It is May and I am just starting my annual birthday post. I am shocked I am starting this so late in year 24. I honesty forgot I was 24 and thought I was 23 most of this year. This year has also just been so much different than I thought it would be.
It is now October and I picking this post back up. I really do not post consistently like I did earlier this year. I don’t think I am mad at myself for taking a break because I know this blog will always be a part of my life and something that I always come back to.
Lol I am back and it is December now and only a couple days until my birthday. I love how all over the place this post is. I have a deadline now though so I think I will officially complete this post tonight. It is fun reading what I wrote back in May when I started this and adding to each learning a little bit.
Anyway, you all know this is one of my favorite posts each year, so I obviously wasn’t going to miss it because of my inconsistency with blogging. This year has taught me a lot and I have kind of changed a lot. I imagine most people can say that because of how 2020 has been in general. 24 was an ok year for me. I did get to travel a lot at the beginning of the year which was nice and I got to go on a road trip I have been dreaming of for a long time (trip to Utah!). I got back into running and started taking more time for myself, my hobbies, and my interests. I think time at home really opened the doors for those things to happen which I am thankful for. Beyond that, 24 wasn’t the best year of my life haha. 25 is definitely looking a bit more promising.
Here are 24 things I learned at 24:
- I have a love hate relationship with routines. I have had like 5 different routine this year trying to figure out how to balance different parts of my day/life while being at home the entire time. Currently, I attempt to go to bed around 10 and try to wake up by 6:30 to do a workout before starting the workday. I would say this is accurate like 3 or 4 times a week.
- Invest in quality jewelry. I would much rather spend a little more on a necklace or earrings than having to purchase new, cheaper jewelry over and over. It probably ends up saving so much in the end and is less wasteful. I will link a couple favs at the end of this post in case anyone wants cute, quality, everyday jewelry.
- I like home workouts (thank you POPSUGAR Fitness and MadFit). MadFit is probably my favorite. I still do her workouts all the time. Even if I think a workout looks easy, it is always ends up challenging me which I love.
- I learned not to have FOMO. I feel like quarantine kind of brought this about and I bet this is the case for a lot of people now (please let me know what you think in the comments. I am interested haha). I realized that it doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing and I don’t need to do something just because I don’t want to miss out. Am I excited to say yes to pretty much everything after COVID? Yes, but once things are a bit more normal, I know that I won’t have FOMO if I don’t do something.
- Running can truly be a hobby. Running was my favorite part of the summer. I was so consistent and ran almost every day. It was such a great way to get outside and relax. I got chills on so many runs this summer because it was truly bringing me so much joy. I would run around my neighborhood making up new loops everyday. I literally saw puppies grow up since everyone pretty much walked their dogs/exercised right at the end of the workday. Shoutout to the adorable corgi!
- I would like to be a running or cross country coach someday. I think I have always known this, but it is definitely something I am going to look into.
- I learned how to make a yummy blueberry lavender latte (it’s not hard, but so delicious). I get my blueberry lavender almond milk at Trader Joes. I don’t know of any other places that have it, but if you do, let me know! I also just made coffee at home way more which is nice!
- It is fun to slow down in life sometimes. I feel like Connor and I really weren’t home at all last year, so it has been really interesting being home for 9 months. Most weekends I am pretty bored, but I do like having a relaxing weekend to just enjoy my apartment.
- Moving was one of the best things about 2020. It is so nice to have more space and feel like my apartment isn’t super cluttered. I have loved decorating a little and having a spot for everything. Our kitchen has so many cabinets and we actually have lots of closet space. Other than our office, the whole apartment is pretty clutter free and clean. I feel so lucky to be living and working in a space I really love.
- I don’t like to keep up with my phone. I use it for work a lot and like to listen to podcasts or watch YouTube. Beyond that I am so bad at keeping up with it. Mostly when it comes to texting and messaging on social media. This is completely different from how I was growing up. I LOVED texting at all times haha.
- I thrive when I go to be early and wake up early. I think for awhile I thought I liked staying up, but when you typically wake up earlier, that really just doesn’t work.
- I learned to be very disciplined in many areas of my life: working out, staying home consistently, working from home, continuing to wake up early, etc.
- Old Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, and One Direction songs are too good. I listen to them all the time in the evening when I am cleaning, cooking, or doing various hobbies. It is so relaxing to me. Songs I am obsessed with again are “Stuck In The Moment” by Justin Bieber, “Rehab” by Rihanna, “Fearless” by Taylor Swift, and “Night Changes” by One Direction (thanks TikTok).
- I learned how to cook good pasta dishes. Nothing crazy, but so much better than anything I made before. I have been making my own sauces and loving the little bow tie noodles. This not groundbreaking, but onions and garlic are very necessary for good pasta.
- Skincare by Hyram taught me all about skincare. I watched so many of his videos and tried out a bunch of skincare products. He is so knowledgeable and has really helped me find some great, simple products. He also just seems like such a good person and I am so happy to see all of the success he has had so far. Anyway, I will link my go-to products in case you are looking for something new to try.
- I don’t think I am passionate about blogging right now. I am sure that will change, but for now, it really isn’t my thing. I didn’t even renew my blogging plan this year which is pretty crazy, but I figure it is probably smarter not to since I rarely post now. I know I will at least post one new blog in the next year and it will likely be titled “25 Things I Learned at 25.”
- Sol de Janeiro makes the best hand sanitizer. It is a spray and smells so good. It also absorbs really nicely. I will link that too 🙂
- I love journaling again. I always loved having a journal, but I stopped using one in college. I recently started up again and it is so fun. My handwriting is terrible, but I love my journal. I decorated it with a bunch of stickers from my favorite artists/small businesses.
- Pretty Honest Shop has the best candles. I am constantly repurchasing them and sending them as gifts to family and friends. I love trying the new ones when they come out, but you really can’t go wrong with any of them. I am already so excited for the spring collection, since those are probably my favorite (be on the lookout for Pineapple Sage).
- Handwritten cards are a great way to stay in touch. I have always loved sending cards, but this year especially. I think it goes a long way in showing that you care about someone or miss them 🙂
- I love Hershey kisses again (I was obsessed in high school. My friend and I would always grab one from the front office in high school after lunch). They are my favorite dessert right now.
- Life is made up of so much! I know this is so obvious, but sometimes I forget. We have so many things to balance. Things we love to do and others we maybe don’t love as much. It is so important not to spend too much time dwelling on things or being hard on ourselves. No one really knows what they are doing all the time.
- If you love something or care about it, you need to invest time, money, or whatever into it. For example, I keep seeing a post on Instagram about small businesses/restaurants closing because of the pandemic and people saying they wish they could have supported or wish they would have known. The post goes to say that all small businesses and restaurants are struggling during this time and we need to be supporting them now instead of wishing we had. Thinking about these businesses and restaurants closing makes me so sad. When I think about Chicago, I realize that so many of my favorite parts of the city are the little shops, artists, coffee shops, restaurants, etc. Without these things and so much more, Chicago would not be Chicago. The same goes for any city or town! If you are able to, order takeout, purchase gift cards, and shop small this holiday season and going forward.
- This one isn’t really anything I learned, but I thought it was a good stopping place for my list. 2020 was a pretty bad year overall, but I know things will get better. And I have a million reasons to be so grateful. Thank you for being a part of 24 🙂
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If you read this whole post, thank you! That is truly such a great birthday gift. I hope you all are doing well, staying healthy, and having a safe, happy holiday season 🙂 Comment letting me know what you have been up to the past few months, or something you are grateful for, or a small business I should check out (actually love this idea).
P.S. the cover photo is probably one of my favorite photos I took while I was 24.