24 Things I've Learned in 24 Years

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Today I turn the big 2-4. Twenty-four ladies and gents

It’s not a major birthday. It’s not like turning 18 or 30, but this has been the most life-changing year of my life thus far.

So for fun I wanted to take the time to list out 24 things I’ve learned in these 24 years. And I am so excited to see the millions of other things I am about to learn in my next 24 years.

  1. You can plan as much as you want, but life never really turns out the way we think. In college I thought I’d work in public accounting for a few years, someday probably working for a nutrition or wellness company down the road. But here I am, a licensed CPA working as the owner of my own health and wellness business, inspiring healthy living every single day. If I knew I was able to do this during college I’m not sure I would’ve believed it, but I couldn’t be more grateful that life didn’t turn out the way I’d expected.

  2. It pays to be a nice person. I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing the fact that the more genuine, kind-hearted and compassionate person you are the more successful you will be down the line. Nice people do not finish last, not in the end anyway.

  3. Sometimes saying “no” is saying “yes” to something better. As a recovering people pleaser, I’ve learned that opportunities open up when you say “no” to things your gut tells you are not right for you.

  4. Your greatest wealth is health. My favorite part about health and creating a sustainable lifestyle is its effect on every single other area of life. Truly. From confidence, to energy, to more money everything seems to fall into place when health and wellness is finally found. And just like every other aspect of life, its something that is always changing and evolving as we continue down the path of life. A healthy lifestyle at 20 looks different than 30, 50 and so on. Achieving it every year helps create the most abundant and incredible life.

  5. There isn’t anything the beach can’t fix. Seriously. The sun, the sound of the waves and nothing to do but walk the beach.

  6. “Who you do life with matters just as much as what you do.” - Annie Downs Until I’ve been with Tyler, I don’t know if I really believed this was true. I’ve always believed in soul mates, true everlasting love and all that cheesy stuff. But when I started truly sharing my life with him (we’re talking major career moves, marriage, and a future of unknowns in the military) I realized how incredibly true this is. Unending support, encouragement and strength has been more important to me than I’d ever known it could. Not to mention, accomplishing any of my dreams wouldn’t mean as much to me without him.

  7. Use your head, but follow your heart. Your intuition or gut feelings are not random. They are not to be ignored. They show you your path in life. Your purpose. Listen to your heart, and use your head to follow your heart. For example, don’t practice public accounting, use that knowledge to start a health coaching business to transform others’ lives because that’s what your purpose is. ;)

  8. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. No matter what true desire you have, it’s not “too big” or “unrealistic.” It’s not. Work hard, learn, study others who’ve been successful at that goal, use your strengths. Work hard and it will be yours.

  9. Peanut Butter tastes good on everything. This is true. And if you haven’t tried it on your eggs yet you’re seriously missing out. Now I’ve got you grossed out don’t I? So sorry, continue on haha!

  10. You can’t pour from an empty cup. Whether it be friendships, parenting, at work, as a care provider, whatever it may be…you are not able to put 100% of your best effort forward, day in and day out, if you are constantly drained, tired and overworked. Self-care is not selfish, it’s necessary. Which brings me to number 12!

  11. Self-care is about more than bubble baths and face masks. Self-care also doesn’t have to mean extravagant bubble baths and face masks (though it absolutely can and I’m a major fan of that one). It can mean a short walk to re-center, 10 minutes of reading your favorite book, saying “no” when your gut tells you to. What ever self-care means to you, cherish it and practice it regularly to fill your own cup. Then you will be able to serve others in a way you never could’ve before.

  12. Eating well is a form of self-respect. Giving yourself the privilege of a healthy diet full of nutrient dense foods with plenty of fruits and vegetables is the greatest gift to give yourself. The gift of health. Not restricting, not binging, but honoring the beautiful body you have and feeding it what it deserves.

  13. The world is at your finger tips. After jumping into my entrepreneurial journey I’ve had the gift of being surrounded by some truly incredible people who have decided to do the same. All of whom are showing me that whatever it is the you desire in this life is yours to have if you put in the work. So work hard, and make it yours.

  14. I don’t ever want to say “I wish I had…” Simple as that. Kind of like that awesome quote that goes, “Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely with a well preserved body. But rather to skid in sideways totally worn out shouting ‘Holy shit that was a ride!’”. Catch my drift?

  15. It’s okay to be the one that doesn’t like to go out. This one I struggled HARD with for years. I had my year that I loved it and went out all the time. But then it faded away and I no longer liked it anymore. I’ve learned throughout the years that that’s okay. I know there are plenty of people out there (especially college kids) who really struggle with this in an effort to be “liked.” Once in a while it’s my jam. But most of the time I like to go out to a fun dinner at a fun restaurant, come home and put my PJ’s on and watch a really awesome movie, you know what I mean?!

  16. God loved you so much He thought the world needed one of you. Comparison truly is the thief of joy. Who are YOU? What are YOUR passions? What are YOUR strengths? What is YOUR personality? Embrace it. Cherish it.

  17. Nothing beats the joy of home sweet home. That Northern Michigan summer spent on the boat and nights ending with a bonfire. Mom’s homemade banana bread. I could go on and on, but nothing beats that feeling of when you go back home.

  18. What you put out is what you attract. In relationships, opportunities, your health and weight (i.e. telling yourself you’re fat all the time…not working for you), your career. The energy you put out about all of it is what will become. “What you think you become, what you feel you attract,, what you imagine you create.” Just try it…see what happens.

  19. If you don’t ask for it, you’ll never get it. Just ask. The worst that can happen is the answer is no.

  20. “People will forget what you said, they’ll forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou coming in hot with this one. What legacy do you want to leave? What can you do to make someone’s day a little bit brighter today?

  21. The only thing between you and your dreams is you. Get out of your own way. I see it with myself and all of my clients. If you haven’t reached your goal it’s most likely something you’re doing to hold yourself back. Get rid of the fear and the doubts. Have faith, work hard and know that the universe/God is working in your favor.

  22. Parents are superheroes. This one I could go on and on for hours about. One of the greatest lessons my parents have taught me so far is to give. Give love. Help where and who you can, work damn hard so you have the means to give when others don’t. Supermom and Superdad, thank you.

  23. Sometimes you have to stop adulting and go to Disney World. Preferably frequently.

  24. Always leave room for dessert. I am a Certified Health and Lifestyle Coach and I eat dessert every single day. It. Is. True. You can make ANYTHING healthy (or at least healthier! ). I will never say goodbye to my dutch chocolate shake! Never! But it helps that it’s made with 15 plants and has 13grams of protein…my health coach self especially likes that part!

In all reality I could keep going with this list. But these are a few of my favorites. I share this in hopes to inspire you to do some gratitude reflection as well. I hope you enjoyed this fun little activity! Drop a comment what your favorite one was.