25 Things I’ve Learned Since Turning 25

Self-love and self-care haven’t always come easy for me. While I love the idea of relaxing, it’s hard for me to put it into practice. Being consistent with elements that revolve around taking care of myself is usually a struggle. I’ve never been too sure why, and I’m trying to figure it out as I go.

But what I’ve learned in these last 25 years is that I have a whole lifetime to figure it out. I hope it doesn’t take that long, but I am slowly learning to let go of the need to have everything figured out.

… Which leads me to the first thing I’ve learned:

  1. Literally NO ONE has life figured out. We’re all just making stuff up as we go.
  2. Let go of the need to control things. Even the things we think we have control of, there’s a high chance we don’t. So why stress out?
  3. Sometimes, it’s nice to be alone.
  4. Moving back home doesn’t have to be a bad thing. 🙂
  5. One year is a long time.
  6. Saving money by going to community college was definitely worth it.
  7. Everything doesn’t have to be planned out to the most minute detail. And that’s okay.
  8. Skincare. Every night. That’s the tea.
  9. Telling yourself that you love yourself every single day works. Do it. Seriously.
  10. Never let go of your inner child.
  11. It’s okay to be open with people, but maybe be a bit more cautious with who you tell things to. Not everyone has your best interest.
  12. In that same vein, it’s okay to let down your walls to those that do want the best for you.
  13. Tell those you love that you love them every day. Whatever that looks like.
  14. Ask questions.
  15. No one expects you to know everything.
  16. It’s okay to be vulnerable.
  17. That job isn’t worth it.
  18. You don’t need to pour yourself into a hobby every single day.
  19. Never make yourself feel bad for relaxing.
  20. Put yourself first every single day.
  21. Don’t push through an anxiety attack. Breathe. Step away. Talk it out. Do whatever you can but don’t ignore it and don’t push it away.
  22. Only surround yourself around people that lift you up.
  23. Let go of people who drain you.
  24. It’s okay if you think about people or situations from your past. That’s what made you who you are.
  25. Be okay with being okay. You don’t have to wait for the shoe to drop. Love every moment of the life you are given, even the ugly parts.
  26. Oh, and an extra one – do things for you. Not for anyone else. It’s okay to put yourself first. Actually, it’s encouraged and much needed.
  27. One more! It’s okay to cry.

While I’m still working on A LOT of what I mentioned above, these last twenty-five years have been a true blessing. I am so incredibly thankful for my experiences and grateful for those around me. Some days, life feels slow. Others, it’s too fast. I can’t believe I’ve been on this planet for twenty-five years. Even though I still feel like a kid, I’m so much more. I’ve grown so much and I can’t wait for all of the blessings my life has in store.

If you’re reading this, I wish that your life brings only blessings, love, and happiness. I hope that you share the love that you have with those around you, but most importantly, with yourself.

We don’t know what the next year will bring us, but I hope it comes from positive and loving intentions.

Be well and take care.

Your Latinx online hermana,

Stephanie.

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