25 Things I Learned at Age 25

I can’t believe I turn 26 today. Once you turn 25, you’re no longer considered a young adult. You’re just an adult. Since I’ve turned 25, I’ve done quite a bit of adulting… or at least I’d like to think I did. I’ve also experienced a lot of personal growth. To celebrate my 26th birthday, I’m going to share with you all 25 things I learned at age 25.

25 Things I Learned at Age 25

25 Things I Learned at Age 25

  1. Do not wait until the last minute to do something.
  2. Do things ASAP and you’ll stress less.
  3. Don’t consume caffeine after 5pm.
  4. What you think, you become.
  5. The Law of Attraction is real and exists.
  6. Cut ties with all negative and toxic people in your life & you’ll be happier.
  7. When the past comes knocking, don’t answer because it has nothing new to say.
  8. Practicing mindfulness helps prevent overthinking and anxiety.
  9. Yoga is good for the body, mind, and spirit.
  10. Not everyone is your friend and that’s okay.
  11. If it’s meant to be, it’ll happen… eventually.
  12. Great things take time… and lots of patience.
  13. Never skip a meal, especially breakfast.
  14. Never waste your time waiting on someone else.
  15. If someone wanted to be part of your life, they’d make the effort.
  16. It’s better to be overdressed at an event than underdressed.
  17. You can’t force love/friendships/relationships.
  18. The only thing you’re in charge of is yourself and your reactions.
  19. Minimalism is great for both aesthetics and your mental wellbeing.
  20. You should never feel bad for saying no.
  21. You should never feel bad for putting yourself first.
  22. Write everything down or you’ll forget it.
  23. Start every morning with positive thoughts; it’ll set the mood for the rest of the day.
  24. Eight glasses of water and proper skincare are absolute daily essentials.
  25. Exercise is the best stress reliever.
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Although those 25 points all stem from personal experiences, I wanted to keep it vague so it’s more relatable to anyone reading this. As you can see, I’ve experienced a lot of mental growth this last year. I’ve gotten a lot better at recognizing what triggers my emotions and controlling them. By practicing mindfulness, I’ve become a calmer, less stressed and less anxious person. Going to the gym and eating clean have also helped! At the age of 25, I’ve learned to become more confident and comfortable with myself. As I turn 26, I hope I continue to experience that personal growth. Here’s to another year of mental/physical/emotional wellbeing and happiness!

What are some important life lessons you’ve recently learned?

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Valerie Nguyen

Valerie. 26. California girl with insatiable wanderlust. BS in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health. Bookkeeper by day, fangirl by night. Shameless foodie and retail therapist.

13 thoughts on “25 Things I Learned at Age 25

  1. I love a lot of these points and also like number 10 because it’s true, you can’t please everyone. and you definitely shouldn’t. Whether people like you, or want to be your friend, isn’t the main focus! Keep doing you and focusing on you, girl! Happy Birthday! xo

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  2. Happy birthday!!!!! Awesome post btw, I turned 25 recently and I could use some of these tips. For starters, start eating breakfast again haha its been so long but I love to sleep in! Hope you got spoiled rotten for your birthday xox

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    1. Thank you, my dear! I had a wonderful birthday.

      A lot of these things are basic but I had to relearn them at age 25. I love to sleep in too but now I’ve gotten so used to eating breakfast, I feel sick if I don’t! Plus, it helps maintain your metabolism and I’ve lost 10 pounds, partly due to eating more often. x

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      1. Wow 10 pounds is quite a feat! I actually ballooned when I was eating breakfast and lunch. Probably because my meals weren’t exactly healthy. I skip breakfast and have meal replacement shake for lunch and lost 6 pounds in a month. Probably not the best way to go about it, so I’ll definitely retry your approach!

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      2. Well, exercise also helped me lose the weight! But yes, breakfast helps regulate your metabolism and keeps you from overeating throughout the day. Even if it’s just a granola bar, toast, or fruit, it’s still something to get your metabolism going in the morning. Definitely try it and tell me how it works for you! x

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