26 Things I’ve Learned Before 26

In a few months I will turn the wonderful 26. I consider it the “big change” between being a kinda adult and crossing over into the big scary world of “OK it’s time to grow up now”. This scary realization got me thinking… even though people still consider me “young” in age I’ve learned a lot about life and myself in these 25 years. There’s been plenty of mistakes I’ve made and I’ve taken many ups and down’s on this roller coaster of life. I don’t know everything, not even close, but I have put together a list of the top things I do know.

  1. Find your tribe and hold them close. When it comes to friends you want quality over quantity. A handful of friends will come and go throughout the years but the important ones will stick with you through anything and everything.

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  2. You are your harshest critic. Give yourself some slack once in awhile. No one is perfect.


  3. Time is precious so don’t waste it. Do the things you love and the things your heart yearns for.


  4. Travel as much as possible. Immerse yourself in new cultures and learn new traditions.


  5. Adulting sucks. But practice makes perfect. You’ll learn to navigate it.


  6. Buy a dog. As much as I complain about their little peeing in the house, stubborn behinds, they truly are mans best friend…I ended up with three 🙂


  7. Take pictures. As many pictures as you can. You wont regret documenting those special moments and even the little moments to treasure forever.


  8. Kill them with kindness and be the bigger person.


  9. There is no shame in working your way from the bottom up.


  10. Embrace your weirdness and let go. Sing in the car or in the shower and don’t be afraid to make a fool of yourself.


  11. Be faithful to those who are faithful to you. It makes for a much happier relationship.


  12. Be adventurous. Don’t be scared to say yes! See how I started saying yes here!


  13. Disneyland is actually the happiest place on earth.


  14. Having children makes you grow up quickly. But it is worth every second.


  15. Unplug. You should put the phone down, turn the TV off and get out of the house. Fresh air will do you good, trust me.


  16. Your soul mate is out there. I’m lucky enough to have met mine at a young age.


  17. Surround yourself with those who build you up, not tear you down. Like I said we are our harshest critic. We don’t need someone else to criticize us as well.


  18. Spending money is fun. Oh hell is it fun! But being able to pay your bills is better.


  19. Don’t spend your time stressing over the things you can’t control (I’m still working on this one).


  20. There is ALWAYS time to take a bath. Light some candles and put on the soothing sounds of Kenny G. Life is good.


  21. No one knows what their doing. Everyone is stumbling their way through life hoping we somehow get it right, you aren’t the only one.


  22. Take risks and stray away from what everyone else is doing.


  23. You will come across people who don’t like you even though they have no reason not to. Don’t even bat an eye at them.


  24. Unexpected relationships are the best ones.

  25. Being a millennial is not an excuse to be a selfish, self absorbed, brat.  People already complain about us. Be the exception.


  26. Your mom is always right. Don’t be dumb..take her advice. She’s been doing this a lot longer than you have!


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