As I officially say goodbye to teenagedom and hello to the graduations, celebrations and maturity that is one’s twenties… I am terrified. But, I am extremely grateful to have seen twenty years of life. And with these twenty years I am even more proud to say that I have learned a lot from my experiences, my friends and family and I want to share 20 of the things I have learned with you all.

  1. Let things go

Focusing on things that have hurt you is no good and can staunch the process of moving on. Express yourself and focus on things to come.

  1. Take a  breathe.

Sometimes life seems like it’s moving too fast and you simply can’t keep up. It’s okay to take a moment to breathe, take it all in, and think before acting.

  1. Take your time

Rushing through things isn’t a great idea, take your time to make sure things are as you want them to be.


  1. Things won’t change unless you make them

If you would like to see a change in yourself or in your surroundings, instigate it yourself.



  1. Get rid of toxicity

Cut unnecessary negativity out of your life, if you don’t have to deal with it then don’t.


  1. Be yourself

Embrace things about yourself even if they’re imperfect.



  1. Explore new things

Whether it’s going to the movies alone or trying a new restaurant. Even the small acts count.


  1. Get out of your comfort zone

It’s easy to make a million reasons not to do something but fear of risk should not be one.



  1. Make new friends

Having friends from different walks of life is healthy and rounds out your character.


  1. Make sure your friends are trustworthy

Make sure you have a few friends you can trust and are in your life for the long haul.



  1. Take care of yourself

Try to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. It’s hard when you’re at work or in school but it’s necessary.


  1. Value yourself

Know your worth and keep it in mind through most tasks in your life.



  1. It’s okay to be upset

Everything isn’t always going to be great and that’s okay.


  1. It’s okay to be honest

In fact, it’s crucial to be honest not only with others but with yourself as well.



  1. Invest in yourself

Invest time in yourself whether it’s something small like making time to relax or starting a business invest in yourself.


  1. Start saving

Put aside a small amount per week and start saving up for your future or for emergencies.


  1. Set goals

Small goals are great motivators to larger goals. Set daily goals every day reaching towards an overall goal.


  1. Learn as much as you can

Every experience can be a learning experience, take something away from every interaction if you can.


  1. Make mistakes

Of course, not all the time but, a mistake isn’t the end all be all of anything.


  1. You control your life so never settle

Ultimately, you have control of your life and it is never okay to settle.


The first two decades of life have left me eager to see more of the world and to share any further experiences I learn here on my blog. You can sign up for my newsletter here, and follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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6 Replies to “20 Things I’ve Learned in 20 Years

  1. Thanks for the reminders even as a full grown adult I am learning new things about life, self and others. These are 20 great things to have learned. Very proud of you niece.

  2. To was an awesome read! Small daily remainders of how we should live our everyday lives. Number 17 has got to be my favorite. Goals are our future, daily remainder of setting and reaching goals is key for me. Lovely blog!

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