29 Lessons Learned Over My 29 Years of Life…

Since this is my last year in my 20s, I feel like it’s my last year to be a mess or make mistakes. Now I know that’s not the case; I’m sure I’ll make more. I’ve done pretty well for myself so far, BUT Ima do my best to remember what I’ve learned these last 29 years… and try my best not to repeat any former mistakes. At least not for the next decade…
In no particular order:
29 Things I’ve Learned In My 29 Years of Life

1. Surround yourself w/ peeps that make you feel happy/loved/spirited/excited and that love you EXACTLY how you already are.

2. Don’t judge. You never know where somebody else is coming from. Often you’re surprised to find the people you may dislike the most are an awful lot like you.

3. Always carry-on… as much as possible anyway. Checked bags get lost. A lot.

4. Always pack a bathing suit and extra underwear. I mean… why not? It’s not like it takes up that much space. You never know when you’ll be delayed/cancelled/wind up in another country…

5. Share what you have with others… even if all you have is a good attitude.

6. Be where the opportunities are. Be proactive! That ish doesn’t just find you (not always).

7. Boys DON’T ignore you when they like you. I’m glad I had an older brother to tell me these things. There was still heartache, but less confusion about boys’ antics growing up.

8. Just because he likes you doesn’t mean you HAVE to like him. It has to be mutual if it’s going to go anywhere.

9. When there’s money to be made, make it. Especially in the independent contractor world; being self-employed is awesome, but not as predictable/stable.

10. Travel as much as possible. It’s a big-ass world out there.

11. Keep #10 in check… being broke/ in debt isn’t much fun.

12. Don’t make excuses. Nobody wants to hear them and you’re only shifting blame from yourself to feel better.

13. When you’re a kid and you don’t brush your teeth in order to “stick it to the Man”, you’re only hurting yourself. #wishminewerewhite

14. Never leave a job until you have another one lined up. This helps motivate you to find one faster and keeps you from freaking out financially. It’s always worked for me.

15. Be patient. This always has been, and always will be, the hardest thing for me.

16. Go barefoot. Feel the ground.
16b. Watch where you step. Don’t step in dog ish.

17. Get to know the city you live in, even if you don’t want to be there. It helps…

18. Make new friends… even if you don’t need more. You can never have too many girlfriends.

19. Cheaper airfare is available during the middle of the week.

20. Never lose your inner child; dance as much as possible.

21. Don’t spend every penny you earn.

22. Sugar is yummy. But after age 25, it hides your abs and holds them hostage for a loooong time.

23. You can do a little of everything! Just not all at the same time…

24. When you follow your gut, you wind up exactly where you need to be.

25. Accountants and Financial Planners are the bomb. Make friends with some.

26. Spend more time happy than sad.

27. Being scared is ok. It gives you the chance to be brave, which gives you more strength later.

28. It’s nobody else’s responsibility to make you happy. The only person that can do that is you. If something’s not working, change it yourself.

29. Don’t settle. Ever. Bitches.

It’s a good thing I’m so wise now… ; )

What things have you learned, other 29/30 year olds?

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  1. LOVE this, Ami! 🙂

  2. love this! especially the don’t settle part. preach it 🙂

  3. Amy this post is amazing! I’m going to bookmark and re-read it over and over! And love the pictures too – such a bombshell!!

    Cheers to your best year yet!

  4. Love this post!!! A great one to keep in mind for when I need a pep-talk!

    I would also add (for me personally):

    It took me awhile to figure out #17, I struggled to make friends, and so sat around a lot, and it started to negatively affect my relationship too! I finally got out and started some hobbies, and the friends eventually developed from that 🙂

    I would say for my advice:

    Keep in touch with friends, old and new. I know I’ve lost touch with some friends along the way, that I didn’t mean to lose touch with, and wish I hadn’t. Always make time for that quick message or email!

    Think before you speak. I put my foot in my mouth A LOT. It runs faster than my brain.

    Love your body. That’s a hard one for me. I beat myself up for not noticing changes fast enough, or not losing those few extra pounds fast enough, and then fall off the exercise wagon. So, exercise to be healthy, not to be that skinny model.

    Faking confidence and forcing a smile to be brave in a scary situation can help lead you to real confidence!! (and by that, I mean pushing yourself a little)

    Thanks again for this wonderful post 🙂

  5. Quality over quantity for friends.

    Learn better eating habits earlier in life.

    Make the effort to call family, someday they will be gone.

    If a boy likes you, he will pursue you. DON’T WAIT AROUND!

    Never settle

  6. Live and learn. Love it. You my friend, are wise like Yoda 🙂
    Big 29th birthday kisses… XX

  7. LOVE all of these. thanks for the additions, guys! I heart you all. : )

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