During "the defining decade," it's nice to have some literary commiserators.
"A childfree life is not a carefree life."
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.
20. Every day, every outing is a chance to learn something new, spend time with great people and grow into our beautiful