Sep 16, 2013

What I Learned in my Twenties

Don't be afraid to stand up for yourself both professionally and personally. Professionally, there's a fine line between being a team player and letting someone take advantage of you. Personally, there's no benefit to having someone in your life that will tear you down.

Be confident in who you are. People change, but having confidence in yourself - whether it's about your choice for lunch, the outfit you're wearing, or a big decision you've made - is an attribute that never goes out of style.

It's easier to be independent than to give someone else control.

Ultimately, lists don't matter. You can get everything done only to realize you could make a dozen more. Prioritize what's really important and don't guilt yourself into feeling badly that you didn't finish something.

It's okay for things to not be okay. Yes there's a silver lining for every situation, but that doesn't mean you have to find it. When you struggle, let others hold you up until you can stand on your own again.

Sleep trumps doing household tasks. Reading trumps sleep. This is the hiearchy of my life.

I'm sure there are lessons I've forgotten and dozens more I will learn, but as long as there's laughter, joy, and things to be thankful for, everything will eventually work itself out.

You're almost here 30 - I'm ready for you.


Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

Ah, #1. 29 and 3 months and I am STILL trying to balance "being a team player" and being taken advantage of. Definitely something I have improved at in my 20s, and hope to really perfect in my 30s.
Sleep trumps all for me :) Household tasks trump nothing. Lol.

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

Love this list ... I *think* I echo it (given my 30th birthday was sooooo long ago) ... and I would add the following for things I've learned in my 30s:

Embrace a lack of control; one guarantee is you'll never be able to control everything, so learn how to get along, rather than fight it.

Cleaning the house never trumps living life; it's worth the $$ for a cleaning service.

Katelin said...

love this.

Nora said...

This is awesome. Especially this: "Sleep trumps doing household tasks. Reading trumps sleep. This is the hiearchy of my life."

You are so awesome. I agree with so much of this list. I can't wait to see what we learn in our 30s! (Not that I'm rushing it...!)

BFraze said...

I cannot believe you said that about lists. I am going to call you out next time you get obsessive about lists!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I think the 20s are such a special decade as you go through so many big life events, like graduating college, getting your first job, and in your case, getting married. I have to say that I was very happy to close the door on that decade as there were lots of hard lessons and I struggled to sort of find myself. I love my 30s, though. They are not perfect, of course, and contain struggles, but I feel more well equipped to deal with them as I have more of a sense of perspective. I think one big lesson I learned in my 20s was to love myself and to get over the body image struggles I had. I don't have a perfect body image, of course, but I sure am more kind to myself than I was in my 20s!

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