24 Things I’ve Learned In 24 Years

In honor of my 24th birthday, here are 24 things I've learned over 24 years. From saving money to loving yourself, it's all important.

In honor of my 24th birthday a couple of days ago and the first anniversary of this blog, I wanted to share 24 things that I’ve learned in my near-quarter-century life. I definitely don’t have it all figured out, but I’ve done some awesome things and been to amazing places, so I feel I’ve learned a fair amount.

  1. Travel is everything. I’ve never felt so alive and included in the world as I do when I travel and meet new cultures, experience new things and try new foods.
  2. It’s ok to grow out of friendships, no matter how close you thought you might have been. We all change, and that’s ok.
  3. You should also be able to make at least one stellar dish— not just for when company comes over, but for yourself, girl!
  4. Try not to judge people, you don’t know what they’ve been through.
  5. Treat others the way you want to be treated. I know I sound like your preschool teacher, but I think it’s something we sometimes forget.
  6. You should always try new things. I’m probably never going to like pickles and over the years I can’t say I’ve acquired a taste for tomatoes (I know, I know) but in the grand scheme of things, it’s important to try new things when possible. And if you don’t like it, hey, you tried.
  7. Push yourself out of your comfort zone. This is the best way to experience life.
  8. True friends will stick by your decisions and only try to help you, not attack you. No friend who makes you feel like crap is worth keeping, no matter how many years have passed.
  9. Read as much as possible. Reading is one of the most amazing escapes and how else can you take a trip to Hawaii, Australia and Norway in one day, I ask you?
  10. Communication is key. Not just with your significant other, not just in the workplace and no just with friends– with yourself. Know what you want and what you expect out of others and life will go much more smoothly.
  11. Follow your passions, no matter how impractical they may seem. We wanted to live in Australia and were a bit apprehensive, but we got on a plane and moved there with no jobs and no apartment– it all worked out and I never would have experienced that if I didn’t just take that leap of faith.
  12. Money isn’t everything, but it’s also important to budget.
  13. With that being said, prioritize and spend your money on the things that matter. To me, that’s travel, and saving up for my adventures isn’t as hard as people think.
  14. I’m not perfect. There’s no such thing as “perfect,” and I’m happy to be who I am. Which is real.
  15. Coffee is a lifeline.
  16. A good bottle of wine and chats with friends can make a world of difference to your happiness.
  17. It’s totally ok to have no clue what you’re doing with your life.
  18. Don’t sweat the small stuff. I know it seems like a huge deal now, but in 20 years are you going to remember that stress or are you going to remember the fun times you had despite of it?
  19. Don’t believe everything you hear. Really, just don’t. There are always two sides to every story, make sure you’re listening for it.
  20. Being a great listener is just as important as being a great talker. To your friends, family and yourself, listening and paying attention are the best ways to show someone you care.
  21. There’s nothing wrong with binge watching TV shows. Every once in a while.
  22. Nothing is permanent. It’s easy to think everything is the end of the world and nothing will get better, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
  23. It’s ok to not have all the answers. Not as kids, teenagers, adults, parents. Knowing everything is overrated anyway.
  24. And finally, be yourself. Be who you truly are, follow your dreams and don’t let silly things get in your way. It won’t be an easy road, but it’s a hell of a lot better than settling.
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I’m by no means perfect and don’t follow these bits of advice every day, who could, but they’re things that I have learned to be true in my short life and I think are important to remember. I’ve learned a lot these 23 years and a few days, and here’s to hoping it’s a great year again with some more great lessons.

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