Monday, August 12th, 1991 around 8:30 am in Philadelphia, Pa, I was born. It’s funny because we all didn’t ask to be in this world. We didn’t ask for bills, heart-break, sickness. But we were given something precious….LIFE. In my 25 years of living, I have learned many lessons. More lessons than I can count! I wanted to share with you the biggest lessons, 10 of them, that I have learned so far.
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10 Life Lessons
Life lesson 1. As you get older, so do your parents
This life lesson is basic facts. Your parents won’t live forever and it is sad to think that. This is the time in your life to become even closer with your parents. Ask them about their lives growing up. What were they doing at the age of 25? What’s some of their secrets?! Haha, you never know about your parent’s life unless you ask…which brings me to lesson # 2.
Life lesson 2. You never know until you ask
This life lesson is so important to grasp. Growing up, I was afraid to ask certain questions because I was afraid of the answers. It’s too late for me to get those answers now so now I try my best to ask anything that I am curious about. You can’t spread knowledge if you don’t seek it.
Life lesson 3. You most likely will be broke during your early 20s
Now, I don’t know the statistics but I am just going to throw a random number out there. 89…yes 89 sounds good enough. 89% of people in their early 20s are probably struggling pay check to pay check. Now don’t let this scare you if you are still a teen. It wasn’t a choice for me or anyone else who struggled. At this time, you are trying to prove yourself in the work-force and it is hard. Most companies want experience over school knowledge, so we spend a few of our years job hopping until we either create our own business or someone gives us a chance.
Life lesson 4. Stop making excuses
I always wanted to travel the world as a child, and still do. I would tell everyone how I plan to go here and there, I would write down all the places I wanted to visit and I would cut out pictures of maps and put them on my wall. I talked…ALOT…but there were never any actions. This lesson took me the hardest to actually do. If you want something, do it! Don’t let excuses like money or a certain person hold you back. When I finally told my self that, I actually saved up my money to buy a ticket to Amsterdam. This brings me to lessons learned #5.
Life lesson 5. Save money to make money
I am pretty sure you heard this life lesson before, “in order to get money you have to spend money”. Well in order to spend money you have to have it! Saving is going to be the best thing to do during your 20s. Like I mentioned before, money is hard to come by for most of us around this age. Open up a savings account, deposit money in there every time you get paid. Don’t touch that savings account. Think about what you would like to use that money for. Emergencies, travel, education…either way, that savings will come in handy.
Life lesson 6. You don’t need a group of friends
This life lesson I pretty much lived my whole life doing. I never had a huge group of friends. I always kept about 2-3 really close friends while everyone else being acquaintances. Honestly, in your 20s, you won’t have enough time to hang out with too many people. I think it is great to have 2-3 close friends to hang out with, talk to, and have for support. Honestly, to me anyways, more friends=more stress. You will find that as you get older, your circle of friends become smaller. This isn’t a bad thing it’s just we all start living different lives around this time and you may realize that you guys were better friends as children and not adults.
Life lesson 7. You won’t have your dream job right out of college
Now once again, this life lesson is for about 89% of 20 something year olds. I wish that I could have my dream job out of college but it didn’t work out that way for me. I want to be a Social Media Manager, eventually for an international travel, fashion, beauty, or media company. Everyone wants experience but no one would give it to me. So… I decided to give my own self experience. I started this blog to enhance my social media skills and I also enrolled to get my International MBA in Social Media Marketing. I am teaching myself how to build a website, market my brand and more. I am new to all this but I know what I need to have in order to get what I want and I am on the right track.
Life lesson 8. It’s ok to not be in a relationship
If you are like me, everyone you went to school with or grew up with, is having kids and getting married. I have no boyfriend, fiance, husband, kids…I am not even dating anyone! Yes, it’s scary because who wants to be alone for the rest of their life?! I stopped stressing out over this awhile ago because I honestly believe that if I am supposed to have kids and get married, then it will happen. You just can’t stress out everyday about being lonely. I know my perfect guy is out there, and until then, I can stay focused on me and doing the things I want to do in life before the whole “having kids” thing kicks in.
Life lesson 9. Coffee will become your best friend
You guys know I LOVE coffee but, I used to HATE it! Coffee honestly gets me through my good and bad days. It gives me energy to do what I need to do and it soothes and calms me at the same time. You can sweeten coffee up if you don’t like the bitter taste. Over the years now, I am starting to like my coffee less sweet and more rich and bold in flavor. Coffee has gotten me through tough tests, interviews, friendship drama…you name it. So don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it. If you tried coffee and don’t like it…it’s probably because it’s not the type you like. There are so many different types of coffee. Go and experiment…if not..there’s always tea 🙂
Life lesson 10. Your bad credit in college will catch up to you
I don’t even like talking about this because my credit is horrible! It all started in college. To me, it was nice to just spend money you thought belonged to you. It’s been 3 years now and my credit score is still crap. Honestly, this is the time to start rebuilding your credit. Avoid the high interest and fees on cars and mortgage loans or even applying for an apartment by having a better credit score. Pay off those cards. Make a payment plan. If you do open up another line of credit, use it once a month, then pay off the ENTIRE balance. Don’t abuse the credit cards like I did. My goal is to have a 700 credit score in the next 3 years 🙂