15 Things I wish I knew in my 20s

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Last week I received a notice that our 20 year high school reunion is approaching. Yes, you read that right . . .

TWENTY YEARS

I am in a state of shock and asking myself … Where has the time gone?  How is this even possible?  Am I really old enough to already attend a 20 year high school reunion?

Time truly does fly by. It seems that only yesterday we were in those final days of high school preparing for prom, graduation and what would come next. The future seemed so bright but also so far away. Before we knew it we were in our 20’s and trying our best to live that “adult” life we longed for as a teenager.

Ahhh…life in our 20’s. It really was an awesome time. Young and free with our whole life ahead of us. Thankfully, we both gave our lives to the Lord in our early to mid twenties, so we were spared from a lot of unnecessary headaches and heartaches. Sure we had moments of disappointment, failure and discouragement but overall we can say that they were all lessons learned and we grew through them.

In honor of this huge milestone we thought it would be fun to share some things we learned and some things  we wish we could remind our 20 something self.   Enjoy!!

  1. Love ends and hearts break BUT life goes on – what seems like the end of the world is just an open door to a new adventure.
  2. Travel, travel and travel some more – missions, destination, local. It doesn’t matter but enjoy the world around you while you are free to do so.
  3. Throw away the credit cards – debt will follow you like crazy! Learning to budget and live within your means will save you many future headaches.
  4. Be spontaneous – study abroad, take a job because its fun or buy that jeep you want. There will be plenty of time to be responsible.
  5. Follow your passion – get a degree, certification or learn a new skill. It does not matter how long it takes or if you get a six figure job. What matters is love what you do.
  6. Don’t take life so serious – that thing that is stressing you out, will not be important 5 years or even 5 months from now.
  7. Learn to enjoy your own company – see a movie, go to dinner or even take a trip alone. Once marriage and kids are a part of the picture those moments are few and far between and you will miss them.
  8. Cultivate forgiveness – You deserve peace and grudges are a waste of perfect happiness so forgive, forget and LET IT GO!
  9. Stay classy – No matter what the trend or fashion is at the time always stay true to yourself. Trends fade but class is timeless.
  10. Value family – Family is truly life’s greatest blessing. Always make time for your loved ones and keep them close because they will be your anchor when things get tough.
  11. Learn a new craft – cooking, sewing, gardening, dancing or an instrument. You may not master it, but the challenge and attempt will do you good.
  12. Give of yourself – whether its finances, resources or your time. There are many charities and organizations that are in need of an extra hand. Find one your passionate about and do what you can.
  13. Enjoy the little things – coffee dates, all-nighters, book clubs, concerts. Seize every opportunity to engage with those around you and build friendships.
  14. Remember you have time – there is no rush to have life figured out by this point. Its OK to make mistakes and start over when you need to.
  15. Be good to yourself – all through life you will meet people that will treat you bad, talk about you or dislike you. As long as you learn to love and accept yourself in all your flaws; you will be a success in all you do.

It truly doesn’t matter if you are in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s or 50’s- you are IN the best days of your life. Remember the best possible preparation for the future is a well lived PRESENT. So dream BIG, smile often, soak up every moment and live purposefully and happily!

Always,

Misty & Tisha

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