10 Things I am glad I did before I turned 25


So, I’m 25. When did that happen?! Do you ever get so caught up in the everyday life and then get home and feel like you’re doing nothing with your life? No? Just me? It wasn’t until I really sat down with my hubby Iain and reflected on how much I have actually accomplished in my life so far. I decided to make a list of the things I am proud of myself for accomplishing before I hit the big 2-5. Let’s go:

1. Went to college– I never in a million years would have thought about going to college. My only goal in high school was to get out! I knew it would be a challenge, but I’m happy to say that I went back to school and graduated because it gave me the confidence I needed to prove that I was worth more than what I thought of myself. 

2. Got into a career I love– Another good reason to go back to school. I knew that going back to school would give me more opportunities to do what I wanted in life, but I never expected to jump head first into schooling only to dive into a full time career doing what I love in a school that I love and am constantly challenged by and growing from. 

3. Travelled– Now I’m by no means a seasoned traveler, but in the last few years I have been able to go to places I have always wanted to visit. Thanks to my older sister for making England a possibility because had she not moved there a few years ago, I probably would never have gone. Now I can’t wait until I get back there! (Count down is on for this summer!)

4. Found a community– My community is my church. Hands down the best decision I have made before turning 25 was going to church and finding Christ. My identity is in Jesus and I have an amazing family that is much more than a group of people I see every Sunday. My community helps me grow, loves me, challenges me and is so great to hang out with. I recommend finding a community that feels like family. 

5. Got married– So for many people, this wouldn’t be considered an accomplishment at my age. I’m looking at it as an accomplishment because I have found my life partner. I have a husband who is supportive, loving, kind, and fun to be around and I am so lucky to have someone to do life with. It’s cheesy, but I have my partner in crime who I get to share everything with. I think it’s pretty neat. 

6. Tried something new– I’m naturally very boring. I could sit scrolling through all social media platforms all day and be totally fine with it. I decided to push myself and try new things! Sewing, cooking, refinishing/DIY projects are just a few things that I decided to try and I’m so glad I did! 

7. Let things go– I learned that not everything is meant to be forever. I had to let go of expectations I had on myself, friends, family and other. I learned [still learning] to accept people for who they are and where they are in their life. My life is changing and so are people- and that’s okay. I’m also working on not sweating the small stuff. My mantra at work with my students is “is it a big problem or a small problem?” 9 times out of 10 it’s a small problem that I can move past and get over rather than dwell on it. 

8. Learned to be alone– Stillness is oh so good for the soul. I can clear my mind from a busy day at work, spend time with God and just unwind. I had usually found it difficult to sit alone in total stillness with such a busy schedule…Until I did it once and realize how good it felt! Stop the madness for just one moment and spend a couple minutes of silence in the dark, completely unplugged. I’m telling you, it’s amazing. 

9. Saved money– Okay so this might not seem like a big deal but to me it is; and it is all thanks to my husband. I was a spender before we started dating. He showed me how to pay off debt while saving money. I paid off my always maxed out credit card while putting away money to pay for our wedding.. debt free! Now that the wedding is over, time to save for something more. Vroom vroom.

10. Made new goals– I have managed to reach goals that I didn’t even intentionally make, as well as made goals and met them before I anticipated. Now Iain and I have goals that we have set together and are so excited to reach in our future. #lifegoals 

For ages I never thought I’d accomplish half of the things I talked about, and definitely not by the age of 25. This is a bit of a humble brag post but I think being proud of yourself is a good thing.. right? lol. So for the sake of remembering and self-love, do yourself a favor.. Make a list of your life goals and see what you have accomplished and be grateful for whatelse is to come! What are YOU able to humbly brag about? 

Until next time,

Shonagh

P.S,  I’ve been MIA since before the wedding. Oops! I plan on sharing about our wedding, so stay tuned for that! 

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