My 27th Birthday was about a month ago and while I am still in my twenties there have been some serious life lessons I have learnt while going through this journey of being twenty.

As the year’s pass, we start to realise how much we have changed and what we have learned. You aren’t the same person you were 3 years ago. Your needs, wants and desires change. You start to realise that what was important to you when you were 19 isn’t as important to you now at 23, 25 or 27. No matter what age, your priorities change over time.

I know that I still have many more lessons to learn in life but for now, I want to share with you the 10 lessons I have learned so far in my twenties.

  1. Family is everything

My family is so important to me and one thing I have learned about myself is that the older I get the more I want to surround myself with family, especially my mom. We are all growing older and time is precious. We don’t have forever to spend with each other. I really make sure I find time to be with my family.

  1. Be confident in yourself and what you offer

When I was younger I was incredibly insecure and self-conscious but the older I get the more comfortable I am in my own skin. I know how hard I work, I know what I bring to the table and because of that, I am more confident. I no longer doubt myself as much as I used to.

  1. Don’t be so hard on yourself

We are human and we make mistakes. This is something you cannot avoid. I’ve learned to cut myself some slack. I used to be the person that would make a mistake and I would torture myself for an entire day and night because of that one mistake but this year has been different. Every time I mess up or make a mistake I apologize, move on and try my best not to make that mistake again. Really there is nothing else I can do so why torture myself over something that is already done.

  1. Know your worth

Have you ever settled for less than what you deserve even when you knew you deserved so much more? I think we have all done this at some point in our lives. Don’t allow this. One thing we need to constantly remind ourselves of is how much we are worth and that we should never settle for anything less than that. Don’t sacrifice your dreams and goals in order to make someone else happy. You are just as important.

  1. Stick to a budget

Managing your finances in your twenties is so important. If you aren’t able to grasp managing your finances in your twenties how will you do it in your thirties? Create a budget every month and stick to it. You will feel more in control of your life, you will know where your money is going and what you are working for.

  1. Save Save Save

Save while you are young. Before I do anything I put money into my savings accounts. I don’t even give myself an option to spend that money. I have so many goals and plans for the future and most of them need to be financed. That’s where my savings will come in.

  1. Stay healthy

Take care of yourself and your body. If you form healthy habits in your twenties, it is likely that it will follow you into your thirties and later on in life. Don’t take your health for granted. Find the time to work out, eat healthily and care for the body you have. It will pay off in the long run.

  1. Don’t be afraid to do what you love

Blogging has always been something I love doing but I have received criticism for it. If you are doing something you love, then you should continue to do it no matter what certain people have to say. Your passions are just as important as the next persons. Don’t allow yourself to be put down or even questioned as to why you are doing something.

  1. Embrace your alone time

Embracing your alone time is more important than ever. I have found the older I get the more I want to be alone and spend time with myself. Don’t get me wrong, I love my friends & family and I love being surrounded by friends and family but I need my alone time just as much. Just take an hour a day or take an entire day where you spend time with yourself relaxing and doing what you love. Make this a priority. You are a priority.

  1. Be thankful

As you get older, more and more pressure is put on you to be a certain way or do certain things. Instead of constantly feeling that pressure, why not allow yourself to be thankful for what you have. One thing I constantly remind myself of is that what I have at this very moment, someone else is dreaming of. Remember that you are lucky. Just take 5 minutes out of our day to think about all that you have and be thankful for it.  After doing this you will be in a completely different mindset and you will feel less pressure.