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I can officially proclaim that I’m having a quarter-life crisis. Yes, I turned 25 this past Saturday. But with this crisis (job? life direction? where to live?), I’ve also acquired quite a bit of advice from my parents, friends and loved ones as well as through my travel and life experiences. Without further ado, here are 25 lessons from 25 years.

1. Always smile. It will make you feel better and it will make everyone around you feel better.

2. CARPE DIEM. Seriously, seize every day.

3. Plan…but not too much. I’m a planner, 100% a planner. But make sure to be flexible enough when your plans change, especially your life plans.

4. Don’t make someone a priority who only makes you an option.

5. Never dumb yourself down for a man/woman.

6. Taylor Swift has written a song for nearly every emotion and feeling.

7. Laughter really is the best medicine.

8. Scars are sexy.

9. Never compromise your dreams and ambitions for a man/woman.

10. No one asks your grades after university so stop stressing so much. Your grades matter for graduate programs but not for jobs.

11. Stay curious. Ask as many questions as possible. Always wonder.

12. Have compassion for all people, especially people in service industries. You are no better than anyone else.

13. Always be excited for the small things in life.

14. Call you mom and dad and grandparents.

15. Write Christmas cards. It is a great way to stay in contact with family and friends.

16. Always listen to your mom (she told me to write that…so obviously I had to listen to her!)

17. Follow your gut instinct. I can’t even count how many times my gut instinct has been correct!

18. Make sure to send thank you notes for gifts, hospitality, and anything else that might require it.

19. You can’t rationalize an irrational person (thanks for this one dad!)

20. Buy good clothing. Stop buying cheap H&M and invest in good staples (might I suggest J.Crew?! haha)

21. Read as much as possible and as often as possible.

22. Always ask. I have received so many opportunities in life just by asking for them!

23. Find a hobby. It doesn’t matter what it is but find a hobby and stick with it.

24. Better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. Especially true for umbrellas (useful advice from grandma!)

25. Travel as often and as much as possible. I just hit my 35th country with plans to reach 50 countries by 30 years old!


  1. I absolutely love this. I want to add one more: As a parent you know you have succeeded when your child becomes an inspiration to the parent.

    xoxoxo Dad

    PS: Thanks for being my inspiration

  2. Happy birthday Jordan, I bet you had a blast! And your mom is right haha, loved all these lessons. All are so on point!

  3. Happy birthday to you!! I know you’ve been having some crazy wonderful days lately, so I hope your quarter life crisis isn’t too bad ;) Yes to all of these! I need to do better on #s 22 & 23.

  4. Happy 25! Love this list. I’m always working on the grandparents for #14. And your dad’s comment above… The best. ????????????????????????

  5. Happy birthday! So many lessons in 25 years! I can’t believe you’ve already been to 35 countries! So impressive, girl!

  6. Your dad’s comment is seriously the best. Good luck reaching 50 by 30. I’m aiming for 30 by 30. 3 years to go (that’s scary).

  7. hahah! omg I love you! I literally burst into laughter when I saw #20. “might I suggest…” you kill me! happy birthday again girlfriend! xoxo

  8. “Always ask.” This has been a motto of mine. Not really sure where I got it actually. What is the worst case scenario if you do ask? You might get a no, but you might get a yes. Asking took me to the East Coast where I met my husband. Asking got me a job, many times over. Asking got me professional development, pay raises, new classroom furniture, the list goes on and on. Other will say, “Why do you always get to go…?” Or “why do you always get new….?” I asked!

  9. 25 birthdays and 25 wishes for the next 25 years. You will almost be the President by then (Repubican!) Hurry up, so l will still be around! I love you, and your family, Jo

  10. happy belated birthday, hope you had an amazing day. This is a beautiful post and amen to #14!

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