Talk to elderly people.
Don’t be fearful of rejection.
Embrace your weird side.
Choose comfort over appearance.
Periodically take breaks from social media.
Less is more.
Don’t forget to have some adventure days.
Take time to rest.
Live with less stuff.
Be honest, be vulnerable.
Everyone in your life is a teacher.
Read more books.
Go somewhere that you don’t fit in.
Invest in your grandparents.
Do more activities in groups.
Surround yourself with people who laugh a lot.
Make a list of your favorite people, places, things. Chase after those.
Take care of your physical body.
Go on a missions trip, or missions trips.
Don’t be afraid to start over.
Allow yourself to be deeply known, accepted and loved.
Open up your heart.
It’s okay to express your needs.
Discover the Enneagram.
If you don’t have it, create it.
“Is it life-giving? Or is it stressful and draining?”
With it being the last day of November, 2o18 - I felt it was appropriate to post a few of my favorite photographs I’ve taken this time of year. Autumn will always fill my heart with so much wonder and joy. I first wrote this blog a few years ago, 25 Things I’ve Learned in 25 Years. It was right before I went on the World Race. Four years later, I still feel very much the same, and yet so different. A lot has changed in my heart and in my life since then. In summary, what I’ve learned and am still learning throughout my 20s is — embrace self discovery. It’s so important to know, accept and love who you are. You live with yourself longer than any relationship you will every have in your entire life.
I will endlessly be thankful for my relationship with Jesus. Because of Him, He's led me to some monumental seasons in my life. Seasons where I got to live in Portland, Oregon, get my college degree and dive deep into my creative passions. Go on a year long mission trip and travel the world, loving people and completely transforming my heart. Discover the enneagram and learn how unique and gifted people are; teaching me how to truly empathize and care for others, and myself, so much better. Moving back home, and eventually making a home in Sacramento, where I got to spend more time with my family, rebuild my finances, and meet the love of my life in a familiar, yet new and exciting way.
In the spirit of thanksgiving, I have A LOT to be thankful for, even though, I am getting older. When I look at my age, I can do nothing but smile and see the goodness all around my story. I pray that one of these things I’ve learned can help and encourage you along your journey as well.
Thanks so much for reading and listening. Happy Holidays!