25 Things I’ve Learned In 25 Years

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Quarter century old… wow, it completely blows my mind that I made it here. As much as I hear I’m young with my whole life ahead of me, I sure as hell feel so old. Forgive me for being #basic, but I’m sharing 25 things I’ve learned in 25 years walking this earth.

Wow, 25 years, huh?

25 Things I've Learned In 25 Years
Me thinking, “Damn, I’m really 25?”

I actually did one of these when I turned 23 (read here). Let’s see how “wise” I got since then (though I’m sure I’ll manage to have some duplicates). Some small background to keep this short and sweet: I was born on May 30th at 10:27 am. Ironically, my boyfriend’s birthday falls a few days before mine (May 27) and our anniversary is conveniently on my birthday too (8 whole years, JEEEEEZ).

25 Things I've Learned In 25 Years

In no particular order…

  • Love yourself first. The rest will fall into place.
  • You are never done learning and growing. Continue to seek improvement and adapt to change.
  • Not everything goes according to plan. You need to be ok with that.
  • You can’t change the things of the past, so don’t dwell on them. Learn from mistakes, let things go, and move on.
  • You do not need validation from people whose opinions you don’t value.
  • Toxic people, habits, and situations need to go. Don’t apologize for cutting off dead ends.
  • If you have a dream, go for it. Stop making excuses for yourself. You never know until you try.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for something you want. The worst anyone can ever tell you is no.
  • You are enough. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise.
  • You deserve happiness.
  • Every person, moment, and experience has shaped you to who you are today regardless of how positive or negative it was. Appreciate that.
  • Having a tight, small circle of friends is perfectly fine. Quality over quantity.
  • We were taught that we are incomplete and not “whole” until we find someone. That mindset is bullshit. You are not a half. You are whole. Anyone you’re seeking in life should always be seen as a plus or an addition to what you already have established. Do not lessen your own value.
  • Adulting is hard. No one ever really prepares you for that. But you are strong and you will get through anything you set your mind to.
  • Who cares if the glass is half empty or half full? The glass is refillable. That’s all that matters.
25 Things I've Learned In 25 Years
  • You do not ever need to feel like you have to bear the full weight of everything on your shoulders. You are not alone. Asking for help is never a sign of weakness. If anything, it’s a sign of strength.
  • The grass is greener where you water it.
  • Being adopted has opened my eyes to the fact that I was chosen, not tossed away.
  • When multiple people are telling you the same thing, listen. There have been many cases where you are blinded by the truth or ignore it blissfully.
  • Pick and choose your battles wisely. Not every war is worth fighting.
  • Some things are out of our control. Instead of trying to fight it, embrace the situation full on, and do all you can to make the best of it.
  • Being a homebody is not a bad thing. You define what you enjoy. #JOMO
  • Giving people the benefit of the doubt is one thing, but know when enough is enough. Do not let yourself be taken advantage of time and time again.
  • Blood does not define family. Unconditional love does.

Hope you enjoyed my words of wisdom.

with love jenn hanft

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14 Comments
  • Erin
    May 31, 2019

    Such great reflection! Cheers to 25!

  • Nataly
    May 31, 2019

    Happy birthday pretty girl! I hope this year is the best year yet!

  • Lauren
    May 31, 2019

    Happy birthday!! Such great advice πŸ™‚ Hope this year is amazing.

    xx,
    Lauren | Lifestylesbylauren.com

  • Stephanie
    May 31, 2019

    Isn’t it insane how quickly time flies? My 25th was in February, and I remember thinking it was CRAZY that I was already a quarter century old. Now you get it too! Happy birthday, beautiful! I sure hope 25 treats you spectacularly!

    • Jenn Hanft
      June 6, 2019

      Aw thank you! And yes! Time flies so incredibly fast. Happy belated πŸ™‚

  • Taylor Mobley
    June 2, 2019

    SUCH great lessons. They all ring so true.

  • Gita
    June 3, 2019

    Happy birthday ya lil cutie! It’s gonna be your best year yet!

  • Azanique Rawl
    June 4, 2019

    I just turned 25 last month and I definitely have learned having a small, tight group of friends is key. I hope you had a lovely birthday babe πŸ™‚

    -xo, Azanique | https://www.lotsofsass.com

    • Jenn Hanft
      June 6, 2019

      Aww happy belated! I completely agree πŸ™‚

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