Twenty-three: A number, an age, a point in time. It is said to be one of the most satisfying years of our lives, and that we won’t reach that peak again until age 69. That’s 46 years away… seems like a lifetime but I’m sure it’ll be here before I know it.
I start every morning with a cup of Yogi Berry Detox tea. Yogi really knows how to make me smile with its little messages. If you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you’ve seen my daily posts. Today, Yogi says: “The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment.” How retable to this post about the fruitful moments of 23 🙂
I love birthdays. They are one of the most special times of the year because it is YOUR day and no one else’s. As I sit here at age 23, 9 weeks shy of my twenty-fourth birthday, I’m anxious as always yet curious of what the next year has to offer. I hadn’t hit the point of ‘adulthood’ until I turned 23. Not only have I accepted more responsibilities and become more independent on myself and less on my parents, I’ve grown in more ways than one.I recently read this truly insightful article that explains the brain on 23 and it is without a doubt on point. As I read it, I found myself nodding to every sentence and eyes wide at how true the article was. At age 23, we should be carefree, independent and evolving in our career, love life and personally as well. It made me think, what has happened in the past 365 days that is noteworthy? What can prove that 23 was a truly satisfying year for me?
It’s time for a life recap. In the past 365 days, I have…
1. Completed a 5-month internship marketing internship
2. Put my passion into play by creating Eat Primp Love
3. Accepted a job offer for my first “big girl job”
4. Received my first salaried paycheck
5. …which then allowed me to make purchases I never could have made before
6. Got my very first apartment with the love of my life
7. Became more financially independent: health insurance, phone bill
8. Taken risks in the kitchen and regularly prepares meals
9. Upgraded my old school ‘4s’ to an iPhone 6
10. Challenged myself to get in the best shape of my life (work in progress)
11. Won $200 at the roulette table by playing #23
12. Won my very first radio contest (good thing I know the phrase that pays)
And that’s only a few! No accomplishment or success is ever too small to add to the list, as long as it made an impact in your life.
In a previous post, I mentioned my [wish]list of three for me which lists three items I hope to treat myself to in 2015. That was a resolution of mine.
Another resolution of mine was to keep a jar of happy moments. For every happy cheek-to-cheek moment that occurs this year, I’ll write it down on a small piece of paper and put it in my jar. At the end of the year, I’ll go through and read about how wonderful the past year was.
It’s necessary to treat yourself to the tangible things every now and then, but don’t forget about the non-tangible things… like happiness.
So what have I learned as a young soul heading towards the next stage of life? Be kind. Appreciate the little things. Love your partner. Thank your parents. Give back. Take risks. Forget doubt. Put the past in the past. Challenge yourself. Relax. Make moves. Be productive. Love yourself.
In 9 weeks, I’ll be celebrating my birthday with my head held high because 24 has never looked so good. I’m ready for ya, future.