With my 25th birthday around the corner, I thought this would be the perfect time for this blog post !

  1. Create relationships with people. There is a purpose and reasoning behind every person we meet.
  2. Never lose faith. Have faith that God will guide you to your life purpose, but most importantly, never lose faith in YOURSELF.
  3. If you have been close friends with someone for over 7 years, expect this person to stay in your life for good. Psychologists know what they’re saying!
  4. Doing a sport or having a consistent hobby during your teenage years is one of the best ways to shape your personality and character.
  5. Everything happens for a reason! As cliche as it sounds, I will never argue this one.
  6. Dream BIG and never give up! Even if your goals seem unrealistic in the eyes of others, YOU have the best viewpoints on who you can become and what you want to do.
  7. Don’t overthink on things that won’t matter 10 years from now. I struggle with overthinking, but recently, I have tried asking myself: “Will this matter in “x” years from now?” If it won’t, move on from it.
  8. Step out of your comfort zone once in a while. Life should be full of spontaneous adventures!
  9. The best things in life happen when you least expect them to.
  10. Learn from your mistakes. Even though this is something everyone hears countless times, it is such a simple, yet complex task. Make mistakes, but try to avoid making the same ones more than once.
  11. It is not about where we come from, but rather, the path we choose to follow. No family is perfect, but with the right people by your side, you can pave your pathway to happiness and success.
  12. People come and go from your life. Whether it be friends or sometimes even family members, God has a reason every time He chooses to keep or eliminate someone from your life.
  13. Never assume you know everyone’s backgrounds and life stories. Each person comes with his or her own baggage, and it is important to realize we all have daily struggles and harder days.
  14. People have their own life timeline. No one is doing life “wrong.” Each individual has a separate life pace.
  15. Having time for yourself is needed! Whether it is something simple like a day to lounge around in pjs and watch Netflix, or even going to dinner with some friends, it is acceptable to take some time for YOU.
  16. Travel! Explore countries! The best years of my life were studying abroad, while getting the chance to meet new people and experience diverse cultures and values.
  17. Try to learn a new life lesson every day. Even if it is a fun fact or a new skill, we should constantly strive to expand our horizons.
  18. Never be afraid to ask questions! I love to learn, but the only way to do so is to ask someone who has more knowledge in this particular area. Don’t be ashamed of asking “dumb” questions- a question almost always has an answer!
  19. Forgive and try to forget. This one is tough. Everyone has a past- it is our job to turn our good and bad experiences into life lessons.
  20. Create your own trends and do not fear standing out. From fashion or being your ordinary self, never be scared to show others the real YOU.
  21. Take risks! Those risks might turn out to be your biggest life blessings.
  22. Be thankful for what God gave you. During Lent this year, I started writing down a handful of things I am thankful for every day. It really makes you appreciate everything, even the smallest things in life.
  23. “I love you…but I love me more.” Put yourself first ALWAYS. You deserve to be just as happy as anyone else around you.
  24. It’s ok to hit rock bottom, because the only direction you can go from there is UP. We all make mistakes which lead us to some low points, but that is the time to step back and understand what we need to re-evaluate in our lives.
  25. Life never goes completely according to plan. I am one of the biggest planners. Though, I have realized that we can “plan” a few weeks or months, but every daily decision we make can alter our “plans” drastically, sometimes for the better and other times for the worse.

I hope everyone takes time to sit down and make such a list. Life is full of blessings and beautiful moments, but sometimes, we need to take a few steps back to realize all of them.

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