We celebrated my 25th birthday at the end of May. This feels like a milestone in life and, given the nature of milestones, I want to share some things I've learned in life thus far: (see my pink birthday party photos below!)
Tell the girl in the bathroom you love her skirt.
Laugh a lot and never hold back.
Forgive. Always and first.
If someone or something is upsetting you, take a deep breath and let it go. Do not let it affect how you treat others.
Do not be afraid to fall in love, but be wise about who you open your heart to.
Ask people questions about themselves. It makes them feel loved.
Cry when you need to.
Play videos games with your younger siblings, and let them know that you will always be honest with them.
Focus your energy more on your character than your outer appearance.
Be selfless even when you won't be acknowledged for it.
Take a million pictures. Even when the moment doesn't belong on instagram.
Smile until your cheeks hurt.
Make it count. You only have this one life. Never hesitate to get up early and watch the sunrise, or stay up late to look at the stars.
Always sing the song at the top of your lungs.
Be open to experiencing new things.
Treasure your mom. It's likely that she loves you more than anything in the world and wants the best for you.
Mental health is more important than working yourself too hard.
Recognize the beauty in nature.
Just kiss them.
Do not be afraid to believe in something and stand up for it.
Be spontaneous with the people you love.
Say "yes", dance in the rain, go on the roller coaster, go to that concert.
Ask your friends how they are doing, listen, and then support them.
Have crazy nights with your best friends, and again: take all the pictures.
Appreciate the little things like holding hands, the smell after rain, fresh fruit, flowers, long hugs, secrets, the colors of someone's eyes.
Overuse "I love you".
Be proud of who you are and how much you are trying.