Saturday, August 30, 2014

20 Before 20

First I would like to apologize for how MIA I've been this past week, it's been a busier first week back that I could imagine. I've got a friend who literally has two test next week, and we just started this past Wednesday.

It blows my mind that I will be entering into my twenties tomorrow. Not that I would ever want to stay in my teens, I've never really felt nine-teen. I guess some would say I'm an old soul - can't say I'm arguing.

But yes, on August 31st I will officially be a twenty-something. This year instead of sharing a wish list (because lets be real, when I want things I typically just buy them) I thought I would share a little wisdom - twenty things I've learned before turning twenty.

  1. You can't please everyone // Someone told me this last year when I was struggling to make some big decisions, and it is so true. It applies to every situation perfectly. No matter what you decide to do, not everyone is going to be 100% happy with your decision. 
  2. You have to love yourself first // This is probably the biggest piece of advice I could give anyone. When you accept yourself as you are your whole outlook on life is different.
  3. Family comes first // The older you get the more you realize how often friends come and go - but family is ALWAYS there.
  4. Its okay to lose touch with friends // This I've seen happens especially after leaving high school and heading to college. Its always a big time of change, and you start your adult life. Don't stay friends with someone just because of how long you've known them, if you aren't growing together then you're growing apart. 
  5. No job is undignified // You will learn something new from every experience you have. I am a full believer that everyone should work at least a little in the service or retail industry, I've worked both and it really fine-tunes your manners. 
  6. The golden rule is a good rule // enough said
  7. Its the intangible things that mean the most 
  8. Follow your gut feeling // You know how when something isn't right you feel it? Then you do it anyways and regret it? Yeah, Olivia Pope definitely knows what she's talking about.
  9. Be thankful for everything you have // no matter how bad your day might be going, chances are you have something good going for you in your life. Make sure to be grateful for it because there are always those less fortunate. 
  10. No one is perfect // Everyone has got their problems no matter how their lives may seem on the outside.
  11. Give it your all or it's not worth doing // It drives me crazy when people don't even try because if its something I want I work hard for it. If you're not going to try, whats the point?
  12. You're always going to have regrets // I don't understand when people say that they try to live by no regrets, because you will always regret something whether its eating your weight in chips and salsa or leaving things unsaid. 
  13. Bad things happen to good people // Unfortunately we've all seen it happen, or had something absolutely devastating change your life completely. 
  14. Sometimes you need to take a step back // I forget this all the time. Life gets busy, your schedule gets crazy, and next thing you know you're crashing. When things are feeling out of hand, stepping back from the situation can give you a better perspective.
  15. Don't settle // For everything. You have the power to mold your life into what you want, make the most of it!
  16. Actions speak louder than words // You can say anything you want, but making the effort and actually doing what you say you will goes a long way.
  17. Don't lose sight of your goals // When you forget what your goals are you forget what you're working so hard for. 
  18. Treat yourself, but don't overindulge // You work hard, you should treat yourself and reap the benefits of what you're working so hard for. People get into trouble when they buy things they don't need to impress people they don't even know.
  19. Surround yourself with those that bring out the best in you // When you're surrounded by positive people your whole outlook just seems so much more positive. 
  20. Remember your values // At the end of the day, you will live your life according to what you believe. The second you let those values go you lose little pieces of yourself and once they are gone you can't get them back. 
Do you have any fun weekend plans? Let me know!

Always, kTm

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