Friday, May 4, 2012

what my twenties are teaching me.

the beyond lovely sarah put together this brilliant link up today and i thought i'd share five things that my twenties are teaching me.

i'm almost 27 so i've got a few years left. but so far this has been a life changing decade, for sure.

1. be kind.
"so in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you..."
everyone has their own story. listen, be grateful, and give back.
there's no greater feeling than spreading joy and kindness. 
really, what's stopping you?

volunteering with martha's table

2. forgive.
not much to say here except life is too short.
so forgive.
that is all.


3. friendship is about quality. not quantity.
surround yourself with good people. this is probably one of the hardest lessons i've learned throughout my twenties.
there have been friends whom i've lost over the years and it was the hardest thing i ever had to accept. but it's okay. people change. people grow apart. that's life.
as we grow older it's more important to have friends who are positive, loving,  and respectful. and who will have your back no matter what. i've been so fortunate to have these types of ladies in my life. there is nothing better.

college besties <3

childhood besties <3

4. treat your body with respect.
in college health was not high on my priority list (obvi), but since entering the real world, with real life duties and real life problems, i've started to notice a change in the way my body works and moves. i think having neck surgery really put things in perspective.
i only have one body and i want to treat it right.
do what makes sense for your body and your mind. give it a dose of health every once in a while. i promise, you'll feel better. 
drink water, be active, and be conscious. but don't ever, ever deprive yourself. 
this is something i continue to work on.

running my first 5k - summer 2010

bike ride pit stop - summer 2011

5. love.
love your family, love your significant other, love your friends.
i've loved and i've had my heart broken. but i found love again, the fullest love i've ever known. i think those past relationships and heartaches helped me find what i truly want and what truly matters. 
don't be scared to love again. in all aspects of your life. 


The Management said...

All of these are important life lessons that I'm working on in my twenties too... funny feeling they'll go farther than that, too :)

Holly said...

I love your lessons - especially the one about love & friends - can relate all too well.

so anthro said...

I absolutely love this. So inspiring and touching :)

Kate @ Daffodils said...

These are all so perfect! The 20s are definitely life altering. I definitely agree with the friends thing. Hubs and I got married at 23 and we look back now at all the people we invited and realize how many have actually remained true friends. I am so grateful for the ones who have!

Simply Valorie said...

I've been learning these in my 20s too! Some are hard lessons but so necessary. :)

So happy to find another DC blogger! I just moved here in January and am LOVING it so far. What's your favorite part of DC?

CupcakesOMG! said...

such a fantastic list!!! completely agree with all of these!

smk053078 said...

Awe, Erica, this is such a great post and all so true. The love part is the most genuine...sometimes we all become guarded after heartache, but it is so important too not close off the ones that truly love us!

Tiffany said...

Love this, Erica! Wasnt' it fun to write this blog and think back on your twenties??


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