My 17 Lessons Learned in 2013

The New Year is right around the corner and every year I like to reflect on the lessons I’ve learned. If you’re a twenty-something, you know that life throws you curve balls and can be one hell of a roller coaster. This year was quite a whirlwind for me – starting off with New Years Eve in New Orleans and being in a new relationship. Then moving forward to my last semester in college and the stresses of work, school/graduating and my preparation in moving to Taiwan. It was a lot but it was a good year!

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So what are my life lessons for 2013?

1) Find your passion and stick to it. This year I found that I am extremely interested in blogging. I’ve always been a writer, but blogging helps to incorporate photography, videography, writing and marketing. All things that I love!

2) Get off your phone and live in the moment. Technology is taking over our lives and I hate seeing people lose connections with the ones they love because they’re more interested in what’s going on Facebook. Put down your damn phone! Thx 😉

3) Spend time with your family now because you don’t know what the future holds.

4) If someone wants to be a part of your life, they’ll make an effort to be in it. Don’t reserve a space in your heart for someone who doesn’t make an effort to stay.

5) Take care of your mind, body and soul. You are what you eat. Listen to your body. 

6) Don’t forget to play and be happy – yes, you are getting older and may have more responsibility than last year, but there is no reason that you shouldn’t reward yourself and enjoy life’s little moments. Invest time into a hobby or pick a day each week to spend with a friend or family member. You’ll be happy you did.

7) No one will care about your dreams as much as you do – period.

8) Helping people is one of the best feelings in the world. This year I didn’t get to volunteer as much as I wanted to. Though when I did I was happy to see how the littlest things can make a big difference.

9) Happiness is a choice. If you want to be happy, then be happy.

10) Take chances and do things that make you feel uncomfortable. You’ll regret more of what you didn’t do than what you did do. 

11)  You can’t do everything – so don’t try. I decided I wanted to take on as much as I could this semester and unfortunately it came back to bite me in the ass. Don’t do that. An organizer will be your best friend and prioritizing will help save a lot of stress.

12) Continue to learn. So you’re graduated – Now what? Read a book, look up lectures on interesting topics, learn a new language. You need to continue to exercise your brain. “Books of knowledge are your mind’s vitamins.”

13) Listen to your parents. 

14) Never assume. I got in a financial mess this year because I assumed something that I shouldn’t have. Thankfully I had my friends and family there to help me get through it. Never will I ever assume again.

15) Love yourself. Remember that you are beautiful both inside and out.

16) In the words of Marilyn Monroe, “It is better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

17) Live and love. Life is beautiful. Open your eyes towards the sun and take every moment as if it were your last.

What were some life lessons that you learned this year? 


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Kollin Lephart
Kollin is an avid traveler and entrepreneur. When she's not working as a Marketing Consultant, she's strategizing ways to make Every Girl, Everywhere even better. She's passionate about helping people, traveling and living the best life possible.

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