"Life Lessons I Learned in my Twenties"

Now that I have officially crossed over the over 25 threshold, I thought I would share the things that helped me get through life and that I learned as an early twenty something. Some are completely random and in no particular order. 

Be selfish. Your twenties are all about you. Keep it that way. 

Save money. You may need your rainy day fund a lot sooner than you imagined. 

Go to the doctor. This, I didn't necessarily learn in my twenties because my mom was on a pretty decent schedule when my siblings and I were younger. But, my appreciation for going to the doctor and dentist appointments was elevated when I realized how great my health insurance was with Toyota. I never missed a yearly/ quarterly visit. 

Don't spend too lavishly. It's no secret that I like pricey things, think designer shoes and handbags, but I had to learn that right now wasn't the time for me to invest in these things. I didn't want to be broke and homeless with the only thing I had to show for myself was a good pair of Prada shoes; cute, but not cute. 

Polish your nails or keep them bare. Chipped polish is not cute, anywhere, especially in corporate America. 

Know when to say no. You can't be a savior to everyone. 

Know when to not say no. Sometimes in life there are things that you may not want to do, you will probably want to say no. Take these opportunities as lessons of compromise. I found that some of my no’s would have been a missed opportunity. 

Do not settle. Do not settle for a relationship, a job or for family. You want to make sure that you are happy with every decision that you make and live life with no regrets. 

Travel and travel as often as you can. This may be the only time that you have in your life to live. Travel as much as you can and as much as you can afford. Live it up and see the world before you have a family and real responsibilities. 

Eliminate people who aren't really your friends. Toxic people are harmful to your life. They don't wish you well and can turn on you at any moment for no apparent reason. 

Eat well. You will live longer and your body will thank you later. 

Take care of your skin. You know how they say "black don't crack." Well it does, especially if you don't take care of your skin. Go to the dermatologist and start planning now. 

 

Drink water.

Take care of your body. For most of my 20's I struggled with my weight. I have been wanting to lose weight for years now, but always seemed to lack motivation. It wasn't until I turned 25 that l started to take things more seriously. I couldn't even run up a flight of stairs. I had no excuse not be good shape. Remember, do this for you, not for anyone else.

By: Rachel M. Roberts

Learn what makes you happy. During my earlier 20 years, I had no idea who I was or what made me happy. Many days I was miserable. I didn't have an outlet. After a lot of time spent to myself and self reflection I started to uncover the things I enjoyed doing. For me, this meant practicing yoga and photography. Figure out what it is that makes you happy and find a way to incorporate it into your daily life.