25 Things I Learned at 25

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It feels like only yesterday that I posted the things I learned and realized in my 24 years of living. But here we are again. Happy Birthday to me! We have reached the amazing number 25. I'm truly excited for what this time will bring and grateful for everything that I have gone through in the past year.

The previous year was filled with law school stress and triumphs, realizations, the Covid pandemic, and heartbreak. No matter what happened, I'm glad I've reached this point in my life. I'm about to enter my last year in law school so it is safe to say that 25 will be an intense year-- studying all night, maybe drown myself in coffee again (haven't had coffee in months), get my degree, review for the bar, take the bar, pass the bar, get that ATTY. and live happily ever after. That's the plan (career-wise, anyway).

I've got quite the journey ahead so it is nice to reflect on all the lessons and realizations I have gone through and experienced in the past years.


My Birthday Cake 2021. Happy 25th!

  1. Appreciate your small circle. It's better than a group of people who randomly come and go.
  2. Do not give anyone your sunshine when all they bring into your life is rain.
  3. The world is cruel and some people may not show you respect or consideration but don't allow their negativity to harbor in your safe space.
  4. Remember to be kind. Kindness goes a long way. 
  5. In difficult situations, look at the bright side and learn and move on from the rest.
  6. Your past does not define you. When you remember the past, do not be afraid or ashamed. Be empowered and grateful that you have realized the wrong and choose to become a better version of yourself.
  7. It is never too late to change yourself for the better.
  8. When you have a dream, work hard and persistently for it. You may grow tired and anxious but don't give up. You are so close.
  9. You are not difficult to love.
  10. You are and always will be worth it.
  11. You are not broken. You are healing and becoming whole when you choose yourself and your personal growth each day.
  12. The pain is temporary and you will smile again.
  13. Do not argue with close-minded or stupid people. The stress and frustration is not worth it.
  14. Find happiness and contentment in yourself before looking for it in other people.
  15. Do not apply retinol or chemical exfoliant on your neck for more than 2 days in a row.
  16. Sunscreen is still your best friend.
  17. Even just 2 hours of reading a day can make a difference. Hit the books!
  18. Be humble and grateful for every blessing and lesson that comes your way.
  19. Embrace your loved ones and appreciate each chance you get to be with them.
  20. Kimchi is so good! 
  21. You can survive without coffee.
  22. You can survive without milk tea.
  23. Studying with flashcards is actually an effective learning tool for me. Who knew?
  24. The greatest ingredients to any journey are honesty and intent.
  25. When you wake up and can't love yourself as a whole, choose one thing about yourself and focus your love and attention on that. One day, you will wake up and love and appreciate every little thing about yourself.
Thank you for reading and being a part of this journey! What are the things you've learned this year? Share them in the comments below or leave a link for others to read.

x Bella

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