10 Life Lessons I Learned in 29 Years

I am finally back from New Orleans! I had a blast on set, met some awesome people, and celebrated my 29th birthday on Bourbon Street. I’d say it was definitely one for the books (or blog).

In honor of turning 29, I’d like to share 10 more life lessons that I have picked up along the way:

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1.  There is more than one path in life.

There is no one way or right way to live. There are many different paths in life and you must find your own. Don’t let anyone make you feel guilty or shameful for your choices. You are the one who must live your life. So you are the one who must be happy with it.

2. Life is about the journey.

As you get older, you realize that life is more about the journey than the actual destination. When you look back you’ll always remember the trials and tribulations, laughter and tears, and people that you met along the way. Those are the moments you will learn to treasure.

3. It’s okay to say no.

You don’t always have to say yes or try to please people. It’s okay to say no. If you don’t have time to party it up with your girlfriends, just say no. If you don’t want to double your work by covering for a coworker, say no. Remember, saying no does not make you selfish or mean. It gives you power over your time and your life.

4. Let go of the toxic people in your life.

Surround yourself with people who lift you up, encourage you, and make you feel good. Cut out all the other toxic people in your life even if you’ve known them forever. Life is way too short to deal with their bullshit.

5. We are stronger than we think we are.

You don’t realize the amount of strength you carry within you until you are forced to summon it. But it’s there. So when you are trudging through the difficult times, remember you are strong. You will get through it.

6. Music soothes your soul.

Music is like therapy for your soul. It can cheer you up after a bad day, set the mood for a romantic night, or encourage you to shake your groove thing in celebration. And it’s much cheaper then an actual therapist!

7. Don’t take yourself too seriously.

Learning to laugh at yourself is such an important skill. Not only is it a sign of a good sense of humor, but it also enables you to handle the difficult moments in life with much more ease. Plus, your tension levels will drop! Total win.

Hell, I took the term dive bar quite literally when I full on nosedived down the stairs heading INTO a bar. laughed my ass off. Back in the day, I would have been mortified and let it ruin my night. By learning to laugh at my clumsy self, I was able to turn that night into one that I will always remember. h

8. We can change the world one act of kindness at a time.

Don’t underestimate the power that lies within one single act of kindness. If we all shared a single act of kindness, it would add up to millions or billions of kind gestures around the world. Imagine the kind of change we could enact by simply showing that we care.

9. We are all a little bit weird. Embrace your weirdness.

Everyone is weird in their own way, but that’s what makes the world such an interesting and exciting place. We are not carbon copies of one another. We have diverse styles, interests, cultures, and opinions. And everyone of them matters. So embrace your weirdness and add a little color to the world.

10. Life goes on.

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned about life is that it goes on. No matter your hardships, losses, or accomplishments, life goes on. It doesn’t stop to wait for you to be okay or for you to enjoy your success. The world keeps turning. Tomorrow is a different day and everything will change eventually. So appreciate your good times. And during the bad times, remember that life goes on.

What lessons have you learned throughout your life? Be sure to check out 28 Life Lessons from 28 Years for some more words of wisdom.

  • um yes to all of these! seriously the toxic people one is so true, and we all have seemed to learn it, wish we were taught it at a young age! lol. and yes, something i always comfort myself with is that life does go on!

    • Seriously! Life would have been much easier if we had learned to let go of
      all the negative people in our life much sooner. 🙂 Oh, well. I guess
      that’s part of everyone’s journey.

  • Toxic people suck, don’t need them or their bad attitudes!

    • Exactly! They can all go hang out together. The rest of us don’t need
      them. 🙂

  • kathy@vodka and soda

    SUPPORT; esp #10. i’m a firm believer in that and you can either go on with life or let it pass you by…either way, it WILL go on even if you decide to wallow in whatever situation you’re in (ps – “you” = general you) 🙂

    • Haha. Exactly! People spend way too much time wallowing and letting life
      pass them by. They don’t realize that the rest of the world is moving on
      with or without them.

  • Absolutely girl. Life definitely goes on. It’s incredibly important to be kind, too.
    I hope you had an amazing birthday!

  • Letting go of toxic people is crucial and it makes a huge difference in every way. And life is more fun when you embrace your weirdness!

    • Life is definitely more fun with a little bit of weirdness in it! 😉
      Ordinary is highly overrated. 🙂

  • I love this!! Letting go of toxic people is such a big deal- it is especially hard if they are a parent! I also like the acts of kindness. It is a lot easier to be kind to others when toxicity has been removed from your life.

    • I completely agree! Without all the toxic energy and people around you,
      it’s much easier to be kind and happy. 🙂

  • Fantastic post! You are very wise.

  • Happy Belated Birthday!! That picture is really good of you.

    • Thank you! It’s one of the few good picture my boyfriend has taken of me.
      He’s usually so bad with the camera. Haha. 🙂

  • So wise! You’ll be like Yoda when you’re 30 :). I think laughing at yourself, knowing that life goes on, and surrounding yourself with positive people are great pieces of advice. It’s to get older, sillier, and most comfortable with yourself! Happy birthday dear!

    • Haha. So long as I don’t look like Yoda! 🙂 And thank you. It was
      definitely a birthday to remember.

  • Yes, letting go of the toxic people is so on point!
    I have done that a few times and the feeling you get from letting go of a person who is really holding you back is amazing.
    Happy Birthday Lynsey.. to many more! !

    • Thank you! 🙂 And I’m glad that you’ve been able to let go of all the people who were holding you back. Life is way too short to keep them in our lives.