My thoughts on reaching a quarter century.
Wow. I am officially 25.
It sounds totally weird.
I still feel 23. In the last month and a half I have filled out surveys for my MBA program and first typed in 23 as a my age! But, I’m not 23, I am 25 – and here are my thoughts on my life so far:
- People are generally wonderful. I feel so fortunate to be surrounded on a daily basis by truly amazing people. They inspire me, surprise me, and support me.
- Set goals. Because I am an achiever, goals propel me forward. In my life I have set the goals of going vegan, earning my Masters, and learning piano.
- Get outside everyday. A little fresh air and some exercise is a miracle worker, in the short and long term.
- Eat well. As part of normal life, and when training for a marathon, eating well makes a huge difference in how I feel throughout the week. Ice cream, for instance, always upsets my stomach, yet I still have trouble saying no. This is one lesson I keep learning the hard way.
- Accept others. Does another person’s actions really affect you? Pull an Elsa and let it gooooo. You do you, and let them do them too.
- Use things up. It is time to be more sustainable and use the things we have up. Makeup, clothing, hygiene products, bed sheets, food, cleaning products, appliances. The list goes on and on. We use these items for a little while and buy something shiny and new instead. Not only does this fill up our landfills, the production of new replacement items pumps CO2 into our atmosphere.
- Disconnect from virtual reality. Live life physically, not just through your phone. Delete Snapchat, turn your Facebook notifications off, or spend an hour a day with your hands cell free (and I don’t mean with Bluetooth). Don’t let social media become social needia.
- Love yourself first. Why are some of the most simple things the hardest? When you put yourself first, you can give so much more. Take time to fuel your tank with what you love.
- Go to bed with a clean face. Your skin will thank you.
- Weekends are for adventures. Whether you are diving into Bonaire’s clear waters or into a new book, take advantage of your weekends.
- Less is more. Minimalism has been one of my best “finds” in my 25 years. Really valuing my belongings and surrounding myself with joy has improved my overall happiness immensely.
- Cuddle. Whether it is with your S.O., friend, pet, or a good book, cuddle up each night with something you love.
- When in doubt, write it out. I find that so much clarity comes from writing. I see things from a new perspective, and gain a better understanding of why I did something. After starting this blog nearly two years ago, I feel more connected with the people around me than ever before.
- Borrow or buy. This consumer society tells us to buy the things we need. But what about borrowing? Need a yoga strap for your 10 class pass? Need a dutch oven for a special recipe? Trekking poles for a climb? Large suitcase for a trip? Try borrowing the things you only need a few times each year.
- Push your limits. My mantra for 25 is, “I didn’t know I could until I tried.” We so often box ourselves in, too scared of failure (and maybe even success) to even try. This year, I am trying. Everything.
- Give slack. Give people the benefit of the doubt, even when they cut you off on the freeway.
- Take advantage of opportunities. Go to networking events, travel when you can, and nap when the house is quiet. There is something to be said about the people that take opportunities that are presented to them.
- Stick to a routine. Be more ready to tackle your day be keeping a consistent sleep routine. Try going to bed and waking up around the same time each day, even on weekends. I find that making my bed first thing in the morning is a great habit to have.
- Hydrate more. ’nuff said.
- Say yes. Yes to trying something new. Yes to going to new places. Yes to yourself.
- Go for quality. When purchasing shoes, doing a task at work, planning a vacation, or making a meal. If you put good in, then you will get good out.
- Live your life. I really, really, want to love living in Los Angeles, because all of my family is here and it is where I grew up. But, honestly, I just don’t. It is a great place to visit, and I am lucky I get to come down here so many times a year, but I just don’t love living here. I need to live my truth, so I can live my best life.
- Communicate. It solves most of life’s problems, and even prevents a few. Speak honestly, tailoring your message to your audience at the appropriate time and place.
- Read more. There is so much information out there, and it can help you succeed at work, make you a more interesting person at a dinner party, and let you escape this world for another for a short time.
- End with a bang. The American birthday culture is centered around celebrating a new birthday, but I like to also celebrate ending the previous year, trying something for the first time days before my birthday. Before turning 20, I went hot air ballooning. Before turning 24, I went skydiving. Before turning 25, I ran a half-marathon and raised over $1,000 for Parkinson’s Disease research. To round out my first complete quarter century next July 10th, I want to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (currently looking for a partner!).
Well, that about sums up 25 years of experiences from my life. Funny how lists make things seem so beautifully simple.
What are some of the lessons you have learned throughout your years? Let us know below.