20 things I've learned

Yesterday I said goodbye to my twenties. We didn’t do presents or a fancy dinner as Hawaii was our present to ourselves, but we did sneak up to the Adelaide Hills for a lovely afternoon at a winery. And a whole Sunday off from renovating was a rare treat too!

I’m not one to get too fussed about age (except grey hairs – UGH) but it does seem like a good time to reflect and all that jazz.

Here are 20 things I’ve learned in my 20s.

  1. I’m tougher than I thought. I have taken some big risks and faced some situations I never thought I’d get through and have always come out the other side.
  2. But sometimes I can’t handle everything. It’s okay to ask for help.
  3. Done is better than perfect. As my blog tagline says, I’m a recovering perfectionist.
  4. Be kind to others. It’s more important than being right.
  5. Be kind to yourself. Stop being so harsh on yourself and let go of all the ‘shoulds’.
  6. Cut negative/fake people from your life. They will drain your energy and happiness.
  7. Find your people. In your teens you want to blend in. Your 20s should be about finding people or groups who allow you to be 100% you (like you guys!).
  8. Being married is awesome. But you need to remember to keep treating them like the no. 1 person they are.
  9. Floss. You can thank me later.
  10. Run your own race. Stopping caring what everyone else thinks or does is amazingly freeing.
  11. Less is more. Edit your life down to the most important things.
  12. Don’t count calories. It will do your head in. Your body is already telling you what it needs, you just need to listen to it.
  13. Stand up for yourself. Don’t settle for less than you deserve.
  14. Your mum was right. You should probably buy some sensible shoes.
  15. No one has it all figured out. We’re all just fumbling along doing the best we can.
  16. Dream big. But remember it’s okay if plans change.
  17. Stop waiting until things are ‘just right’ before starting your life. Your life is already happening.
  18. You will never feel like you have enough time or money. Use both on the things that really matter to you.
  19. Being happy is more important than being successful. Close the laptop and get out there.
  20. Trust your gut. It is usually right.

It’s been a pretty amazing time of my life, now bring on the next decade!



3 Responses

  • Happy Birthday Alicia!

    I love this list. At 25, some of these points are finally starting to sink in for me. I think the most important lesson I’ve learnt is that life is a continual work in progress.


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