My 25 Lessons Learned by 25

My 25 Lessons Learned by 25
Turning 25 was a major milestone for me. It’s kind of crazy! I feel like yesterday I was just turning 18 and buying a pack of cigarettes that I was never going to smoke. I spent the night prior to my birthday crying. I cried because I started to reflect on what I’ve gone through and where I was by 25 years old. And I was slightly shocked and disappointed at the same time. I had a plan. I thought that I would be at a certain point in my life by 25 and I wasn’t. I felt like I didn’t accomplish enough and now I’ve only got 5 more years to accomplish sooooo much in such a little span of time.

I woke up the next day, on my birthday, and realized that I need to be positive. I need to take all of my negativities and disappointments and turn them into positives and lessons learned. That’s when I came up with the idea to write down the 25 lessons I’ve learned by the time I reached 25. Hope you can relate!
1. Do uncomfortable things
You’ve got to get a little dirty sometimes to figure out things about yourself.
2. Cherish your family – Cherish your friends
Because when you’re in a jam, when you’re heartbroken or just stuck on the side of the road somewhere and you have no clue how to change that flat tire, you’re going to need those people who will come help you out – no questions asked.
3. “Be Yourself. Everyone else is already taken” – Oscar Wilde
4. Motivation
I’ve battled with motivation for my whole life! When things don’t go how I planned and I don’t see results within 5 minutes I loose all motivation. But in order to succeed in life you’ve got to stay motivated. Ask yourself… “How do I want to be remembered when I’m gone?”
5. Walk your own path
Don’t do things because someone said so or influenced you. Make sure that the path you are on in your life is the one that you want to be on. At the end of the day… the only person that’s on that path is you so make sure you’re making all the decisions.
6. Laughter is the best medicine
7. Heartbreak doesn’t last forever
I know that in the moment, you feel like you’ll never heal. But it does get better. I can attest to this!
8. Learn how to manage your finances 
… I’m still working on this lesson
9. Don’t be afraid to let some friends go
I’ve let a lot of friends go in my long life of 25 years. People grow apart. People change. Even though they may be one of your “best friends” sometimes people are just not healthy for you. I’ve loved lots of
friends who just lived a life that did not align with mine and I unfortunately had to let them go.
10. Work with like-minded people
11. Volunteer!
Best feeling in the world is helping people and knowing you are making a difference for the better. Where can you go wrong with that… seriously?
12. Parents don’t always have the right answers
A parent’s main objective in life is to protect their children. So when you ask them what you should do… their responses can sometimes be bias. So take what they say into consideration, but learn to ultimately make that decision for yourself.
13. Living away from home is both rewarding and scary.
Sure I have my own space. Sure, no ones telling me to sweep the floor. Oh! and those dishes… haha, I’ll do them whenever I want to. PROS! But… Oh hey electricity… oh.. the rent. Dammit, the water too! Lets not forget that rent…
14. Don’t go crazy trying to impress other people.
15. Spend lots of quality time with your parents and grandparents
16. Don’t be afraid to promote yourself. The only way I’ve ever gotten a job is through networking. I shamelessly network all the time. Every time someone asks you what you do for a living, make sure you tell them the truth. You never know who God is going to have you cross paths with.
17. Don’t be afraid to admit failures
18. Turn those failures into successes 
19. Invest in a grown-up wardrobe
Ooooh child! There is nothing worse than someone walking into an interview with some jeans on. Stop it. Stop it now.
20. Make him work for the cookie!
‘Nough said! Make that guy work hard for it. Don’t give him the whole pie at once. Geeesh.
21. Honesty is the best policy
22. When you’re pointing the finger at someone else…. Remember    three are pointing back at you.
23. Lead, Inspire and help people
24. Develop your passion
Developing you passion will make you happier in the long run.  You’ll be doing what you love.
25. Do you and try to just be happy with who you are.
Write out goals. Tangible goals. Do things you enjoy doing.


  1. January 28, 2016 / 10:39 PM

    8 – definitely still need to learn this. 9 – letting friends go is so hard! After graduating, I had a really close friend who moved away then seemingly unfriended me in all aspects of his life. The ending of friend relationships is almost harder than breakups sometimes.

      January 29, 2016 / 11:58 AM

      It really is tough sometimes. I look back at past friendships and it still stings a little. I try to just remind myself that it’s okay to grow apart and make room for new friendships.

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