that’s me, ms. 20 something

Tomorrow, I am turning 24 years old.

(Just to be clear…Twenty-four. TWENTY-FOUR. TWENTY-FOUR.)

That statement doesn’t even seem real to me. I can still remember high school me. And college me. I’ve changed so much and so little at the same time.

This time last year, I was in a completely different state (Ohio) surrounded by completely different people. I had different goals and dreams. But here I am, happier than ever, with new goals and dreams…and most of the same people.

So, my birthdate makes me a Libra, but I’ve never really known what that means. I know my brother, my dad, and Kim Kardashian are all Libras as well…which is really funny to think about. And I know being a Libra has to do something with balance and peace. I’ve always liked that part.

This year has been full of challenges. Some I thought were going to break me. Some actually did. But I made it out a little stronger. A little wiser. A little more of the me that I’m meant to be.

This year I went to four concerts, I danced in the snow and played in the leaves, and I was a part of backyard fires and countless hugs. I visited 9 states (North & South Carolina, New York, Nevada, Illinois, Ohio, Georgia, Maine, and Massachusetts) and I took over 4,000 pictures. This year I lost my grandpa, my mom got cancer, and I learned how blind a good heart can be. Despite all of the hard parts, this year has been phenomenal. My mindset and goals have changed because I realized that life is too short to be anything but happy.

I wanted to share some of the things that I have kept in mind from this year. Some took me awhile to really grasp and some clicked right away. Here are 24 things I learned this year:

  1. Remember what you deserve and never accept anything less than that.
  2. When it rains it pours, but things always get harder before they get better.
  3. Not everything is meant to be, no matter how hard you work for them. But those “missed opportunities” are leading you to where you are meant to be.
  4. Life is too short to care about what people say or think of you. 
  5. The truth will always come out.
  6. Let it go. You know what I’m talking about.
  7. It’s okay to not know who you fully are yet.
  8. It’s okay to not know what you are doing yet.
  9. Everything comes down to love. Live with that in mind.
  10. Forgiveness is a way of saving yourself. You have to accept the apology you never got.
  11. There is so much time. And there is not enough time. So don’t sweat the small stuff because it takes time from more important things. 
  12. Let. People. Help. You.
  13. And always try to help others.
  14. Don’t apologize for your feelings.
  15. Attitude is truly everything. Change your mindset on a situation and watch how quick your life changes. 
  16. Happiness is more important than money or a title. Do what you love, regardless of what you think you should be doing.
  17. Tell the people you love that you love them.
  18. There are always reasons to stop being good. Be good anyway.
  19. Staying true to yourself is more important than fitting in.
  20. Never regret being kind. Or loving.
  21. Dream. And chase that dream until you can hold it in your hands.
  22. Learn to go through things and grow through things.
  23. Give yourself a break. You are always your worst critic. 
  24. And lastly, it’s okay to outgrow the people you love. 

So, here’s to 24. I hope 24 is filled with more challenges, more growing, and more love. I hope 24 has more sunsets, drives with the windows down, Boston cream pies, and puppies falling asleep on my lap.

I can’t wait to see what’s in store.

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