It’s my birthday! I can’t believe it’s finally July 10th! My Jordan year is finally over. I don’t feel any different. Today I’m sharing twenty-four things I’ve learned by 24 into categories to make it easier to read. In no particular order, here we go.
1. Spend time with yourself. This can be anything – watching TV, going to get your nails done, etc.
2. Wake up early. It’s such a great feeling to wake up early and being super productive.
3. Take care of your body. That can mean eating healthy or working out.
4. Always take off your makeup.
5. Invest in good bras and foundation.
6. Value your relationships with your friends and family. Spend as much time with them as you can. I wish I spent more time with my grandma before she passed away. I chalked it up to our language barrier and I should have put more of an effort.
7. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. For me, this was joining a sorority. I thought I wouldn’t fit in or they wouldn’t like me.
8. Don’t compare yourself to others. It is INCREDIBLY easy to do this in our society today. I used to struggle with this A LOT when I was younger. I’d compare myself to my smarter, godlier friends.
9. Don’t be afraid to ask. The worst that can happen is no.
10. Wear sunscreen.
11. Take as many pictures as you can. I typically take a lot of pictures/videos of my nieces because they’re super cute and hilarious. And I know they won’t stay small forever.
12. Put away your phone from time to time. It’s important to be present.
13. Always go to the restroom. TMI I know, but my dad always taught me to do so if I have a chance. You may get stuck in traffic and it’ll suck.
14. If you feel like a friend is toxic or bringing you down, it’s okay to faze them out. Being around certain people can bring out the worst in you sometimes.
15. Be grateful. Some people don’t have it as well as you do. Also, don’t take your close friends for granted.
16. Don’t compromise your beliefs.
17. Take advantage of the “free” gym at your school. You’re paying for it with your tuition so you might as well use it.
18. Go to office hours and befriend your teachers! For the most part, they want to help you and they can’t if you don’t go to them.
19. Give it to God and go to sleep. When I’m overthinking or worrying about something, I try to remind myself of this.
20. Try your best and God will do the rest. Life is hard. Things don’t always turn out the way we’d like. I’m in the season of trying to a find a job and where everything is seemingly uncertain. Sometimes an interview won’t go well or a test wouldn’t turn as well as I’d like but it’s okay.
21. God gives us opportunities to practice the Gospel every day. When I learned this in Sunday school, my mind was blown. I constantly ask for opportunities to be a light to people around me. This may be dealing with a difficult person – practicing patience or practicing self-control.
22. Jesus is bigger and better than anything we think we can accomplish alone. Sometimes I have a hard time trusting God will take care of me in all aspects but I know He will in His timing.
23. Be more of a Mary and less like a Martha. Luke 10:41-42 tells a story about two girls named Martha and Mary. Martha invites Jesus into her house and during this time, she is frazzled by all the preparations and Mary is sat at his feet listening. Worldly things upset Martha and she focused on those things but she’s reminded that she just needs one thing. That needs to be Jesus. I’m trying to focus on Christ rather than things of the world that don’t matter.
24. Spend more time with the Lord. He has so much to teach you. At small group, we were all asked how our spiritual life was. It made me reflect and realize I don’t spend enough time with God.
Welp, there’s twenty-four. I hope you all have a great day!