Over the last several days/week I have been pondering my current place in life - a lot has changed in such a short amount of time. It is crazy to take a step back and take it all in:
Things I have learned:
1. Just because you were friends all through college doesn't necessarily mean you will be friends after college. You grow up, you make new friends. You start to live your lives at a different pace. If those you consider your friends are truthfully a friend - they will still be there. If some one is rude, weasels their way into your pocket book or ditches you somewhere it is probably time to re-evaluate your friendship...just an idea...
2. Do what you love and make it your job. Now, I am not exactly sold on what I do - but - I work for basically the mecca of the action sports industry, and well, that I do LOVE! Plus, I cannot complain that much...I get to do cool stuff all the time that most people never experience during a 9-5 job - at the end of the day I know that projects I worked on are all over the global - that is a really cool thought/achievement.
3. Take the trash out. Yep - it is as simple as that. Southern California is hot: trash smells really bad when its hot. Okay..so maybe I was going a little deeper than 'trash' (and I don't mean that in a negative connotation but it is the only word I could think of). Every now and then clean everything up and/or out. Contacts in your phone, e-mails, Facebook friends (Oi!), cup boards, closets, the garage...whatever it is - it makes the environment you live in so much better!
4. Pamper yourself: if you have a little extra money get a massage or get your nails done, treat yourself to a new item or a nice(r) breakfast/lunch/dinner. It just makes your feel good; if you feel good you look better you carry yourself better you leave a positive essence on everything you surround.
5. Sleep. Seriously...just do it. If you don't sleep then people get grumpy. We are programmed to get tired and want sleep for a reason...
6. Baby powder: it is the answer all. I use it when I run and bike, I use it in my hair if I could use it for everything I probably would.
7. Wear a 1/2 larger running shoe than your normal shoes. Don't ask questions, just do it (and no I wasn't trying to reference Nike there, personally I prefer Asics).
8. Take your vitamins - cut the un-needed medicines.
9. Eat dark chocolate and enjoy wine, BUT not too much because it makes you fat and remember 'too much of a good thing can be bad' - drinking boat loads of alcohol (yes, wine is alcohol) does a number on your body. Limit yourself, if you do that think about how wonderful it will be when you treat yourself to a glass or two once every few nights and how spectacular you will feel!
10. The earlier you get to work, the earlier you get to leave. In SoCal this means you miss traffic and the office is less crowded so you get your work done in a productive manner. I don't know why more people haven't figured this out...actually I am thankful more people haven't figured this out...
11. Smile. I was told a few weeks ago "no one likes working with a person that has a bad attitude". This is true - I actually agree with it completely, but, keep in consideration that we are each fighting our own battle and somedays we just don't want to be nice and cheerful and all peppy. Be human.
12. Take a few hours on a saturday to clean and organize. It will make life so much more simple...this isn't college anymore and unfortunately empty beer cans all over the house are no longer cool. I still cannot stand vacuuming, but, someone has to do it here and I can guarantee it won't be Spence.
13. Spend your money wisely - don't by crap. Make investments - should you really buy that $15 purse just because it is in-style right now? OR should you keep that $15 and eventually save up enough to buy that Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM Damier (sorry...clearly I have this on my mind) that you can have forever that will never really go out of style? If you think something is justifiable buy it - if you need to think about your purchase chances are you don't need it.
14. Do what you need to do - if you need help ask. Being stoic isn't always the answer.
15. Delete the Facebook app off your phone - instant way to have less distractions during the day. Do you REALLY need to know what so-and-so had to update their status to? No.
16. Drink black coffee. It is so delicious and when you have had enough coffee for the day drink tea.
17. Don't fool yourself into thinking you are sick - you have a cough? You are fine, no need to go spend $100 at the doctor. Fill up on some vitamin C, take a nap, drink some water, gargle some salt water (dating some one in med school has started to rub off on me. I can never actually really be sick - he always calls me out on my bluff).
18. Friday treat day: I start every Friday with a small reward and the thought of 'yes! you did it, Friday!' I either treat myself to a bagel or a Kommbucha.
19. Drink water. I used to despise the taste of water, now, I force myself to drink as much water as possible during work and before bed.
20. Hydrogen Peroxide - similar to baby powder, this is a cure all. Gargle for 1 minute after brushing your teeth at night, your teeth will look whiter. Pour all over cuts to help stop infection, it cleans up white stains, you can even lighten your hair with this stuff (although I wouldn't suggest it).
21. Read the news. It is important to know what is going on...yes, of course the lately celeb gossip is important down here - but - believe it or not so is national and world news too. Things are going on outside Southern California that could eventually impact you dramatically.
Clearly I have only just reached my of a quarter century birthday, but, it is really fun to look back and reflect on all the lessons I have learned. A lot of them I feel are things I have learned since I got out of school, moved away from my comfort zone and embraced my youth.
Sending Love from SoCal.