24 things I’ve learned in 24 years (part 1)
I've been really busy with birthdays and travel plans lately, so I haven't had much time to post. Thankfully, things will be calming down soon. Tomorrow is my birthday and I will officially be a quarter of a century old (eek!). In honor of my transition from 24 to 25, I’ve decided to make a list of things I have learned about myself and life thus far.
1. N E V E R use a BLACK eyebrow pencil:
Please trust me on this one. I have been a repeat offender of the black eyebrow for quite a few years. It didn’t work and I always looked angry—even when I was smiling. Instead of trying a new pencil color, I just gave in to my natural struggle brows. The jet black eyebrow just doesn’t work and overpowers your features, making your face look “unfinished”.
It is incredibly rare that someone would ever need to use a jet black eyebrow pencil. Sticking with a neutral dark brown is probably your best bet.
2. Communication is incredibly important:
Being able to communicate effectively is SO important. I can’t tell you how many times i’ve avoided crappy situations and misunderstandings by expressing my thoughts or feelings.
3. Always be kind to others:
this may seem like an obvious one, but being kind to people around you is imperative. The world can be a dark place (this seems especially true lately) and the last thing you want to do is contribute to that.
4. Keeping friendships alive require effort:
In high school it’s so easy to maintain friendships because you see each other EVERY DAY. As you get older, scheduling time to see each other is hard because everyone has their own thing going on. Despite all of this it’s still super important to keep in touch, even if it’s a text or phone call every once and awhile. Maybe even reach out and suggest that you go out for dinner or take a weekend trip somewhere. I'm definitely the type of person who forgets to respond to texts (sorry!), so I've had to really make an effort to keep in touch with everyone. After years of “attempted trip planning” with no results, my friends and I are finally taking our first girl’s trip to New York next month. It'll be nice to get away for a little while and reconnect.
5. Not washing your face twice a day is a skincare cardinal sin:
I used to pretty lazy when it came to taking care of my skin. I would only wash it in the morning and apply an astringent. No wonder why I was breaking out so much! Going to bed with all of the dirt and oil from the day on my face just created a breeding area for bacteria and acne. Now that I wash my face twice a day AND tone my skin AND apply a moisturizer, my skin has never looked better.
6. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water everyday is a MUST:
Anytime I drink less than 8 glasses of water, my body feels like it’s falling apart. I'm tired, my mind is cloudy and my body just feels heavy. The easiest way for me to meet my water goal everyday is to walk with a water bottle AT ALL TIMES. I bring my 42oz. water bottle with me when I go to work, hang out with friends and even when I go to bed. If I have a drink in my hand, I’ll absent-mindedly drink from it.
7. Setting spray is a crucial step
After figuring out jet black eyebrows are unnatural (see number 1), I started doing my brows more often. I was at work one day an noticed that people were looking at my face but not really LOOKING at me. Their eyes always shifted to the sides of my face. Apparently throughout the course of my day, as my skin got oilier, my brows were electric sliding down the sides of my face—making it look like I had extra long brows.
8. My peers and I are now at the age where pregnancies and engagement announcements are expected:
Every time I see an update from a former classmate on social media announcing their pregnancy or engagement, my gut instinct is to gasp out of concern...Then I remember that we’re not teenagers anymore and that this is normal. I’m in good company though because my closest friends feel the same way.
9. An opportunity to take a nap is a gift from God himself:
Tired is no longer a temporary thing—it’s a lifestyle. I can sleep for 10 whole hours and still wake up exhausted, so whenever I have the chance to take a nap, I take it! I took a mini power nap at lunch today and woke up feeling like a brand new woman. I know everyone says this, but if I could go back in time and speak to my younger self, I would tell her to take all the naps she can. Maybe she would be able to help me break even with my sleep deficit.
This list will be completed in a separate blog post. What are some tips or things you've realized in you 'x' amount of year of life? Feel free to leave them below!