This past Saturday was my ‘golden birthday!’ I turned 26 on May 26th and it was a great day. To celebrate, 20 of my amazing friends and family got together at Variant Brewing Company for a day full of fun, sun, and beer. We drank the best raspberry lemon Gose’s, chowed down on cheesy pizza, and just hung out. After the brewery, we had dinner and went back to our place for some card games. It really was the perfect day and made me realize that I am blessed with so many amazing people in my life.
Since I am feeling sentimental, I wanted to share a few things that I have learned over the years:
Live every day like it is your last
If there is anything that I have learned in the past 25 years, it is that you never know when it might be your time to go. We only get a short time on this earth. A short time to spend it with the ones we love, a short time to do the things we want to accomplish, and a short time to just live and enjoy life. Since it is only a short time, we need to make sure we are taking full advantage of each day by living our lives to the fullest.
Breaks are much needed
I know how hard it is to take a break. Working for yourself is hard because work does not even turn off. It’s not 9-5 and it can be really hard to find a work-life balance if you are not intentional about your time. It is really hard for me to say no to working on the weekends, or at night, when I am supposed to be spending time with Ian and relaxing. It’s also really hard for me to turn my mind off and stop thinking about work. But, it is SO important to do so. This is the exact reason why taking breaks are much needed. We need time to relax, recharge, and really refresh our bodies and minds. I did this over the weekend and it was so nice! In order to lessen my workload, I have hired someone to help me fix and maintain my SEO for my website, and I am hiring someone to help pitch and manage my sponsorships. Don’t be afraid to delegate, Y’all – you cannot do it all!
Invest in the things that are important to you
For me, this is my business, my friends, and family, my home, travel, and my relationship. This can be different for everyone, but make sure you are investing in the things that are important to you.
Don’t worry about what others think
This is so, so hard to do… Stop worrying about what others think and just be you. Do the things you love, hang out with the people that make you happy, and hold your head high, no matter what. Why do they matter anyway?
Finding your tribe isn’t cookie cutter
Over the years, you will drift apart from some and lose friendships along the way, but that’s okay. As we grow, change, and get older, we will find our tribe of friends and when you have someone that you really cherish, make sure you invest in that relationship and hold them tight. A relationship goes both ways, so make sure you are doing your part.
Go after your goals and dreams
What’s important to you? What do you want to accomplish? Make sure it happens. Don’t let anyone hold you back and don’t lose sight of what you want out of life. You’ve got this!
Be nice to everyone
You never know what others are going through, so please be nice and treat others the way that you would want to be treated. We are not in middle school anymore, so stop acting like it.
Create a strong, healthy body
I know that losing weight and getting in shape is hard, but put in the hard work and you will see the benefits (even if it is a slow process!). You are blessed with the body that you are in and in order to take care of it, you have to put in work! Get outside, ride a bike, hike a mountain, hire a personal trainer, do whatever you need to do to improve your health.
Only you are in charge of your happiness
Okay, Y’all. This is one of those things that a lot of people struggle with. Stop blaming others for your negativity, your sadness, or your ‘bad day.’ You have the ability to choose happiness each and every day. You have the ability to see the light at the end of the tunnel and choose joy, even on the worst days.
This is my golden year – I am choosing happiness each and every day, I am focusing on my goals and putting what is important to me first, and I am living each day to the fullest. Turning 26 on the 26th was a great start to the best year yet!