1. Love yourself.
Let’s face it, you are pretty awesome. There is nothing more liberating than owning and loving who you are. The world does not need another replica. Accept yourself and remember there is no one out there like you. The minute you do you will be ten times happier.
2. Enjoy your own company.
The most important relationship you will ever have is the one with yourself. Take time to dedicate it to yourself and get to know yourself. Treat yourself to a date, you deserve it!
3. Listen to your gut.
If something does not feel right to you then do not do it. You are allowed to change your mind. Stick to your guns if it does not feel right chances are it is not.
4. Do not hold a grudge
Holding a grudge is just not worth all that time and energy spent on hating someone. The best thing you can do is to move on without them. In the long run you will be better off without all that negative energy.
5. Positive vibes only.
It can be a dangerous spiral when you start to feel sorry for yourself. Look at the glass half full and focus on the positive things in your life. You have so much to be thankful for. I truly believe that when you act positive you attract positivity. No one likes a Debby downer so turn that frown upside down!
6. Be grateful.
No matter where you are in life remember to be grateful and graceful. Do not be a jerk and stay humble, always.
7. Be kind.
Being polite is never out of style. Take others into consideration and be mindful. A smile can go a long way. Make sure to look up from your phone screen once in a while and say hello, please, and thank you.
8. Be happy.
You are the only one who has control over your life. Realize what makes you happy and go after it. Spend time doing what makes you happy and rid yourself of what does not. Cliché as it may sound life is just too short to spend it being miserable.
9. Live in the now.
Making new goals for yourself is important but celebrating your accomplishments is as important too. Try not to get too wrapped up in the constant planning of what is next that you forget to enjoy the now. You do not want to look back years from now and wish you would have enjoyed certain moments in your life more just because you were too concerned planning what was next.
10. Do not forget about your dreams and aspirations.
We are all guilty of getting lost in the routine of our everyday life but do not let that distract you from your goals. Ask yourself, “Is what I am doing now helping me get to where I want to be?” If the answer is no, that is okay. Begin working towards your goals today. Put things into perspective and decide what changes you need to make to get you to where you want to be.
11. It is okay if you are lost.
No one has everything figured out in their twenties. You will figure it out in due time and if you do not that is also okay. Remember, life is not meant to be figured out it is meant to be lived.
12. Do not settle for less than you deserve.
Go after what you want and do not stick around for what is convenient. It might be hard to do because going after what you want can be scary but believe me you will thank yourself in the long run.
13. Your mistakes do not define you
I refuse to believe that we are all solely defined by one thing, especially our mistakes. Making mistakes is part of growing up and they will only follow you around if you let them. Do not let them hover over you! Accept them, learn from them, grow from them and move on.
14. When you know better you do better.
Do not let your mistakes become a nasty habit. Try to improve and break free from them. Do not be that person who never evolved, be better, and do better. It’s that simple.
15. Never stop learning.
Just because you are done with school does not mean you should kiss learning something new goodbye. Things are constantly changing and evolving in the world and there will always be something new to learn. Do not forget knowledge is power.
16. Be a person of their word.
Do not be that person no one can count on instead be that individual people can trust and rely on. Let your word carry weight. If you said you were going to do something then do it.
17. Break-ups happen.
Things happen for a reason and while you may not be able to see that now you will one day. After some time and distance you will find yourself with some much needed perspective. You will realize why “the one” did not work out and maybe even be glad it did not. Most of all you will realize it was not the end of the world after all.
18. It is okay to be single.
Do not look at being single like a negative thing. Take this time to focus on yourself. Work on yourself, your goals, and building a career. Independence can be a great thing. Everything else will fall into place in due time and the “right one” will sneak up on you when you least expect it.
19. Friendships are two way streets.
Relationships take work, even friendships. That being said, you should not have to be the one who puts in all the effort. The responsibility does not fall entirely upon you. If they are interested and care they can also reach out. If not, do not be afraid to move on. Some friendships are not meant to be forever and can run their course and that is okay.
20. No such thing as frenemies.
Your friends should be your best supporters. Surround yourself with people who will lift you up and not bring you down. Leave the frenemie sagas for those who do not know any better.
21. Do not be a sore loser.
Your friend’s success is not your failure. Everyone is on their own journey and we each accomplish things at different times. Cheer your loved ones on the same way you would want them to cheer you on. Be truly happy for others success and motivate each other to keep striving. The world is already full of haters, do not be another one.
22. Do not be a hot mess.
Going out for a night of drinking with your friends is fun but know your limit. Do not be that friend your friends always have to take care of, that can get old real quick. We all have to grow up sometime. Enjoy yourself, but just remember not to do anything you will end up regretting. You are not 21 anymore and getting over a hangover might be more difficult than you think.
23. Netflix and chill.
It is okay to skip a night out. You will not miss anything that important, probably. Spending a night in with Netflix can be equally fun and relaxing. Even better you will not have to spend the next day nursing a nasty hangover.
24. Family is everything.
They can drive you crazy most of the time but they mean well. Appreciate them and make time for them. They are an annoying bunch but no one is rooting harder for you than they are. Remember, they are not the enemy and will stick with you to the very end. Despite the countless petty fights and disagreements do not stop loving them because they definitely will not stop loving you.
25. Explore new things.
Some things are worth spending your money on. Put yourself out there! Whether that means buying a plane ticket and exploring the world or ordering something different than your usual. Do not be afraid to explore and make new discoveries. It is never too late and you will not regret it.
There is a time and a place for everything. Do not forget to laugh at yourself once in a while. Be spontaneous, loosen up and have fun.