Let’s face it, navigating a brand new job, a complicated love life, and a fresh social circle, all while scrambling to make rent can be overwhelming. Scratch that! It can get INSANE! Here’s some inspiration for when you’re not a girl, not yet a woman (or a boy, not yet a man)
OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW
Your 20s are about setting up your life’s foundation. In order to build room for new things, you’ll have to bid farewell to parts of your past. Leave the childhood teddy and that toxic relationship back where it belongs: in your old college dorm room.
YOU’LL NEVER BE EVERYONE’S CUP OF TEA
It’s not your job to make everyone happy, and you shouldn’t try. You will inevitably encounter some haters. Accept it, smile, and keep walking.
DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF
If you’re busy harping on the little things, you’ll lose focus on the big picture. A missed appointment, office gossipers, or a late credit card bill might seem like the end of the world in the moment. It’s important to separate what matters from what probably won’t next week.
DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY
Accepting that there are things we cannot change is a huge part of being happy. Maybe things happen for a reason; maybe they don’t. In any case, there will always be things out of your control. Relax! That’s just life.
IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANYTHING NICE TO SAY, DON’T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL. INCLUDING TO YOURSELF
It’s tempting to doubt yourself, to think about giving up, and to question your choices. But this isn’t productive! Think about it, when was the last time something good came out of thinking “I can’t do this”?
Be yourself: fully, authentically, unapologetically. Don’t be shy, and let your inner self come out… and stay.
GIVE YOURSELF A LITTLE LOVE
It’s easy to forget about self-care when you have a busy life. But taking time for yourself is important, whether that’s getting to the gym, treating yourself to an extra scoop of ice cream, or saying something positive to yourself every morning. In the long run, you’ll thank yourself.
IF YOU CARE, SAY SO
Making yourself vulnerable is never a piece of cake, but life is short. If you wait to tell someone how you feel, you might never have that opportunity again.
PRIORITIZE WHAT’S IMPORTANT
Decide what deserves a place in your life and what doesn’t. Focus on what and who you care about, and cut out the rest.
TRUST YOURSELF, ABOVE ALL
At the end of the day, who knows yourself better than you do? Even your closest loved ones can’t know exactly what’s best for you. That’s for you to decide.