20 Things I Wish I Knew in My Twenties

20 Things I Wish I Knew in My Twenties
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I am turning thirty this year and I am SO excited for this new chapter.

My twenties were filled with sweet, loving, sometimes really difficult, really beautiful memories that I want to bottle up and keep on a shelf somewhere to look back on.

Flashing back to when I turned twenty, I was at a in-state college that wasn’t working for me and decided to move closer to home. I didn’t know what I wanted to do or where to start, and that caused a lot of strain and stress in my life at that time.

Fast forward a couple of years and I am getting a completely different degree than I intended, and doing something creative I enjoy to this day. Since then I have experienced job lay offs, met a few nice and not so nice people, found my person, lived on my own for the first time, reinvented my personal style, changed my outlook on life, and now I am about to turn thirty!

A few things I wish I told myself in my twenties

  1. Your ideas, thoughts, and feelings matter. Stop letting people dismiss you.
  2. Love yourself first and the rest will follow.
  3. Your twenties are your finding years. Embrace where you are in life and stop looking for the next best thing (buying a home, new career)
  4. You can start over anytime and form new habits! (Healthy eating, working out, meditating…)
  5. Get money smart NOW. I have a blog post for that [Budgeting tips for every twenty-something]
  6. Try and not rely on credit cards, save and save for what you want with cash as best a possible!
  7. Student loans, they suck! I wish I saved more for paying these off before I needed to start paying them back.
  8. You don’t owe anyone anything. You don’t have to give anything away, your life, your mind, your time, none of it!
  9. Hold your family close and make as many memories as possible.
  10. Protect your skin!!! Moisturizing your face, neck, and hands early will most definitely pay off. Did you know your hands age faster than many other parts of your body?
  11. The comparison game is brutal. Stop it with trying to mimic the same old same old Instagram trends or aesthetic…do you!!
  12. Value experiences over material items. I can’t believe the junk I spent so much money on and now it has either been given or thrown away.
  13. Birthdays are going to feel different as you get older, embrace it!
  14. Start saving for your 401k early.
  15. You don’t know anything, does anybody ever do? Always strive to be the student.
  16. If you don’t like large house parties, say so, if you like them, go! Don’t force social interaction when you don’t want to do it.
  17. Self awareness will help you in understanding your habits and how you can change or enhance them for the better. Personal growth comes from within.
  18. Take care of yourself, whether it be mind or body. Do things that bring you joy. You deserve it!
  19. Say ‘yes’ more than you say ‘no’. Sometimes you need a push to get out of your comfort zone. Try new things and see what happens!
  20. Love every minute of every day, you don’t get it back.

Cheers to thirty! I am so excited for what my thirties hold. I am ready for this new chapter and can’t wait to share my new adventures!

More from my 30th birthday: Take a look at my 30th birthday party blog post and how I made DIY cake toppers.


Megan is the author behind M & Bee, helping almost thirty-somethings create simple & relatable recipes, productivity tips, and budget-friendly DIY ideas for your home and life.

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