Hey all—today is my 25th birthday!

This morning I woke up next to my amazing husband and I took some time to be mindful and reflect on my life so far. I thought about all of my achievements, but I also reflected on the challenges and obstacles I have faced. Everything that I have experienced has made me the person I am today. Even in the last few years, I have experienced growth that I could have never imagined. This past year, I started graduate school, grown in my profession, celebrated my one-year wedding anniversary, traveled, improved my habits, developed a steady writing ritual, and so much more. I am extremely excited to see what 25 will bring!

I thought it would be fun to write down 25 things/values that I have learned and practice. I hope you have fun reading them, and that they have an impact on your life as well. Enjoy!

  1. Take care of yourself first.
  2. You are not defined by the way you look or how others perceive you.
  3. The best way to escape is to get lost in a good book.
  4. Sometimes there will be people who are in your life for a short amount of time. Let them go, but appreciate the time you spent with them.
  5. Show up. Be present. Work hard and show initiative.
  6. Always keep a journal.
  7. Your siblings are a true gift, and they are your best friends for life.
  8. Be humble, but recognize your successes too.
  9. Family is not just blood; you choose your family.
  10. Eat that piece of cake!
  11. Find something that is good for your soul. (For me, it’s crafting.)
  12. Watch the movies you love and read the books you love—even if it is the 20th time.
  13. Don’t tweet that. Write it down instead.
  14. Forgive yourself for your past mistakes.
  15. Take time each day to write down what you are grateful for.
  16. If someone has a different opinion, listen to them. Talk and compromise.
  17. Travel!
  18. Everyone has a story. Be patient.
  19. Hold on to friends who check in on you. Your best friends are those who you see every now and then and nothing changes.
  20. Success isn’t measured by the size of your home, your car, or material objects. It is measured by the quality of your character and your treatment of others.
  21. When you’re making coffee, always add an extra scoop for good luck.
  22. Put your phone down. Look around you. Live in the moment. Sometimes the best pictures are those you keep for yourself.
  23. Advocate for those who can’t.
  24. They are PHOTOSHOPPED. You are beautiful!
  25. Always stay true to yourself.

 

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8 thoughts on “Cheers to 25 years!

  1. Happy birthday kiddo, keep adding to this great list, but continue to get better at all the things you have listed. I for one have been practicing for awhile now of “ how to make time to just be” and many items on your list seem to suggest this. Well done👍👍‼️. Now a little thought from me, it would take me some real thinking and time to remember 25?? Should have journaled . But now days with digital you all will have that clear memory

  2. Happy 25th Birthday Kassondra! I hope you had a wonderful day. I am sure that this is going to be an amazing year for you. You have such a bright future ahead. Thank you for taking a few minutes out of your special day to write this. Reading your post was one of the highlights of my day. Wonderful thoughts from an amazing young woman. I can’t wait to put some of these into everyday practice for myself. You are truly an inspiration! I hope all is well. Wishing you the best
    Cheers!!!

    1. Sarah! Thanks so much for reading and for your kind wishes and words! It made my morning reading this! Have a wonderful social media siesta and I hope our paths cross in the near future! 🙂

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