I turned 27 yesterday and as I move towards the latter end of my twenties, I feel like I’ve experienced an incredibly amount of growth, both internally as a person and in my career. Of course, there are still years of experiences and life lessons ahead of me but here are a few things that I’ve learned so far:

1. Things don’t always go as planned and that’s okay. Our interests, goals, and passions are always evolving so don’t be afraid to take risks when needed and be ready for whatever life throws your way (good and bad).
2. It’s never too late to do what you love and don’t let the fear of failure get in the way of doing so. Rather than dwelling on the amount of “time lost,” I view my experiences out of college, magazine internships, and my marketing job as stepping stones to where I am today.
3. This goes hand in hand with the above but if you aren’t content with something, take strides to change that area in your life. Seriously, life is too short to be spending your time doing something that doesn’t give you sincere happiness.
4. Comparison gets you nowhere. People are constantly highlighting their successes on social media so it’s easy to think that everyone has it all figured out. The reality is, everyone is probably feeling just as confused about the future as you. Don’t let someone else’s successes discourage you from moving forward with your own life.
5. Spend valuable time with your loved ones as much as possible. As another year passes, I begin to notice the wrinkles that have appeared on my mothers hands and it reminds me how fleeting time is.
6. Always find time to take care of yourself. I’ve always struggled with dealing with my Anxiety/Depression but it has only been in the past few years that I learned the true importance of practicing self-care.
7. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that nothing good comes easy… and it’s true. I could count more than a dozen times when I felt like giving up but I know that with enough hard work and passion, I’ll eventually get to where I want to be.
8. Believe in yourself, your strengths, and dreams (even when it feels like no one else does).Growing up, I’ve always been the type of person who avoided being the center of attention and in turn, I always sold myself short. If there’s anything I’ve learned from blogging and putting myself out there on social media this past year, it’s to be confident in whatever I do.

Can you relate to any of the above? What was the biggest lesson you’ve learned in your life so far?

xo, Donna Belle

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