Hello! This post is a little bit different than usual. But, it’s our birthday (yay!) so we thought that it would be fun to write down 26 things we have learned in our 26 years of life. Warning: It’s a long one, grab a snack.
Money spent on experiences is never money wasted. You can spend so much money on material things. But, in the end these ‘things’ will either break, get lost, or you’ll come to your senses and wonder why you ever bought it in the first place. (I’m looking at you, hair crimper). Experiences can never be taken away from you. So, spend the money, do the thing.
Don’t be afraid to say no. Don’t feel like you need to do something just because somebody asks you to. If you really don’t want to do something, or someone is pressuring you, just say no and then tell them to go the hell away. It’s okay to put yourself first sometimes. Life is too short, and you don’t need to please everyone.
Get pets, they make life better. We have had pets our entire lives. So we don’t really know any other way! Honestly though life with pets is just…better. Nobody will ever be as happy to see you when you get home as your pet. Unless you have a cat. They are careless little butt-holes. (D’awww, she cute though)
Keep less clutter. Clutter=stress. This might just be a personality thing, however we find that a clean house/room/whatever just makes us feel better. It is pretty remarkable what a little bit of organization can do for the soul.
Don’t buy something just because it’s on clearance. Chances are you will never use it/wear it. Oh, that shirt is only $4? I must buy it. You say “Oh, I will wear it to bed.” You are never going to wear it to bed. Save your money.
Travel. Even if you blow all of your savings. You won’t regret it. This is something we can’t stress enough. What you are getting in return is SO much greater. We LOVE to travel. If we could just get paid to travel the world forever, I’m pretty sure we would sell all of our belongings, pack our bags, and go immediately. We have been fortunate enough to travel quite a bit, and those experiences are invaluable. Even if you can’t cross oceans, go somewhere local that you’ve never been before. The world is so much bigger than where you live. You will see things, experience things, and eat things that you would never experience otherwise (Like a silkworm). Life really does begin at the end of your comfort zone.
Don’t be afraid of spending time by yourself. We think alone time is one of the most important aspects of self health. It is necessary. It’s not weird, and don’t let anyone make you feel bad about it. How can you ever get to know yourself if there’s always other people all up in your space? Both of us NEED alone time on a regular basis. It is how we re-charge and relax. There are some people out there that CANNOT EVEN STAND the thought of being by themselves. WHY? Don’t let anyone make you feel strange about wanting time to yourself. You are not weird, you are not a crazy cat lady, you just want some damn peace and quiet.
Don’t run a 10 mile road race without training for it. Your body will hurt for a month. This is a great example of ‘spend the money, do the thing.’ By all means, you should go for it, run a 10 mile race. You will feel amazing afterwards just for doing it. Even if you were panting like you were about to die the whole time and realistically probably walked 9 out of the 10 miles. But, we recommend doing some actual running in preparation rather than just training for the junk food Olympics. Your body will thank you for it.
Wear sunscreen. Story of our lives. Every single summer we forego the sunscreen because we just want to get a tan. Every. Single. Summer. Instead of a tan we get a horrible sunburn that goes from bright red back to pasty white. We never actually see a tan. Also, wrinkles are a real thing.
High heels will NEVER be comfortable. Just wear flats.
Just do it. Everyone has those things that they think about for ever and ever wondering if they should do it or not. All that time spent thinking about it, could have been spent actually doing it! Our blog is a perfect example of that. We thought about starting one FOR.EVER. We just never got around to it. Eventually, we finally took the leap and we wish we would have done it earlier! It is never too late to do the things you want to do. Don’t let the excuse of ‘I just never got around to it’ dictate your life. So just fricken go do the thing.
Peanut butter goes great on everything. We really don’t have anything more to say about this. Peanut butter is the Tom Hanks of condiments. Everything it touches is magic.
Start saving money as soon as you can. Money is a major stress factor for most people out there. Start saving money as early as you can and always try to have some money tucked away for emergencies. Even if it’s just a little bit. (Doing this has helped us too many times to count). You will be so much less stressed when something unexpected that you have to pay for comes up. Like when the dog chews up your cell phone beyond repair and you are forced to buy a new one. *cough cough
Lock your car doors. Or strangers will crawl in and have sex in it. Lesson learned.
Unplug every once in a while. You can survive without your phone. Promise. You might even like it.
It’s okay to be quiet. I repeat. It’s okay to be quiet. Do not ever let anyone make you feel like you are less than because you have an introverted personality. There is absolutely nothing wrong with you, we promise.
Say Thank You. Gratitude is a big thing. A huge thing. As we have grown up, we have realized that there is nothing more valuable than a thank you. Both giving and receiving. In the paraphrased words of Jen Sincero “Not saying thank you is as insulting as showing up to my house without pants on” Or something like that. Just say thank you, okay?
**Note- We highly recommend the book You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. It is a motivational book by an actual badass chick that shows you how to stop doubting yourself and get everything you want in life. It sounds like a cheesy motivational book, but it’s not! It’s funny and witty with a little bit of ‘you’re doing okay’ mixed in. We have both read it, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Always be nice. Just be a nice person. Simple. The world is full of people that will try to ruin your day. We don’t need any more D-Bags in the world. As 2 people that spent A LOT of years in customer service, just be kind, polite, and patient. It goes a long way in this world.
Pizza>everything. A nice healthy salad will never be as satisfying as a pizza. We’re sorry, it just won’t. Annnddddd here comes the pizza spam. YOU’RE WELCOME.
NEVER CUT YOUR OWN BANGS. No. Just no.
Stop complaining. Nobody wants to listen to you complain about every single unfavorable thing that has ever happened to you. If you wouldn’t want to listen to it yourself, then chances are nobody else wants to listen to it either. So, just let it go.
Bleaching your hair. Bad idea. Bleaching your hair 3 times in one week? Like, really? Why.
Read directions before you work an appliance. Putting extra soap in the dishwasher doesn’t mean your dishes will be extra clean. It means that you will have to spend an hour gathering and cleaning all of the soap suds that escaped the dishwasher and laid claim to the entire kitchen.
Embrace the awkward. No matter what you do, awkward and embarrasing shit is going to happen on a daily basis. At least for us. And if anyone ever looks at you and says “Stop being so awkward” in front of a large group of people, stare at them without blinking for as long as possible until they think that you are a serial killer and walk away.
Don’t compare your life to the lives of others. You know what we are talking about. You look around, (usually on the internet), and you see all of these people who basically have their sh*t together and are ‘living their best life’. So then you throw yourself a pity party. Why isn’t my life like that? Why can’t I afford a month long trek across the coast of Italy? Who cares. Everyone’s paths are different. Just because you aren’t where you want to be yet, doesn’t mean you are never going to get there. If you let the success of others bring you down, then you will probably always be sad. Also, keep in mind that the internet is not always an accurate depiction of reality. All you can do is focus on what you want, work hard, and everything will fall into place. But if you need to have the occasional self loathing gallon of ice cream, then that’s okay too.
Don’t be a doormat. That is a phrase from our mom who always told us to stand up for ourselves and never let anyone walk all over us. “Stand your ground and live your life for you. Don’t let anyone treat you like you’re not important.” <–Verbatim from a text message from her. You are strong, you are a badass, and you can do whatever you want to do in life. Stay true to yourself and your opinions, and if people don’t like that, punch them in the face. KIDDING.
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