25, you’ve been a good year. You started off tough but you’ve been an unpredictable year. It’s been a good one. 

This year has been one of change and growth. Around this time last year, I was in a tough place mentally after parting ways with someone I loved. It took time and energy to get myself back on my feet. As I end 25 on a two week trip to Europe, I reflect on where I was last year. I am grateful for all of the opportunities and struggles that have led to where I am today.

So to signify my 26th birthday, I thought I’d share my 25 lessons I’ve learned in 25 years.

  1. Stop apologizing so much.
  2. Invest in good make up. Your skin will thank you, and so will your future self.
  3. Buy yourself flowers.
  4. Always be kind because you never what the other person has been through/is going through. Besides the world can always do with a little bit of kindness.
  5. You don’t need to raise your voice to be heard.
  6. Be patient.
  7. If you don’t ask, you won’t get.
  8. Not everyone you meet will like you and vice versa. That’s life.
  9. Having the last word isn’t important.
  10. Call/Text your family and tell them how much you love them.
  11. Support those around you.
  12. Be true to yourself. Don’t compare yourself to others around you. You are on your path.
  13. Let go of the haters/the people that cause more upset than happiness. They’re not worth it.
  14. Give yourself time to do whatever it is that you love. Even if it’s 5 minutes.
  15. Reach out for help when you need it-there’s always going to be somebody who’s willing to listen and give a lending hand.
  16. Say yes to activities, whether it’s coffee with a new friend, an event or a party. You’ll have nothing to look back on if you sit at home.
  17. Get out of your comfort zone. Try something new. Sign up for Yoga Teacher Training.
  18. Put your phone down at dinner. Take time to have a real conversation.
  19. When someone asks you to take a weekend trip, take it!
  20. Maybe getting a dog isn’t the most logical idea, but it was one of my best ones for sure.
  21. Dream big and dream often.
  22. Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do something or that you don’t deserve something. Even if that person is you. Believe in yourself.
  23. Find an outlet that you enjoy whether it’s reading, art or exercising.
  24. Giving a helping hand will make you feel good.
  25. However hopeless a situation may feel, things will change.

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