21 Things I Want to Do Before Turning 21

21 Things I Want to Do Before Turning 21

After turning 18 soon, there are several things I would love to accomplish before my next big milestone birthday.

With October quickly coming to an end, my 18th birthday is coming into the limelight. I'm going to be a legal adult! As fun as that sounds, it's the last big birthday until 21, which is kind of a bummer. I take my birthday very seriously because it's the only day of year, it can be all about me and I'm not considered self-centered for it. Without kids or a man in my life, it makes it a lot easier to focus on the most important person in my life: ME. As I get older, and wiser obviously, I like to think about the things I would like to accomplish in my fleeting ages, so I thought I'd share that with you guys.

1. Own a pet

Whether a dog or a cat, or a fox or a raccoon, I want to own at least one pet by the time I'm 21. I would kill to own a raccoon, but I may have to settle for a dog because of the permit required for a coon.

2. Travel to another country

My hearts says Europe and the Caribbean, my bank account says crossing the border to Canada. Maybe if I wish upon a star, I'll be able to do all three before I turn 21.

3. Attend a fashion show

Let's face it, it probably won't be the front row unless I kill a few people to get there. But being at a fashion show, would be the greatest thing that could ever happen to me, maybe.

4. Finish my third book

Getting them publish may be a whole other story, but the sense of accomplishment I get when i complete a book is amazing.

5. Finish esthetician school

I'm going to need a backup career to this whole acting and writing thing, and I love beauty so what better decision? I may not have a school picked out yet, but I'll get around to facing that issue (get it?).

6. Be in a steady relationship

Marriage is a goal, and I should probably date the guy before getting marrying him. I mean, I could always marry him at first sight but I doubt that's a recipe for happily ever after.

7. Disney World or other international Disney park

I've already been to Disneyland but not Disney World. And no life is complete without a little magic of Disney. It's a scientific fact.

8. Go to a Comic Con

The nerd inside of me wants to experience comic con. I don't really care if it's San Diego Con or Salt Lake, as long as i get the chance to go. Although, the lines and billions of people don't make this a very convincing sale.

9. Yellowstone

Honestly, Yellowstone is gorgeous and the sooner I go, the better. And it's conveniently located not too far from me.

10. Move out

This probably should've been at the top of this list, but if I'm being honest this is in no particular order whatsoever. But my place, my rules. I could put my brother on a timeout.

11. Stay overnight in a haunted place

Overnight certainly does not mean sleeping because none of that will be happening.

12. Travel with my best friend

And take those ridiculous Insta-worthy photos.

13. Spend a weekend at a spa

Great aromas. Massages. Facials. Thick, plush robes. And relaxation. I think I'm 50% more relaxed just thinking about a spa getaway. To be pampered instead of doing the pampering for a change, sounds like a dream.

14. Watch the 2018 Winter Olympics

Winter Olympics in South Korea, bring it on.

15. Make more than 100 YouTube videos

People viewing the videos is a whole other story that I'll have to work on, but baby steps you know.

16. Discover a new hobby

Binging on Netflix and reading the same books over and over can only get me so far in this life of mine.

17. Attend different churches

Being raised Mormon, I think I was forced into that religion. I am Christian but i would like to experience and learn about other churches. It would be nice to see how other people value religion.

18. Perform a dance routine

I love dancing, whether or not I'm good at it is debatable. With good choreography, and enough practice time, I can normally do pretty well. I haven't performed a dace routine since grade school and I'd love to do it again.

19. Get a tattoo

I want a few tattoos in my lifetime and what better time to get them then while I'm in my youth? Tattoos are art and everyone wears their art differently.

20. Write my will

In all fairness, I probably won't die that young, but you never know. I think being prepared for my unlikely demise is one of the smartest things I could do.

21. Host a fundraiser for charity

Although my life may feel like utter sh*t some days, I know there are people suffering a far greater fight that could use all the help and support they can get. Yes, I drop money into the coin jars at the store, but putting together an event with the sole purpose of helping others, is a far greater reward.

Let's face the facts, three years will come and go so fast. Having a list of things I'd like to accomplish make it all that much more real. Growing older is scary but you learn and discover new things about yourself and the world around you each and every passing day. So don't forget to cherish those days, because you never know which day will be your last.

What kinds of things do you want to accomplish by your next milestone birthday?

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While walking around campus I still catch myself thinking, wow I am really here. I am a college student, at a school, I fall more in love with every day. So, how can I be a sophomore now when I feel like I just got here?

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Now as I head back home for the summer I couldn’t be more excited to be with my friends there and my family. But, I also couldn’t be sadder to leave my friends here, even if it’s only for three months because they’ve become another kind of family.

Despite leaving freshman year behind, we have so many more memories to make whether it’s doing the Seminole chop in Doak, coordinating our Halloween costumes, or just chilling at the house. We’ve all come so far this year, and I can’t wait to see just how far we go. So bring it on Sophomore year, I’m ready for ya.

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The 7 Best Pieces Of Advice I Have Been Given About Life

Some of the best advice I have been given over the years...


There isn't a central theme among these pieces of advice or sayings. They are all just random things I have been told over the course of my life–especially in the last week. I find these 7 to be particularly helpful in various situations, and try to keep them in mind when I am in over my head.

1. "Don't be afraid to advocate for yourself because there is nobody who is going to help you more than you."

You are the #1 person who can help your own case. No one knows you as you do, therefore no one will be able to help you more than you can help yourself. A lot of things are mental, so once you can convince yourself that you deserve something (whatever it may be) you can convince anyone. Another saying goes along with this, on the flip side: "No one can diminish you but yourself." You are in control of your own self-perception, and you are very much capable of being your own worst enemy.

2. "Stand behind your reputation because you can never get it back."

My mom sent this to me the other day. Be who you are, and do it proudly. Especially with meeting people for the first time, you can never have a second chance at a first impression. That being said, if people view you in a bad light, figure out why that is and fix it. You may not be able to change someones initial thoughts of you, but you can change the way they view you after that.

3. "The best things in life happen unexpectedly."

"Life is what happens when you're busy making plans," also goes along with this. Trying to plan out every little detail of your life is only going to lead to disappointment. Sometimes you find the best things/what you're looking for when you're not actually looking. Just go through the motions and things will work out the way they are supposed to.

4. "Be proud of your accomplishments, no matter how small."

It's important to celebrate the little things. Did you go to class today? Good for you. Did you decide to drink water instead of a soda? That's awesome. How are you going to work up to doing bigger and better things if you don't have anywhere to start?

5. "Whatever you're stressing about now probably won't matter in five years."

As someone who is often eaten away by their own worry and anxiety, this is a mantra that I try to constantly remind myself. While it may seem like a big deal now, you need to keep in mind the bigger picture. Will it matter in 5 hours? 5 days? 5 months? And so on. If the answer is no to ANY of these questions, it's probably not worth beating yourself up over.

6. "Stop being the 'go to' person for someone you can't go to."

Someone tweeted that their pastor said this to them and the tweet went viral. A friend of mine sent it to me, and it really made me think. Something I have struggled with over the years is making excuses for people who don't show up for me when I am constantly there for them. This is a helpful reminder that if they aren't contributing to you and your life, you shouldn't have to bend over backward to help them out and be in their lives.

7. "Two wrongs don't make a right."

While this is often a saying that parents use on their young children, it is applicable to pretty much any stage of life. My parents, especially my dad, have constantly said this, whether it was in reference to fighting with my siblings or dealing with people at school. Even as a 20-year-old, I find myself saying this when I hear about arguments and problems people are having. Everyone wants to get even, to best those who hurt them. While it's important to stick up for yourself, it is also important to be the bigger person and not stoop to their level (and whatever else your parents told you in these situations).

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