18 Things I Learned in 18 Years

January 4, 2017

Tomorrow I turn 18 {which is weird and strange and crazy all in one} so I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on the crazy and somewhat silly life lessons I’ve learned in my 18 years of life.

1. Treat Yo’ Self is a very real thing and is underappreciated. Usually there’s no reward for hard work, but small treat yo’ self splurges are the perfect pick me up. Use in moderation.

2. If you’re going to travel. Travel like a local. Tourist attractions may get the publicity, but the only way to say you’ve really been in a city is to stay in it like you live in it. Some of my favorites spots in the world have been found this way.

3. Don’t let people criticize you for prioritizing work over relationships. Own it. Very few are willing to hustle and if you’re one of them, you’re one of the lucky ones.

4. Spend the extra dollar for avocado on your salad. It makes it that much better and the health benefits are worth it.

5. Leave yourself open to new experiences. Just because it’s outside of your comfort zone doesn’t mean it’s not worth trying {this is how I discovered my hidden laser tag talent}.

6. Leave yourself open to all people. Just because they don’t look like someone you’d usually be friends with or have an opposite personality doesn’t mean they’re not an interesting person. If someone told me before I learned this lesson that I’d get the chance to know and be friends with the extremely diverse group of friends I have now, I would’ve laughed in their face.

7. Buy smart, not cheaper. Just because you can buy three pairs of shoes at Forever 21 for $100 doesn’t mean you should. Before making a purchase calculate the price against how long the item will last, how long you’ll use it, the materials used, and how frequently you’ll use it. For example: The Louboutin Black Pigalle may retail at $675, but it’s a great shoe for work or going out. Chances are, a classic shoe like this, at a minimum, it would be easy to work into at least 4 outfits. There’s 52 weeks in a year. The average life of a Louboutin with frequent use is 2-4 years. The material of the shoe is leather. On the other hand, a black pump from DSW is usually about $39.95, but is synthetic and will fall apart more easily meaning it will also need to be replaced more frequently. If you’re someone who won’t be wearing this as frequently, that’s great, but if not, it makes much more sense to invest a little. Plus, an authentic Louboutin still holds a fairly high resale value even with heavy use.

8. Life’s too short to put yourself in situation in which you’re taken advantage of, not appreciated.

9. Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy saves hands {especially in the winter}. With the amount of times I’ve talked this up on this blog, you’d think I was sponsored. Sadly no, but if Crabtree & Evelyn is looking, I’m their girl.

10. Never be afraid to wear red lipstick. Red lipstick is the freaking best.

11. Always wear the heels. Never take them off before the night is over.

12. Dress for fashion, not function {unpopular opinion, I know}.

13. Sleeping it off is a perfectly acceptable thing to do.

14. Be ambitious. Just because you have high hopes for your future doesn’t mean that your head’s in the clouds. The difference between being ambitious and being a dreamer is that those who are ambitious are able to put things in perspective and adjust their goals accordingly. A goal is attainable through realistic evaluation, planning, and hustling; a dream is up in the air.

15. Travel often and as much as possible.

16. Learn how to see the exact same issue from multiple perspectives. Understanding why the other side believes what they do is the first step towards friendship and compromise.

17. Don’t say you don’t like it if you haven’t tried it. An oldie but a goodie. What a cliché. Remember, taste buds change. Perfect example: As a kid I always hated olives, I tried them a few times and never liked them. Finally, around 14 I started loving them and have ever since. I recommend trying something you dislike once at least every five years with an open mind.

18. Live life with no regrets. Make decisions true to yourself and follow what your conscience leads you to do.

That’s all I have for you today, come back tomorrow to hear the 18 things I want to accomplish in the next 18 years!

Love and Stay Preppy,

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Lol to the avocado one. That is a no brainer 😉

  2. MishyV says:

    11 and 12 is not really my things… but nr6 is perfect! I met my best friend who would never think that we can understand each other…:) You miss a lot when you close yourself.

  3. I'm glad that at 18 you want to live life with no regrets! Keep that attitude going forward!

  4. Laura Rendon says:

    This is so inspiring. I loved every one of these but my favorite were 10 and 12. Red lipstick should be a must to all women. Wearing what you like and owning it is key to finding your own style and somehow yourself too. <3

    Laura Rendon

  5. Nikki says:

    Great tips! You learn so much as you go through life and it's important to share those tips! I wrote a similar post also. Nikki x


  6. Nicole Escat says:

    Aww love these! I've learned from you as well, I'm really happy that you keep this in your mind.

  7. Too cute. Such a great list and definitely at 18 all these points are valid! Wear your heels, treat yo' self, wear red lipstick girl! Yes, get it in! Have fun!

  8. Ana Ojha says:

    First of all, wish you a very Happy Birthday! Life is all about exploring new things and Traveling empowers you to explore beyond your horizon!

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