26 THINGS I LEARNED BEFORE TURNING 26 - BIRTHDAY BLOG

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Up until last year, birthdays were a surface level experience for me. The attention and validation that surrounded my birthday was everything. Then last year, life slapped me sideways and I gained an entirely different perspective on life. 

Last year (my 25th bday), for the first time, my birthday meant the world to me. I appreciated what I had gone through and I reflected on that growth. I congratulated myself on another trip around the sun and was so thankful for another 365 days to do it again with more intention and purpose

The past 365 days were some of the hardest of my life because I finally started to work on me from the inside out. I called myself out on my bullshit, stared my insecurities in the face, and confronted my toxic behavior.  We still have a long way to go, but she’s progressing!

Funny enough, some of you have pointed out that “something is different” about me. It could be the squats lol, but I’ve also learned to really love myself through it all and I think that radiates a new energy. 

My birthday wishes this year are to continue tapping into the best version of myself, become more confident about being self employed, be of service to others, and allow it to be reciprocated, oh- and make more SCHMONEY than I ever have:) 

In the meantime, I have 365 clean pages to create my future and that is the best birthday present. 

26 LESSONS:

  1. Save work periodically before the WIFI craps out and induces an emotional meltdown over an 8 page article that is now lost in the internet universe…#notbitteroranything

  2. Before I can expect others to believe in me, I have to be my biggest believer

  3. When “negative” things show up in life, instead of reacting, ask “what is this teaching me”

  4. Lemon water every morning

  5. You’re allowed to cry for a little, you’re not allowed to sulk

  6. Words are powerful

  7. Mean people are just in pain

  8. A relationship means BOTH parties have to benefit

  9. It’s okay to take the compliment AND believe it

  10. The world still turns if you take the day off

  11. Stand up comedy is basically medicine

  12. Don’t go if you don’t want to go

  13. Diets will never work for me , but lifestyle changes will

  14. Your 5 closest friends are reflections of you

  15. Eat the dark leafy greens…just do it

  16. Stick to your rate

  17. Don’t read the comments LOL

  18. Cardi B, Camila Cabelo, Ariana Grande, and I share DNA apparently (tik tok joke lol)

  19. Dogs will teach you about unconditional love after you somehow end up cuddling them after they eat your $4,000 check

  20. Read a book

  21. Call Mom & Dad more

  22. Texting isn’t my thing

  23. “If you ain’t got haters, you ain’t poppin”

  24. If you can see it, you can have it

  25. Cheat day feels really good when you worked hard for it

  26. Be present

-B

Bria Jones