Two Decades Old

Well, people! I turn 20 tomorrow. It’s absolutely crazy to me, not only because I’ll officially not be a teen anymore, but because I had to fight so hard to get here. I’ve heard more “no’s” and “you-can’t-do-its” then anything else and although it wasn’t easy, I proved a lot of people wrong. A while back, I discussed with you that I was going to do a special post about things I’ve learned so far being a teen. As much as I’ve learned in my teen years, it wasn’t until recently that I learned a whole helluva lot about who I am.

 I’ve lived with my grandparents for close to two years now and I have to say, being eighteen at the time, I was scared shitless. I was just graduating high school, then starting junior college, and there were a lot of things I had no idea about. For instance, I had no idea how completely useless insurance companies are (sometimes), how to pay a phone bill and set up an account, and most importantly, how to be completely and totally responsible for myself. With all this in mind, I recently compiled a list of things I have learned from/changed from thus far:

  • Being that I have acquired a monthly allowance and am now responsible for the financial end of things, I’ve become somewhat frivolous with certain things and I need to stop. 
  • I never really was big on name brands (like really, I never knew who Louis Vuitton or Michael Kors were) until I began to shed my Tomboyish tendencies and explore different facets of fashion. Clothes, shoes, handbags, you name it. 
  • Do your eyebrows! You will get compliments on them, trust me.
  • People come and go in life, but every once in a while, you find a few gems along your journey. Keep ’em. 
  • Despite my newly acquired shopaholic tendencies, I still thoroughly enjoy a good book and a cup of tea at the end of a long day. 
  • Listen to music always.
  • Don’t let fear control your actions.
Perhaps the biggest and most substantial thing I’ve learned (albeit more recently), is that no matter how often I may despise my chair at times, I am extremely grateful for the many opportunities it has afforded me. I never knew I’d be a motivational speaker and writer that is able to spread a message of hope and perseverance to those around her. My life has been a crazy whirlwind of  change, misfortune, friends gained and lost, new beginnings and sad endings, tears, joy, and laughter, but now I understand that this is only the beginning of my journey and I cannot wait to see where the next decade takes me. 
Thank you all for your continued support and love. None of this would be possible without you! 

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