1. Stay curious and teachable- I’m in my twenties, better known as, what I like to call, my “Smart Ass” years. This is because I think I’m really smart, but I keep discovering, that really, I’m just an ass. As much as I don’t want to admit it, I often find myself thinking I already know everything, but there is ALWAYS more to learn. So stay curious but more importantly, stay teachable. Try to look at the world as if for the first time and wonder in every scenario, “what can I learn from this?”
2. Dress up – I have such an overblown arsenal of clothing you’d think I was stocking up for some fashion related apocalypse. Yet, somehow, I often find myself wearing the same old clothes every day. I tell myself I’m saving most of them “for a special occasion,” but from now on I’d like to look at every day as some kind of special occasion! After all, adventure could always be right around the corner and I want to be prepared for it!
3. Don’t lose your inner child- remember all the dreams you had as a little kid? Those are often an indication of the things you should be doing as an adult. We just tend to let the world make us believe that those things are too silly or impossible. Nothing is too impossible. And is silly really so bad? Keep that childlike spirit despite the world and watch how much magic you invite in.
4. Spend more time outside – Go for a bike ride. Run around barefoot. Go out and feel the wind playing with your hair, the sun warming your cheeks, and connect to nature! Basically get off your lazy bum for two minutes and go pretend you’re gosh darn Disney princess.
5. Save some money- I’m 24 and not yet a millionaire (emphasis on YET) and whether I’d like to admit that or not, it means that I need to start getting my priorities in order. Somehow I find it acceptable to blow $50 on new shoes, but I’ll ride around on gas fumes for a week because “I can’t afford” to drop $30 to fill the tank. This year I’d like to be a lot more careful with my money so that I can properly save towards my goals. After all, as Sophia Amoruso says, sometimes money looks better on the bank than on your feet.
6. Less possessions more experiences- when I do decide to spend money however, I want to focus more of it on experiences. An amazing moment will stay with you forever, but material possessions get worn out and dated all too quickly. It’s difficult for a fashion lover like me to hold back from buying all the latest and greatest, but thats okay! It just means I need to get a little more creative with the clothes I do have as opposed to focusing what I don’t. It’s a lesson in appreciation for sure! And honestly, some of my go-to items of clothing cost me all of $2 at a thrift store. Being fashion forward doesn’t have to send you financially backward!
7. Read more – reading is so healthy for so many things; it makes you a better writer, a better speaker, increases your vocabulary and your creativity! Take a book with you wherever you go and try using idle time like waiting in line to read instead of mindlessly scrolling through Facebook.
8. I’m not a bat- I easily slip into patterns of sleeping like a nocturnal creature of the night and I hate it. This insomnia is largely caused by my use of technology right before bed (a problem I’m sure almost ALL of us have.) So let’s start creating new, healthier habits together! Like putting away the phone and the laptop and reading a little before bed each night. And boom, there’s rule Number 7 out of the way too! Two birds, one stone. If that doesn’t place us in the running for Productive Goddess of the Year, I just don’t know what does.
9. Wake up early for the hustle – Speaking of sleep patterns, the idea uncrusting my eyelids at the crack of dawn has always seemed on par with punching myself in the face. However there’s undeniably something about getting up earlier that increases productivity and improves the overall mood of the day. So despite the incredible challenge it’s going to be for me, I plan on buying myself a couple hours each morning to start the day off right. (and I will be expecting some sort of trophy by the end for my efforts, thank you.)
10. Stay adaptable- I’m a huge board game nerd. Like, I get obsessed with them, it’s bad. But what I’ve learned through playing many games with many different strategies, is that there is always one common denominator in being a winner: learning to adapt. You can be sitting there, ready to lay a mind blowing move when someone comes along and blocks you. It’s easy to get pissed and resign yourself to a loss. But winners don’t give up. Winners have a backup plan to their backup plan. Winners are always open to a multitude of possibilities instead of staying tunnel visioned on one option that’s clearly not going to work. In this great game of life, remember there may always be another path you can choose that you just didn’t see before. And even in the face of a loss, there is still knowledge to gained.
11. Keep being an adventurer- It’s no secret that I’m quite the free spirit. I love traveling to foreign lands, meeting new people and doing new exciting things. But everyday, every opportunity can be an adventure with the right mind set! You can venture to the mysterious aisles of the grocery store and sample foods from a land you’ve never been to! Or strike up conversation with a perfect stranger in line and make a new friend! Start to look for the magic in everything, even the mundane.
12. Laugh as much as possible- You know those kind of laughs that send tears streaming down your face, and last so long that you don’t even remember what was funny? Yeah. More of that.
13. Nourish your body- our relationship with food tends to be tricky. But food isn’t an enemy or about counting calories. It’s about nourishing your body. When you view food as the fuel that allows you to dance, run, jump and see the world, it makes you want to choose meals that are both tasty and healthy (because yes, they can be both!) Think of food as a way to thank your body for all that it does (and that means a couple cheat days too!)
14. Be yourself- every day I find myself scrolling through instagram thinking “I should be more like him, I should act more like that, I should dress more like her.” It’s so easy to get caught up in constant comparison and while drawing inspiration from others is wonderful, blatant copying is so unnecessary. You can support and admire what others are doing without wanting to become them.
15. Do things alone- Relationships, when healthy and positive, add so much value to our life. But we often overlook one of the most important relationships there is, the relationship with ourselves. So tune everyone out for a little while and spend some time with yourself! Take a bubble bath, take yourself to dinner, visit a museum alone, form some of your own memories and opinions without anyone else’s influence and learn a bit more about the person you really are.
16. Take technology breaks – whilst traveling in Thailand, I was walking through one of the most ornate and beautiful cities in the world and passed a group of literal phone zombies. They were glued to their screens and slowly herding each other down the street, all the while missing the stunning scenery around them. I never want to become that. Technology can be fantastic but it can be just as addictive and detrimental. Don’t forget every once and a while to look up and enjoy REAL life beauty instead of all the beauty jamming up your feed. After all, the best feeds are created by people who are observant enough to capture lifes most beautiful moments.
17. Be kinder – I wouldn’t classify myself as a mean person but there’s always room for a little more selflessness, a little more thoughtfulness, and a little more kindness!
18. Stay focused on your goals – It’s so easy to get distracted or disheartened when things don’t go to plan as you work towards your goals. But push through the hard times, stay consistent and you will be so glad you did a year or two, or ten down the road.