Today is my 26th birthday! If you would have told me 5 years ago that when I turned 26 I would be living in Antigua, Guatemala with my husband, managing a boutique hotel, I would have laughed. Life is always surprising me, and bringing me to places and experiences I never would have imagined. This year, we’re spending the day in Chicago, celebrating at some of our favorite spots, with some of my very favorite people.
I’ve learned a lot over the years, but below are some important lessons I want to share with you today.
More is not more. Edit your closet, your relationships, your career, and your interests until it really feels like you.
Read books, and do it often. Your worldview will change, your vocabulary will improve, and you will become much more interesting.
No one is looking at you. Everyone is too busy checking themselves out to care.
Really good cheese and really good wine is really, really worth the extra $$.
Don’t put clothes in the washer when the tag says “dry clean only”. Don’t do it.
Practice yoga and practice often. You might hate it the first (20) times, but stick with it. It will change your body and (more importantly) your mind.
Be able to admit when you were wrong.
Just because it’s not your path doesn’t mean it’s the wrong path.
Show up for the people in your life. Don’t be the person that bails at the last minute.
You’ll never regret a workout. Get up and go!
It’s okay to say no (even if everyone else is saying yes).
Not everyone will like you.
No one will look out for you in the workplace; advocate for yourself, ask for the raise (that you deserve), and work hard. Harder than anyone else.
Just because you chose a career in your early 20’s doesn’t mean you’re stuck there until your early 60’s.
Don’t assume that you can’t do it. Just try.
Don’t apologize for your character, your opinions, or your preferences.
Be a good friend.
It’s okay that a college football tailgate sounds like a horrible way to spend a Saturday 🙂
And most of all, practice gratitude in your daily life and you will see your blessings multiply.