February 16, 2013

What Advice Would I Give My 20-Year-Old Self...

I'd like to think I would have appreciated a list of potential roadblocks and well-intended suggestions a few decades ago that may have made life a bit easier to navigate.  Although, if you ask my husband, he would probably say that I don't necessarily accept friendly recommendations well.  In other words, I don't like being told what to do!  Which is why, like many strong-willed women, I seem to learn things the hard way.  Regardless, I have compiled a list of quotes and thoughts I have gleaned along the way.  In retrospect, I wish I would have committed them to memory about 25 years ago...

~ Don't waste your time on revenge or negative thoughts because it depletes your energy.  Let karma take care of those who hurt you.

~ Today a reader~tomorrow a leader.

~ Life doesn't always give you second chances, so don't let the first one slip by.

~ Don't compare yourself to other women.

~ Listen to your gut.  It will always tell you the truth.

~ Winners never quit and quitters never win.

~ People always reveal themselves so pay attention.  Sometimes it comes with a bang and other times in a whisper.

~ If you are fortunate enough to be quirky and different, embrace it.

~ Let the past remain in the past.

~ Movies and books are works of fiction.  Don't compare yourself to either.

~ Work harder than everyone else.

~ Pay your credit cards off every month.

~ Recognize the quote "he's just not that into you."  It will save you so much time analyzing someone who's just not that into you.

~ If it's meant to happen, it will happen.

~ Don't worry!  It will not make bad things or good things happen.

~ A good friend is a great gift.

~ Laugh often.

~ Sometimes you just need to have a "F#@k it" attitude when you find yourself holding on too tight.

~ If you're wrong, say your sorry.

~ If something doesn't work, maybe it's not meant to be.

~ Nobody is perfect.

~ Beauty comes from within.

~ With that said...never go to bed with your makeup on.

~ Tough days often make for an excellent story.

~ Spend time with those who celebrate your presence.

~ Go beyond your limitations.

~ Learn from failure.  It builds character.

~ Well-behaved women rarely make history.


  1. Even if you threw those quotes in my face when I was a youth, I wouldn't listen anyway, until it was too late. Young brains aren't always cut out for being sensible, haha ha ha
    Love the quotes though, I could do with some of them right now in my life.

  2. Lots of good insights; incorporating them is always the difficult thing.

  3. Love them all but my favorite is "if it's meant to happen, it will happen". I live my life with the mindset that everything happens for a reason... the good and the bad. I agree with Rum-Punch Drunk.. when I was a teenager or in my early twenties, I probably would have scoffed at an adult giving me advice. It's amazing how much you DON'T know at that age, and how much you THINK you do know.

  4. Love all the comments! Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and contribute to the conversation!

  5. Something to remember for today....

    Recognize the quote "he's just not that into you." It will save you so much time analyzing someone who's just not that into you.

    I just can't seem to incorporate that into my life.