My birthday week was absolutely amazing and I am so excited to have finally entered my 20s! These last 20 years have come with a lot of great life lessons, which I truly value and try to remember as much as I can. Here are the 10 most important things I have learned:

  1. Work hard for what you want: Never expect anything in life to be handed to you, that’s just not how the world works or ever will work. Luckily, my parents instilled this in me at an early age and I have been able to remember it. Though it would be easier, being handed something doesn’t feel as good as the reward of earning it.
  2. Treat others how you want to be treated: This one if pretty self-explanatory and relates a lot to #4. Being disrespectful does not get you anywhere in life. We all need to blow off a little steam sometimes but directing that anger towards someone else is useless.
  3. You can have your cake and eat it too: When you work hard you reap the rewards which is a great feeling, just make sure you don’t go rubbing it in someone’s face. No one likes a sore winner.
  4. What you put in is what you get out: This one applies to a lot of situations: eating habits, work ethic, friendships…you get the point. It’s kind of like the saying, “To have good friends you need to be one.” Relationships aren’t one-sided even though many seem to think so. You can’t expect a positive outcome from anything if you aren’t putting 110% effort into it.
  5. Money doesn’t grow on trees: When I was 16 and finally got my license my dad came home with job applications to some local places. As soon as I finally had some freedom, it came with some responsibility. It may have sucked at the time but I am so glad I worked, earned my own money, and learned some lessons.
  6. When one door closes another door opens: Although an amazing opportunity may have slipped from you finger tips, I can promise something better is in store for you.
  7. Good friends are good for the soul: When I spend time with some good friends, all of my worries seem to drift away. I laugh until I cry, and forget about my daily stresses. Make sure you keep the good ones close because they do come in handy.
  8. Surround yourself with people who make you better: People who don’t invest the same amount of time into you as you do with them are truly not worth your time. You have to be a good friend to have a good friend, but if your friendship becomes a one-way street, then you need to speak up. People get busy and caught up in other things which has happened to me more often than not, but reconnecting with a friend is priceless.
  9. Taking time to yourself is okay: Reflecting on my day is one of my favorite ways to unwind before I head off to bed. Lighting a candle, reading a book, and unplugging from social media is my favorite way to spend some “me time” which is completely acceptable every once in while (and keeps me sane).
  10. Live in the moment: As hard as it is living in the age of technology and social media, putting your phone down and spending time with those around you is truly a blessing. I was never allowed to have my phone at the dinner table or out to eat and even at 20 that is still a rule my parents have instilled in me. Being able to put it aside and spend time with those you love matters more than any social media app.

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