20 Things in 20 Years

My 20th birthday is April 24th.  Here are 20 things I have learned during my 20 years of life:

  1. Always buy running shoes a half size larger than you think you need.
  2. The pod-style laundry detergent goes into the actual barrel of the washing machine, not in the pull out slot for liquid detergent. On a similar vein, never put Dawn liquid dish soap in the dishwasher.
  3. Build a repertoire of basic hygiene habits.  Showering on a regular basis makes people like you.  I’m looking at you, middle school Ally.
  4. You don’t need any particular face shape to pull off a short haircut.  A pixie cut looks good on everyone.
  5. Buying items of better quality beats out a cheaper cost.  A $20 umbrella outlives ten $5 ones.
  6. Cultivating good study skills saves a world of headaches once you reach an academic level that requires constant, sustained effort.
  7. Use the fewest number of words that conveys your point effectively.
  8. Starting is the hardest part.  Make that leap.
  9. A crotchet hook is awesome for getting loose yarn woven back into a sweater.
  10. Learn marketable skills outside of the academic context. Whether its audio production, crafts, writing, or whatever–knowing how to do things with your hands is invaluable.
  11. Audio books are surprisingly easy to make and are a nice gesture.
  12. Never buy birthday cards.  Draw your own.
  13. Give away more items than you accumulate.
  14. Learn to speak and write effectively.  Good communication skills opens more doors than raw talent.
  15. Putting on a dress takes 0.5 seconds and looks effortlessly put together.
  16. You don’t have to shave your legs if you son’t want to.  You don’t have to shave anything if you don’t want to. If you do that’s fine too.
  17.  Avocado, mango, and peach pits do not belong in the garbage disposal.
  18. Makeup is bad for your skin.  Get used to how your actual face looks so when you put on makeup for a special occasion you’ll have nice clear skin.
  19. Change pillowcases every three or four days, change bed sheets weekly.
  20. Your relationship with yourself is the most meaningful one you will develop.  Be sure it is a healthy and happy one.
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