27 Lessons I've Learned at 27

Saturday, June 23

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When Adriane asked if I would help her practice her studio photography, I was like, duh. I won't turn this into a modeling blog (also, I'm not a model!) but I thought a nice self-reflective post was a good way to share some of these. Adriane is real good, y'all! Go see her!!

A couple weeks ago, I turned 27. I've seen posts like this on several blogs, and I always love reading them, because everyone has advice to share from their life experiences. While I still feel very much not a girl, not yet a woman, (please tell me when that goes away!) I think I've learned some stuff along the way, too.

| On people | 

1. Sometimes you don't like someone at first because you just don't understand them. Make an attempt to humanize them and understand where they're coming from, and you might be surprised!

2. "Keeping in touch" with people is hard work but it is totally worth it.

3. On that note - talking on the phone isn't the ONLY way to keep in touch! Write letters, FaceTime, have an on-going group text. Not everyone is a phone-talker.

4. NO FAMILY IS perfect. Every family deals with their own issues, find comfort in that.

5. People may not always appreciate you being honest, but it is valuable.

| On friendship |

6. It is possible to rekindle friendships from middle school and even elementary school. Chances are, if you hit it off then, you'll hit it off again. The internet makes this totally doable. Do it!

7. When it comes to friends q u a l i t y > q u a n t i t y. Don't freak out if your friend group shrinks and tightens as you get older. You can literally hang out with the same person every day and weekend if you find your soulmate* (*soulmate platonic friend.)

8. Some people are meant to be your friends for a very specific phase in your life, and that's it. It doesn't have to be sad, it just is what it is.

9. Never underestimate that some of the best friends you will ever have can be your brothers and sisters. These relationships may get fractured, but can always be fixed.

| On relationships |

10. You don't have to take relationship advice from...anyone, but especially anyone whose love life is worse than yours.

11. It's fun dating a hottie, but even the hottest hottie will one day be a regular person that you'll need to be able to just talk to and laugh with. Get you someone that can do both. Chemistry is also important.

12. Anybody that truly loves you WILL do WHATEVER it takes to be with you. Period. (Similar, but less of an ultimatum: people make time for what is truly important to them.) 

13. Loving someone isn't necessarily a reason to stay with someone. Being with someone for a long time definitely isn't. There is never a good time to break up with someone, because you will always have something planned that you will awkwardly have to cancel. Not a reason to not do it.

| On work | 

14. It could be nice to just have everything handed to you, but working hard for things DOES make you appreciate them a whole lot.

15. Rapport is important. And I don't mean brown-nosing, but for the record, there is nothing wrong with a little brown-nosing. Like my dad always says, rule number one at the airport is "Always be nice to the lady" and you have a better chance of things working in your favor.

16. Working hard and trying hard can get you through most things. Even calculus!


17. Don't be embarrassed because you're hustling.

| On your #1 | 

18. If you don't like coffee or alcohol, keep trying! You just haven't found your drinks yet.

19. It's ok to like what YOU like. Make it your thing. You don't have to like what other people like.

20. Be nice, but be genuine. Being fake is a waste of time.

21. Stick up for yourself, first and foremost! No one else is going to do it. You need to be your own biggest advocate, cheerleader, and friend.

| On everything else | 

22. Opt for a polish change over a manicure. All you'll "miss" is the lotion and massage, and about $5.

23. Exercise releases endorphins and will {almost} ALWAYS make you feel better, not worse.

24. Absolutely nothing is the end of the world, except, the actual end of the world.

25. You can bring your kimono to college and end up using it a whole bunch.

26. Traveling is the best thing you can spend money on, & booking really is cheaper on a Tuesday!

27. Expensive mistakes absolutely SUCK, but you can be sure you won't make them again.

**And a bonus one to grow into this year! 28. Don't let anyone wearing gingham pants at the gym bully you.


If you've written a post like this, please share a link, I would love to read it! Feel free to share your myriad life advice below as well, anything goes!


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