22 Life Lessons I've learned in 22 Years of Life

  1. ngspc_0014Surrounding yourself with good people makes a huge difference in who you are// Once I found my core group of friends in college & joined a sorority, I realized friends are supposed to life you up and not bring you down. It’s amazing to know that people actually care about you and want you to do well.
  2. Sometimes saying “no” will benefit you// It’s impossible to do it all. Sometimes you need to say no to something so you can have a break.
  3. Doing something you truly love every day will make you happy// I’m just finally starting to realize this and I think it will be a game changer in my overall mood/anxiety levels. Sometimes I feel so down and stressed due to school work/other things. I think this will make a big difference.
  4. Follow your gut feeling, it’s usually right// Sometimes you get a bad feeling about a person/situation. Follow that feeling and do what is best for you.
  5. There is no such thing as being perfect// As much as I wish I was, I know there is no such thing and I’m finally starting to accept that.
  6. You get out what you put in// If you put your all into something, you will get as much back. I’ll use Theta Phi Alpha as an example: The more events you attend, the more you reach out to sisters, and the more work you put into it, the more you will get out of it. Opportunities are always available in life, you just have to put the work in.
  7. Your parents will still love you even if you fail a test// I was always so petrified my parents would be disappointed in me if I failed a test. They never are.
  8. Finding time for a passion/hobby keeps you sane// I’ve realized this once I started taking this blogging thing a bit more serious. I love it, it breaks me out of school mode for a little and I can focus on something else for a bit.
  9. Taking the time to get to know people helps build strong friendships// If you don’t put work into any relationship you have, it will never grow stronger.
  10. Coffee makes everything better…so does a big bowl of pasta// Self-explanatory. It’s the little things in life.
  11. Save money, you’ll never know when you need it// When my computer crashed during finals last semester I was struggling to come up with money to buy a new one. Luckily, my computer was recovered, but if I did have to buy a new one, I wouldn’t have been able to at that moment.
  12. Having your mom as your best friend isn’t a weird thing// I was judged (and still am) for the close relationship I have with my mom. People tell us to “cut the cord” and it enrages me. My mother is the best person I know and has helped me through everything in life. We are extremely close and love it. I don’t care what anyone says anymore. I’m extremely blessed to have such a close relationship with my mom.
  13. College will go by in a blink of an eye// Enjoy while you can! It’s the best four (or in my case 5) years of your life.
  14. Try something new// I’m always afraid to try new foods or new things and that’s not good. I would never realize I love sushi or peanut butter if I never tried them in the first place!
  15. Meal Prep is seriously the greatest thing you can do// Now that I have classes later in the day, I’m starting to prep my dinners for the week because I do not want to be cooking when I come home. Game. Changer.
  16. Watching The Office will make you a much better person// Trust me.
  17. If you never try you’ll never know// I’m not one for stepping out of my comfort zone but sometimes you have to try something to see if it will work for you.
  18. Keeping a to-do list keeps you more accountable// I love the feeling of finishing up my to-do list and I notice I’m much more motivated to get things done when I know I can check them off and feel great about it that night.
  19. Sometimes you just sad for no reason, but it will pass// I know I get really sad sometimes and while I am I feel like I always will be. But every single time it passes.
  20. Just because someone is somewhere else in life, doesn’t mean you have to be at that stage too// We are all different, meaning we will be at different places in our lives. Most of the kids I graduated high school with have now graduated college but I’m still here. (But I’m the real winner because college is the best). Being behind or ahead of anyone doesn’t make you better or worse. We’re all meant to go at our own pace.
  21. Enjoy every single day// There is good and bad in everything. But having an appreciation for every day makes life a bit more manageable.
  22. Worry less// So so so so hard for someone like me who worries about every single thing. But I feel a lot better when I try to worry less about little things I can’t control.

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