28 Lessons in 28 Years

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  1. Stay in touch with your friends and family, dedicate time and effort to them – they’re the ones who love you the most, and will support you in times of need.
  2. It’s not about diets, controlling your intake, or working out like crazy. It’s about finding peace with your body, balancing out your food, and indulging when you want to. Walk as much as you can, and don’t force yourself to do something you hate.
  3. Skincare > Make-up. Instead of hiding, start fixing and caring. It’ll be money well-spent.
  4. Save more than you spend – at least 20%, or even 50% if you can. You’ll need it.
  5. Dedicate time to do something that fills you up, that makes you happy, that gives you purpose. Aim to change lives, or even just one live would be worth it.
  6. Never dry your rayon items, unless you want them shrinking on you.
  7. Floss your teeth every single day, whether you’re drunk, falling asleep or wobbly from working out. You’ll thank me later when you’ve escaped issues like gingivitis.
  8. Maybe it’s time for a manicure detox – your nails are chipping, they’re yellow, and they’re weak. Clean, natural nails are in, and very chic.
  9. If you love bringing your mobile phone to the washroom, get a waterproof cover for it, I shit you not.
  10. Invest in quality items that you 100% love when you wear it on. Leather bag for $500 or that H&M pleather one for $50? You think you’re saving now, but it’ll last you longer and go the distance.
  11. Put aside money to travel – see the world, immerse yourself in a different culture and lifestyle, take time to appreciate even the simplest of things. Learn, grow, accept, change.
  12. Distance will never ruin your relationship with your sister. It’ll make it stronger.
  13. It’s tough being a grown-up – from housing loans and payments, to car loans and payments, to planning for your retirement, to worrying about how to handle a work issue.
  14. Take it in stride, and always respond gracefully. (Or do your best. I can’t cure my road rage just yet.)
  15. Just do it. If it feels right, just do it. If you want to do it, but are terrified, just do it. There is no shame in failing, only regret in not trying.
  16. Quit your weighing scale. Stop counting calories. You are more than a number, and that includes your age.
  17. Know your worth. Stop dating guys who aren’t emotionally available and who only need you as temporary solace. Staying single beats getting your heart shattered.
  18. You don’t need sky high heels to look good – flats can do the same job. Plus, you’ll be able to walk further, without blisters, and without hurting your ankles and calves. You won’t be in pain either!
  19. Water nourishes you, and your body needs it. Guzzle as much as you possibly can in a day.
  20. Only respond to emails and text messages immediately if you want to. If not, sit on it and craft up a better response. Just because technology allows instant replies, doesn’t mean you have to do it.
  21. Screw fashion rules. Wear what you want, as long as it makes you happy. There are no rules, except maybe tights are NOT pants.
  22. Love, love, love – always pick love.
  23. No more “-plated” jewellery, I mean it! Only purchase full silver, gold, rose gold, stainless steel – anything – or you’ll end up with a rash, and a ton of wasted money.
  24. Be honest, be honorable. Don’t profit at the expense of another person.
  25. Lip balm is your best friend, especially when in cold climates. Don’t smile without lip balm on or your lips are bound to crack – mega ouch.
  26. Self-improve, educate yourself – there are a ton of free resources out there. You can never learn enough.
  27. Try something new, even if it’s just for once. It’ll be an experience you’ll never forget.
  28. Share your stories, your lessons, your life. There’ll be someone who can learn from it and find solace in it.


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