Tomorrow is my birthday, yay!
And if you can't guess from the title I'm turning 27. I always like to use my birthday as another moment to reflect on what I've learned to better align myself going forward.
So, today I wanted to share 27 (random) things that I've learned at the age of 27. In no particular order here we go!
ONE | friends and family are important — you don’t know how long you’ll have them.
TWO | but don’t be afraid to let toxic people go — life is only so long, don't waste it on people that don't add anything to your life.
THREE | staying social is important for your mental well being — this is especially true if you work from home.
FOUR | you’re not a fraud — and you’re not the only one that feels like that. Imposter syndrome is a real thing, but keep pushing past that.
FIVE | say yes more often — I realized this past year that I said no to a lot, even just little things.
SIX | challenge yourself — it’s ok to feel uncomfortable, and it's the only way to grow
SEVEN | invest a bit more money into your belongings — rather than buy cheap things that you have to constantly replace take the time to research and then spend a bit more.
EIGHT | let go of all your excess crap — minimalism has transformed my life way beyond what I 'own'
NINE | how you treat your body directly impacts how you feel — if you don't know what you should be doing here take the time to educate yourself about how to take care of yourself
TEN | sleep is important — sleep is a good thing so it's time to let go of the “I can sleep when I’m dead” mentality.
ELEVEN | pay attention to your money — ignoring it doesn't help anyone. You can't fix anything if you don't know what's going on. Educate yourself about personal finance, and keep a positive mindset surrounding money.
TWELVE | set goals — write them down, and keep an eye on them. There have been studies that show people who take the time to write down their goals are much more likely to reach them.
THIRTEEN | journal to see how far you’ve come — this is just one of the many benefits.
FOURTEEN | not every career path has a perfect degree or manual of how to do it — and your first job out of college isn't going to be the same job you do forever.
FIFTEEN | confrontation is uncomfortable, but conversations are important — talking through things is a must, don't let things bottle up because that's not going to help anyone involved.
SIXTEEN | drink more water — I've always struggled with this, hence my current 30-day challenge, but I've already improved so much.
SEVENTEEN | you’ll feel better fueled by plants — even if you're not a vegan or vegetarian don't forget to be making room for plenty of fresh fruits and veggies each day
EIGHTEEN | there’s too much plastic in the world — do your part, get a few reusable bags, a reusable water bottle, there are so many simple switches that make such a big impact.
NINETEEN | acknowledge people you pass in the street — say hi, smile, nod, just be nice.
TWENTY| your job does not define you — not everyone has to have a super cool job, and if you're not a fan of your current job, don't sweat it, make time to find things to do that you do love.
TWENTY-ONE | insurance is important — It's expensive (here in the US), but it just takes one emergency or accident and you're either saved by having it or screwed because you don't. Unfortunately, none of us are invincible.
TWENTY-TWO | knowledge is power — educate yourself about things you don’t understand. Learn how to open your mind to other opinions and perspectives as well.
TWENTY-THREE | make time for travel — it’s not as expensive or complicated as you think. Don't wait around for "if" and "when".
TWENTY-FOUR | learn about how your body works — especially if you’re having problems with something.
TWENTY-FIVE | don't hesitate to ask for help — whether it's a friend who's a marketing whiz, if you need help lifting something heavy or if you need some emotional support.
TWENTY-SIX | don’t spend a bunch of money on your wedding — It's an important event in your life, but at the end of the day it's just one day.
TWENTY-SEVEN | take care of your feet — you'll thank yourself when you're old. This means shoes that support your feet.
A random list for sure, but maybe I was able to share a nugget of wisdom with you.