A lot has happened this year, including hurricanes, job losses, and turning another year older. I once saw a meme that perfectly described how I feel about getting older, but I can’t find it, otherwise I would post it here. Anyway, it basically said how when we’re younger, we look forward to the milestone ages: 16, 18, 21. Then we hit 25, and we’re like, “Hold on.” Then we inch closer to 30 and start panicking. It’s daunting! But as I reach the end of my twenties, I realize all the life lessons that I’ve learned and can be grateful for, even if they were painful in the moment.
You don’t have to buy new clothes. Try thrifting. It’s even more exhilarating than buying something new.
Just because you don’t like something, that doesn’t mean you never will. For example: I grew up hating tomatoes, but now I think they’re slightly less awful. Tolerable, even. I also thought sewing was boooooring as a child. Look at me now!
You don’t have to be obsessed with the spirit of wanderlust. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy traveling, but it’s exhausting! It’s been over a year since I went anywhere out of state, and I do not mind at all.
…But don’t always hold back from going places! If the opportunity arises, then go.
There’s nothing wrong with you if you want to stay single. Just because everyone around you might be dating or getting married, that doesn’t mean you have to. Wait until you’re ready.
Sometimes you’ll have to cut toxic people out of your life. And sometimes you won’t realize they’re toxic until they’re out of your life. When you remove negative people, you’ll feel so much relief.
If you have sensitive skin, you should start patch-testing products first. I never used to patch-test my skin until I got contact dermatitis from some shampoo that contained diazolidinyl urea. Then I started testing every new product I bought, even if the ingredients didn’t include urea. Don’t let your guard down!
It’s okay if you don’t want kids. There’s no rule stating that you must be a parent.
When you’re in a bad mood, watch Frasier. Any episode, in any order.
Don’t try to hide your emotions or feelings. The more you try to suppress them, the bigger the explosion will be.
Thai tea. Just…Thai tea.
One of the greatest joys in life is getting packages in the mail. Don’t hesitate to treat yo’ self.
Self-care is super important. This is one of those millennial buzzwords I get tired of hearing, and it’s also super important. There’s obviously a reason why there are so many articles about it.
Meeting characters at Disney isn’t terrifying! I’m actually starting to overcome my fear.
There are going to be things that you’re not good at doing. I hate to say it, but you may actually fail at some things. Instead of dwelling on what you can’t do, think about what you can do. There are other things you’re good at!
Experiment with using different fabrics. Don’t stick to using only quilting cottons! Try rayon. Give velvet a go. Master flannel. There are substantial substrates to choose from!
Be brave and go for that new look you’ve been wanting to try. Before I cut all my hair off to reveal my natural texture, I got a lot of negativity for even contemplating the idea. “You’re not going to like it.” “You’ll regret it.” “You’ll look like a boy.” I went for it anyway and fell in love with my fro. Don’t let the insecurities of others stop you from trying new things.
Life’s too short to be at a job you hate. Choose wisely. Gone are the days of going to work at a soul-sucking corporation for 60 years just for the sake of a paycheck. Sure, you don’t have to love your job. No job is truly perfect. But you at least have to like it and be able to tolerate it. I’m not very good at choosing jobs, so I’ve learned to take my time and to not accept the first job offer that comes along.
People are always going to judge you. Get used to it.
Stay true to your beliefs, but keep an open mind. So your opinion might not always be popular, but if it’s what you firmly believe in, you’re entitled to that. Just don’t be a jerk about it. Listen to what others have to say. Even if you don’t agree, you should respect people enough to avoid lording your ideas and opinions over them.
Breakfast/brunch: Ikea, Cheesecake Factory, Kona Cafe.
You might not know what you want to do for a living until later in life. It’s okay to test the waters of various different fields until you know what you want to do.
Sometimes life doesn’t move at the pace you think it should. Don’t rush it. Even though it’s frustrating, just let it run its course.
If you want to stay in on a Saturday night, stay in. Or on any night, for that matter.
Stop overthinking! It’s easier said than done, and it’s a work in progress for me. But if you try to live in the moment and stop jumping to conclusions, you’ll have more peace of mind.
Eating healthy makes a huge difference. So much so that when I try to reintroduce junk (even a little!), I feel awful. A healthy diet can help with the aforementioned overthinking.
Having a sister is one of the most cherished relationships. Even when you get on each other’s nerves, don’t take it for granted.
Life is weird. But in a good way!