email ever sent.
18. It is OK to question or have doubts about your beliefs and religion. It will only make you search harder for the real truth.
19. It’s good to be open minded. But try not to force what you believe in, when it comes to religion, on others. It should not be your goal to change what your family or friends grew up believing in.
20. Don’t overuse the phrase “I’m sorry.” Use it exclusively for when you MEAN IT. Not as an excuse to please people.
21. Your most creative time is after you exercise or in the morning after you wake up. This is due higher levels of dopamine and serotonin.
22. Having a paper planner beats a phone planner any day. It takes longer to type out tasks and appointments than it does to write them. At least for me it does.
23. Going to movie theaters is just way to expensive. It really does put a dent in your budget. Instead, just wait for new Movies to come out on Redox. It’ll save you lots of $$$$$.
24. You will be bullied in your adulthood. By professional people literally twice your age. It does not stop after you graduate high school. Just report them via chain of command. Also with this point go back to #11.
25. You want to be successful? You have to WORK YOUR BUTT OFF.
26. Read a book. It’s good for the body, mind, and soul.
What are some of your bits of life lessons you’ve learned over your course of life? I’d love to hear!!