Hello all! Can you believe it’s already May?! My 27th birthday was last week, and it’s officially a year since I’ve started blogging. Hooray! How time flies and changes – all for the better. In honor of my 27th birthday, I talk about the 27 things I’ve learned:
1. Life is short – have fun and don’t take anything too seriously!
2. Nothing lasts forever – pain, joy – know that sadness and pain will eventually go away and to savor every blessed moment.
3. A support system is crucial! A circle of like minded supportive individuals is so important. Keep your family, friends, and loved ones close! They’ll lift you up and get you through anything.
4. Your body is a work of art. Treat it with kindness and love. Worship it for all that it does for you. Dress it up, treat it with respect, get tattoos – you’re a master piece.
5. Tattoos don’t necessarily need to have a meaning behind them. Sometimes you just want to decorate your body. They’re accessories!
6. Don’t take things personally – what everyone says or does is on them; it’s just their projection.
7. Spend time alone – it’ll do you some good. I’ve had issues with codependency and not being able to stand on my own. It wasn’t until recent years where I started spending more time alone, and I love it! Be okay on your own and spend time on your own. Treat yourself to dinner or a date! You deserve all the good things this world has to offer. Relish it! Ultimately if you can be okay on your own, then you can be okay when that special someone comes along.
8. Exercise isn’t a form of punishment; it’s a way to take care of yourself and honor your body. It’s a mood booster too! It’s another great way to show yourself love and give yourself “me” time.
9. Some friendships won’t last as long as you thought they would. Some of their endings are sudden and can be very sad. Know that when one door closes another one opens. Some friendships serve their purpose and you learn from it and move on.
10. Everything happens for a reason – EVERYTHING. Every little thing that happens for a reason, even if you can’t see why, know that it does, and in time, you’ll see.
11. Everything works out. Even in the midst of chaos and craziness, know that God and the universe has your back. It always works out in the end.
12. Music consoles and soothes the soul. There’s a song for every mood and situation you’re in. Music is uplifting.
13. There is strength in vulnerability. It takes guts to open up to others and reveal your true self and story.
14. It’s okay to ask for help. It’s great to be independent and do things on your own, but if you need help from another person, it’s okay to ask for it. We’re human.
15. It’s okay to make mistakes. It’s not the end of the world if we mess up or don’t do something correctly. We must make sure to learn from our mistakes so we don’t repeat them again.
16. Dare to be different! If you feel like you don’t fit in, which is how I’ve felt many times. It means you were born to stand out!
17. Materials and money won’t bring you happiness. You can have all the money and riches in the world, but if you aren’t happy on your own, then you’ll never be happy.
18. Being in a relationship/having a significant other is not the key to happiness either. For a long time, I thought I was supposed to find prince charming and we’d live happily ever after. However, I’ve learned if you aren’t happy single then you won’t be happy in a relationship. You need to be 100% okay and whole on your own until that special someone comes along. You each are your own entity. You don’t complete each other; you complement each other.
19. You have the power to manifest and do anything you aspire to accomplish. There is so much power within us, we don’t even realize it. We are stronger, smarter, and more capable than we think. Don’t let self limiting beliefs or doubts get to your head. The possibilities of what you can have and accomplish are endless.
20. It’s perfectly fine to show emotion and cry. One of the stories I used to carry around with me was to always be happy and not show sadness or cry. What it deprived me of was feeling the full spectrum of emotions, being truly human, and having deep connections. Crying is normal. It’s our way of expressing hurt, sadness, frustration, anger, and even happiness. IT’s a form of release so cry it out if you need to.
21. Being nice is everything. Let go of judgement. There’s no need to be mean to others. We’re all in this world together. Let’s all be nice and help each other out.
22. Own your schedule or it will own you. If you don’t know what your schedule is, then it can lead to a chaotic or unproductive day. Especially in the world of training where our schedules can vary from day to day and week to week, knowing what your schedule is will help you stay on top of your work game.
23. Tell your loved ones you love them often. I know I don’t say I love you as often so remember to show appreciation and love to the ones you care about. Spread the love!
24. Comparison is the thief of joy. Stay in your lane and focus on you and what you’re doing, not whatever anyone else is doing. Imagine yourself running in a race, you wouldn’t want to look at your competitor next to you right? It’d distract you from the race you’re running. Same thing with life. Focus on what you’re doing. We all have our own strengths, weaknesses, and journeys.
25. Don’t take time away from your sleep to get things done. I know I for one am a victim of this. There are times where I wouldn’t manage my time well, and whatever projects I didn’t finish, I’d stay up late, taking time away from my sleep. Sleep is so important. It’s where we rest and recover. With poor recovery, comes poor performance and mood.
26. Keep an open mind. We all have our own beliefs, opinions, and ways of living life. Be open to what people have to say. You never know what you can learn by keeping an open mind.
27. The risk is worth the reward. The dream you’ve been holding off? The adventure, project, business you’ve been reluctant to start? Do it! Plan strategically and go for it! I’m so happy I took the risk of pursuing my dream as a trainer and moving to LA. I’m also putting my own business on the front burner and know I can help tons of people while making a great living and being my own boss.
As I embark on another year of life, I will remember these 27 lessons and continue to learn more knowledge and wisdom.