21 Things I Learned When I Was 20

I spent my 20th birthday weekend in Ibiza and Barcelona last year during study abroad and that’s when I knew it would be a good year. My 20th year was, in fact, a good year, but it also presented me with a lot of new challenges. Since my 19 Things I’ve Learned in 19 Years post was so popular, I thought I’d give this one a shot. Here are 21 things I learned during my 20th year…



Been M.I.A. because I turned 21 this weekend! 🎉🍾💕

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21 Things I Learned When I Was 20

  1. Ask for what you want.
  2. Do what you want. Graduate early, go to fashion week, do what makes you happy.
  3. Be a little bit of a Blair Waldorf sometimes, especially when it comes to fashion.
  4. Adulting is hard, but it’s worth it.
  5. Be vulnerable with people you care about.
  6. Find joy in little things like iced chai lattes and croissants.
  7. You have to fail more than a few times before you can succeed.
  8. Don’t be afraid to go to events by yourself. You never know who you will meet.
  9. Find a group of friends that make you laugh even when you’re sad.
  10. Don’t let other people’s issues hold you back. Go your own way.
  11. Living alone has its pros and cons.
  12. Always stand up for yourself.
  13. Let go of the things that you can’t control.
  14. Believe in something bigger than yourself and be endlessly thankful.
  15. Take on tasks that will make you a better person.
  16. Know that you don’t have to face life’s challenges alone.
  17. Be the bigger person.
  18. We all need to take a break or a little vacation sometimes. There is no shame in that.
  19. Remember the things that made you feel good or bad and learn from them.
  20. Listen to music that makes you smile.
  21. Be firey, unique, and filled with passion.

I hope you liked this post and THANK YOU for all the birthday wishes! 21 is a big year and as the youngest of my friend group, it was fun to celebrate in Chicago with them since I was never able to go out before.

Let me know which of my 21 things is your favorite in the comment section below.

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  1. April 9, 2018 / 8:03 am

    Lovely post! Points 7 and 12 really apply to me too! <3! Happy 21st belated B-day! <3

  2. April 9, 2018 / 8:04 am

    Hey girl, I can totally vibe with you. Specifically a little vacation or trip is truly refreshing to restart 🙂
    I loved it!!

  3. April 9, 2018 / 8:50 am

    19 is the one I relate the most. We have to embrace the bad to learn from it.

  4. April 9, 2018 / 10:43 am

    Great post and happy belated birthday! I’ve learned a lot of these things, but it’s so much harder to act on them.

    XO Steph


  5. Hannah
    April 10, 2018 / 11:47 am

    Barcelona sounds amazing! Loved #8 – Don’t be afraid to go to events by yourself. You never know who you will meet. – so true!!! Great post!

  6. April 10, 2018 / 1:03 pm

    Love this list! #9 has been so important to me, especially recently. Happy late birthday!

    xoxo, Cecilia // sunnysidececilia.com

  7. April 10, 2018 / 4:33 pm

    Happy happy birthday lovely! I love number 8 and it is something I have learned this year as well… now I’m just struggling to be confident enough to do it often! Hopefully I will get there before my next birthday 🙂

  8. May 1, 2018 / 4:00 am

    Hehe I loved #3 – happy birthday girly! I hope 21 brings you everything you wish for and more!

  9. Elizabeth Seal
    May 25, 2018 / 11:15 am

    Aw loved this so much, I hope you had a wonderful birthday!! It gets weirder and weirder after 21, turning 22 and 23 haha xD such awesome advice and I’m loving your blog! xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (I would love to follow each other on bloglovin if you like :D)

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