(THIS IS A POST FROM ONE YEAR AND ONE DAY AGO, AUGUST 1st, 2014!)
Today I am 19 years old, so I’d like to share with you all 19 things I’ve learned in my first year of adulthood.
1. Keep your air conditioner at a comfortable temperature. It is better to be broke and comfortable in your home, rather than have money and hate being in your apartment. You’re paying rent to live there, after all.
2. When people offer to help you, (i.e, buy you groceries, pick up your lunch bill, etc.) learn to accept it. It’s a blessing, not a pity gift.
3. If you start up a credit card, use it ONLY to pay for netflix, and stick it in a cup of water and put it in the freezer. That will prevent you from using it for clothes shopping or disney spending (guilty).
4. Having an emergency fund for 2+ months of living expenses will save your life, especially when you work part time and go to school full time.
5. Never stop reading. Go to starbucks, buy a tea, and read a good book for a few hours. You will feel relaxed, and you will learn something in the process! You’re never too old for fiction, either.
6. Take some time to actually clean your room/apartment/parent’s house. It ultimately brings down your stress levels, surprisingly, when you can come home to a clean room and a nice looking kitchen.
7. Don’t be afraid to spend money on household items that you NEED. A vacuum is way more useful/valuable than a super cute bathing suit.
8. When shopping at local markets/on the beach (anywhere NOT retail), haggle prices with the shopkeeper. You never know, maybe they’ll take 5$ for the $7 sunglasses.
9. Be the BEST employee you could be. When there are opportunities to slack off, find something productive to do and do it. It doesn’t matter if you are quitting your job in a week, having a solid reputation will guarantee you a job in the future if you are in desperate need of one. And it’s always good to have integrity!
10. Spend time everyday praying. Remember you are not in control of your life and our Heavenly Father loves you and is on your side.
11. Cherish your loved ones, and always take opportunities to spend time with them, ESPECIALLY when it is inconvenient for you. Family members are people who are always going to be there, by default. Spend some time getting to know cousins, and definitely grandparents.
12. Take good care of your vehicle. I for one, spent $400 getting my brakes fixed about a week before I totaled my car. It was awful luck. But I knew I was safe from my brakes going out, so no matter how expensive, take great care of your car! It is one of the single most important things for you if you drive to school, work, and just everyday activities/errands.
13. Don’t let social media run your life. If a break from Facebook for a week sounds like the most intense torture possible, you NEED a break from Facebook. Humans weren’t meant to be in contact with others 24/7. Our brains need rest from all that.
14. Advice from friends is just that, advice. If you are telling someone about your problems and they give you a “solution”, make sure you know what is best for you before you take their advice. They might have the best intentions, but everyone is biased and you are the person who is ultimately dealing with the consequences of any decision. Seek wisdom from someone with greater experience.
15. Avoid cheap tattoos. I don’t want to talk about it..
16. Be selfless (I know, you can’t just become selfless overnight, but think of others first!) When you see a homeless person, look for food or bottled water in your car. If you’re an Arizonan, maybe even throw them a bottle of sunscreen. You never know how far a small kindness may go.
17. Be flexible. Plans change, people are human. Spontaneity is valuable because you never know what’s around the riverbend. I love Pocahontas. A day relaxing at home could turn into a road trip to a pretty place, or a photoshoot with friends, or anything adventurous.
18. Love yourself. Who cares if your hair is greasy today? Who cares if your makeup is leftover from yesterday? You’re wearing your pajamas out of the house? Whatever! It’s okay to be lazy with the way you look. Forgot to shave your legs? Wear shorts anyway. Remember you are not your skin and bones. You have thoughts, feelings, and knowledge. You are a unique person and your heart is much more valuable than your Gucci purse or Urban Decay mascara.
19. Never think that you are done learning. Even though your body is fully developed, you will continually learn things every single day. Never be too prideful to obtain more knowledge.
I love you all, thanks for the birthday wishes!