Cheers to 21 Years!

For those of you that didn't know, I turned 21 on January 2nd. I've been so blessed thus far and can't wait to see how much I grow and prosper in this year. Today, I'm going to share with you 21 lessons that I've learned throughout my life, in hopes that I may encourage someone else.

By the way, my outfit is exactly the same as my Red Bomber + Track Pants look, all that has changed was my outer most layer. Which I am wearing my Tan Wool Coat purchased from ASOS. Such a key piece to my success in the winter time. Not only does it keep me warm, but stylish at the same time in that harsh winter weather.

21 Lessons of Life

  1. Always pray. When times are good, when times are bad. Just keep in constant communication with God (or whoever/whatever you believe in).
  2. It's okay to not be okay. You can't always be up beat and positive. It's normal and healthy to have days to yourself and be down.
  3. A lot of your relationships are only still thriving and flourishing because you are putting in all the work. You need to surround yourself with people who put in just as much to reach out to you, support you, care about you, etc.
  4. Change is good. Never be afraid to change. You know what's best for you.
  5. You have to go through to get to! You can't get to where you want to be by watching others. Your actions must match you dreams. Put in the work!
  6. Dream big! Don't sell yourself short because you can be and do anything you want in this world!
  7. Alone time is necessary. I am such an extrovert, but I need time to myself in order to regenerate my energy, my thoughts, my creativity, to work on my craft. Basically, you cannot do what you need to do being around others all the time.
  8. Your network is your net worth. Any opportunity is an chance to network with someone and build your professional worth. Connect with others, you never know who they know and what strings they can pull to benefit you. Also, UTILIZE LINKED IN!
  9. People cannot read your mind. Therefore, you must communicate any issues or feelings you may have towards someone. I'm known for just shutting people out once they've bothered me, and that's not okay. Communication is how people and relationships thrive. 
  10. Take care of yourself. Mentally. Physically. Spiritually. Emotionally. Financially. Nobody is going to look out for you like you do. 
  11. Constantly analyze your surroundings. Sometimes you have to change who you're with, where you are, what you are doing, to really understand what you need to be doing and where you need to be.
  12. People are good. People are bad. You have to go through the motions to find the ones who are worth keeping around.
  13. Inspiration is all around you. Books, people. places, things, etc. Can all inspire you and take you to the next level. Are you paying attention?
  14. Stand up for what you believe in. Some people may not agree, and others will think you're one hell of a person for sticking to your beliefs.
  15. Check yourself. You can be wrong. You're not always right. You make mistakes. You are not perfect. It's okay. 
  16. Everything about you was designed specifically for you. We were fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalms 139:14 KJV)
  17. Take risks. You never know what you are truly made of until you try. You will never know if you like or dislike something until you try it.
  18. No doesn't always mean No. Sometimes it just means not right now. 
  19. Timing is everything. You are exactly where you need to be at this point in your life.
  20. Stop comparing yourself to others. You are not them, they are not you. You can never be them, and they can NEVER be YOU.
Until next time,
- Mikey :]

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