26 Things I Learned at 26

27 years of living this crazy, wonderful, beautiful life. birthday

In keeping with tradition, I am finally sharing 26 tidbits of life lessons I learned (sometimes the hard way) this past year.

Year 26 was a sweet, sometimes lonely, a lot of times challenging, but an ultimately worthwhile year. I think I’ve seen the most drastic transformation yet take place in my life, and I’m never looking back. I’ve met new friends, was loved on by good ones, was supported unconditionally by parents who love me and have done some hard things I never thought I’d be able to get through before. God has shown up in some tremendous ways in this past year, and I hope that these pieces of my journey will encourage you on yours.

When you’re in a not-so-ideal situation, it’s easy to just focus on what you hope is to come and bypass the present. Don’t. Sit in the discomfort and see what beauty lies within it. birthday

Having a vision for your life is imperative. I’m not saying you have to know exactly what you want, when you want it, but I am saying—picture it. Write it down somewhere and make sure to keep it in a safe place. Because once that vision becomes reality, you’re going to want to remember how it started. 

Good friends are one of life’s greatest blessings. Cherish them, no matter how far. 

This is the life you have prayed for—can’t you see it all around you?

After you’ve been away for a while, going home might feel like wearing a pair of jeans that once fit perfectly. But now they feel a little baggy in some places, yet still snug in others. This is normal. This is growing up. 

Self-care is so important. Sometimes it just looks like twisting your hair after a long week. 

This is the life you have prayed for—can’t you see it all around you?

Show up, you emotional being you. Yes, it might take more energy than you can muster some days—that’s okay. But prepare to show up for people in small and big ways. 

Tell the people you love, you love them. Often.

Sometimes, it feels like you’ve waited too long to reach out, so what’s the point? The moment’s gone, they’ve probably moved on. Reach out anyway. People need to know you care. 

Water your plants. Make your bed. Put the clothes on the chair away. 

You deserve someone who is intentional about being with you. Don’t accept anything less than that. 

Be with someone who cares about what you’re up to and asks about how you’re doing. Be that person too. 

Dating in 2019 is rough. Don’t lose hope though. 

You deserve someone who is intentional about being with you. Don’t accept anything less than that.

People really believe in you. birthday

Don’t forget that your gifts never really leave you—even if it feels that way. Sometimes they just show up sporadically and without warning. Take time to hone them, take time to rest them. 

Take more pictures of yourself. And of others you love.

Next time you leave home, don’t tell dad not to cry. Because secretly you cry every time too. 

Learn about APR’s, retirement plans (403b’s and 401k’s), health insurance—these are all important. Save when and what you can. 

Being able to save money is a privilege. 

Dear 4C girl. Your hair is wild, wonderful, beautiful, gravity-defying—it is magic.

Go to more plays, concerts and museums (often). 

Starting a business is both fulfilling and draining. Seeing what you create bring others joy will fill your heart in new ways. 

Watching cartoons is childish. Keep watching them. 

You are deserving of good things, and you are enough exactly as you are. 

Sometimes life isn’t “too good to be true”. Sometimes, it’s just too good. birthday

All is well, and you will never get it done. Life is supposed to be fun. No one is taking score of any kind, and if you will stop taking score so much, you will feel a whole lot better — and as you feel a whole lot better, more of the things that you want right now will flow to you.You will never be in a place where all of the things that you are wanting will be satisfied right now, or then you could be complete — and you never can be.This incomplete place that you stand is the best place that you could be. You are right on track, right on schedule. Everything is unfolding perfectly. All is really well. Have fun. Have fun. Have fun!


Cheers to 27 years…birthday

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