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  • Writer's pictureLaura DG

20 Things I’ve Learned in My 20s (So Far)

In this blog post, Laura shares some valuable things she’s learned in life so far.

Turning 24 over the weekend has had me thinking a lot about life. It’s a time of significant change, and reflecting on the ups and downs of my twenties so far has been both enlightening and humbling. I wanted to share 20 things I’ve learned along the way—lessons that have shaped my outlook, tested me, and brought clarity to this phase of my life. These insights aren’t just about growing up; they’re about embracing the journey of life , learning from experiences, and finding joy in life’s adventure.

1. Always choose yourself. Always.

In a world full of demands and expectations, it's essential to prioritize self-care and well-being. Learning to say no when necessary and setting boundaries are crucial aspects of choosing oneself.

2. Don’t rush the process, just trust yourself.

Patience is a virtue often overlooked. Trusting the process means understanding that growth and progress take time. It's about embracing the journey and having faith in your abilities.

3. Sunshine is the secret to happiness.

Nature has a profound impact on our well-being. Spending time outdoors, soaking in sunlight, and connecting with nature can significantly improve mood and energy levels.

4. Invest in your hobbies.

Hobbies are not just pastimes; they are essential for mental health and fulfillment. Investing time and effort in activities you enjoy brings joy and a sense of purpose.

5. Rejection is redirection.

Rejection is not a reflection of your worth but a redirection towards something better suited for you. Embracing rejection as a form of guidance can lead to unexpected opportunities.

6. Nurture your relationships.

Meaningful relationships require effort and communication. Investing time in nurturing relationships—be it with romantic partners, friends, or family—fosters deeper connections and support systems.

7. You can count your best friends on one hand.

Quality over quantity applies to friendships. Genuine connections are rare but invaluable. Cherish and prioritize the friendships that bring positivity and support into your life.

8. You still have so much time.

Feeling rushed or pressured to achieve certain milestones can lead to unnecessary stress. Remember that life is a journey, and there is no set timeline for success or fulfillment.

9. Travel any chance you get.

Traveling broadens perspectives, and creates lasting memories. Whether it's exploring new cultures or discovering hidden gems, embrace the opportunity to travel whenever possible.

10. You are not for everyone and not everyone is for you.

Accepting this truth liberates you from seeking validation or approval from everyone. Focus on authentic connections and surround yourself with people who uplift and inspire you.

11. Social media is a highlight reel.

It's easy to compare your life to the curated images and stories on social media. Remember that what you see is often the highlight reel, not the full story. Focus on your journey and accomplishments.

12. It’s okay to start over.

Change is inevitable, and sometimes starting over is necessary for growth. Embrace new beginnings, learn from past experiences, and don't be afraid to reinvent yourself.

13. Appreciate everything, even the little things.

Gratitude cultivates a positive mindset and resilience. Take time to appreciate the small moments, gestures, and blessings in life.

14. Reading before bed helps you sleep better.

Unplugging from screens and immersing yourself in a good book before bed can improve sleep quality and overall well-being. It's a simple yet effective self-care practice.

15. No dream is too big.

Believe in your dreams and aspirations. With dedication, perseverance, and a clear vision, any dream is achievable. Set goals and take steps towards making them a reality.

16. Comparison is a joy thief.

Comparing yourself to others robs you of joy and self-confidence. Focus on your journey, progress, and personal growth without constantly measuring yourself against others.

17. Failure isn’t final.

Failure is a stepping stone to success. Learn from failures, adapt, and keep moving forward. It's a sign of resilience and determination.

18. Vulnerability is a strength, not a weakness.

Being vulnerable allows for deeper connections and authenticity in relationships. It takes courage to be open, honest, and vulnerable, but it fosters genuine connections.

19. The world is your oyster.

Opportunities are everywhere, waiting to be explored. Embrace new experiences, take calculated risks, and seize opportunities that come your way.

20. Enjoy every moment, life is short!

Live in the present moment, cherish experiences, and prioritize happiness and well-being. Life's journey is about enjoying the ride and making the most of every moment.


Life’s been a whirlwind of lessons, changes, and growth, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. These nuggets of wisdom aren’t just random musings—they’re the realizations that have shaped how I see the world, myself, and the journey ahead. Here’s to embracing every moment, learning from experiences (even the tough ones), and enjoying the rollercoaster ride that is life.

Cheers to making the most of our 20s!


Laura from Olivia + Laura


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