A couple weeks ago, I officially turned 29 years old! One year older means one year wiser right? Well, to prove it, let me share a few pieces of my own personal advice to start off the new year (and my birthday) right! Though they may seem pretty basic, sometimes we need a little reminder…

  • Invest in everything. Yourself, your friends & family, stocks, good shoes, and your health. When I was poor and in college, buying cheap things were acceptable. Now that I actually have a respectable career, it’s time to in thing things that can help my quality of life. It’s not worth it anymore to buy that cheap ass dress I only wear once, but instead, invest in pieces that I can wear again and again. [P.S. Just bought myself a NEW car on NYE!!]
  • Set goals & reward yourself. I love attention when I accomplish something, even when i’m giving it to myself. Whether it’s a pat on the back, an ice cream, or a trip, I’ll make sure to have something to look forward to. The most important thing is to have an end goal in mind and work backwards towards accomplishing it. Make mini goals within your bigger ones and you’ll complete it in no time! Just make sure you set realistic ones.
  • Travel. I’m making it a point to travel more, even if it’s 2 hours away. Ever since I studied abroad in undergrad, i’ve always had a greater appreciation for a new surrounding and new culture. There’s always so much more to learn, to explore, and to just get away. When there’s so much to see, why stay in one place for long? Oh, and make sure you try to local food. Yes, I basically plan my trip around food…
  • Be happy. You are in charge of your own life. If you’re miserable about something, you have the power to make it better instead of complaining all the time. Find a solution to help you solve your problems and don’t hesitate to reach out to your network for help.
  • Stop comparing yourself to others. Sometimes, social media is the most dangerous tool because it allows you to see all the great accomplishments of all your friends that may leave you feeling hopeless. But, you should do everything at your own pace and you will eventually accomplish your own goals. Instead, look back at what you’ve already achieved so far and use that as motivation to do more.

There’s probably a bunch more advice I can give, but I want to focus on these because these are the ones I’ll be focusing on this year. I never want to have any regrets, but I always want to keep learning. I hope that you can adapt some of my values or make up your own to create a happy and successful year!

Can this lead you to finding your peanut butter??

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