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What I Learned In My 20s

Posted on: 6.25.2015

So, this is 30! My birthday was earlier this week. It was a great day thanks to my loving family and coworkers.  :) Yes, I worked on my birthday, but it was such a great day.  I was really spoiled and could really feel the love. If this is a glimpse of what this decade will be like, I am in for a treat! 30 is awesome and not scary at all!

I did a lot in the last decade. I got my bachelor's degree in biology, got a few new jobs, met and married my loving husband, bought a home, and traveled around the world.  I've also learned a lot of stuff about life. I know there is a lot more to learn still, but I still feel like sharing what I've learned so far. My top 10 things I learned in the last 10 years are below:

1. One huge lesson that I learned is that a career doesn’t define who you are. For more than the first half of my 20s I was job searching! I wanted to find my dream job, but I realized that I don’t need the perfect job to be the person I want to be!  So I found a job I enjoy most of the time and choose to be happy.

2. Where I spend my free time shows what I value.  Spending time with Jesse and our families has become a large priority for me as I've gotten older. I try to always take all of their phone calls and respond to texts as soon as I can. It shows them their importance to me. I have tried to cut back on mindless TV and just watching my favorite shows and read instead and I am a big fan of rest and relaxation.

3. Sleep and rest is important! Staying up until 1:00AM doesn't help anybody. I am not very good at sleeping, so I feel it is even more important for me to prioritize this.

4. Owning a home is empowering. It truly makes me feel like I can do anything I put my mind to.

5. Marriage is awesome! As long as you invest your time in it.  Jesse and I are closer than we were before we got married.  We trust, support, and love on each other. Without the other, neither of us would be who we are today.  Cliche but true.

6. Find a workout that you love and it won't be work, but will become a hobby. Mine is Pilates! It took me a long time to find it but I am obsessed and never want to miss a class, seriously!

7. Food is love.  One way I show Jesse I love him is by meal planning, grocery shopping, and cooking 4-5 nights a week. Our date nights almost always involve food because it is so personal and intimate.  It's not just indulgent food that is love, but good, healthy food is loving your body.  And there is no other way I would enjoy celebrating than going out to dinner with my friends and/or family and toasting our meal with a glass of bubbly.  I never would have said this ten years ago, but I love food!

8. I'm a planner and I am not ashamed. It helps keep life organized and allows spontaneity. "Failing to plan is planning to fail." - Benjamin Franklin

9. You get what you put in. I learned this in my mid-20s and still say it all the time for all situations. For example, if you halfheartedly complete a project, that project is going to be mediocre at best. Relationships, work, and working out are all definitely included in this theory.

10.  I also learned how to cook this decade.  I only knew how to make a few things when I started my 20s, mostly eggs, and now I cook at least 5 nights a week!

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