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I’ll be a quarter of a century old this weekend. Can I be honest with you? My life is nowhere near what I thought it would be at 25. There have been failures, heartbreak, tragedy, and sadness. But there has also been incredible joy, love, laughter, success, new beginnings, and change. I have learned a lot over my past 25 years; a lot of it my mother taught me, (thanks Nance) but most of it I have learned from experience. I know I am still young and hopefully have a long way to go, but here are some of the important things that I try to focus on.

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25 Lessons I’ve Learned:

  1. Apologize first, even if you’re not wrong.
  2. Alone time is extremely important – Take a long bubble bath, watch your show, read a book.
  3. You HAVE to work your way up in a company. Millienials feel so entitled sometimes, myself included.
  4. Social media is not a diary.
  5. Social media is a highlight reel.
  6. Don’t drunk text. You will most certainly regret it in the morning.
  7. Don’t drink and drive – come on now….
  8. Don’t mix liquors. The hangovers get worse as you get older, that’s for dang sure!
  9. Spend time with your siblings as often as you can as you get older. They helped make you the person you are today.
  10. Exercise at least every other day.
  11. Talk to your elders – it is really inspiring to listen to the lessons they learned and the advice they have to offer.
  12. Be nice to your mom – She had a life before you. Things happened to her just the way things have happened to you.
  13. Hug and thank your father when you can.
  14. While it’s nice to have nice things, it’s nicer to travel and have experiences and make memories.
  15. It’s better to be over dressed than under dressed.
  16. Manners matter. Wait until everyone has food to begin eating at the table. (One of my pet peeves)
  17. Open your mind to other people’s opinions. It is okay to disagree but always listen with an open mind – the person may have a good point that you couldn’t see before.
  18. The way someone treats you is a reflection of how they are feeling about themselves. – Do not take everything so personally.
  19. DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS.
  20. It is okay to admit when you are not okay – everybody hurts.
  21. Help others without expecting something in return.
  22. You can truly manifest anything you want in this life…I’ll write about this later.
  23. If you have to think twice about doing something, you shouldn’t do it.
  24. Pray more often.
  25. Stop caring about what people think. It is your life and it is short. You MUST do what makes you happy.

 

I had a hard time condensing this list because life is always throwing me curveballs. I don’t know where this year will take me but I am going to do my best to enjoy every second of it. I hope you all have an amazing weekend! Make it a great day!

XO, JB

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2 comments

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Love this!! Thank you for sharing Jordan! Life is always full of surprises but, we live and learn. Your list is very inspiring! I’ll definitely be using some of your tips 😁👍🏻xo, lily

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Thanks Lily!! <3 <3 That is so true! Life is a rollercoaster but I am thankful for the ups and the downs! 🙂

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