25 Things I Learned Before Turning 25

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25 Things I Learned Before Turning 25

By Eve Auston

This October, yours truly celebrated her 25th birthday! (Libra season!) For this article, I wanted to share 25 pieces of wisdom that I've learned over this quarter of my life. Hopefully they can help you as well.

Reclaim your lunch time during work hours.

Start getting comfortable with saying no and just no.

It's okay to not want to socialize or go out even if "everyone else is".

Start spending money on what fills your spirit. (Fenty counts, girl!)

Be kind to yourself. You wouldn't talk about your friends the way you sometimes talk about yourself.

It's not selfish to prioritize your needs before the needs of everyone else.

Your 100% effort may not be everyone else's 100% effort.

Don't let anyone dull your shine.

Plan trips to get away from work. Even if it's just for the weekend.

Disable your email and work notifications on your phone. (You'll thank me later.)

Get something you can take care of (plant, pet, etc.) that helps you to look forward to coming home.

It's better to be alone than be with someone that makes you wish you were.

You don't need alcohol to have a good time.

Be careful who you tell about your pain.

Be careful who you call your friends.

Be careful who you tell about your plans. (Everyone is not meant to see your vision.)

Take your vitamins. (Vitamins are legit, y'all. Your nails, skin, and hair will thank you.)

Eat what you want, just watch what you eat. (It’s all about moderation!)

It's never too late to become passionate about something.

It's never too late to challenge yourself and grow as a person.

Learn how to apologize, but only if you mean it.

Save $10 a paycheck, if you can. (It adds up.)

Mediate once a week to center yourself.

Don't be afraid to say "I don't know."

Don't ignore your mental health. It's real and it's valid.

Hopefully, these tips were helpful for you! I have definitely had a lot of time to reflect as I've closed out my 24th year. Now, I know there's no where to go but up!