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20 Basic Things Every Young Woman Should Know How To Do By Her 20th Birthday

Cheers to 20.


School teaches you some really important things that make you grow intellectually: English, History, Science, Math, etc and the importance of physical education, as well as the basics of health issues. But one thing that school doesn't really teach us, is how to do some basic everyday life skills.

We parade through our teenage years with absolutely no idea what we're doing. Fake it till you make it. Even when we turn eighteen, as legal adults, we can still kind of get away with going through life without much regard for ourselves or our surroundings.

So, in honor of me turning twenty this year, a list of some basic things every young woman should know how to do by her twentieth birthday.

1. Make at least one item/meal that your super good at


Any meal, eggs and bacon, mac & cheese (or another simple pasta dish), just something that you can do for yourself instead of relying on takeout or microwave meals all the time.

2. Do laundry or fold clothes

You're too old to be having your mom still doing it for you.

3. Basic first aid

first aid

Everyone should know basic first aid, because it's so, so important. Sometimes help doesn't arrive in time. You don't need to be at the same level as a doctor, but you should know how to take care of yourself or a friend.

4. Setting a budget 


And sticking to/keeping it.

5. How to properly do makeup

Whether its a "natural" look that you're going for or a more dressy/formal kind of look.

6. How to dress for any occasion

The Huffington Post breaks down everything you need to know to translate the dress code on the invitation.

7. Be able to admit when you've made a mistake


Because nothing is more important that admitting when you're wrong.

8.  Accept a compliment

And how to give one, if it applies to the situation.

9. How to walk away from toxicity 

walk away

Relationships, friendships, anything. And how to do so gracefully.

10. Say no

And saying it nicely or in a way that doesn't upset anyone too much.

11. Basic sewing skills

sewing kit

Even if it's not perfect stitch and a little messy.

12. Let go of old grudges

Whether they are ones you have had since high school or more recent.

13. Write a killer resume

Complete with coordinating fonts and your many accomplishments. And on that note, this doesn't just apply to women either.

14. Give someone a genuine apology

And doing it gracefully.

15. How to find items in a grocery store


This includes buying the right ingredients for dinner and also buying the things you actually need whilst also keeping your shopping list in your head and knowing exactly what you need to refill or replace.

16. Walking in heels


Not knowing how was only cute at high school dances.

17. Own up to your mistakes

It's official, you can't blame everything on the cat (or your younger sibling) anymore.

18. Make small talk

The more you do it the easier it will get.

19.  Tell someone how you really feel


Like in a straight up, no BS kind of way. We're not in high school anymore.

20. Last but not least, be able to let go of the small things

Because sometimes it's just too exhausting to start World War III over the shirt your sister borrowed without asking.

Try to make the most out of your final months as a teenager.

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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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I Wonder If You'd Be Proud of Me

Or if you even think of me at all.


I wonder if you'd be proud of me.

My first thought when I wake up in the morning is whether or not you still think of me. I think about if I am wearing the right outfit if I were to see you that day. I think about if I am saying the right thing for you to want to want me again.

Throughout my day, I think about whether or not you're happy. I wonder if the feeling in my heart of missing who I thought you were is making its way to you. Sometimes I think about what I did to make you hate me as much as you do.

Sometimes when things get really hard, I think about picking up the phone to call you. Time keeps passing from the last time I saw you and during that time I've painted a picture of you that would probably only disappoint me in the end. Your phone number still sits in my phone and I go to your contact, wanting to call, but knowing that at the other end is not the person I used to know.

I wonder if you watch me. I wonder if the posts I make, pictures I post, and articles I write are viewed by you and whether or not you care to even search my name. I wonder if you ask people about me or if you care to know the person I am today.

Without you, I have changed. It has been two years and though time will only continue moving on without you, I wonder what would have happened if I didn't make the choices I made to make you react in the way you have.

When the sun shines bright on the flowers blooming around campus, I think of your jokes and sarcastic wit. When the rain pours from the sky and keeps me imprisoned within the walls of a building, I think of ways I felt imprisoned by you. When clouds form shapes in the sky that I can make stories out of, I think of the way life could've been.

Sometimes I write to you. They are the letters I can never send because I have to remind myself that though we knew each other once, you do not know me anymore. The picture in my mind of who you are now is someone who'd love me with open arms, but I know that there's no truth in that. It's only my wishful thinking out to break my heart once more.

I wonder if you hear me when I try talking to you. I wonder if the words I tell God are making their way to you as you go on living the life we always talked about when times get tough. I wonder if you're talking to God about me.

As I watch the sunset, I think about the last moment I was with you. As that chapter ended, I was only wishfully thinking that walking away would save me from further pain. In the end, I don't know about how life would've been different had it not happened.

When my picture of you gets too bright and I share it with others, I am reminded of reality. The screaming, crying, pushing, shoving, and hitting touches my skin once more in the form of flashbacks that push me further down into the depths of a depression. I am reminded of the hundreds of suicidal thoughts and letters that I've written once before.

No matter what, my heart still yearns for a hug. A hug where I can bury myself into your body and feel safe. A hug where I forget every worry in my mind and focus solely on the love.

I wonder if you'd still love me if I changed myself to be the person you've always wanted me to be. I wonder if you'd forgive me for walking away, even if it was for me to change to be a better person. I wonder if you'll ever even read this.

Days like today, I want to go back in time. I sit on the benches around campus and look up at the sky, down at the cars passing by, and listen to life move on all around me as I remain stuck. I hear people talking, see them laughing, and wonder if there's any way I could one day feel as alive as they do.

The truth is that I was never enough for you. No matter how much I changed, kept notes of what you liked so I could be like that, or just kept my head down and moved silently, nothing was ever enough.

No matter what, though, I still yearn to be loved in the way that I picture you should've loved me. Closure does not exist. You were the ones who were supposed to hold me down. But now I am nothing to you...I was always nothing to you.

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