Hi guys! I’m finally back from vacation which has been a little bit of a whirlwind, what should have taken us 8 hours to get back to Boston took us 24 hours and my grandfather was really sick so I just wanted to get home and be with my family so I’m extra excited to be back even though vacation was unbelievable, I’ll share more details on that soon 🙂
I turned 24 on the 26th and had a lot of time to reflect while I was away. I don’t know about you guys but I felt like 23 is a very confusing year. You enter a new phase in life where you’re no longer in school after being in school for years, you go through the struggles of finding a job and figuring out how to support yourself financially, you may or may not be waist deep in student loan debt, you have to adapt to working 40 hours a week, all while trying to maintain a social life and doing your best to not get grey hairs.
Below are the 23 things I’ve learned while being a 23 year old:
1). Be present. This is the hardest for me, I’m always thinking 10 steps ahead but it’s so important to stay in the moment.
2). Do your best to leave work at the door once you’re done for the day. In the beginning of my 9-5 life, I had a really hard time coming home from work and not thinking about it. Learning how to leave it at the door played a major role in my work life balance.
3). Never say no to a bagel. Life is too short.
4). Call your parents and your siblings every day, even if they don’t pick up. It always makes people feel good when they see someone has called to check in on them.
5). Find a hobby. I invest a lot of my time into my blog and if I didn’t have this as a hobby, I would probably sit on my phone during my free time as opposed to learning how to code, design, etc.
6). Figure out how to incorporate exercise into your schedule but don’t put too much pressure on yourself about it. I didn’t exercise for the first 6 months of working a full time job because I was so exhausted from the new 9-5 schedule. I knew I needed to start because it would help control everyday stress but I also knew that I didn’t need any more pressure on my plate. I made a rule to go to the gym twice during the work week and once on the weekends but didn’t beat myself up if I didn’t make it.
7). Eat spinach even though it doesn’t taste very good. It’s much better than being sick when you’re not living at your parents house and have no one to take care of you.
8). Find what excites you and do more of it. Cliche, but very true.
9). Try a new restaurant or cafe at least once a month. I love food and I love trying new restaurants. I’m always researching new places to try and dragging my friends, boyfriend, parents or sisters along with me.
10). Kiss your Zhenka and Rubinoff days goodbye and treat yourself to nicer alcohol. Your hangovers somehow go from 0-100 when you graduate from college.
11). Treat yourself to lunch on paydays, you deserve it.
12). Always hold the door for the person behind you, it goes a long way and there’s nothing worse than someone closing the door on you.
13). Stop to pet the dog that walks past you.
14). There’s no shame in having a glass of wine after a long day.
15). Do aerobics classes by yourself. It forces you to branch out and talk to new people.
16). Ask questions when you’re curious, you never know what you’ll learn.
17). Always, always, always make time for your friends.
18). Stay in with your significant other one night a week and cook dinner. You’ll learn so much about your partner.
19). Date nights don’t have to be a night on the town. Some of my favorite memories with Erik is lounging around in his t-shirts and joggers.
20). Change is good. Even though it may not feel like it right away, it has a way of working out. I have to remind myself of this all the time.
21). Make your bed every morning. Your mom was right when you were a kid, it makes a big difference when you come home.
22). Invest your time in good friends and listen to your instinct when it tells you that someone isn’t a good fit in your life. Your intuition never lies.
23). When in doubt, don’t hesitate to resort to #14!
I’d love to hear your feedback! Have a lovely week everyone 🙂