Morning morning, my dear readers 🙂
It’s a very special day for me as this girl turns 25 today… Yes, it’s my birthday! And in line with the old birthday tradition of ‘my birthday is all about me’ (just kidding 🙂 ) I want to share with you 25 things I learned before turning 25. I thought I would separate them in 5 categories with 5 little gems of wisdom in each. So here it is, my list of learning on the day I get a quarter of a century old:
5/25 on Life
- Follow your gut – because no one can make more sense of your inner instincts than you!
- Dream big – envision the great big picture and the steps you need to make to achieve it.
- Patience and persistence can get you anywhere and I really do mean anywhere… It can be your dream job or the love of your life…
- Make good use of your time because from a certain point of your life it really starts flying. For me that was the beginning of 2016, probably because I started feeling like a somewhat successful (that’s a long shot 🙂 ) adult for the first time in my life
- Smile as much as you can because positive emotions are way stronger than anything negative that you might experience. It’s just how your brain works: it gets rid of all the bad stuff to protect you from pain, shame or resentment. So do your mind a favour and give it loads of good memories to keep a hold on!
5/25 on Health
- Get enough sleep: I can’t stress enough on how important sleep is! It helps your brain to rest, it helps your body to rest (and if you’re training, your muscles to grow) and it generally makes you a better human being, especially early in the morning. I’ve had my fair share of clubbing and all-nighters but right now I would happily ditch a night out for pyjamas and a good book.
- Drink a lot of water. I started to reap the benefits of this one, when I started working out and reading about nutrition. I used to survive on coffee and an occasional juice… Nowadays I drink at least 3 liters of water a day without even thinking about it. I have to admit, during your first few days as a superhydrated human you feel like you’re constantly full but once your body gets used to it, you feel fantastic! Bye, bye headaches (and hello bathroom 🙂 ).
- Be active. I am a late bloomer for this one as well. I’ve had my ups and downs with fitness for the past 3 years now (see more on my struggles here). I am proud to say that from the 15th January 2016, I’ve only had 1 week off exercise during my wedding anniversary holiday. I do 3 or more sessions a week and it has helped immensely for my self-esteem and my good mood. Really, the earlier you get into working out, the better! Start slow and create a habit, you’ll thank yourself later.
- Listen to your body. Since I was little I’ve always loved salty foods. I will pick a bag of crisps over a chocolate at any time. Since I became interested in nutrition, I started learning interesting things, such as: people with low blood pressure crave more salt… Guess who has low blood pressure? I do! With that said, don’t use my example as a reason to over-indulge in food. If you crave something sweet, you can satisfy the craving with a piece of chocolate- there is no need to consume the whole bar… It is all about self-control, rationality and self-awareness.
- Find your balance. There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to feeling good in your own skin. Some people want to be on the 10 % body fat spectrum, others are happy with some curves. Whatever floats your boat, as long as you’re happy and healthy!
5/25 on Family
- Listen to your parents because even if they are a bit annoying sometimes (you’re more likely to notice this when you’re a crazy hormonal teenager) they always try to do the best for you.
- Keep in touch with your family. Read point 11 🙂
- Learn to accept advice (even when you have no intention to follow it). I can’t count how many times I’ve heard my mom saying ‘Listen to me…I’ve already walked the path you’re currently walking on’. Back in the days I just grunted and dismissed her but as I grew up I started to realise how many times she was absolutely right. Moms are magical creatures: they know everything!
- Your family is your biggest fan. This one takes me back to 2013 when I was doing my Masters. I had a particularly tough exam and I was sure that I will fail. In my mind that also lead to me failing my Masters, losing the opportunity to have a nice job and essentially leading to me sleeping under a bridge in a card box… I tend to be really dramatic when I am stressed 🙂 . That’s when your family comes to the rescue and reminds you of all the little battles you’ve led, fought and won, and the future starts to look a little bit brighter again.
- Appreciate what they have done for you, because that is, has and will always be the sole reason for their existence. Be grateful and express your gratitude at every suitable occasion!
5/25 on Relationships
- Compromise, because that is the ground of every relationship…
- Appreciate the small gestures. They always mean so much more.
- Never go to bed angry. It will only prolong the drama and destroy your morning coffee (and potentially the day at work for both of you)
- Banish your ego: there is no ‘me’ in ‘team’ and that’s what you are essentially: a team for life 🙂
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions because honesty is the best policy and because there should be no secrets or doubts in a relationship.
If you are curious to read a bit more on relationships, you can also check my posts on the 18 realisations from my first year of marriage here & here.
5/25 on Style
- Be bold! Experiment with your clothes! You might realise that you love a style you’ve never considered wearing before.
- Challenge yourself. For me that would be colour! Black is my comfort zone, so I try to challenge myself and shake it up with some bright pops of colours to brighten my mood! See my favourite mood boosting coat here!
- Find the perfect pair of jeans, because they’re an all-time essential classic and you need them to fit well!
- …and the perfect pair of heels, because all of us need to feel sexier and a few inches taller once in a while!
- Learn to dress up trainers because you only have one body and it deserves comfort, plus trainers are a fashion statement now!
This turned into a rather long post and I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as enjoyed writing it. 25 is a truly fascinating age for me as for the first time in my life I feel like I am going places on my own.
It’s official now: 5 more to go until the big 30 and I can’t wait to see what they will carry my way! What about you? Any wisdom you want to share? I would love to read your thoughts!
Have a lovely weekend everyone!