Happy Birthday to Me (yes I’m still celebrating my quarter of a century lol)!
On September 29th 2018, I turned 25. I’m so grateful to God that He has kept me and allowed me to see another year. I am extremely blessed to have spent my birthday traveling to five different countries.
Here are 25 life lessons I’ve learned in the last 25 years.
- Trust in the Lord, He knows what He is doing!
- Learn to be patient…good things come to those who wait on the Lord.
- Don’t spend time worrying about tomorrow, live in the moment, and enjoy every day because you never know when you will take your last breath. Matthew 6:34 – “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
- Take care of yourself first – listen to your mind and body – everyone needs space at some point.Space allows you to reflect, recharge and just breathe.
- It is not easy to put yourself out there. Taking the first step out of your comfort zone takes guts but it gets easier every time.
- Whenever you have a chance to try something new, take it! You never know how much you might love (or hate lol) it. Trying something new is one of the best learning experiences life has to offer.
- Your mom is right, more than she is wrong.
- Do not let negativity get you down. If there is negativity in your life remove it! It’s not worth your time or energy.
- Saving money can be difficult. One of my goals for this next year is to improve my budgeting habits and save a certain amount of money each month. If you have any tips, tricks or good resources, please send them my way!
- Surround yourself with people who love you, appreciate you, and value your companionship. – To all my family and friends…I Love you more than words can express!
- Value yourself – you don’t need anyone to validate you. You can’t make everyone happy all the time.
- When it comes to dating, be sure it is with someone who knows your worth and makes you a priority.
- Make time to de-stress every week. I find yoga, candle-lit bubble baths, massages etc. work best for me.
- Don’t be so fixated on your weight! You are beautiful no matter your size. Your weight does not determine the type of person you are. Your weight does not define you.
- Your natural hair is beautiful! Don’t let society tell you anything negative about how God created you.
- Make memories – travel the world, meet people, experience other cultures and have fun. Travel is one of the only things you will spend your money on that makes you richer.
- It’s ok not to be ok. You do not need to have your life completely figured out by a certain age. I used to think that 25 year olds were legit adults and that I would have everything together by now, I now realise how wrong I was. #AdultingIsHard
- Find peace within yourself before you look for it in other people.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want whether it is in your career or in your personal life. The worst they can say is no.
- Keep learning – never stop improving yourself.
- Really take the time to figure out what makes you happy, than be sure your life incorporates these things.
- Be confident.
- Be proud of who you’ve become.
- Life in your twenties was not meant to be easy. Everything happens for a reason. God has a plan, trust it.
- The best is yet to come! Tomorrow is a new day full of new dreams and opportunities.
This year I am determined to become the best version of myself, doing things that make me happy and stepping out of my comfort zone.
God has created me for a purpose and it has been an interesting journey figuring out my purpose. I encourage you to take your journey without fear. I would like to share my favourite quote with you by Marianne Williamson,“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Be Bold. Be Confident. Be You.
What are some of the lessons you’ve learned in the last 25 years or what advice would you give your 25-year-old self?