I’m really happy where I am today. But quite frankly, I am just freaking lucky that I got here. I feel like I’ve experienced quite a lot, good and bad, in the last 7 years. And I’m convinced that the hardest times have shaped me the most. Nothing will change your perspective on life like almost not having it. But still, in my early twenties, I was clueless. I was dumb. I had no idea what to do. And I could have used a bit of advice, even if I refused to listen to it.
Say “yes” more. Except when you should so obviously say no. Go hang out with those friends. Help someone out. It will be better than sitting on the couch watching Netflix all day, I promise.
Take chances. It might seem like a gamble, but just try. You might regret not trying later.
Don’t settle. Go for what you want — if it’s not quite what you want, move on and get something better.
Put in effort. In your friendships, relationships, and bettering yourself. Friends aren’t just going to walk into your life and stick around. You have to work at it, especially when you don’t always agree.
Prepare for the future. This seems like a really obvious thing, but when you’re 20, you don’t think about how your daily choices might impact you in 5 years.
Worry about yourself. I’d say this is one of the biggest ways I’ve changed in the last few years. Not going to talk about politics, but I used to be seriously bothered by what other people chose for their life. Not anymore. You do your thing, and don’t worry about mine.
Set goals. It took me awhile to realize that setting goals and accomplishing them would make me feel more fulfilled. Even if you just set a few daily goals, and write them down, you’ll feel like your day wasn’t wasted when you mark them off. Now, I set daily and monthly goals. My new Whitney English planner is perfect for this. Enter below to win one of your own!
What advice would you give to your younger self?
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