So this is pretty long overdue. Blogging was among my 2014 New Year resolutions, which unofficially got carried onto my 2015 goals. Time flies doesn’t it? Its 2016 and I still hadn’t started a blog. So this is it. Welcome to my 1st official blog post. I decided I would begin blogging on my birthday. Happy birthday to me! Thank you Lord, I am so grateful for all my blessings.
I am sure we have all read or listened to podcasts on a couple number things people would tell their twenty something selves. So because I am still in my 20’s I will share a couple of lessons I have learned so far.
In no particular order of importance Voilà!
- Family comes first, whatever happens! People in our lives are MORE important than the things in our lives.
- Read! READ! READ! Read on the bus/train or when you’re waiting in line! Books show us a whole new world. If you happen to be like my sister, try an audio book; give it a listen while commuting to school or work.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go” ― Dr. Seuss
- Quality over quantity. More work, less talk. You reap what you sow.
- Stress is TOXIC. Take care of yourself. Exercise truly is important. It should be a priority. You definitely feel better about yourself and have a lot more energy when you exercise regularly.
- Let go and let God. You can’t move into all God has for you if any doubt or lack of forgiveness has found a place in your heart.
- Travel to new places, new experiences, plane rides, train rides, bus rides, bike rides, and random walks in the park. Travel is always worth the investment.
- Volunteering is powerful. Giving, contributing and helping others. Any small act of kindness goes a long way.
- Whatever you do, do it with passion and love or else it will fail. The importance of being faithful to the Lord in everything you do, even before you know the outcome.
- One of your best communication tools is listening. From time to time lend that listening ear.
- Failure is not the end. It’s a part of learning. Learn from your mistakes. (It’s a pretty good ingredient to success.)
- Pursue a hobby or Sport. (I joined the netball team at Uni.)
- BUDGET. Yes. In all honesty it took me a while to grasp the art of budgeting. I now have a colour-coded spreadsheet of my expenses (maybe an OCD trait? haha), it helps me manage my finances and stay organised. Start saving and investing long-term (you do not want to regret this in your 30’s… so start now). Do your research on simple investment plans to begin with.
- Keep up to date. It helps sustain conversations. FYI. I am talking about current affairs and not celebrity gossip.
- God is the best author of romance.
- Stop labeling people. People are not clothes. Refrain from judging people.
- It’s vital to spend less time on social media and more time on building actual networks. You learn and come across different mindsets.
- Remain teachable. Do not be afraid to learn new skills.
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young”.
- Drink lots of water. Water is so beneficial, so easy, usually free yet so easily overlooked.
- Trust God with all your heart. His plan is the absolute best. Even a no from God has goodness written all over it.
- Self-confidence is important. (I vaguely remember an image on the notice board in my reception class. It had two animals seated on a table, one slouching and the other seated up straight. The grade teacher constantly reminded us to sit up straight. If any of my former primary school friends are reading this and remember the animals and their names. Please leave a comment.)
- By no means withhold an apology or gratitude. Deliver it quickly and sincerely.
- The friends you surround yourself with play a very important role in your life. One of my many favourite verses: Proverbs 27:17(NIV). As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
- It’s the smallest things that bring the most Joy. Smile and laugh often. After all laughter is the best medicine.
I am grateful for the many lessons learned. They have helped shape me into the woman I am becoming.
If you have made it this far, thanks for reading.