Today is my birthday. It’s a start to a new chapter. Turning 18 has me anxious for what’s ahead but excited for the adventure that awaits… Here are 17 of the most useful lessons that I will be using into my adulthood.

• Be the change you wish to see in the world

Gandhi said it best. Whatever you want changed in this society of ours, has to begin with you. You can’t preach something you don’t practice. ( I mean you can but you shouldn’t 🤣)

• No point in crying over spilled milk

This is just a very simple metaphor that I often have to remind myself. It won’t do any good to get upset over something out of your control. Usually, getting upset over these certain things won’t make them better but actually worse.

• You are what you eat

If you want to feel good you have to eat good, healthy food. I find that diets are kind of a joke.. If you eat healthy for say a month then go right back to your old eating habits it’s almost all for nothing. It’s best to change your lifestyle. Having a healthy life style will make you feel healthier. I eat gluten/caffeine free and continue to cut out other stuff like diary and meat. The more I switch to a plant based like diet the better I feel.

• Invest in your skincare

Our skin is the biggest organ. We have to keep it healthy just like we would with anything else in our body. All skin types are different whether you have dry, oily, or combo. Protecting your skin with the right products can help prevent problems in the long run like acne scars, deep wrinkles, discoloration, age spots, and much more. Sunscreen is your best friend.

• You have to spend money to make money

This always sounds weird but it makes sense. You have to invest money in products, advertisement, and other business expenses to create a great business. Having a great business will bring in the money you spent and more.

• Stay educated

In the world we are living in today, it is important to stay educated. You can learn something new every day. Whether that be through school, news outlets, or the internet; it’s all out there. It will make you a better person overall and in the long run shows you the life you truly want to live.

• Time heals almost everything

My mom told me this advice awhile back. It always stuck with me and now I continue to tell others it. When you are sad, you think it’s the end of the world but it’s simply the beginning. Your heart will heal and grow even during the unimaginable.

• Spend money on experiences and opportunities over things

Money can’t buy complete happiness but it can make you happier. Dr. Gilovich says “We buy things to make us happy, and we succeed. But only for a while. New things are exciting to us at first, but then we adapt to them.” Getting experience will make you just as rich if not more. Each and every experience will shape you into the person you are today.

• Invest in people who invest in you

You will come across people in your life who will want you in their life just as much as you want them in yours. THESE ARE THE KEEPERS. The relationships you have in your life that only continue because of your effort isn’t worth the time nor energy.

• You can’t save someone who doesn’t want to be saved

I love giving advice probably even when it’s unwanted. I always want to help people but if they don’t see a problem they aren’t going to get help or change. It’s like the saying “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink”.

• There will always be a lesson in failure

Failure is inevitable. It doesn’t have to be a negative experience though. When one door closes another one opens. You get so much knowledge, growth, and value from failure. You learn what to do differently next time.

• Never underestimate good communication

Nothing is more powerful than our words. Having good communication will create long lasting relationships. Everything should be talked out whether it’s good or bad because it does nothing good holding it in.

• You can do anything you put your mind to

If you want something you will find a way to make it happen. That doesn’t mean it will be easy but it is possible.

• Prioritize your time

Our time is limited. Not every task will take the same amount of energy. Prioritizing allows you to spend more time on the important tasks that will take more energy and time. It will make life flow easier with less stress.

• It’s okay to say NO

I really don’t feel like this needs much of an explanation. You don’t owe anybody anything.

• Not everyone was raised like you

Everyone grows up differently; whether that be the parenting style or the environment. They are raised with their own values and opinions that won’t always agree with yours.

• When life gives you lemons, make lemonade

Life will hand you some of the sweetest and sourest lemons but it’s still possible to make lemonade. Basically saying it’s good to be optimistic throughout life.

Although these may sound cliche, they are as true as it gets. Over the past few years, I’ve learned so much. I have so many dreams and goals for the future. I hope you guys stay along for the journey of this life of mine. Subscribe so you never miss a post! I post every Thursday with an extra post throughout the week. See you guys soon!

Love, Andi

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