25 years in the game and I can confidently say I still have absolutely no idea what I'm doing.
In the grand scheme of life, 25 is hardly an achievement. Exciting yes, but as I sit with hand to keyboard and begin to think of all the things I’d like to say I learned at 25, I realized there are so many things I have yet to learn. Life lessons that are taught every day and so many more since moving to New York City. There are countless websites with “25 Things to Do Before You Turn 25,” etc. As a girl who’s always gone left when she sees everyone turning right, I decided to write 5 things to not do by the time your 25. And as a special treat for being the birthday girl, I’m doing my favorite thing and giving a little something back.
I decided to host my October giveaway on my birthday! Keep reading to find how you can win your very own JORD Wood Watch! Happy Birthday, guys!
5 Things to Not Do by the Time You Turn 25.
Don’t peak too early.
You have no idea how much life you have to live, don’t give it all away so fast. You never want to be the person who peaks in high school or even college for that matter. Life really begins after all of that. Trust me when I say the parties, the boys (or girls) and the fun will still be there after you do everything you need to do to set yourself up for success. To be quite honest, I think life gets better as we age.
Don’t settle for anything.
Seriously. Don’t settle for a job you hate, a significant other you don’t love or a life you don’t want. People told me I was crazy for packing my life up and moving to New York City, that I’d struggle and would have wasted time, money and energy to ultimately come back home. They were right, I struggled and I’m still struggling as many other twenty-something New Yorkers are, but I just knew there was more to my story than living in Tampa or Miami doing I don’t even know what because I didn’t see my life ending there to even imagine a life there. What’s most important no matter where you are is living the life you’ve always wanted doing the things you love. I am. So don’t settle. Follow your dreams no matter how crazy they may be.
Don’t think life is over because you aren’t where you thought you’d be.
Remember when you were a kid and would see twenty-somethings and think they were so old and mature? Now, you look around the room asking for an adult because you can’t fathom the idea of being the adult! When I was younger I thought I’d be preparing for marriage so I can have children by the time I was 27, be at the top of my career and an amazing mother. Yeah…not quite, not even close, but I am achieving so many other goals I had set for myself and that’s worth praising. Moving to New York City, starting my own business and creating my own path is everything I’ve ever wanted. I know I’m going to get to where I know I’m supposed to be and you will, too. Just be patient.
Don’t be afraid of failure.
You will fail; my best advice is to fail fast and fail often. I’ve failed so many times in my 25 years of life and I’m sure I will fail even more within the next 25 years. With every failure I’ve gotten back up and persevered. A lesson I learned from rock climbing was my fear of falling was worse than when I actually fell. The amazing thing was once I fell, I knew how to pick myself back up, get to where I was and pass that hurdle. We’re too young to worry about failure ruining our lives. You never know, that failure could you lead you someplace that’s even better than you could’ve imagined.
Don’t waste your time.
The one thing we can never get back is time so don’t waste yours with the guy who doesn’t see a future with you, with friends who don’t support you or with people who don’t inspire you. There’s so many wonderful things about life and we’re only allotted such a small portion of time to live the best way we can live. Eat that extra slice of pizza, dance with the person who smiled at you from across the room and enjoy the moments you can with the people you love.
Most importantly, give back! It means so much to have even just one person go on my site and read a post. It’s even more amazing when I have someone tell me they’ve felt inspired by something I’ve written. One of the things I can say I have learned is to stay humble and have a purpose for everything you do. Moreover, there are certain milestones we reach in our lives and our relationships with ourselves that I believe are worth celebrating.
For my October Giveaway, I partnered with JORD Watches to give you all the opportunity to win a $75.00 e-voucher that goes towards your very own JORD watch! All who enter will receive an automatic $20.00 e-voucher. I’ve been reviewing the JORD wood watch (I am wearing the Frankie in Koa & Ash) and I think it’s a great addition to my collection! Minimal yet uniquely it’s own, don’t be surprised to have people stop and ask, “Is that a wooden watch?”
How to Enter:
- Fill out this super simple form, here.
Make sure to comment “Entered,” below and let me know which one is your personal favorite. Contest will close Sunday, November 13, 2016 with a winner announced at that time. Your voucher is valid until March 15, 2017, so you can use it as a Christmas gift to you or the fam, a birthday gift or a Valentine’s Day gift, the possibilities are endless!
I can’t wait to see who I’ll be twinning with. Until next time!