Tuesday, April 7, 2020

22 Things I've Learned in 22 Years

Even though my birthday was over a month ago, I've been playing around with the idea of posting a list of 22 things I've learned throughout my life so far (since I just turned 22!). I know it sounds kind of dramatic, but now that I'm a senior in college I feel like I've gained a lot of insight about the world around me. From living in another country for a semester to working for a company I love last summer, I've experienced a lot and have really enjoyed reflecting on everything I've learned. 

1. Exercise can help you more than just physically but mentally too. Find a workout you love that will help you clear your mind.

2. Happiness comes from within you, so don't look somewhere else for it.

3. Do the things that scare you because they are the things that will help you grow the most!

4. Be a sponge and absorb everything around you. Use every experience as a way to gain more knowledge about the world.

5. Don't ever get too comfortable. Keep evolving and challenging yourself to be better.

6. Surround yourself with people who lift you up and make you a better person. Even if it's tough, remove people from your life who aren't good for you.

7. Find things outside of your job or major that excite you!

8. Create a morning routine you love. I really think it is the key to a great day.

9. Stay busy, but also know how to unplug.

10. Organization is the key to success. My 7th grade science teacher reminded us of this every day and I still think it's so true!

11. Spend money on adventures rather than material things. Some of my best memories of college were concerts with friends, trips abroad, and workout classes like Cyclebar.

12. Learn when to let go of something if it isn't working. Whether it be people, a job, or something in your daily routine, it's important to make a change if it is costing you your happiness.

13. Stay educated! Download a "word of the day" app, listen to podcasts and stay up to date on the news.

14. Don't be afraid of rejection. Sometimes not getting what you want is actually better for you in the long run.

15. Everyone's on their own path - don't compare what you're doing to others because what's best for you might not be the same for someone else and visa versa.

16. Your mindset is everything. Running is the best example - if you push yourself you can probably run longer than you think you can!

17. Find something happy in each day.

18. Similarly, treat yourself in some way every day. Whether it's a coffee or watching your favorite show, find a way to reward yourself daily.

19. Stay inspired. Read books, go on Pinterest, and follow accounts on social media that give you inspiration.

20. Trust your gut because it's almost always right.

21. Know what you deserve and don't budge on it.

22. Never underestimate how much a good outfit can make you feel better and have a good day.

As unsettling and crazy as the world is right now, I think it is giving us all a great opportunity to take some time to reflect on things we might not normally have time to. With so much down time on our hands, I challenge you to sit down and think about things more deeply. It's crazy how much you've learned if you take the time to really think about it!


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