26 Things I Know at 26

1.  Age is just a number.

2.  You should not EVER feel guilty for being happy.

3.  You will not die if you forego making your bed every once in a while.

4.  There are times you should try harder, and there are times you should just walk away.

5.  The “perfect moment” doesn’t exist.  When you want (or need) to do something, DO IT.

6.  It’s surprisingly rare to make a living doing something you love, so enjoy it.
7.  You are not the center of the universe.  Continue to explore the world from perspectives other than your own.

8.  Pretending to be perfect does not make you perfect.  Let your flaws shine.

9.  If it’s unfit for all of the eyes of the world, don’t publish it to the Internet.

10.  Setting your expectations low will allow you the chance to be pleasantly surprised.

11.  Not much is worth fighting about.

12.  Deferring your happiness to the future is a terrible idea.  Make an honest effort to enjoy the here-and-now, even when it’s hard.
13.  Pain may come and go, but suffering is a choice.

14.  When choosing between anything and family, the answer is always family.

15.  What you admire in others, you possess somewhere inside of you.

16.  There will always be something new to learn, whether it’s a worldly issue or just how to style your hair without looking like a wet dog.

17.  It’s okay to miss out on things. You cannot be everywhere and do everything.

18.  Your apologies won’t always be accepted. Learn how to forgive yourself when someone else won’t.

19.  Everything is not always black and white. There is not always a “right” answer.

20.  Being an introvert isn’t something to be ashamed of.

21.  Travel and adventure should always remain a priority.IMG_3773
22.  The things you are scared to do are usually the things you need to do most.

23.  If you don’t know something, don’t pretend you do.

24.  Making someone else feel special will always make you feel special in return.

25.  Relationships take work. Give them the attention and care that they deserve.

26.  All good things must come to an end.

And, with that being said —

As I embark upon my 26th year of life, the time has come to say goodbye to this (very public) chapter of my life.  You may have seen this coming, as it’s been months since I’ve posted anything of substance.  I’ve loved having this space to collect my thoughts, share my words, and connect with so many different people.  However, I think I’ve graduated from the notion that I need to share every detail of my life.  The time has come for me to shine more attention on other areas of my life.  My family.  My friends.  My job.  Myself.

Thanks for all of the love and encouragement over the past 3 1/2 years.  I’m a completely different person than I was when I first landed here, and I’m excited and ready to see what the future holds.

Until next time.  Whenever that may be.


In Case You Missed It:

24 Things I Knew at 24
25 Things I Knew at 25

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Comments (6)

  1. #2…I’m working on it and friends like you help me get to that realization on the reg.
    #6, 12, 15, 17, 19, 20, 24…preach, gurl.
    #26…I will miss your blogging but know you’re at a place in your life where you are living out your passions in real-time, not on the Internet, and you’re just busy living life. It’s amazing and I love watching it happen and hearing you talk about your adventures. I swear you light up via text message!

  2. you’ve been such an inspiration to me, including in this very last post. i wish you luck wherever you go in life, and know that you’ve touched many lives through your little corner of the internet! thank you <3

  3. I started reading your blog a few months ago & you definitely inspired me to start my own. Best of luck in the future! Will miss reading your posts but I’m happy to hear you’re content in moving on.

    P.S. Let’s go Devils 🙂

  4. <3 <3 <3 thank God we email urryday.

  5. This post rocks! 🙂

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