20s

During "the defining decade," it's nice to have some literary commiserators.
Your 20s are your selfish years and it's a decade where you immerse yourself in everything around you and the world out there. Ensure you are selfish with your time, look after yourself, pay attention to your mental health and love the people who are important to you.
I grew tired of pretending my stretch marks didn't exist from carrying a 9-pound baby in my womb. Now, when I look at my belly in the mirror, I see a courageous woman who brought a beautiful child into the world -- my best achievement to date.
No, I am not going to know my purpose in life before 30 and I'm not going to quit my job to figure it out.
To commemorate my 26 years of life (and to preface my 27th), and to help my fellow 20-somethings by sharing the wealth of my fountain of knowledge (read that with a tinge of sarcasm), here are the 26 most important things I've learned thus far in my 20s.
Dating again after a breakup is always daunting. After the initial flurry of excitement at the prospect of meeting someone new and the confidence boost of a new haircut, the reality sets in that, actually, you are looking to find a connection with someone new that perhaps took you years to build with your former partner.
Create new rituals for getting yourself ready, psyched, confident and feeling your best before heading out. Put on your best anthems, say your mantras or affirmations, treat yourself to a sensual bubble bath, get yourself a mini-aromatherapy massage, make a delicious elixir to sip.
I was 28 years old when I filed for divorce and became single again for the first time since I was legally allowed to drink.
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Everyone's different. Different personalities. Different goals. As with everything else, having a healthy financial life can look different for everyone. To find the budget style that's best for you, start by writing down all the elements of your finances:
It doesn't matter how old you are -- everyone wants beautiful skin. But it's not just a matter of slathering on myriad creams, gels, and elixirs to treat skin issues -- your lifestyle has a lot to do with how your complexion looks and feels.
You are your own best friend. Or worst enemy. Choose the one you want to live in your head every day.
10. Don't worry about the haters. Even Mother Theresa had haters. Translation: Not everyone is going to like you or be happy
1. Spend five dollars more on a cocktail to avoid a hangover.
I have a confession to make: I spent my 20s as one of the most insecure, unsure, conflicted people you could ever hope to meet. Looking back, I realize that the vast majority of the way my 20s played out was my own doing.
People like to idealize perfectionism. They convey it as an endearing quirk, a Woody Allen-esque neurosis. But here's the thing: Striving for excellence and setting unrealistic expectations for yourself are very different things.
We were untamed, raw and daring. We used words like f*ck and sh*t proudly and loudly at stupid boys and into thin air. We didn't worry about what others thought about us, because we were happy with who we are.
You can learn from the past in ways that weren't available even a few years ago. You can turn money mishaps that your parents might have made into money victories for yourself. But first, you've got to get money smart.