Advice For New Twenty Year Olds

16 Pieces Of Advice For Soon To Be 20-Year-Olds

(All from people wise beyond 20 years.)


Last week I turned 20. Now of course 20 isn't necessarily that major of a milestone. 18 makes an adult and 21 makes you legal. But 20 doesn't change much beyond marking the end of your teenage years.

However, for me 20 felt monumental. It felt like a new beginning at a time where I wasn't really craving one, but I also wasn't totally against it either. This new decade has felt like a clean slate. Except its a clean slate that I worked really, really hard to get to. Every success I achieve, goal I chase, and experience I have this upcoming decade will one way or another have been shaped by what I did in my teenage years. But because I found 20 being such a turning point in my lifetime thus far, I decided to reach out to some of my closest loved ones to hear what they had to say.

I asked for advice that they wanted to share with me as I turned 20 or something that they wished they had known at 20 themselves.

Here are the 16 pieces of advice that I am excited to be carrying into this new decade.

1. Don't overlook life's small joys while searching for the big ones.

2. Always be true to yourself.

3. Never stay stagnant, but always cherish what you already have.

4. Follow your dreams.

5. Know the value of your college education (and take it seriously as you earn it).

6. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.

7. Be gentle with the Earth. 

8. Life is a journey... Enjoy it for the time and moment you are living now.

9. Start young and save money (even a small amount) in some type of IRA account.

10. While pursuing all you want, be sure to appreciate all you have. 

11. Every night when you put your head on your pillow, think of something that you are grateful for.

12. Reach for the stars. 

13. Don't let weeds grow around your dreams.

14. Always say "thank you" - You cannot see it our touch it, but it goes straight to the heart. 

15. Love all of your memories and experiences, while looking forward to new adventures and friendships. 

16. Yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream.

There is clearly some common themes stemming from all of these pieces of advice that came from unrelated people. Dreaming, cherishing, striving, appreciating, planning, analyzing are all things that coincide with this advice. Of course, some of these ideas tell you to keep moving forward towards your wildest dreams, while others remind you to humble yourself and be grateful.

But that's the beauty of it all.

Entering a new day, year, or even decade can be a daunting moment. But it is with advice like this, but more importantly with the people behind these wise insights that make it all seem much more possible. So no matter how old you are it is never too late to take all or one of these pieces of advice and make your life the one you want to live.

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.


My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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Goodbye School, Hello Real World

I'm ready for ya!


It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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