29 life lessons I’ve learnt in my 20’s

29 life lessons I've learnt in my 20's

So today is my birthday. I turn 30. And honestly I’m quite excited about it. While my 20’s have been great, they’ve also been an emotional roller coaster. There have been some amazing times, like graduating from University, building and growing my blog and travelling to Thailand and Mexico. But there has also been plenty of not so great times. I’ve had my heart broken more times than I’d like to admit and haven’t quite got all my shizz worked out yet. But that’s life isn’t it? It’s full of up and downs. I’m just hoping that I’ll feel more settled, confident and that my shizz is together during my 30’s. It really is going to be an exciting decade. I’m hoping it’ll be decade I can put down roots in a place of my own. Feel more confident in myself. Continue to build my blog and live a healthier, happier life. It could also be the decade I get married in and start a family. But who knows?

But looking back on the 29 years I’ve been alive for, here are 29 life lessons I learnt in my 20’s :

  1. Taking time for yourself isn’t selfish, it’s necessary
  2. Find things you truly enjoy instead of things that just fill time
  3. You’ve done more than you think you have. Don’t focus on what you have yet to accomplish, but try to see your accomplishments from someone else’s point of view
  4. There’s never a perfect time to start anything. Instead of waiting for that perfect moment that won’t come, make the most of the moment you’re in
  5. Don’t sweat the small stuff. If you can’t change the outcome or situation, then just accept it and move on
  6. Never underestimate yourself. You’ll always be your biggest critic but you are capable of so much more than you think
  7. Not everyone will like you or needs to…and that’s OK
  8. Stop worrying about the destination and just enjoy the journey. We don’t know where we will be a year from now, let alone 10 years, so stop trying to control everything
  9. I don’t know what it means to actually feel like an adult. I’m still waiting for that one
  10. Be un-apologetically you – be honest about who you are and what you enjoy in life and never apologise for who you are
  11. Don’t expect life to follow your plan
  12. Make YOU a priority. You need to look after number one as no-one else will
  13. Cut the negative thoughts and self-doubt. You can achieve whatever you want if you put your mind to it and believe in yourself
  14. Despite what some people might say no one actually has life all figured out
  15. Don’t take yourself too seriously
  16. Get off technology and talk to people in person.
  17. Be nice to everyone. You never know the struggles they are going through, just as they don’t know yours
  18. Remember to always look on the bright side of every situation
  19. Quality over quantity – applies to pretty much every aspect of life
  20. Money doesn’t buy you happiness. It gives you choices, but not happiness
  21. Find a fitness routine that works and stick to it
  22. Realise you are always loved, even when you think you’re not
  23. Reach out to those that you care about, even if you’ve lost touch
  24. You’re never given more than you can handle
  25. Experiences are far more valuable than possessions
  26. Don’t be too proud to ask for help
  27. Stop comparing yourself to others. You’re only in competition with yourself as we each have our own journey to take
  28. Take care of your mental health too – it’s just as important as your physical health
  29. Your self worth is not defined by how many followers you have. Having a lot of followers or engagement doesn’t equate to being a nice person, nor does it mean you are happy

What life lessons have you learned?



  1. December 20, 2016 / 10:42 am

    Happy Birthday lovely!!!! Make sure you have the best day today, being 30 is awesome!!! I agree with all these life lessons, the one thing I always say to my friends is ‘we have only one life to live, so we must live it right, enjoy every moment and be happy’!!


  2. December 20, 2016 / 6:59 pm

    Such a great, wise post. Number 7 is everything!

  3. December 20, 2016 / 7:41 pm

    Some very good points here, and a list that everyone should read x

  4. December 20, 2016 / 8:12 pm

    Happy Birthday! This is a beautiful post, you have learned so many wise lessons already, I have to say I think you do have your shizz together x

  5. December 20, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    Theres some real wisdom in there, it was a nice reminder to read. Thank you k x

  6. December 20, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    Happy Birthday! I always say that turning 30 was the best thing I ever did! I love it…although turning 36 in a month’s time is actually a little more terrifying! Not because I think I am getting old and that worries me but more that it just seems SO quick! Be careful – you think time moves fast now (and I know you do when you do your fave videos!) it will be over in a blink of an eye! Enjoy every minute of your 30th year – I know I did! x

  7. December 20, 2016 / 11:02 pm

    Happy birthday. As i’ve gotten into my 20s i’ve found that i don’t like going out on a friday or saturday to clubs like i used to when i was 18 x

  8. December 21, 2016 / 4:23 am

    These are all wonderful and can be applied to life at any age. This year definitely tested me with a few from your list and some things I’ve learned this year are: letting go is an ongoing act: we never really truly master it, self-less love is not easy but there will always more love to give, and that we really do not have to tackle the big things we can’t handle because we can always give it up to the Divine.

    Wishing you a wonderful birthday. I hope you enjoyed you day and cheers to surviving your 20’s 🙂
    May your 30’s be filled with wisdom, adventure, great health, even better sex, and peace of mind covering it all.

    Much love,

  9. December 21, 2016 / 9:40 am

    Happy Birthday! What a true post, I found myself nodding along to most of these. I definitely think taking time for yourself and being selfish sometimes is very much needed x

  10. December 21, 2016 / 10:16 am

    Happy birthday for yesterday!! What a great post, I agree with you wholeheartedly on all the things you have learnt! Life really does like to test us but we must remember what is important! Hope you had a wonderful birthday & hope you have a very merry Christmas too!

  11. December 21, 2016 / 10:56 am

    Happy belated birthday hun. I agree you will be your own worst critic but like you said its important to champion yourself instead of being negative.

  12. December 21, 2016 / 11:53 am

    Very good tips to live by. I like your positive attitude to life 🙂

  13. December 21, 2016 / 2:56 pm

    Happy 30th Birthday lovely! Sounds like you learnt a lot in your 20s, some great things to remember here!

  14. December 21, 2016 / 3:16 pm

    I hope you had a fantastic birthday yesterday! 🙂

  15. December 21, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!! Sounds like you’ve learnt a great deal. I need to try not to underestimate myself and I’m almost 40 so you’re ahead of me x

  16. December 21, 2016 / 10:07 pm

    I hope you had an amazing birthday and each and every one of those points are so true x

  17. December 21, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    Some amazing tips that I constantly tell myself but forget to follow such as worrying about the future or not doing what I want enjoy most and getting bored. That was the main reason I’m bloggging though! x

  18. December 21, 2016 / 11:26 pm

    Brilliant post, I am 26 and have learnt a lot over the years and totally agree with number 7!

  19. December 22, 2016 / 3:38 pm

    Happy Birthday! Things change when you hit 30, it’s so much better, you know what you want from life and my mummy feels more body confident and self assured than she did in her 20’s.

  20. December 22, 2016 / 9:22 pm

    Happy Birthday, hope your 30’s are as good as your 20’s. The rule is there are no rules. LOL. Just enjoy life and be positive.

  21. December 22, 2016 / 9:24 pm

    Don’t sweat the small stuff. If you can’t change the outcome or situation, then just accept it and move on – this has to be my favourite and something I am trying so hard to do for myself as I stress over everything and there is no need too

  22. December 23, 2016 / 8:33 am

    Happy birthday first of all and welcome to the 30’s club. I hated my twentys had a really hard time but I am moving my 30’s I have some of the best memories to grow old with

  23. December 23, 2016 / 7:10 pm

    Happy belated birthday love!
    I love how these small things make such a big difference! Even though i am half way there till 30 but I think i have realised most of these things already hah! x

  24. December 23, 2016 / 11:25 pm

    I turn 20 next so it’s so great to read this and to get a rough idea of what might come to me in my 20s! 😀

  25. December 24, 2016 / 11:25 am

    Happy Birthday!!! I hope you had a lovely birthday. Your 30’s are such a fabulous decade, and they are a great time to put to practice the lessons that you’ve learnt in your 20’s. xx

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