Hey, hey everybody! My birthday was this previous Sunday, and I can’t believe I turned 27. I truly feel like my life has flown by pretty much since I graduated college. It’s so crazy to think that I have been out of college for over four years.. But I am very thankful for all the blessings God has bestowed upon me in my 27 years of life. I’ve definitely made my share of mistakes, but I don’t think I would do many things differently because some of those things molded me into who I am today. I am still growing and learning every single day, but I thought it would be fun to list out 27 things I have learned in my 27 years of life. 😉
- My “accomplishments” do not matter as much as the kindness of my heart.
- There is NOTHING that I can do to make God love me any less.
- My mom is WAY smarter than I gave her credit for when I was younger.
- It is possible for me to have a loving, caring relationship with my significant other (now husband) while still nurturing my relationships with my friends and my family.
- I am capable of living on my own. This was huge for me because I never thought I was brave enough to live by myself until I did. I am so thankful for that time.
- Church is still a very important aspect of my life and helps me even more in my adult life.
- Budgeting is vital.
- Getting a dog is no joke, but it was also one of the best decisions I ever made.
- Keeping in touch with friends after college can be hard, but it is definitely worth it.
- Speaking of marriage. Being married is not always 50/50. Sometimes Kyle is giving 90% while I can only give 10% and vice versa.
- Speaking out of anger never gets me anywhere good.
- Making a to do list for the day the night before has changed my life.
- Invest in a planner every year and USE IT.
- Pay off debt ASAP using the Debt Snowball.
- Sleep 7-8 hours every night.
- Good skin care is even more important to me now because acne STILL happens after you graduate college.
- Social media breaks are necessary and allow me to view it as a positive environment instead of constantly comparing myself to others.
- Keeping my house clean eases my anxiety and makes me super HAPPY.
- I am not the same person I was in high school, and I am so grateful for that. It is possible to grow and move forward.
- Self care may look a little different now, but I still try to pamper myself sometimes. I am NOT the best at this, but I am trying to do better because I always feel better afterwards.
- I am not still friends with some of the people I was in high school and even college. That’s normal. People grow up and grow apart.
- It’s also okay that there are some people I am no longer friends with due to them creating a toxic environment and making me feel worse after being with them. This took me a LONG time to understand and muster up the courage to walk away, but I am so much better for it.
- Being a nurse has taught me a lot about mental health. and I have learned that it is extremely important to take care of myself so I can continue to take care of others.
- I would much rather make a memory than be given something materialistic.
- I never knew I could love somebody as much as I love my nieces and nephews.
- Wait for someone who love, cherishes, protects, and respects you. People with these qualities do exist, and the wait is more than worth it. I found one, and he is my BEST FRIEND.
There you have it. 27 things I have learned in 27 years. I am sure there are many more, but these are the ones that stuck out the most to me. I would love to hear some of the things you have learned so please share below if you want, and we can all learn from each other.
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5 thoughts on “27 Things I’ve Learned In 27 Years”
I didn’t realize that you had ever lived alone after college. I assumed that you had lived with your husband after finishing college. I wish more people had experience living alone (it’s harder than most people think – especially in a pandemic when “social distancing” means that those of us that live alone are isolated).
What I think I’ve learned in my 30 years is: Living alone, while it’s great because you don’t have to deal with the constant noise of others, it’s very isolating. Budgeting is tough, but it can be done. Budgeting ALONE is even harder – something about having a partner means that you have someone else to carry the weight of the expenses and no it doesn’t mean double the expenses because you’re not going to be paying a mortgage twice nor insurance, electric, water, etc. twice … so I’ve learned that when people say budgeting and affording things on your own must be easy I respond and say they’ve never had the struggle of having to figure out where the money to pay a bill comes from on their own. Finally for my positive I’ve learned that I deserve to be on this earth … for most of my teens and twenties I was in a constant state of trying to make myself so small that I disappeared from this earth but since turning thirty I’ve really started to realize that I have a value to this world and I deserve to be here!!
P.S. sorry I wrote a book for your blog response but I feel like so many people have had life so easy that they forget that so many don’t have it quite so easy! 🥺
Never be sorry for writing a book! I love it. You definitely more than deserve to be here, and you matter. I’m so sorry that you ever felt like you didn’t.
But yes! I did live by myself for the first three years out of college. 🙂 I learned SO MUCH, and I am so thankful for that time. I get what you mean about budgeting. It’s definitely tough! I actually found budgeting for just myself easier. I was able to learn and build my foundation before Kyle and I combined our finances (and bills!), and that helped a ton. There are pros and cons of both for sure, and everybody is different!
I didn’t have to go through anything like we are now when I lived alone so I can only imagine how hard that part is! I hope you know that you’re loved, and I’m always a comment/email away 🙂 (I know that it is easy for me to say- but it is true!!)
Thank you, Miriam! I appreciate you being there. I think this year is just going to be a bit more of a challenge than I had ever expected it to be. I am so fortunate and I have to remind myself of that on those bad days! How was your weekend? Did you guys do anything fun? Have you guys considered buying a house yet? Might be a good time with the mortgage rates being so low right now! 🤩
I totally get that. This year has been tough in so many ways. We are blessed though, and it definitely helps to verbalize those things when we’re having a hard time. But it’s also okay to not be okay all the time- we’re human!
This weekend was super lowkey for us! Kyle has finals this week so he is in full on study mode. We would LOVE to buy a house, but it is definitely not in the cards for us right now haha We also aren’t sure where we will be living once Kyle graduates so we don’t want to buy something now and have to sell in a few years. I am super excited for when we can though!! I hope you had a great weekend!!