Today I am 24 years old 🎉
I was born on Monday, March 15th 1993 at 11:48 am in Toronto. Even though I’m not even halfway through my twenties, I feel I have a good handle on the world so far and even though the future as a young adult can seem intimidating, I can’t wait to see where my life takes me and how it all unfolds. Here is a list of 24 things I’ve learned throughout my life thus far and over the course of the past year!
- Two ears, one mouth – This was something I learnt from a very young age and I still have yet to master the concept! You have two ears and one mouth for a very simple reason – listen twice as much as you speak and think before speaking.
- Trust your gut – When you get a strong feeling that you should or shouldn’t be doing something, go with it. My gut feelings have gotten me out of various tight spots and I will forever follow my heart when making serious decisions. It’s all about what feels right for you, not necessarily about what makes perfect sense.
- Move at your own pace – Stop worrying about what everyone else is doing. Do things your own way and on your own terms!
- Be confident – Not cocky! There are many people who blog and I am confident in my abilities, my writing and my aesthetic but I don’t get ahead of myself and I make sure to always stay humble, respectful and supportive!
- Learn as much as you can – My grandmother used to always tell me to always say “yes” if someone asks you if you want to learn how to do something. I’m always wanting to learn new things. My talents I’m most proud of learning are: guitar, cooking and painting!
- It’s okay to be scared – Being scared is a part of life and it’s normal to be scared sometimes. What’s important is to not let it take over your day or let it prevent you from doing certain things. Being scared means you’re reaching out and doing new things and that’s something to be proud of!
- It really is all the little things – Sure, the big things in life are great, like a promotion or a good grade on a project or test but I love celebrating the little things in life! I get excited about having a good dessert and even going to the grocery store!
- Take time for yourself – Even as a busy student/blogger/writer, I’ve always made time to relax and unwind. Every Friday, I paint my nails and have amazing morning cuddles with my Wheaten/Schnauzer mix, Brutus. If you’re not getting in some you-time, you’ll end up worn out. Life’s processes should be enjoyable, not stressful!
- Everything happens for a reason – Cheesy as this saying is, I really believe it’s true. Shitty things happen and it’s our job to turn it around and find the hidden blessing. It may not be visible now but it could be in two months or two years.
- It’s all in the details – Being detail oriented is where it’s at! Some call it OCD and some take it a step further and call it anal retentive but to me it’s just common sense. Taking the extra step and effort really says a lot about you and how hard you work.
- Sometimes you have to walk away – This is a lesson I learned the hard way this year. Life is too short to give undeserving people your undivided attention.
- Trying new things is fun – This year I tried a whole array of new foods like eel, beef tartare, quail and escargot!
- It’s okay to say no – You are not superwoman and there are only so many hours in the day. Spreading yourself too thin doesn’t help anyone!
- You get more with sugar than with vinegar – Another saying from my childhood. This means that you get further in life by being sweet to people rather than being rude. Saying a simple ‘please’ or ‘thank-you’ costs nothing and sometimes makes all the difference in a tricky situation.
- Count your blessings – Even on my worst days I try to remember that somewhere, someone might be struggling even worse. I know it can be hard to take a step back and reflect but it’s important to try to stay humble in all of life’s situations.
- Always stay grateful – I have been very blessed throughout the course of my life with an amazing family, a comfortable lifestyle, an education and endless opportunities. I never take my blessings for granted, no matter how quickly my life is moving.
- Treat people the way you want to be treated – Another cheesy one but it’s the golden rule for a reason. I am a firm believer in karma in that you get what you give. If you give kindness then eventually it will find its way back to you.
- Don’t give up just because it’s not working – If something isn’t going the way you planned and is getting frustrating, simply take a step back then try again. Sometimes I get writers block and my remedy is to take a break, clear my head and then get back to it. Don’t give up because you wouldn’t put down a great book just because you’re at a boring chapter.
- You can’t please everyone – Nobody likes a people pleaser who just says what everyone wants to hear. You have a voice for a reason and if you speak your mind respectfully, you will be respected for it. Opinions are like noses, everyone has one!
- Instagram does not rule the world – As a blogger and avid Insta user, it’s not the end of the world if you don’t post for one day. Life will still be there the next day and you’ll survive without IG!
- Take as many photos as you want – Life’s special moments are gifts so grab your phone and snap away! Love tonights sunset? Take a pic! Even the small things like your latte art or that avo toast! These photos will become memories that one day you’ll treasure!
- It’s okay to be weird – Being weird isn’t a bad thing. Everyone is weird in their own special way and I think it’s our collective weirdness that makes the world we live in really beautiful and much more interesting.
- You don’t have to be “on” all the time – Being a blogger, there’s this notion that we’re glam and put together all the time and I can safely say that that’s not true. When I get home my jeans come off and my dorky American Apparel harem pants go on. I take off my makeup and my blown out hair gets thrown into a messy bun.
- Find the beauty in the chaos – When I’m having a trying day, I try to take a moment and find something that’s beautiful. It could be a cloudless sky, seeing a beautiful dog or even making perfectly caramelized onions. Life is what you make it. Don’t let your day be defined by something negative. It’s up to you to turn it around!
So that’s it! I am 24 years old and I am continuing to learn every single day. I can’t wait to learn even more the coming year and I’m so grateful that I can share it with all of you!
Thank you for reading!