Today is my 28th birthday. I really can’t believe I’m already 28 years old which means I’m officially in my late 20′s! Time really does fly by and I’m loving every second of it. I just know that 28 is going to be a fantastic year for me. 27 was definitely an age of transition and I’m sure 28 will have it’s surprises too!
As terrified as I am of being 28 years old, I wanted to blog about 27 things I learned in 28 years. These are the life lessons I wish I could tell my younger self. Some are serious and some are cheesy. Enjoy!
27 Things I Learned in 28 Years
1. Sometimes, minimal makeup is the best makeup. Your natural you is what makes you unique.
2. Being confident in what you wear is the most important thing. If you wear something trendy, just to fit in, and you don’t feel like a million bucks, wear something else.
3. Always pay yourself first. I know you hear this over and over, but have a savings account and put money into it. Even if you are broke as a joke, have student loans, and have to eat ramen noodles daily, I’m sure you have at least $10 that can go into an account. That money will add up and you will be thankful.
4. Check your online banking account, just to check for fraudulent purchases. Companies and other people can screw you by stealing your account number or overcharging you. Don’t think that it’s never worth fighting. If you wouldn’t give $10 in cash away, why would you do it on your check card?
5. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! My mom taught me at a very young age to put on lotion after every shower and do this daily. My skin has thanked me for this. Also, use your ring finger to apply eye lotion in your delicate eye area as well. Your future self will thank you.
6. Put up your boundaries and bring people into your life who deserve to be there. If a friend is not being a good friend in return, it’s time to let them go. This is such a hard lesson to put into action and one that has taken me years to learn.
7. Vegetables can cure. Whenever you feel like crap and want to start eating healthy again, have a salad. Fill it with healthy greens and whichever veggies you prefer. I promise, you will feel so much better.
8. There is no need to wear heels if you hate them and they hurt your feet. When I think of my most favorite nights out, I don’t recall what kind of shoes I was wearing, but I do remember if my feet hurt.
9. Everyone has a story and everyone deserves to be loved. Be compassionate. People’s immediate thoughts and actions are not always the whole story either. Giving people the benefit of doubt and a second chance is noble.
10. Embrace your “negative” attributes. A messy person? Bad at directions? Once you embrace these characteristics, the next step is improving them. Plus, you will have a good laugh along the way.
11. Please, wear sun screen. Don’t burn to a crisp.
12. Admit your faults, but don’t overdo it. Be confident in your actions and question them. This is a hard balance that I’m still working on.
13. Write thank you notes. In 2012, there’s nothing better than holding a hand written note from a friend or family member.
14. Give people eye contact and non-verbal cues when you speak to them. Listen. Really, listen and paraphrase what they said. They will feel amazing knowing that someone truly knows their story.
15. Volunteer in a way that works best for you. Find an organization that will work with your schedule and talents. That’s the best way to join something and stick with it.
16. Laugh at yourself. Poke fun at your friends, let them poke fun at you. Have your relationships be built on laughter and happy moments.
17. It takes more energy to be negative than it takes to be positive. Whenever you find yourself in a negative situation, if you put positive energy out there, you and the universe will feel better.
18. Find a way to continually connect with your significant other. When times get tough, go for a walk. You will feel 100% closer.
19. Your gut feeling is the most powerful decision maker you’ll ever have. It’s cliche for a reason: Follow your gut.
20. When in doubt, be nice to everyone you come in contact with, even if it appears undeserved. As Conan O’Brian once said, “If you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”
21. As Nike says, the best way to start living a healthy lifestyle is to “Just Do It.” There’s a lot of wisdom in those three words!
22. Be genuine and realize that you are the only you.
23. If you’re going to dye your hair black, really think about it first. It takes awhile for it to grow out! (Hey, it was either that or a tattoo!).
24. If you are a super disorganized person, that’s fine. But at least have a specific spot for the most important items: social security card, birth certificate, car title, etc.
25. Be proud of your country and true to your roots.
26. Listen to your body. Push yourself when it tells you to, but back off when it tells you to slow down.
27. Know that whatever Life Lessons you type out at the age of 28 may be laughable by the time you are 48 or 88. Life is a gigantic learning curve!Pin It