27 Lessons in 27 Years

Today I will blow out 27 birthday candles. Does that mean I’m officially in my late twenties?! Growing older is a funny thing. When I was a kiddo, I dreamed and wished of being older. Then, for awhile I feared it. Now, I realize how much I’m learning and growing each year and I can’t help but feel thankful for the years I’ve had. 

Today I am sharing some of the biggest lessons I have learned over my past 27 years. I would encourage you to check them out and apply them to your life as you see fit. I wish I would have known these things years ago!  

1. Joy of Missing out- JOMO. It’s OKAY to be happy about missing out. 

In college, it was FOMO (fear of missing out) Now, I’ve embraced JOMO. I have found the joy in missing out on things and staying home! And it’s okay to be happy about your decision to miss out! 

2. Learning to say no

I have been a lifelong people pleaser. It has taken me 27 years to learn to say no. And to leave it at that. Saying no doesn’t mean you are rude! You need to protect yourself and your energy at all costs. This is something I am still working on- but I’ve finally seen the light after 27 years! 

3. Time blocking

Time blocking is a GAME CHANGER. Think about it. How much do you really get done if you check your email every 5 minutes while you work on a project? How much work do you get done when you are constantly needing to refocus? What if- instead of juggling a million things- you set a timer and focused on just ONE task. For example, I set a 30 minute timer and write a blog post. I am not scrolling the Internet looking for more info, I’m not checking Instagram- I am JUST writing. 

4. Airplane mode

Even though we have technology at the tips of our fingers, that doesn’t mean that we have to respond to everything that comes into our phones, the minute that it comes! This year I have started putting my phone on airplane mode and cranking out blog posts, taking courses and getting work done. Uninterrupted work is the best! 

5. Intermittent Fasting

IF has changed my life. If you are looking for weight loss or ways to benefit your health, I would encourage you to learn more about IF! You can read more about my experience with intermittent fasting HERE.

6. Traditions

“Traditions are just peer pressure from dead people.” 

7. Simplicity/minimalism/living with less

Check out the Minimalism documentary on Netflix. My life has been changed simply by focusing on experiences and not “stuff”.

8. It’s never too late to start over

A few years ago my Mom left her job as a dental hygienist where she worked for over 20 years. It had always been her dream to watch kiddos and she made that dream a reality. It is never too late to start over, no matter where you are at in your life.

9. We cancelled Netflix and we don’t miss it.

We actually watch a lot less tv now! When we need to watch something, we have Amazon Prime and local channels. 

10. It’s okay to cut people out of your life. Some friendships aren’t meant to last forever.

Some friendships are meant to serve us at certain points of our lives. And that’s okay!! Not all friendships are meant to last forever. You aren’t a bad person for growing and changing! Most people aren’t constantly evolving and changing with you- and that’s okay! 

11. Your MIND is so incredibly powerful.

Seriously, the mind fascinates me. If you know me IRL, you’ve heard me ramble on about the mind, the reticular activating system and more. Look up Dr. Joe Dispenza on YouTube and listen to his research!

12. Keep reading

For a few years, I forgot how much I love to read. With technology at our fingertips 24/7, I don’t think I allow myself to get bored. However, I LOVE to read. Reading can also excel you in so many areas of your life! Take a a few minutes per day to spend time reading.

13. Save time to be silly and have fun.

When did life get so serious? Some of my most memorable moments are silly, fun times with Branden. Life is too short to be serious all the time! 

14. Make sleep a priority

Sleep is one of the most overlooked ways to care for yourself.

15. Age is just a number

Don’t be scared of celebrating your birthday!! Age is just a number!

16. Money isn’t scary

For most of my life I feared money. I feared not having enough money, I feared not being able to pay my bills. I have been working on my mindset surrounding money and it’s taken a lot of work. But just know, if you struggle with thoughts/concerns/fears surrounding money, you can change and improve your money mindset!

17. Improve every day by 1%

How could you change your life if you improved by 1% every single day? That would be 365% improvement each year! For more information about this, read the book The Slight Edge.

18. It’s not my job to make other people happy. Period.

Being the oldest kiddo in my family, I think I often felt like I had to keep everyone happy and be the glue that held everyone together. But it’s not my job to make other people happy. I can still be a light in the lives of others, but ultimately it is their choice to be happy or not! 

19. Everything is figureoutable 

Seriously, everything is figureoutable. I have always been resourceful. If I didn’t know the answer, I figured it out. If I got stumped, I kept searching and kept asking questions. Figuring things out is easier than ever thanks to Google! 

20. Avoid negativity and drama. It’s okay not to respond to drama.

You do not have to give into drama and gossip. You can remove yourself from the situation, not comment and not engage. This doesn’t make you rude or mean. 

21. Invest in yourself (classes, health, wellness)

Take time to invest in yourself! Take care of your body and your mind. Keep learning, keep pushing your body to new limits and keep challenging yourself. YOU are your biggest investment! 

22. True love will come. Give it time.

For most of my life, I tried to rush love and searched for my soulmate. I was worried about finding my person. If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to not rush. Enjoy the process. I found my true love when the time was right! 

23. Boundary setting 

This is something that I am still working on. But setting boundaries when it comes to work, family and relationships is so important! When I first graduated, I wanted to excel at work. I made myself available all hours of the day and night and therefore burned myself out. I have since learned to set boundaries upfront to protect my energy and health.

24. It’s okay to change your mind/path.

It’s okay to change your mind and to change your career path. Change is okay!!! 

25. Wear sunscreen and take care of your skin!!!

Your skin is the largest organ in your body! Your Mom was right- sunscreen IS important! 

26. How to swallow pills 

Yep. I fully admit it. It took me 27 years to swallow normal sized pills. I could swallow itty-bitty pills, but everything else I swallowed with applesauce. Luckily, Branden is amazingly patient and my biggest cheerleader. With his calm encouragement, I am a regular pill-swallowing girl now! 

27. Soak up every single moment 

Life is way too short. I think we all get into ruts sometimes and feel down about waking up, working and repeating. But there is so much joy to be found in the littlest things in life! 

I hope some of these 27 lessons I learned can benefit you! What is one of the biggest lessons that you have learned this year? Leave a comment below and let me know!