I’ve learned a lot in the past 23 years. The experiences I’ve had have shaped into the woman I am today. Although life isn’t always easy I’ve realize just how fortunate I am. I was born into a loving family that taught me to be strong, independent, and love the great outdoors. My hardships have been few and far between and I have an incredible support system who believes in me no matter how ridiculous my dreams may seem. I most certainly don’t have it all figured out, but I wanted to share some lessons I’ve learned that have made me who I am today.
Be nice. From an early age I learned the importance of being nice to others. You may have different beliefs, come from different backgrounds, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get along. We have the option to be nice to everyone we encounter, so why not?
Don’t try to impress/please others. I have always been a people pleaser and then I realized how foolish it was to make all my decisions based off others. If you constantly spend your life trying to impress others you will never feel worthy without their approval.
Do what makes you happy. Life is short so why spend your time doing something that doesn’t make you happy? I may not enjoy EVERY aspect of my life, but I do try to fill my days with tasks that feed my soul.
Take risks. If you wait for the perfect moment to do something you will never do it. Take a risk, do what you want, and stop waiting.
The only limits are the ones you set. We are capable of so much more than we think; physically, mentally, spiritually, and financially. When we believe that we are capable of our dreams the universe will follow suit.
Spend time in nature. Need I say more?
Life isn’t about being skinny. Life is so much more than being skinny. I’d rather be strong and healthy than just look skinny. Health is so much more than the reflection we see in the mirror.
Eat the ice cream.
Giving to others feels just as good as receiving. Help those in need, donate to others, smile at strangers who walk by, compliment people, make someone’s day…give unconditionally to others without expecting anything in return.
Travel as much as you can. This world is a big place full of countless cultures, people, experiences, and adventures. Traveling for me is the one thing you can buy that actually makes your life richer.
It’s okay to not have it all figured out. This one is something I learned a lot about in this past year. Some people may know exactly what they want, but its completely okay to feel overwhelmed and lost. Focus on the present moment because ‘having it all figured out’ means there is nothing left to learn.
I’m just as beautiful without makeup. I don’t need makeup to feel pretty or presentable. I am worthy in my natural skin, hair, and body. Anything I do is simply to enhance my natural beauty, not cover it up.
Don’t try to fix into a box/label. Most of us don’t fit into a specific ‘box’ or label. Embrace who you truly are and don’t try to change just for the sake of others. I may love to run but that doesn’t mean I fit everyone’s description of a runner…and that’s OKAY.
You can’t predict/plan your life. As much as we may try to plan out the next year, month, or week, we never truly know what is going to happen. Instead I try to relax, go with the flow, and be continually surprised by wherever this life takes me.
True love is real and it’s freaking magical. I never thought I could ever love someone so much until I found true love. Everyone deserves unconditionally love, compassion, and support.
Embrace the tough times. Life is all about ebb and flow. If it weren’t for the tough times the good times wouldn’t feel as wonderful.
Quality over quantity for friends. The older I get the more I realize the importance of quality friendships. Those who care for you, support you, and stick around when the going gets tough.
Be silly. Singalong to music, dance like nobody is watching, laugh until your belly hurts, and never ever stop playing like you are a child.
Say yes to new adventures. It is often by doing what scares us most that we are able to grow. Climb mountains, travel to new places, go skydiving, and don’t let fear stand in your way.
Reading/ learning is sexy. Never become too cool for school….even when you’re out of school.
Trust your gut. Learn to turn inward and listen. Listen to your heart, trust your gut, and don’t doubt your intuition.
Veganism is magic. A lifestyle that helps save the planet, doesn’t kill or harm ANY beings, and is optimal for your health? Pure magic my friends.
I still have so much to learn. Perhaps the most important lesson I have learned is that I still have so much yet to learn. Each day I am growing, evolving, and becoming the most authentic version of myself. While 23 years may seem like a long time, it is truly only the begin of a life full of adventure, love, and compassion.