Happy Birthday to me, and Happy Anzac Day to all you Aussies and Kiwis who spend time reading The Pineapple Cake!
Today is a special day for me as it signifies:
– I am officially a quarter of a century old
– My golden birthday (I’ve only been waiting 25 years for this one)
– My first birthday celebration in Australia
– My first Anzac Day celebration in Australia
– I get to eat a ton of Anzac Biscuits and Apple Pie free of judgment
– I can rent a car in America!
Did I miss anything else in that list?
In the weeks leading up to my 25th birthday I noticed a common thread among my facebook friends… all of them seemed to be posting these articles that talked about what you should/shouldn’t do/wish you had known before/after/while you turn 25. It was a bit overwhelming to go through all of those posts, but I thought I’d use this special Friday Favorites to share with you some of my favorite bits of advice in a piece called: Andrea’s 25 Life Lessons and Learns for 25 Year Olds.
Ok… these aren’t really life lessons, more like helpful tips, pieces of advice, and small anecdotes I thought of while searching the internet. Oh, and there may be a few little things I would love to see my peers stop doing… I’m talking to you extreme short-shorts wearer.
| 1. | Create a budget, open a savings account, and actually save your money.
| 2. | Always look for a good deal, and save money where you can.
| 3. | Spend as much time as you can with your family, but distance yourself from those that cause you grief.
| 4. | Visit relatives you have never met. One experience that has lasted me a lifetime was when I went to visit my Great-Aunt in Pennsylvania. We spent four days together and I could not be more thankful for the stories she shared with me, and the memories we made.
| 5. | Understand that your parents don’t always have the right answers, and that’s ok.
| 6. | Move to a new city. For me, moving to Philadelphia, knowing no one, and learning to live on my own was one of the scariest and most rewarding experiences in my life. It can be for you too in whatever city you choose.
| 7. | Stop drinking to excess. It’s not attractive to need help walking out of a bar at the end of the night.
| 8. | Learn how to cook. Take a class, ask your mom, or start watching the food network. You can make much better food at home than you’ll get through GrubHub and Seamless, plus take-away doesn’t come with “feeling of accomplishment” on the side. Try the Foolproof Cookbook by Ina Garten for beginners in the kitchen.
| 9. | Host a dinner party. You know, a dinner that isn’t centered on drinking and red cups.
| 10. | Do not wear Uggs in public. I don’t care if you are in Australia or America – Uggs are cool, but please keep them on in your own house and not in public.
| 11. | Finding a job really is all about who you know. Utilize your network to make it happen.
| 12. | Speak up when you have an idea, even if it’s a bad idea. Don’t be that quiet person in the corner of the meeting, that person isn’t getting the corner office.
| 13. | Celebrate your accomplishments. Big or small, treat yourself to a glass of wine, a cocktail, a cookie, or anything that brings you joy after rocking your exam, presentation, new job, big talk with your boss, or dinner that didn’t burn.
| 14. | Develop a close circle of girlfriends (or if you are a boy, mates.) You don’t need many, but you do need one person you can share your thoughts, fears, and excitements with. No judgments allowed.
| 15. | If you are wearing shorts that allow others to see the bottom of your cheeks, please stop. We all thank you in advance. Seriously.
| 16. | Go to the gym. Stop complaining, stop reading this post, and do it. Now.
| 17. | Back up your computer. You know all those photos, papers, and other special things saved on your computer? What would you do if they were gone one day? Back that thing up now! In fact, start the backup and then head to the gym. Two birds, one stone.
| 18. | Learn from your relationship mistakes and move on.
| 19. | In a relationship, honesty is the best policy… but don’t forget communication. The two go hand in hand, speak up when you don’t like something, speak up when you do like something.
| 20. | Remember that your friends, family, and partners are people too, and like you, they have feelings.
| 21. | Don’t conform to other people’s ideals, standards, or thought on how you should be living your life.
| 22. | Remember you cannot control everything, but you can choose how to handle it.
| 23. | Stop believing everything you read on the internet. If you want to blow all your money while wearing Uggs and short that expose your bottom for the world to see, I’m not here to stop you.
| 24. | Live in the moment. Aka, put the phone down.
| 25. | Stop feeling like you should have everything figured out by 25.
Do you have any suggestions for myself and other 25 year olds? Add them in the comments below!