Here is a phrase seemingly used in every other story or blog post: “twenty-somethings.” Gag, right? But I guess there’s no better way to categorize a generation, a decade of people. And while generally speaking, lumping generations together in a hyperbolic fashion is a quick way to receive fiery comments and anger, I think there’s something to the art of learning how to live best in the age you are.
Paul Angone recently released 101 Secrets for Life in Your 20s – and after I read it on my recent vacation to Hawaii, my dad picked it up and read through it, too. He is not 20 (sorry Dad) but he did also enjoy the book. There’s something to be said for a compilation of really witty ideas accompanied by short stories and my dad and I both appreciated Paul’s brevity and direct nature. The format of the book makes it an easy read and it’s a book you keep around for refresher reads – you know, the books on your nightstand you pick up and re-read on the nights you can’t sleep.
Here’s some of the best tips on living a good life where you are (especially if where you are is in your 20s) from 101 Secrets and other sources:
- Secret #71: God wants writing partners. God wants you to banter back and forth with Him, dream the next plotline – heck, even argue with Him about what you should happen next because you’re so passionate about the story you are writing together. I don’t think God wants us to just watch our own life.
- Don’t be defined by what you didn’t know or didn’t do.
- Listen to people who are smarter than you, who can give you advice on relationships and life. (Check out all the videos from Quarter Life Conference)
- Secret #76: No one knows what they’re doing. Don’t wait to feel like you have what it takes before you try. Don’t wait for confidence before you move. You’ll be surprised how quickly an act becomes a reality.
- If all else fails, listen to good music. I love songs that give me perspective, make me feel like someone else gets it or simply make me dance. And if you’re sad? There’s songs for those times too.
I received an advance copy of Paul Angone’s new book in exchange for my honest review. Honestly, I suggest this book for two reasons: I like lists and this is a great list. And I like perspective, and this makes you think about who you are and how your life is going.
Pick up your copy from Amazon here or Barnes and Noble here. Tweet Paul and let him know what you think!
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Hello, happy almost July!
June was busy, fun and a change. I spent my first full month in my new apartment, attempted to eat mostly paleo and failed and took a few roadtrips to celebrate friends and family. Because this is my blog I obviously think any thoughts I have I need to share with you. Here are a few things I thought in June.
- Summer means sprinkle ice cream cones every day. The first half of June I thought of sprinkles very often because we celebrated national donut day at work with Hypnotic Donuts, where naturally I had a ‘homer’ (strawberry glaze, 1,000 sprinkles) and therefore craved sprinkles the remainder of the month. My only satisfaction came with this beauty.
- Someone leads you to believe, as a teenager, your acne will go away as you age. This is entirely false, 100 percent untrue. I have the worst face and I’m mid-20’s. True story I get carded at rated-R movies
- The same person who lies to you about your teenage acne is the same person who lies to you about your teenage friends and how it’s a phase for people to hurt your feelings. Sometimes, no one grows up and you still do not get invited to Ashley’s slumber party when everyone else does and you are all twenty five so it shouldn’t matter but it does.
- I discovered I pay (paid) nearly $140 a month for cable and internet. And then I thought, WAIT I AM POOR. So I remedied the situation by switching to AT&T, where surely my bill will always be incorrect and my costs will hike tremendously next June when my contract ends. Take that, cable bill.
- On the same note, I lived in my apartment four weeks before watching Netflix which is a sentence meant to tell you I was incredibly busy in June and worked a lot.
- Speaking of work, there have been a number of days in June where I feel schooled when I get home. I reflect on the day and realized I learned at least 347 new things, from different people. Sometimes I am in awe of the brain power surrounding me at this job. Then my brain turns to mush as I cook a quasi-paleo meal and perhaps drink wine. It’s all about balance.
- There are many days where many things need to happen and there are some days you do not put on shoes and you spend time laying on the grass staring at clouds. Make sure you do both of those days regularly.
- My schedule was pretty packed in June and remains this way through September. One weekend I drove out to the lakehouse to meet my family and it rained – and I took three naps in one day and did not wear pants (I mean, I had on a bathing suit) and ate a lot of queso. My dog barked at 1,000 duckies. My soul felt better. I thought how important margin is in your life in order for your soul to breathe.
- I cannot stop scrolling through Rich Kids of Instagram. I want to interview these children and make a mashup of ridiculous thoughts they have in their tiny expensive brains.
- Since I’m currently in my 20’s, it is fun for me to read about others in their twenties. Mostly when they mess up and find a way to figure out the humor in it all….which is why I love Paul and his new book “101 Secrets for Life in Your Twenties.” Even if you’re a bit past your 20’s, Paul was some wit and humor in there anyone could benefit from digesting. Need an example? Here is one of my favorite ‘secrets’: “Obsessive Comparison Disorder is the smallpox of our generation. Nine out of 10 doctors agree this disorder is the leading cause to eating two boxes of Girl Scout cookies while watching The Bachelor.” #guilty.
Liked my June things? Head over to Emily’s link-up and read a lot of lessons learned in June.
As for me, I’m going to Hawaii.