24 Things I’ve Learned at 24

My daughter is guest posting today!!

I’m so excited to have her as a visiting writer.

(Especially since she’s a professional in the literary world!)

This is the second of a two part series.

Last week, I wrote Part I which was titled 24 Things I Wish I Could Tell My 24 Year Old Self.

By the way, my daughter and I wrote each of our posts individually without consulting each other.

We laughed when we realized how many similarities there are between them.

Those of you who know us both, can attest to the fact we have a lot of mother/daughter similarities.

(P.S.  I’m hoping I can convince her to visit us here at Twenty Four at Heart now and again in the future.)

Guest Post by:  Taylor, age 24.

24 Things I’ve Learned at 24 (in no particular order)

1.     Apartment location is key. Dishwashers, washers & dryers, and windows that actually open and close are luxuries only found in mythical lands.

2.     Savings accounts are for the things that matter. Like travelling. Er, I mean, the future…

3.     Some things are worth spending money on. (Hanky Pankys, for instance.)

4.     Mental health breaks are invaluable—a change of scenery, a good book, and yoga make a world of difference.

5.     90% of all problems can be solved (slash forgotten about) at girl’s night.

6.     It’s impossible to compare yourself to your “peers,” because everyone is doing something so vastly different from everyone else at this point, that there’s really not even a base line.

7.     It actually is possible to find a job you love.

8.     Your best friends will spread out all over the country/world. You should stay in touch—they’re worth it.

9.     It still is (and probably always will be) impossible not to feel cool while ordering a martini.

10.   Tax forms just don’t make sense. Fill ’em in and hope for the best.

11.   Parents are kind of wonderful. Somewhere along the way they became your friends and confidants. (And for some reason their advice is so much better now than it was 10 years ago.)

12.   Golden retrievers are the best dogs (and friends) in the world

13.   Living in a city in your 20s is so.much.fun.

14.   Healthy eating and exercise really do make you feel better. Of course, so does chocolate. Hence the healthy eating and exercise.

15.  Success isn’t measured in grades, degrees, or awards, like it was in school. Hard work does not necessarily correlate with more money, a promotion, or anything else. As long as you’re happy, and challenging yourself, the details don’t matter.

16.  It’s a small world, and it pays off to make good first impressions.

17.  It really is amazing how much can change in a year. Jobs, relationships, cities, apartments…

18.  The more time you spend outside, the happier you will be. (Exception: Boston in the winter)

19.  Every once in a while it’s fun to be girly: get dressed up, wear heels, put on lipgloss. The rest of the time, it’s best to wear flip flops.

20.  College really was as great as everyone said it would be. But the “real world” isn’t so bad either.

21.  Hosting a dinner party is one of the best ways to spend a Friday night.

22.  Keeping flowers in the house guarantees happiness when you walk in the door.

23.  Picking out the perfect gift for someone is infinitely better than receiving one of your own.

24.  I totally get why my mom loved this whole being 24 thing…

5 Responses to “24 Things I’ve Learned at 24”

  1. Missy

    Great observations Taylor. You are both very insightful and welcome to 24!

  2. Suzanne

    Sigh … she really is my daughter.
    Flip Flops and all!
    : )
    Good Job, Tay!

  3. Karen

    I still feel cool ordering a martini and I completely agree about the tax forms!
    Waving to Twenty Four’s daughter!

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