20 Things That Will Make Your
....or at least get you through your twenties.
1. Make your bed- it makes the entire room look cleaner. It doesn’t matter if your room looks like the aftermath of a tornado, when your bed is made (even in the midst of a disaster zone) it makes the entire room look slightly neater.
2. Shut up, say “You’re right,” and move on.
3. Get up and take a shower. Look your best, or a version of your somewhat best, everyday. When you look put-together you feel better and accomplish more, not to mention you have more confidence. Bottom line, looking good puts you in the mood to achieve more throughout the day.
4. Smile more. Be friendly to everyone. Say hello to people. Talk to strangers in the elevator. Hold doors open. Treat everyone like you are trying to make the best possible first impression.
5. Keep a good bar of chocolate in your refrigerator at all times. You never know when you’ll need it.
6. Call people back when you say you’re going to, and make note of reaching out to the important people when you haven’t heard from them in a while.
7. Get AAA. Break down and buy AAA or have a friend that has AAA. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. The month I joined AAA I locked my keys in my car twice in one week…You never know when mayhem will strike.
8. Carpe Diem. You will never be as young as you are right now in this very moment. I want to shake the 20-something year olds who live the boring life. YOU ARE YOUNG, YOU CAN DO IT ALL. Go to that concert. Take that spontaneous trip.Be really, really poor. It might cost you some sleep, but at least you won’t live in regret with what-if’s.
9. Realize when it’s not working out and move on — apply that to whatever situation you wish.
10. Call your parents. Chat for five minutes. That's all it takes. All they want is to know you’re not dead — and to know that your relationship, no matter how shaky it may be, is still intact.
11. Schedule your bills automatically online. You’ll thank yourself. One less thing to remember to do!
12. Just respond to the email already. This goes for texts too. Respond as soon as you receive them, unless you are driving...don't do that. Get out of the habit of putting off a response, it’s bad form and it’s associated with unreliability. This is my #1 struggle.
13. Let that grudge go. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
14. Write out your To-Do list. We live in a world where we make electronic notes and calendar reminders but there’s nothing like a handwritten, tangible list. Writing out lists by hand helps commit them to memory -and, contrary to popular belief, not every place has internet. No 3G? No reminder.
15. Make a budget and put money in savings. There is an awesome app called Mint.com that helps you budget smart. It will rock your world.
16. Have a go-to taxi driver. Make friends with your favorite cab driver! Keep their phone number in your favorites and always use them. They will always look out for you! There’s nothing quite like the reliability of a good taxi driver. Suzi Q and Maya- y’all are my girls!
17. Once you do agree to something, put it in a calendar so you don’t forget.
18. Get your stuff together the night before. Make sure your clothes are clean, your keys are in your bag, and you have your lunch. More mistakes can be made and items forgotten (and repercussions felt) in the 15-minute rush it takes to get out of the door than in an entire day.
19. Have a dream. Get motivated. What do you want in life? Keep that answer in the forefront of your mind and everyday work so hard that you are one day closer to your dream. Hard work along with doing right by others will open doors to your dream.
20. Listen to your radio -enjoy the free things in life. So, I’m a little biased, but this is one of the many reasons why I have always been drawn to the radio. When you’re driving at 2 a.m. and you’re the only pair of headlights in a 20-mile radius, what do you start to feel? Tired, yes. But there’s another feeling that comes with the tire of driving in the middle of the night. No, it’s not the type of tired that you normally get when you’ve had a long day of work or after you’ve been laying on the couch in a food coma. It’s different. It might be the feeling of longing for the road to end. Perhaps the feeling of achieving arrival. But no, those are only a part of feeling tired. You know the feeling I’m talking about? It’s the sense being alone. Absent might be a better/more dramatic way to describe the feeling, but regardless you are alone in your car…it’s just you….for miles…and it’s dark. The best part about having the radio on in that moment is that it reminds you that you aren’t the only person up. Knowing that someone else is up and their voice is coming through your speakers makes you feel a little safer. The security of knowing that you aren’t entirely alone. It’s a little creepy sounding but you can’t deny the comfort that the voice in your radio subconsciously inserts in that moment. Maybe it’s just me who feels that way, but I guarantee you’ll remember that for your next night drive.