twenty-three things I learned by my twenty-third birthday

  1. be mindful of the things you put into your body. listen to music that encourages you, read books that grow you, drink water and eat healthy
  2. laughing, dancing in the rain, and running barefoot in the sun are some of the best medicines
  3. knowledge is one of the most powerful gifts one can possess, so take every opportunity to learn new things
  4. moving out on your own is one of the scariest but rewarding experiences
  5. gratitude = happiness
  6. always carry a notebook with you, you never know where inspiration might strike
  7. anxiety and depression do not define you, even if you have to take it one day at a time you can overcome it
  8. you have to work in order for your dreams to come true. don't expect everything to just work out on its own, and always know that the more you work for something the more you will value it
  9. take time to write about your experiences. and don't just document the extraordinary, but the little things, too
  10. stay weird. weird is good.
  11. reading is good for your soul, plus you'll be a better writer and creator for it
  12. travel - it'll change you and it'll be some of the best experiences of your life
  13. it's okay to be by yourself sometimes. I encourage it, you don't need another person to validate your choices or your ability to have fun
  14. hold onto the ones you love most while you can
  15. yoga and meditation work and they're two pretty incredible things
  16. don't try to make people they're not. even the ones you love, love them for who they are, accept them for who they are, inspire them but love them. unconditionally.
  17. that being said, don't be afraid to walk away from someone if your heart's no longer in it. you don't need to fight for people who aren't going to fight back for you. you have to put yourself first.
  18. seek opportunity to lift up the spirits of others.
  19. it's perfectly fine - and i encourage you - to be good to yourself. it's okay to take a break from the world and retreat in order to focus on yourself and your wellbeing.
  20. my God is my rock and refuge and my faith is my only constant. 
  21. you can only grow so much inside your comfort zone. stepping out isn't easy, but it's totally worth it.
  22. my theory is that the best things worth having in life should take time and effort, that way you won't take it for granted and you'll gain a deeper love for it.
  23. self worth and love is one of the most important qualities you will ever attain.

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