20 THINGS I DID IN MY 20S THAT ARE BEARING FRUITS IN MY 30S
Not in any particular order
Became a homeowner.
Aim to read one book per month (I carry a book and read whenever I have to wait. For example, I’d pick my brother up from work and take my mom to appointments … all my waiting was joyously spent reading. I look forward to waiting.) Note: authors reference authors – look them up and build your collection. You are collecting ideas from a circle of like-minded people.
Keep a notebook handy to record ideas/new things learned + record the books you’ve read/audiobooks.
“What is the most effective use of my time?” – a common question I asked myself whenever I felt I was not progressing. To bring awareness into my daily activities
Care for your immediate family – maintain and build/grow that relationship. If your sibling(s) look to you for advice or confirmation before you turn down an idea, be supportive before creating obstacles.
Invest in self-growth. The saying goes, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Go outside this circle with books/conversations/podcasts/sermons always with an open mind because every interaction has something to teach you.
Use your birthday to represent your “New Year,” reflect your yearly accomplishments – and do not compare your wins or failures to anyone else.
Aesthetically -- Take care of your teeth/skin/hair first before investing in clothing or shoes.
Practice being aware of your breath as often as you can. (I learned this from Eckhart Tolle)
Never indulge in food/drinks with negative thoughts. You will eat your words and food, becoming precisely what you are saying.
Make a vision board and look at it regularly.
Travel – whenever you can.
Practice self-discipline. (Dandapani has excellent advice on this)
Have an “all is well” mindset– good or bad, ups and down, all is well. Nothing is forever.
Remember: time is finite. Spend it well.
Know your boundaries; know how you are allowing someone to treat you.
Learn minor homeowner skills like replacing a light fixture or minor plumbing.
Make mistakes (they’re inevitable) and then learn from them.
Love. Love every day.