Whoa, my 24th birthday came a lot sooner than I thought it would! It feels like not that long ago I wrote my last birthday post about being 23. Today, I figured I'd keep up the tradition and share 24 more things I learned by age 24!
The last year has come with many life changes, devastating losses and new people who have come into my life. It's been an amazing year for change and growth.
I had a romantic relationship end, I lost my hedgehog Felix after he lived to be a very old hog and I also had to endure the death of my greatest friend on this planet - it was the single worst thing that has ever happened to me but has shaped me in ways I never would have imagined.
1. Be open to change.
Seriously. I never thought in a million years that I could be doing all of the things I do now.
2. Face a new fear every day.
Find something that scares you and do it. This life is short and precious and you only have one chance to live it the best way you can.
3. Show your friends and family that you love them.
I've lost more people close to me this year than I ever had in my life before. It's a really sobering and surreal feeling to wake up one day and realize someone so close to you is gone. Embrace the people you love in life as tightly as you can.
4. Small acts and gestures can mean the most.
One of the things I've realized this year is that I'm getting better at recognizing how I like to love and be loved. I love showing someone that I care in simple and small ways. It doesn't have to be complicated, just from the heart.
5. Sunscreen and a good lotion can go a long way.
Skin health is no joke. Spend a little more and get a good brand and always keep yourself protected. Dad hats are in style now too!
6. DRY SHAMPOO!
Yeah, get it. It's a shower in a can. I don't know why it took me so long.
7. Be independent and spend more time with yourself.
Buy her a coffee - she deserves it!
8. Eating healthy is key but give yourself some grace.
Literally, eat the chocolate and drink the wine. You deserve it.
9. Clean out your phone contacts, emails and photos regularly.
We all have some garbage on our phone. Numbers we don't need, pictures that didn't turn out. Create some more space in your phone and it might help you feel better mentally as well.
10. Please and thank you will never go out of style.
I don't know where manners went lately, but I'm pretty determined to bring them back again.
11. Stretch marks are cool.
Those are your battle scars. Your skin has shaped and grown with you. Wear them with pride if you have them and never be ashamed!
12. Always have a good pair of athletic shoes.
I mean a good supportive shoe that you can do multiple activities in. Even if it's just going to Starbucks. It'll pay for itself.
13. You don't owe anybody anything.
Not even a smile if you don't want to. Don't ever feel guilty about saying no to someone.
14. Thank Mother Nature - she works pretty hard.
Taking regular moments to be outside and sit and do nothing in the fresh air has helped me with reflecting and relaxing so much. Sit outside, have a picnic, read a book, enjoy the earth we live in.
15. Wear the crop top.
Seriously it looks super cute and don't ever feel uncomfortable in it. If you want the crop, rock that crop.
16. Foot health!
Regular pedicures if you can afford it, even just every other month. Foot health is correlated to a lot of medical problems!
17. Keep a neat and tidy home and work space.
Your productivity will soar and you won't have to apologize when people come over.
18. Shout Wipes and Tide To-Go count as dry cleaning.
Don't judge me, I'm a busy lady and I never have enough time to get my work clothes properly clean.
19. Clean out your social media friends.
Something I'm finally doing and it's been awesome.
20. Friends really are your chosen family.
Never forget to carve time out to nurture those relationships.
21. In an intimate relationship, don't be afraid to stick up for yourself and what you want.
I was always scared to have a voice in dating because I thought I would scare the other person off. Remember it's a relationship with two people and both have a say and both need to work equally as hard to keep it going.
22. San Pellegrino is delicious.
I'm super into this and I know I'm riding a fad, but it's SO GOOD!
23. Grieving isn't easy and it's not pretty.
This year I really learned what grieving was and how I go through that process. I did it and I'm still doing it every day and it sucks. It's different for everybody but it's okay if you can't get out of bed. It's okay if you can do your laundry. Give yourself a bit of room to breathe.
24. This is your body. Yours.
You get to choose what you do with it and how you spend your time in it. Don't let anybody make those decisions for you.
What are some things you've learned in the past year? I'd love to read them!
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THE BLOGGER: EMMA CRANE
Emma is a part-time contributor at FashionablyFrank.com, bringing her love for travel and exploration. Since graduating college in 2013 and living in London, England for almost 1.5 years, she is now a flight attendant with a major airline. In her spare time, she enjoys embroidery + breakfast food.