I think your 20s are the best time of your life to invest in yourself, because I think for a large part they will decide how you will live the rest of your life. In your 20s you’re finally starting the get to know yourself. Here are 20 things you can do to invest in yourself in your 20s!
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Read more and read often
There have been many studies done into the benefits of picking up a good book and allowing yourself the time and space to read it. Reading regularly makes you a better communicator, it makes your brain grow (literally) and makes you more empathetic and fuels your imagination. Books also have an unwinding effect, and it’s good to get into the habit of logging off of social media while you’re still young!
Learn new skills in your free time
Want to learn how to take portrait photos? Creative writing class? Coding? Sailing? It doesn’t matter what it is, your 20s are the years you can focus on learning new skills that can benefit you both in finding jobs and keeping your brain sharp. Have you ever heard someone say ‘Man, I really regret learning Japanese?’ Because I haven’t.
Start paying off your debt
Not the most fun thing to do. But you know what’s even less fun? Paying your debt off about 20 or so years from now. Start paying off your debt as soon as you can, so you can live debt-free later. It’ll improve your credit score, so you’ll have a better chance for a loan approval when you want to buy a house or car.
Develop a good skincare routine
This is something I have recently gotten into, not only because your skin starts to age in your 20s, but also because minimize I want to dryness and the chance of melanoma. Every skin is different, but definitely make sure to wear moisturizer, wash off your make-up before going to bed and wear that frickin’ sunscreen! Continue reading
The best way to brighten up your day is to SMILE! But that doesn’t have to be difficult. Sometimes, simplicity is all that it takes to have a better day.
If I’m having a rough day, I usually do one of the following things to bring a smile on my own face.
Just go and take a walk! Especially if it’s sunny so you can get some Vitamin D in. Some fresh air is good for the soul, even if you’re not a super outdoorsy person. Did you know that people who spend more time outside are generally happier? Makes sense to me.
Help someone else
This is probably my favorite. By far the best way to turn my frown upside down is to help someone else. Maybe it’s a friend that’s having a rough time or taking some work from the hands of your co-worker. No one around you that needs help? You can always buy coffee for the person behind you in line at Starbucks. 🙂 Continue reading
2017 Is going to be the year of cruelty-free for me, but 2016 was definitely the year of decluttering. The entire world seemed to be going on a declutter craze as well, and I personally love it.
I know we are in a very fortunate place to be able to decide that we have too much stuff, but I think it’s lovely that there is a movement of people that want to buy less and have a healthier approach to the capitalist society we live in. Don’t get me wrong, I love shopping as much as the next person, but if you buy something for the wrong reasons (it’s on sale, it’ll solve a problem I didn’t know I had) it becomes a problem.
Decluttering has helped me to think more about stuff before I buy it. Do I really need it? Is it going to serve a purpose in my life? Why do I want it so badly? Do I have the money for it? I also tend to buy slightly more expensive items now, but of much better quality. When I decluttered my closet in 2016, I realized how many of my clothes were damaged or worn out after just a few years of wearing them. It’s just not worth it.
How do you feel about decluttering & organizing? Does it make you feel happy? Do you accumulate a lot of stuff in the first place?
I remember those nights in college where I would stay up until 4AM to really perfect that research paper I had to hand in the next day. And then, after spending way more time on it than I should have, it still wasn’t perfect in my eyes.
I suffered from a severe case of perfectionism, and it took me a long time to overcome that. It held me back in my life and felt like it was stealing my time. But it was just so hard to let it go. *breaks out into song*
There are a few different things that helped me overcome perfectionism, and I want to share those with you in this blog post.
Approach it with a different mindset
When you approach something with the mindset of ‘it has to be good enough’ instead of ‘it has to be perfect’ your urge to make it perfect will not be as strong. I’m not saying it won’t be there, but in my experience it won’t be as strong.
Don’t use it as an excuse to slack off, but do try to find balance. The only way you can find that balance is through trial and error and a lot of mini-meltdowns (I’m speaking from experience).
Accept that you are flawed and so is everyone else
You’re human. You have flaws. That’s perfectly fine. Things don’t always go as planned because life happens. You can still improve things. If you get rejected, it’s not because you’re not good or perfect enough, it’s because you’re human and that’s okay.
This takes time, and it’s important to ‘check your mind’ every time you are criticising yourself for not being perfect – instead of beating yourself for not being perfect, remind yourself that it is okay to have flaws as long as you work to improve them. Continue reading
Congratulations, recent college graduate! You made it, and I’m really proud of you.
Now it’s time for you to enter what people call the ‘real world’ and that can be very scary. I can tell you up front, the real world is a very mysterious place full of unpaid internships, dark jokes about the bad economy and awkward network events.
In between job-applying, moving to the big city and paying off your student loans you might as well read a book every once in a while. Here are a few of my favorites.
‘The Interestings’ by Meg Wolitzer
The New York Times bestseller ‘The Interestings’ by Meg Wolitzer is not your typical self-help book. It’s more of a novel with tons of important life lessons woven into the story. That’s exactly what I love about it. The book follows the story of Jules Jacobson, who wants to become an actress. Instead, she chooses for a more practical occupation and lifestyle, but is that the best choice? This book explores the meaning of talent and following your dreams, and it will motivate you more than anything to follow yours.
‘The Opposite of Loneliness’ by Marina Keegan
Marina Keegan graduated Cum Laude from Yale in 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at The New Yorker. This girl was on the rise. Unfortunately, five days after her graduation, Marina died in a car accident. She left behind a rich legacy of beautiful essays and stories, bundled in this beautiful book (that will make you cry). Continue reading
I think it’s safe to say 2016 made us all a bit tired and most of us can use a little pick-me-up. I know I can.. There is no better way to get motivated than to watch a super inspiring TED talk. I’ve watched my fair share of these in the past couple of years, and wanted to share my favorites.
Roxane Gay: Confessions of a Bad Feminist
In this TED Talk, writer Roxane Gay (I also recommend following her on Twitter
) uses humor to explain that feminism comes in many ways – and it really resonated with me. This talk had me thinking for days, and eventually I realized that there is nothing wrong with defining your activism the way that you see it. Continue reading
Small changes make a big difference. It can be tough to commit to a new habit that takes a lot of time out of your day. But these mini habits all take 5 minutes or less, and by practicing all of them (not all at once, try to add a few every month!) at the end of 2017, you will hopefully feel super accomplished!
- Make your bed right after waking up in the morning.
- Pick up clutter and tidy your room before going to sleep at night.
- Put things back where you found them (this will make #2 even easier).
- Briefly plan your day in a notebook or on a post-it note.
- Talk to strangers. Treat them like friends.
- Trust your gut.
- Do what you love. But seriously. Even if it’s just five minutes a day. Do what you love.
- Invest in your LinkedIn profile. Add some people you know. Make sure all your work experience is listed correctly and make sure to add your skills.
- Pay attention to your posture. If you spend a lot of time in front of the computer, maybe it’s time to buy a laptop standard or a better chair.
- Send thank-you notes and birthday cards.
- Buy a chapstick keychain. You will never lose your chapstick again.
- Dress nice. Even if you have no reason to.
- Leave early and arrive on time.
- Limit the amount of processed food you eat.
- Slow down a bit. Yes, even if you’re busy.
- Be quiet sometimes. Silence can be beautiful.
- Think about how you can help others. Then do it.
- Volunteer. It will not only make others happy, but you too.
- Jot down ideas the moment you have them.
- Smile at people. You will brighten their day.
- Choose experiences over material possessions.
- Visit a new place. Even if it’s in your own state/country.
- Stop comparing yourself to others.
- Drink more water and cut down of caffeine.
- Meditate for one minute every day.
- Read at least two pages of a book every day.
- When you like something about a person, compliment them.
- Go outside every day, even if you have no reason to.
- Stop being harsh on yourself. You are allowed to make mistakes.
- Name three things you’re thankful for every night before bed. You can write them down, but even if you make the list in your head you’re good!
- Do the most important task first. It will make your day better!
- Say no to long meetings if you can.
- Surround yourself with people that inspire you. Ever heard of the saying ‘you are the people you surround yourself with’. Exactly.
- Listen to your body. If you need a break, take it. If you’re exhausted, go to bed early.
- Clean out your car every time you leave it. Take the empty cups and wrappers and throw them away.
- Pack food for your flight. Now you don’t have to pay a small fortune anymore when you’re killing time at the airport.
- Invest in a better pillow. Seriously, it’s worth it.
- Clean your home once a month. I’m not just talking about mopping the floors. Throw stuff away you haven’t used and tidy everything.
- Embrace failure and learn from it. Everyone fails at one point or another, and that’s totally okay.
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Do you consider yourself a happy person?
If you had to think about that question, even if it’s just one second, there are probably some things you can improve about your daily life to bring that smile on your face.
Most of us know that we don’t need lots of money, huge careers and a massive circle of friends to be happy. It’s the little things. Her are 9 of my favorite things to do when I’m feeling down:
1. Do something nice for someone else
I get all warm and fuzzy when I make someone else happy. I like to bring my boyfriend flowers randomly (and crush those gender expectations!), open the door for someone or buy a coffee for the person behind me in line. Bonus: you don’t only put a smile on your own face, but also on someone else’s!
2. Practice gratitude
I’ve said it before and I will say it again: practicing gratitude is one of the easiest ways to bring a smile on your face. Make a little list of things that are going well in your life and that you are grateful for. Reminding yourself of all the blessings in life will definitely bring a smile on your face.
3. Learn something new
Take an online course or learn a language. There are plenty of (free) resources on the internet that can help you learn new things. Continue reading
What can you buy for five bucks? A cup of coffee at Starbucks, or an eBook that will change your life.
Personally, I love the combination of eBooks and self-help. Often, I don’t read a self-help book from back to back. Rather, I like to read chapters here and there, while having the ability to compare the advice from one book to another. Having tons of eBooks stored on my eReader at the same time makes it possible for me to do that.
Here’s a little rundown of my all time favorite self-help eBooks, all under $5! Continue reading