27 Random Things Learned From 27 Years of Life

11779847_10153141731856633_5665916655774214830_oOn Tuesday, November 17, I turn 28-years-old.

I know, right?

I’m not exactly sure how that happened. It’s one of those awkward ages where you’re not exactly in your mid-20s anymore, and society (and your dad) wants you to settle down and get married and have babies because guess what sister, in two years you’ll be 30. THIRTY.

It’s kind of scary. Because there’s still so much I want to do with my life. And a white picket fence in the suburbs with 3 kids and a smokin’ hot husband is not exactly high on my priority list (and probably never will be). Though I wouldn’t exactly say no to a smokin’ hot dude if he came my way. Just sayin’.

(Smokin’ hot dude, call me.)

Yeah, 28 is kind of an awkward age but I’m predicting that it will a great year filled with travel, challenges, and professional and personal growth. I have a good feeling about 28. I have a good feeling.

But I’m still 27 until November 17, 2015 (which is, er, tomorrow). So old your horses, y’all. I still have some 27-year-old livin’ to do. I have some reflecting to do.

Age 27 was interesting. I ended my time in Australia and came back to the states towards the end of March and after a few weeks of resting, I jumped into a contract job where I am still working. I went to Las Vegas and on a cruise to the Bahamas. I reconnected with old friends and made new ones. And I started appreciating Chicago on a level that I’ve never have before. I guess sometimes you have to leave one of the greatest cities in the world and come back to truly appreciate it for what it is.

Chicago, You Are A Beauty

Chicago, You Are A Beauty

Despite not having it all figured out, I’m pretty proud of the person I am today —wanderlust & writer. I’m more confident than I have ever been before. I’m still fearful of many things but constantly stepping outside of my comfort zone to be a better me. And sometimes I need a break from the whole “stepping outside of my comfort zone” thing, especially if I’ve been sleeping with snakes in the Australian outback.

Yeah, 27 was the year I went to the Australian Outback. How cool is that?

There’s a lot I’ve learned in my 27 years of life. So in honor of ending my 27th year, I’d like to share with you 27 random things learned from 27 years of life.

1. Stand Up For Yourself

I use to be a lot more insecure a few years ago and took crap from people. Now look at me! Quitting jobs that treat me like crap and being a bitch. Stand up for yourself. Always.

2. Take Yourself Out To Dinner Once In A While

 

That time I took myself out to dinner. Because you CAN dine alone. You're stuck with yourself for the rest of your life, might as well enjoy your own company.

That time I took myself out to dinner. Because you CAN dine alone. You’re stuck with yourself for the rest of your life, might as well enjoy your own company.

3. Don’t Worry About Your Weight So Much

Because you are beautiful just the way you are.

4. But You Should Still Remain Active If Possible

That TIme My Favorite Fitness Instructor & Friend Made Me Dress Up For Halloween, So I Dressed Like THIS During a very intense Zumba class.

That Time My Favorite Fitness Instructor & Friend Made Me Dress Up For Halloween, So I Dressed Like THIS During a very intense Zumba class.

5. Don’t Lose Sight Of Your Real Goals 

Life gets in the way – we’ve all been there. Sometimes it’s just easier to do the thing that’s easy and let’s you get by. But when you lose sight of your real goals, you sight to lose sight of yourself. So don’t do it.

6. Traveling The World Isn’t As Impossible As It Seems

If you’ve been a long-time reader, you’d know that I was pretty much a big scaredy-cat when it came to traveling but after taking baby steps and then one big giant step, I spent a year in Australia.

See? If I Can Do it, So Can You!

See? If I Can Do it, So Can You!

7. Confidence Is Sexy

That’s right. I said it. Confidence. Is. Sexy. So go on and get you some confidence.

8. And So Is That Little Black Dress

Yup, the dress that I wanted to buy but then didn’t buy but then everyone on my Facebook circle were like OMG-YOU-HAVE-TO-BUY-THE-DRESS and so I went back and bought it and wore on a wine tour and to the Justin Timberlake concert and chased Mariah Carey’s car in it… Yup, that dress.

Also, it’s not exactly my little black dress as it is my bulky black dress that I have to stuff inside of my suitcase.

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9. I Kind Of Sort Of Really Like This Blog Of Mine – Yup, THIS Blog

When I first started it, I had no idea what I was doing. And four years later, I still have no idea what I’m doing! But I’ve grown to love it, even if I sometimes have trouble keeping it up to date.

12138519_10153302355546633_5605101790076653089_o10. I Can Make Friends Anywhere In The World, And That’s Kind Of Cool

2014-07-05 19.53.0511. I Am Of Value. Even If No One Else Says So

Yup. And so are you.

12. Rules Are Meant To Be Broken

OK, so maybe not ALL rules – don’t go and get yourself arrested. But you know those unwritten (or sometimes written) rules like resumes can’t exceed over one page or you can’t wear X to an interview or you can’t blog about [insert topic here] because it’s unprofessional. Yup, those rules – the ones that stop you from being you.

13. You Don’t Need To Ask For Permission (To Do Anything)

Going along with the theme of #12…OK, so maybe you do need to ask permission for some things (e.g. taking days off work). But, seriously, you guys, you don’t need to ask permission for anything. You don’t need permission to travel. You don’t need permission to quit your job. You don’t need permission to do the things you’ve always wanted to do. So don’t ask. Just do.

14. Never Take Advice From A Lady Who Doesn’t Know What A Burpee Is

Trust me on this one. Just don’t.

15. It’s OK To Dress Like A Hobo (And Quite Comfortable, too, Might I Add)

The Hobo Look Is Totally In Right Now

The Hobo Look Is Totally In Right Now

16. Sometimes I’m A Bit Too Hard On Myself

But aren’t we all?

17. And Sometimes I’m Too Easy On Myself

But… aren’t we all?

18. Treat Yourself

To ice cream. To a spa treatment. To expensive concert tickets or a fancy meal. Treat yourself. Because you deserve it.

You Don't Have To Be Kate Middleton To Live Like A Royal, Er Or Eat Ice Cream. (Pic Taken In Sydney Last Year)

You Don’t Have To Be Kate Middleton To Live Like A Royal, Er, Or Eat Ice Cream. (Pic Taken In Sydney Last Year)

19. Although Long-Term Travel Sounds Nice In Theory, It Is Exhausting

Yup, I was burnt out when I decided to come back to the states at the very last minute.

Me And My Crap While Traveling

Me And My Crap While Traveling

20. Don’t Work In A Hostel And Live In A Staff Room

Yeah. Don’t.

(Read experience here.)

21. You Always Have A Choice

Yes, there are tough circumstances. And sometimes it may seem like there is no way around it. But you have a choice. You always have a choice.

22. I Might Be A Picky Eater But That Does Not Mean That There Aren’t Good Food Options Out There

Read about my experience having Ethiopian food for the first time.

23. People Can Surprise You In A Good Way

Like my polish friend, Marta, who made me travel.

24. It Takes More To Achieve Your Dreams Than To Just Sit Around Dreaming

You Must Take Action

You Must Take Action

25. Don’t Live With Your Landlord

Just. Don’t.

26. Learn How To Cook

Seriously. Learn How To Cook.

(Work in progress.)

27. Live For Yourself

Here’s the thing, sure you want to make your parents/ significant other/ friend/ sibling proud and happy and they want what is the best for you, but you’re the only one who knows what you really want in life. And you are the one who is responsible for your own happiness and goals. No one can make you live your dreams. Only you can do that. So live for yourself.

Well, there you have it. What lessons have you learned in your lifetime? Share!

 

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