I’ve always been a planner. From the time I was around eight-years-old, I kept a journal filled with hopes, dreams, goals, and random doodles.
While life looks a lot different than ten-year-old, or even sixteen-year-old Lindsay would have thought, I’m happy and confident that each would be pleasantly surprised at the progress we’ve made.
While I still can’t fathom the fact that I am a quarter of a century old, or that I’m a full-fledged adult, I figured I would reflect on some of the most pivotal things I’ve learned in this last quarter-century (holy sh!@$).
25 Things I Learned By 25:
- Reflection is your greatest tool. For so many years my focus was all over the place. I had twelve projects going at a time. I was trying to start too many companies, and my brain was filled with ideas.
- Don’t hold grudges – especially against those that you love. Talk it out, say you’re sorry, and move forward. This isn’t a pass for repetitive bad behavior, but if it’s a rare occurrence, choose love and move forward in forgiveness.
- You are not a number on a scale. Your weight does not define you, and nor do the calories on your plate. Eat nutrient-dense foods most of the time, but also make sure to enjoy the pizza, margaritas, etc.
- Take care of your skin. Do some research and figure out which oils are best for you – and for the love of God, don’t go tanning.
- Consumerism is gross – save your money! I learned this lesson a few years ago, but consumerism is truly a problem. Don’t waste your money on twelve pairs of jeans, or twenty pairs of shoes. Buy high-quality, ethically sourced products. You wear athleisure every day anyway. 😉
- Give generously. This was something Nick taught me long before we started dating. Treating your friend to coffee, or your sibling to dinner is something small you can do to show someone how much you care about them. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 was really influential this year.
- Learn to relax. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your business certainly wasn’t either. It’ll be there when you get back from the beach, or from a dinner out with your family. Just take a break and clear your mind.
- Spend time in nature. Studies show that spending time in nature increases your serotonin and decreases your cortisol levels. Take a breather, hop on a bike, and separate your worries from your mind.
- Don’t take your family for granted.
- Drink water. Add lemon if you don’t like it plain. Add some mineral drops if it’s of poor quality. Either way, just make sure to drink enough water each day.
- Just because they’re a professional doesn’t mean they’re always right.
- Nothing is worth stressing over. Probably around 99% of the things we stress about never come true. So why waste time worrying over them?
- Life is all about your perspective. Learning to practice gratitude will change your life.
- Not every hobby needs to be monetized. Just have fun sometimes! That’s what hiking and biking have been for me recently.
- You receive what you believe you deserve. This one came to me in 2020. It was one of the craziest years between the political climate and the COVID-19 pandemic, but so much came out of it. For so long I was stuck in a mindset that I wasn’t smart enough to run my own marketing agency. Or that I didn’t have the credentials. When I changed my thinking from that to one of deserving, my business skyrocketed.
- It’s A-OK to feel lost.
- Meditation actually works. I used to think it was all a hoax but after about a year of practicing, I can say that it is not, and it changes your life. This one kind of goes hand in hand in determining what your perspective will look like. Adding meditation to your life will calm your soul but also make you more at peace with who you are and where you are in life.
- Be mindful of what you are eating.
- Exercise brings happiness and peace of mind. But don’t over-do it. Let your body relax, heal, and recoup.
- Set boundaries.
- Enjoy each season of life without yearning for the next. This is a good one. Meditation has helped me stay more grounded at the moment and keep my thinking in the present, as opposed to the future.
- You can heal your body 🙂
- Anger is a choice. I always remind myself, I can’t control what others say or do but I can control my reaction.
- Be grateful. If there is one lesson I’ve learned in all of my 25 years combined it is to have a heart of gratitude. I think I have a leg up on appreciating the small things because of being in bed for so many years, but I think this is something we can all find if we seek it. Every single day I begin the day by writing out or meditating on 5 things I am grateful for. Some days it’s as simple as my morning coffee, and other days it’s more substantial, like the ability to travel with those I love. Either way, this attitude has truly revolutionized my life.
- Create the life you want to live.
Lastly, a bonus lesson. Date someone who is good to you, and someone that compliments you. Relationships can be one of life’s greatest joys but also one of life’s worst experiences. Choose someone good, because at the day, its ultimately up to you who you are with. Same goes for friendships.
A lot of these lessons have been amplified in the last year alone. I feel that I’ve grown more in the last year, than all the other years combined, partially because I was finally healthy this year. There are still a lot of things to be done, but I can say that I’m content where I ended up and am excited for another year of life. 🙂
Anyways, thanks for following along. Whether you joined in the last month, or two years ago when I first launched this blog, I’m grateful that you’re here.