Surprise! I know it has been a while since I have posted but I am finally back to share and update you all on everything that has been going on since I last posted. For a while now I have been trying to figure out how I would explain my absence and what I would even say. As most of you know, my birthday is my favorite time of the year and I am coming to the end of a milestone age that I thought this would be the perfect time to re-emerge.
So, the last post I did was leading up to my 25th birthday and each birthday I always take the time to reflect on my life and re-access the things in it. This time last year I felt like I was on top of the world. I started with a new company, my friendships and love life were flourishing and for a while I felt completely whole. Unfortunately, not long after my 25th birthday one of those things that made me whole was no longer a part of my life.
This change took me some time to get used to and I wish I could say that my day to day life was as fabulous as my instagram would make you believe, but that definitely was not the case. My family and I suffered from very personal losses, one we knew was coming but the other was unexpected loss that none of us saw coming.
Last year was difficult at times but thankfully I was able to experience some amazing things and be a part of some life-changing memories as well. I’m so glad to be back to doing what I love most and share with you all what I learned
during my quarter-life crisis at 25.
25 Things I’ve Learned at 25
- Bad news: A lot can change in a year. Good news: A lot can change in a year.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for more.
- Once you hit twenty-five, tequila hits you a little harder.
- Coffee is everything. Don’t listen to anyone who tells you otherwise.
- Don’t be around people who put you down or drain your spirits. You deserve better company.
- Always listen to your intuition. You often know the answer before you even realize it.
- Always be curious. When you assume you know things, you close yourself off to opportunities.
- Self-awareness is an underrated and undervalued skill.
- Skincare first, makeup second. Take your makeup off every night, and always moisturize!
- Take a risk and go down a completely different road from everyone else.
- The solution to most problems is a hot shower and a good cry. Also, it’s okay to cry in the bathroom at work when everyone and everything is frustrating you. Hiding under your desk is also acceptable.
- This one was hard for me but, don’t worry about getting all of the details set in stone immediately. Part of the fun is letting things unravel as you go.
- Embrace your weirdness. I am so freakin’ weird and yet people still want to be my friend (for the most part). Authenticity is always in style, so don’t hold back the quirky things that make
- Some people will bring out the worst in you. Some the best. And others, the most. Hold on tightly to the ones who bring out the most.
- You don’t owe anyone an explanation. If someone doesn’t understand the reasoning behind your actions, you do not have to justify them.
- Children and dogs are the best creatures on earth. They lighten up anything or anyone.
- Do what you love, love what you do. You spend the majority of your life working, so it’s better if it’s something you like doing.
- Help and give as much as you can. It is honestly the purest form of joy!
- Your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have.
- Aiming for excitement is more practical than aiming for happiness.
- You can’t grow without painful self-reflection. Self-reflection is uncomfortable. But the only way to make real progress in our personal growth is through being honest with ourselves.
- Being pretty is temporary. Being beautiful? That’s forever. Fill yourself up with real beauty. With knowledge and sights and adventures and experiences. And be kind to others. That’s what makes you truly beautiful.
- It’s completely ok to change your mind. It’s okay to pivot. It’s okay to stop going down a path that was once your truth and no longer feels aligned.
- Having a following on social media comes with serious downsides. As an influencer, you have your own personal brand that you treat very much like a business. As such, the lines between being “real” and branding are very, very blurry.
- Everyone will have something to say about the choices that you make but nobody actually cares. What does that mean at the end of the day? Go ahead, be you.
If you guys want to read more about the lessons I’ve learned, just let me know in the comments and I’ll write another list!
Also, what are some of your favourite lessons you’ve learned in your life?
Melissa Hill says
Beautiful article Sydni. So proud of you
Leanne Wong says
What a nice read. Enjoyed reading your reflections and thoughts!
Thank you so much for reading!
Adriana Renee says
Yes to all of this! I just turned 26 and I feel like I learned a lot at 25. Changing your mind is such a freeing thing. A lot of things change and you just never know so it’s okay to do.
Yes I went through a lot at 25 so I’m glad that I was able to share my thoughts.
Geeky Daddy says
I like your list. I thought about doing one of these list when I turned 40, but I quickly found out that I haven’t learned much in my 4 decades of life…
Haha we are all always still learning! Thanks for the comment!
I love this so much! i have been thinking about doing one of these posts for a little while now! also, love your entire blog.
Omg you’re the sweetest! Thank you so much!
I’m definitely going to make a post like this for my 25th !! Loved your post
It was a great post for self-reflection! Thank you!
The best part of aging is the lessons we learn along the way! I honestly never thought about getting older until I hit 30! But I am loving each new season of life, sounds like you are too!
joy abou zeid says
Enjoyed reading this xx some of these statements are really inspirational, I learned the hard way to let go of toxic people!!
Great article! Inspired me to make a list of my own what I have learned at 30!
Madi Rowan says
Loved reading this! Such good advice to anyone!!
-madi xo | http://www.everydaywithmadirae.com
These are all good! I like #12, that’s something that I need to keep in mind often.
Love #22 fill up on experiences, don’t get caught up in looks and be nice. The world needs more of that
June Perera says
I am very impressed with what you have learned in 25 years. Soon I will be celebrating 75 years and glad that I know one can learn from even a child. I’ve certainly learned a few things from my two year old grandson and from his 39 year old mother who has said if you want to do something just go ahead and do it. Just maybe, I had something to do with putting that thought into her head. I joined the Foreign Service to see the world. I did see a lot but it was my last post because it was there that I met her father. ❤️🌴
You are a wise woman at 25! Such helpful advice!
Paige Bainbridge says
This is a great list. I especially like #1, #19, and #25. Good nuggets of wisdom! –Paige Bainbridge (paigebainbridge.com)
i did a similar list for my 25 and i love looking back to see what i learned 🙂
Coffee is really everything ahaha