It’s here! Today is my 26th birthday. Another year older, another year wiser as they say. 25 was a big year for me; from getting engaged and planning a wedding to getting promoted at work, growing this blog and everything else in between. It’s safe to say this may have been the best year yet. But don’t be fooled, this year didn’t come without it’s challenges and some life lessons along the way. I wanted to share my takeaways from my 25th turn around the sun!
Health is wealth
Often times throughout the year I felt like I was taking on too much and my health was falling to the wayside. I started eating unhealthy, working out less and getting less sleep. I knew I had to reprioritize and take on less projects in order to get my sanity back. I’m still working on knowing when to say no and I am working on getting back to feeling like myself. Health is the most important thing! We need to practice self care. Don’t bite off more than you can chew!
Never Compare Yourself to Others
You are you. Being yourself is perfect and all you need.With blogging, it’s so easy to get caught up in the comparison game. I’ve definitely felt victim to this many times. At the end of the day, you don’t want to be like anyone else because you are enough.
Social Media is Not Real Life
Knowing the behind the scenes of what goes into a blog and all the pretty little pictures on Instagram has taught me one thing. Instagram is not real life. Just because someone portrays their lives as glamorous and luxurious, does not mean it actually is. It can be depressing seeing all these images of perfectly curated lives or the perfect body and wishing you had that for yourself. But, half the time it’s not even real. You can’t get caught up in social media.
There is no better feeling than knowing you are spending the rest of your life with the love of your life
Getting engaged was by far the highlight of my 25th year. Anthony is “my person.” He complements me in every way shape and form. He’s my favorite person to travel and adventure with. He’s my confidante. He’s the only person that knows how to calm me down when I’m having anxiety. And he’s sure as heck the thing I look forward to coming home to the most at the end of the day. Getting married is just the beginning for us & I have never been happier.
I like wedding planning
Honestly, I really didn’t think I would. But similar to styling my outfits, I’ve loved styling the different details of the big day from the flowers to the color schemes of the dresses and suits for our bridal party. Picking out my own dress wasn’t too bad either ;).
Moving is hard
Moving into our apartment was definitely a challenge because it felt like it took forever for us to get settled. I never want to move again! Haha. It made me anxious that it would take so much time to make it really feel like home. Truly, we’re still not even done yet but we’re most of the way there. There has been nothing better than coming home to a place we know we poured so much love and energy into and is truly our own.
Adulting is harder
There were so many days that I’ve wanted to “quit” being an adult. Sometimes it’s hard to not want to rewind to your easier days (ahem, college) in times of stress. My days sometimes feel like they are never ending between blogging, exercising, working and finding time for friends. It makes you miss the day of an empty schedule but I’ve learned to find balance and enjoy my routine.
You Can’t Do it All
I fall victim to the worst kind of FOMO sometimes. What I’ve learned this year is that you sometimes need to realize it’s impossible to be 5 places at once and you just have to deal with it!
Never Forget To Stick Up For Yourself
Whether it’s at work or any other confrontation life may throw your way, never forget to stick up for yourself. You are strong! Show them what you believe in and things will work in your favor. Even if they don’t, at least you know you gave it your best.
Budget, Budget, Budget
I’m still working on this one! But really the most important things in your 20’s is saving money for the future and I learned I needed to track my spending differently in order to succeed at this.
Writer’s block is a real thing
There have been so many times that I’ve just felt a lack of creativity or have tried to write and had nothing come out. At those times, I’ve chosen to give myself a break and take a step back. Sometimes a break is the best way to get inspired again and then I am able to create better content for you all.
Don’t see things that go wrong as failures, turn them into successes
Learn from your mistakes. Use them to build yourself up and gain from it. There have been plenty of times this year that I’ve felt like I’ve failed at something, but instead of letting it get me down I have used it to let it motivate me instead.