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Six Things I Learned by Turning 26

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DRESS: ASOS (sold out, similar here and here) // BOOTS: Sam Edelman // SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban

Today I woke up 26, and it honestly hasn’t hit me until now that I am no in my “later” twenties…how did I get here so quickly?! I am so truly blessed to live the life God has created for me, and with each year I get more excited for all the blessings that await with each new age.

Before I go off to enjoy my day and eat lots of cake, I wanted to share six things I have learned from 26 six. I love how my birthday falls right after the new year for I am able to have more time to reflect on what it is I desire in the year ahead.

Your body is a temple. Growing up as a dancer, my body was always physically in shape- no matter how I ate. Maybe it was the non-stop movement or constantly being on go (I was the kid with 25 extra-curricular activities), I never had to worry about what I put into my body or how much I moved/worked out…until the past couple of years. Working full-time with two full-time businesses on the side is A LOT of stress on the body. Not to mention the lack of movement, sleep, and relaxation you get. This has hit me hard the past six months- constant back aches, feeling sluggish, and not in my best shape. I am going to take turning 26 as my mark to make it the year of balance and putting my body and mind’s needs first. I already have signed up for a yoga studio and will be starting Paleo come February.

Success comes in time. We live in a world of instant gratification these days where everything we want is at reach. I couldn’t be happier with where I am at in my businesses, but of course there is always the need for more. I am starting to learn to be here now and value the present. It’s about the journey, anyways!

Be true to you. Comparison is a hard feat not to get caught up in, especially when your job deals with social media. I’ve never been one to be scared to dive deep or get more personal, but in life and in my blog, it’s important to stay true to who I really am and not get caught up in what everyone else is doing and feeling like I should do the same!

Laugh more. Because life is way too short not to.

Save your money. This one has been ingrained in my head from my dad since I was five and asking for allowance, and it’s one of the best words of wisdom out there. Over the past few years, I’ve learned how to cut back and only spend my money on what I really need/want in order to make it to wear I want to be in both business and life.

Be kind, love always, and follow your heart. These have always been words I try and live my life by, and I truly feel I have encompassed all three.

Thank you so much for stopping by, it means so much to me!

Xo,

Odette