19 Life Lessons I've Learned In My 19 Years Of Living

19 Life Lessons I've Learned In My 19 Years Of Living

The lessons that life has taught me so far.

1. If you're thinking about eating it, just eat it.

No shame at all! We all know a girl's best friend is food.

2. Never go to bed angry.

The problems will still be there in the morning, so solve it before your head hits the pillow.

3. The Earth doesn't revolve around your cell phone.

There is so much more to this world than our little, lit up boxes. Truly living life doesn't happen on your phone. Never trade nature for pixels on a screen.

4. The most beautiful version of you is yourself.

Don't try to be someone you're not. You are as authentic as it can get, so be proud of who you are and flaunt it.

5. 99.99% of the time, slow and steady wins the race.

We are all good at being the rabbits, but it's time we learned to be the turtle.

6. Mother knows best!

No doubt, the best lessons come from our mamas. (Even if we refused to believe her in middle school, she's been right all along.)

7. Dream HUGE

Life is way too short to be mediocre. Take risks, live wildly and never hold back.

8. Music concerts are meant to happen in your shower

Obviously, you would be headlining, and there might not be a crowd, but you should still be loud enough to the point that the neighbors have to come over to check out the noise.

9. You can still be your daddy's little girl when you're 19.

Oh, heck ya, you can be!

10. Never settle for anything in life.

Settling is lame. You deserve the best that life has to offer.

11. Be a balcony friend.

Always lift up others! People are attracted to light, so be a light to those around you.

12. If you find someone that makes your ribs hurt, hang on to them tightly.

I'm talking about the "good for your soul," tears-coming-down-your-face kind of laughter.

13. Don't forget to say "bless you" when someone sneezes.

Who knows what the people around you are going through, but just the words "bless you" can turn someone's day around.

14. Stick to your girl gang.

SISTAS FROM ANOTHA MISTA, amirite??? Your girlfriends are your best motivators, confidants, and lovers. They will turn any bad day into a bright one.

15. Don't spend all your allowance in the first three days of receiving it.

Okay, caught me red handed. Mom, I'm sorry that this happened not once, not twice, but every single month of college.

16. Dogs are the best listeners.

Sometimes you have to talk to someone, and the only one available is your dog. It's the best relationship because they will always agree with you.

17. Do it or don't do it, you'll regret either.

So, you might as well do it!

18. Drunken words are sober thoughts.


19. Everything happens for a reason.

The people in your life, the places you go, and the things that pull at your heart strings are all for a reason. Everything plays a part in your fantastic, messy, bold life. So roll with it and see where it takes you.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Part 1: Necessary Changes

One of my favorite movies is "Fried Green Tomatoes" with Kathy Bates. In the movie Bates' character Evelyn Couch says, "Someone helped put a mirror up in front of my face, and I didn't like what I saw one bit. And you know what I did? I changed." I know the feeling.


I looked in the mirror over the weekend and didn't like what I saw.

The person I saw looking back at me is petty, selfish, manipulative, and unattractive. It wasn't that I hated what I saw, but I definitely didn't like what I saw either. It's a surreal feeling, looking at yourself through a critical lens, and it doesn't make you feel good in any way shape or form.

The image that I see of myself is not how I want others to perceive me. I want to be someone that people look at and see kindness, compassion, strength, and confidence.

I have enough general life experience to know that these types of changes aren't going to happen overnight, and not all of them will be physical; most of these will have to happen from the inside, from within myself.

When you find out you are all broken and damaged, it's hard to know where to start putting the pieces back together. I figured the best place to start would be the most literal: my actual insides; so, I decided to embark on a deep-cleansing journey to get all of the toxins out of my body, from the inside out.

I found this book on 10-day green smoothie detox stashed away in the dark corner of my bookshelf. The science behind it seems accurate and legitimate. By eliminating certain foods, your body is able to detox itself off of chemicals and foods that are slowing down your metabolism; the smoothies are specifically designed with combinations of foods that help restart your metabolism. Part of the detox process is getting rid of all dependencies on caffeine, alcohol, and sugar.

Every day you are given the recipe for a specific smoothie; you make the smoothie (about 40 ounces) and sip on it throughout the day whenever you get hungry. Every smoothie is a combination of leafy greens, water, fruit, and flax seeds. If you do happen to get hungry throughout the day, you are encouraged to eat raw nuts, hard boiled eggs, and a wide variety of crunchy green vegetables. There is also a detox tea that you have first thing in the morning, but other than that no other beverages are allowed except water.

I know that this is only the beginning of a very long, emotional, and draining journey. But I think I'm at the point in my life where I have to make these changes. I have to put my pieces together, I have to become a normal functioning adult, I have to find out who I am. I think that this is the perfect way to start.

For the next 10 days I am going to be documenting my experiences, how I'm feeling, what my emotions are doing, and any results that I see.

Stay tuned!

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