25 Quarter Century Life Lessons

While I wouldn’t say that I’ve fallen victim to a quarter-life crisis just yet, celebrating my 25th birthday does prompt a bit of self-reflection. In honor of that, and also to satisfy my personal goal of getting back into blogging, here are 25 lessons that I’ve learned in my first quarter century:

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  1. Love your family. At the end of the day, they’ll always be there for you.
  2. Listen to your gut. It really does know best.
  3. Meet people, as many as you can. You never know who you’ll meet or connect with and where those relationships might lead you.
  4. Get your beauty (and sanity) rest. People need between 7-8 hours of sleep a night.
  5. Find a creative outlet. This could be writing, working on a motorcycle, cooking or any other way to express your creativity.
  6. Volunteer. This is a great way to give back while exploring new passions.
  7. Travel; with friends, with family and alone. There’s so much to learn about yourself and human nature by traveling the world.
  8. Be present. It’s important not to look too far in the future or dwell too much in the past, or you’ll end up missing all of the amazing things right in front of you.
  9. Make an investment in your long-term health. Try out different fitness classes and activities to see what you enjoy and then make a commitment.
  10. Get out of your comfort zone. There’s growth to be had and things to be learned by doing things differently than the way they’ve always been done.
  11. Discover your passion. It’s easier said than done, but don’t settle for what presents itself. Continue to search and try new things.
  12. Never stop learning. There is literally no end to new information and new opportunities available to you.
  13. Stand up for what you believe in. If you let people push you around or tell you what you should believe in, you might eventually lose yourself entirely.
  14. Love completely. Relationships are not worth being in if you don’t give yourself entirely. Embrace people who enter your life warmly, but know when to let them go.
  15. Don’t live through the lens of social media. You’ll end up missing all the amazing people and experiences happening around you.
  16. Forgive yourself. Everyone, and I mean everyone, screws up. Some may be public, some may never surface, but in the end we all have to move on.
  17. Tell the truth. Lies compound on lies and eventually, they come back around.
  18. Say please and thank you. These small gestures have a huge impact when it comes to showing others your appreciation.
  19. Enjoy the small things, whatever those small things are. Be it chocolate, marathon Netflix sessions or painting your nails, you deserve it.
  20. Take mental breaks. Meditation isn’t the easiest activity to embrace, but it’s important to find time to take mental breaks and center yourself.
  21. Make time for friends. It’s easy to lose touch over the years, but if they’re really important to you, make the time to connect.
  22. Understand your work-life balance. Everyone has a different threshold of their work-life balance or “blend.” Figure out what yours is and stick to it.
  23. Understand quality over quantity. This approach can be applied to so many facets of life, and it’s important to understand the difference.
  24. Find happiness in small things. There really is something to be happy and thankful for every day
  25. Love yourself. You are pretty awesome after all.

Here’s to another 25 wonderful years and many more lessons to learn. What lessons did you learn (or are you learning) during your first quarter century?


Lover of all things travel, food, fitness and cocktails. Currently the Community Director at Ampsy, supporter of the #yesphx community and always on the lookout for the next adventure.