20 Things I've Learned in 20 Years

20. The beginning of a new and exciting chapter of my life. I know a lot people don't care about 20 as they'd rather get to 21 (ha!), however, this is a really exciting milestone for me. While I by no means know everything about life (quite the opposite actually), with growing up comes experiences and moments in our life where we grow as people. I've made so many mistakes in 20 years, but through those mistakes I've learned so much. I'm all about constantly pushing yourself to be the best version of yourself that you can be. While I have so much to learn and see in this world, I wanted to share 20 lessons I've learned that have been really impactful for me.

1. You can't do it all. And you really shouldn't have to go through hard times alone. Going off of that...

2. It's okay to ask for help. It is a sign of strength to admit you need help in all aspects of life I think.

3. Be kind. You never know what people are going through in their life and people remember kindness.

4. The most important relationship is with yourself. Invest in yourself and always continue to push yourself to be the best you can be.

5. Mental health is important. I've talked a little about my struggle with anxiety, but it's a real thing and more people are suffering than we even know. Take time to take care of yourself.

6. Your outer appearance doesn't define who you are as a person. 

7. Always stand up for what you believe in. 

8. Accept the things you can't change. Despite how much of a fight I've put up with the universe, some things are out of our control. Accept those things and move on.

9. Support others. There is room for everyone to succeed in this world. Cheer people on for their successes.

10. A positive mindset is everything. Being negative has never gotten anyone anywhere.

11. Never give yourself the opportunity to say you didn't try your best. Always work hard and give your best effort.

12. Spend money on experiences, not things. Being able to travel has been one of the greatest opportunities of my entire life and has opened my eyes to so much. I've also never regretted a Sunday brunch with my girlfriends!

13. Don't be afraid to do something new. Stay tuned for my semester in Barcelona!!!

14. Fight for what you want.

15. Be a listener.  Never underestimate the power of lending a listening ear to someone.

16. Not all relationships are meant to be. Friendships, relationships with boys, whatever. Not everything is supposed to last forever and that's okay. We learn and grow from every situation.

17. Put your phone down and enjoy life. Just try it for one day and trust me.

18. Not everyone is nice. Back to #3. Be kind anyways.

19. Always push yourself to keep learning. Read books. Listen to podcasts. Ask questions. Listen to stories from wiser people.

20. Admit you don't know it everything. Let's be honest. No one likes a know-it-all and no one really knows it all. We are all constantly growing, making mistakes, and learning from them.

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