Jersey Girl, Texan Heart: 26 things I learned in my 26 years on earth.

26 things I learned in my 26 years on earth.

3:30 AM

This picture is from last year's birthday.  The person behind the camera caught so much emotion.  My coworkers really made me feel appreciated last year.  Turning 25 + 1 was amazing.

With my birthday being less than a month away I’ve been thinking about all of the lessons learned, hardships, and fun times up until now.  I feel like 26 things that I’ve learned is not even close to being enough but I’m going to try to sum it all up.  I’m going to be extremely sarcastic, humorous, and serious, so I hope y’all can tell the difference if you’ve been following me. 

1.  When your parents say “don’t run stay close” on Halloween stay close.  When I was in Kindergarten I was scared poopless because I didn’t listen to my parents.  Michael Myers, Jason, and I don’t get along to say the least and you’ll be traumatized for quite some time.  Actually you still don’t like those two.  The first time you saw them in the movies after many years you were reminded of that scary day haha.

2.  Don’t wear those Barney rain boots on your first day at your new school.  You forget you’re the youngest and a year is a big difference back in those baby years.  Barney’s for babies at your new school.

3.  Your first grade teacher (she will also be your favorite) will stay your friend for many years.  She will remember you even when you’re in your early 20’s so keep in touch with her!  She will shape the beginning stages of your school years.

4.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer will be cooler watching it through that little crack in the upstairs balcony that looks down on the living room than when you’re actually allowed to watch it.  Your mom never knew you were watching it until now if she’s reading this.  Sorry mommy, I’m a rebel what can I say?

5.  Don’t put Sun-In in your hair, just don’t.  Actually don’t even color your hair until at least high school because at 26 you haven’t seen your natural hair color in 14 years.

6.  Those really thin bangs were SOOOO not a good look.

7.  Get braces.  Seriously.  Why did you wait until your senior year of high school?  You could’ve parked a bus in that gap!

8.  You can still function and be as normal as possible with a neurological condition.  Do as much research about it as you can, the more you know about your health condition, the better.

9.  The recession will hit the year you graduate and all of those promises that the college made you will be null and void.  You won’t find a job BUT (there’s always a but) you will take the leap and go back for your MBA.  No one can take away your education so don’t ever sell yourself short or think well I went to school for no reason.  You didn’t do it for anyone else BUT YOURSELF.  Also, to the people who put you down and said that you went to school for no reason and that they had better jobs than you, just walk away and never look back.  You want to surround yourself with positive energy and people who will lift you up.

10.  Getting engaged really young was a bad idea but a good example of lessons learned.  Next time around it’s getting done the right way.  The guy has to talk to my dad and get his blessing first.  I will not say yes until that happens.

11.  Making a serious move at 24 is scary and exciting. 1664 miles away from home, in Texas, alone, sucks when you get home sick.  So getting Lilly was a brilliant idea because you get puggle snuggles!  Oh well, Texas and I will see each other again one day.  One day I’ll have that dream house with the wrap around porch, swinging couch/rocking chair, and a mason jar filled with sweet tea in my hand on a nice summer night.  One day.

12.  Technology and social media are a big part of our lives.  I remember the days when the computer had commands on it.  Or even a time before MySpace and Facebook was still for College Students!

13.  The duck face was a bad judgment call.  Just smile in pictures.  Please.  You’re embarrassing your 26 year old self.

14.  Holding onto an ex and hoping for them to change is a waste of time and years.  There’s a reason why it didn’t work the first 3 times.

15.  Don’t let it take losing a friend to cancer to finally realize life is beautiful.  I always say I don’t have any regrets in life, but I guess the only one I regret is not seeing my friend more.  He lost his battle to cancer two weeks after we were celebrating my job offer.  I miss you.

16.  Don’t ever say “I can’t.”  You CAN and you WILL.

17.  You deserve better.  Don’t settle.  Seriously, just because you’re comfortable doesn’t mean it’s what you deserve.

18.  Work your ass off because there IS a light at the end of the tunnel and it is so worth this hard work.

19.  Don’t spend so much time on social media when you’re not doing blogging related things.

20.  Don’t stress so much about what others think, it’s so exhausting.  Honestly, I love myself and the person I’ve become.  All of the years of being made fun of I look back on it now and think, wow these people really missed out on an awesome friend.

21.  Having a family from another country rocks and ALWAYS be proud of that.  NEVER let anyone make you feel so terrible that you tell your parents you never want to speak Polish or talk about Poland again.  They came here with $5 in their pockets for you to have a better life.  You will crush them when you say those horrible things.  Always remember your roots.

22.  LISTEN TO YOUR PARENTS, especially your mom.  She’s almost always right.

23.  There will never be another SPICE GIRLS.  Girl groups have tried but there’s only one Spice Girls and they rocked my socks off.

24.  Namaste.

25.  Sushi is DELICIOUS.  

26.  I am strong.  My struggles, hardships, and good times have made me who I am today.  I am fearless.  If I would’ve said this two years ago I probably would’ve laughed at myself and instead of thinking all of this is happening for a reason I would say why me?  Now I look back on it and think that if I could go back and do this all over again, I would.  Everything that has happened up until this point was for a reason.  I personally think it has made me a more humble person, and I just understand everyone more.  I'm able to give advice from experience not just from theory.  All of this is to prepare me for my bigger life decisions in the future.  I hope to have a family and I hope to teach my future kids what my parents taught me and more.

Oh and a bonus number 27 is I know how to make a Super Nintendo game from the 90’s work!  That is a skill my future kids will never have the pleasure of knowing.


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  1. Loved reading each and every one of these, the lessons learned in life are so precious. Happy birthday!


  2. I love this! All very good points. These lessons help shape us and I'm glad you shared yours!

  3. NYC is my favorite! So fun!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire


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