This day 5 years ago I was turning 18 and graduating from high school. Last year I turned 22 and got proposed too the next day.
I did a post like this for my 22nd birthday, so I thought it’d be fun to keep the tradition going. Lessons I’ve learned in my 22 years, some I wish I had know when I was 15, some that took longer to sink in, others I was happy to learn…
- Keep chapstick within arm’s reach.
- Your mistakes do not define you.
- You do have the ability to choose joy.
- Having boundaries doesn’t make you a bad person. (This one took awhile).
- Wisdom is not measured by age.
- Holding a grudge only drains you.
- Health and fitness look different for everyone. Take care of and enjoy your body.
- When cooking, clean as you go.
- Be ‘in the moment’ as much as possible.
- Unkind words are often spoken out of fear or insecurity. Don’t let them stick.
- It’s okay not to share with the world everything that goes on in your life.
- Make time to read lots of books.
- Choose travel and adventure whenever you can. It makes life rich.
- Nostalgia makes things seem better than what they actually were.
- Consider the other side of the story.
- Strive to be the best you, not a copy of the person across from you.
- Always remain a student, a learner, a question-asker.
- Life may not always be mega-fabulous, but you a LOT to be thankful for.
- Forgive. Forgive. Forgive. Others and yourself.
- You will never regret any moment you spend getting to know Jesus better.
- Finding the right blush can change the way you feel about your makeup.
- Be confident that who you are is a good thing.
This day started out marvelously with waffles and a lovely necklace from my man. Today I soak it all in — the love from friends and family, thank and praise the Lord, and celebrate.