24 lessons years

24 lessons in 24 years

24 lessons years

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TOP: Forever21 (here)//PANTS: BCBGeneration (here)//SHOES: Who What Wear Collection (here)//EARRINGS: Sugarfix by BaubleBar (here)

So crazy that I am 24 years old!  It has been a great 24 years, and I am so extremely blessed. When searching for THE birthday outfit, I instantly knew that these pants were what I was looking for.  I paired them with a bodysuit and the ultimate girly shoe for a sassy and fun look fit for a new 24 year old.

I feel like with each year I gain a little more insight about life.  In absolutely no way do I have all of the answers, but I thought it would be fun to share with you 24 lessons I have learned in 24 years.

  1. 24 is not that old.  I used to dread the term “mid 20’s.”  The idea of getting old has always terrified me.  Now that I have approached the age, I have realized that I actually still feel really young and have a lot of life to live and experience.
  2. Putting yourself out there leads to great things.  Take it from the only child who went to college not knowing a single person and left with the best friends, teammates, and college experiences ever.  Or from the girl that picked up and moved to a big city all by herself and has already made amazing friendships, connections and experiences.
  3. Your family is ALWAYS your biggest fan.  This is something that I am most thankful for.  Whether it is attending graduations and dance performances, or just leaving a sweet comment on social media, I am reminded every day how much my family supports me.
  4. Your mom always knows what she’s talking about. Ugh, don’t you wish this one was not always true?!  But it is, so listen to her.  She is wise and the best counselor that money can’t buy.
  5. Never get complacent.  If you start feeling like you are going through the motions in some part of your life, then shake things up a bit.  Get out of your comfort zone and it will lead to great things.
  6. You are never too old to learn something. I don’t think you should ever stop learning.  Ever.  You do not have to go back to school to learn something new.  One of the funnest and most challenging things I have ever learned how to do is create this blog!  I am still learning ever single day and I love it.
  7. Don’t quit your daydream. Just because you are growing up and starting a career does not mean your dreams have to go out the window.  Learn how to multi task and get after that bucket list.
  8. Go after your goals, even if others don’t understand them.  Some people will probably think you are a crazy person if you share some of your biggest goals .  That is okay.  Take their apprehension as motivation to prove that you can and will achieve your goals.
  9. Your college/graduate school friends are the real deal. These are the girls that grab ice cream in the middle of the night, watch random Netflix movies all day, and study with you 24/7.  You can complain, cry, and laugh together throughout all experiences of life.  They are pure gold and should be kept close always. (Y’all know who you are)
  10. It is okay if you have reached your mid 20s and still cannot cook. I will admit it.  My prime culinary dish is still something I heat up in the microwave.  I own it , and I am okay with it.  Refer back to number 6.
  11. There is nothing wrong with preferring to dress up rather than wearing nike shorts.  For some reason, people like to hate on the girls that prefer jeans over leggings.  I am here to advocate for those girls. If you want to wear something other than an oversized t-shirt, then you absolutely should.  Vice versa though, if shorts are more your thing, then you go right ahead.  Outfit shaming should never be a thing.
  12. Mean girls aren’t worth dwelling over. Seriously, life is too short to worry about those kind of people.  As women, we should constantly support and compliment each other.  Shower the means ones with kindness and keep doing you.
  13. 30 second dance parties are necessary.  Grey’s Anatomy inspired this lesson, and it really is so beneficial.  During grad school, my best friends and I had 30 second dance parties quite often.  Take a mental break and break it down.
  14. You will get your heartbroken.  Probably more than once. Heartbreak comes in many shapes and sizes, but sadly it is inevitable.  Embrace it, learn from it, grow from it and in the end be thankful that you experienced it.
  15. Life is too short to not buy the shoes. I tell my mom this every time she tells me I don’t need a another pair. You absolutely need them.  You may not wear them everyday, but one day that right outfit will come along, and you will be so thankful you bought them.
  16. Don’t be the girl that didn’t go to “Paris.”  Anyone else relate to this The Hills reference?  I know this one is so cheesy and really shows my 20something age, but the day that Lauren Conrad chose a beach house with Jason over Paris has always stuck with me.  I have always told myself that I never be “the girl that didn’t go to Paris.”  My “Paris” will obviously look different from LC’s, but I do not want to look back and regret an opportunity I did not take, or a dream I did not at least try to pursue.
  17. Never skip a donut. Look, I get that we are all trying to be the healthiest we can be (sometimes), but if someone brings you donuts, never pass on it.  They are made of instant happiness, and we all need a little bit of that.
  18. Coffee is your best friend.  Or if coffee is not your thing….basically anything with caffeine will do.  College, grad school, work, and really just life in general has made me appreciate that little cup (or 1 or 2 or 3) of energy.
  19. Concealer is too. When there is college, grad school, work, and really just life in general, there are also sleepless nights and bags under the eyes.  Get yourself a good concealer.  You will be thankful you did.
  20. Find the good in every bad situation. Ugh, so cliché I know, but it is true.  If you go through life with the “glass half full” perception, it is so much easier to pick yourself up when life gets you down.
  21. Stand up for yourself.  It is totally okay to put yourself first and take a stand when needed.  It is so hard sometimes, but so important.
  22. Be nice and accepting to everyone.  I cannot say this one enough.  I have been lucky enough to meet people with different backgrounds, lifestyles and cultures.  All of them have taught me something valuable. I would truly have been doing myself a disservice if I had not gotten to know them.  Accept everyone and be nice.  You never know what someone else is going through, and you never know who may need a friend or even a smile.
  23. Retail therapy IS a real thing. It is ya’ll.  I am a firm believer that even a little window shopping can cure some serious blues.
  24. Last but certainly not least, pray loudly and pray often.  I saved this one for last because it is truly the most important.  Prayer is the best way to say thank you, ask for help, and heal the heart.  Do it as much as possible.




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