28 Facts of Life from a 28 Year-Old
Happy birthday to me! I’m sitting here, typing this on my Dad’s computer, at my parents’ home in New Hampshire. And it’s my birthday! Honestly, this birthday doesn’t feel like too much of a big deal. 28 is not a super exciting age, but it’s not a “tough” one either. Remember when you were growing up and you always thought you would wake up feeling older? Well, outside of my husband jokingly telling me I aged overnight, I don’t feel all that different.
Anyways, I just wanted to pop on here and share a quick post. Kind of a combination of 28 facts about me and 28 things I’ve learned in my 28 years on this planet. Do we have anything in common? Anything else you would say you’ve learned recently? Let me know in the comments below 🙂
28 Facts from My 28 Years
1. Hangry is a real emotion. Ha! Just ask my husband. Or my mother. When I was growing up, my mom used to carry snacks for me to prevent a breakdown. To this day, I have to eat frequently and I definitely keep food on hand at all times. The grumpiness is real when I have not eaten in a while. Check out some of my favorite snacks here.
2. Speaking of food, I love cooking and baking. I don’t tend to use recipes with cooking. I just throw a little of this, a little of that, and hope it turns out okay. Baking, on the other hand, 100% requires a recipe and even then I can still mess it up.
3. But, after I am done cooking, please don’t ask me to also do the dishes. My husband does those, and that division of chores was established as soon as we moved in together. If there is one thing I’ve learned in this, that is to divide responsibility evenly and stick with it. Hold your partner accountable and life will be a lot easier.
4. I am not a cuddler. Sorry to my husband, who is. I can cuddle for about 5 minutes, but after that, I feel completely smothered. Same with holding hands. I prefer quick, frequent bursts of affection.
5. Again on that theme, my love language is “acts of service.” I highly, highly recommend you all read “The Five Love Languages.” You will learn so much about yourself and your partner. If my husband does the dishes or gets my oil changed, I feel so much more appreciated/loved than if he were to give me a hug. Know yourself so you can help others get to know how to make you feel good.
6. I come from a large family. I have 3 siblings, but aside from that, I have about 40 first cousins! I’m looking forward to the next decade of family weddings. Ha!
7. When it comes to driving, acknowledge whether or not you are actually any good. In general, I feel like I’m a pretty good driver and I think my husband would agree. However, I know that I get road rage, and therefore, Jarrett drives any time we are in New York or Connecticut. Also, I know I cannot parallel park, and I hate reversing… so I got a back-up camera in my car and saved myself a lot of stress.
8. I have two kitties, whom I love dearly. Get yourself a pet. It will teach you responsibility and you get to experience unconditional love.
9. But, I also want a giant dog! Think great dane or mastiff. Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve wanted a dog like Nana from Peter Pan. I have this idea in my head that the dog will wrangle all my future children. 🙂
10. I am not the most competitive person, until it comes to board games. I may have flipped a board once or twice in my life… nothing recent though, I swear!
11. I consider myself a pro at road trips. Growing up, we drove to vacations frequently, and now that I live in Virginia, my husband and I make the 10+ hour trip like its a trip to the grocery store. I’ve got it down to a science and you can read about my essentials here.
12. Traveling is one of my biggest passions. The act of physically getting somewhere is not my favorite, but the destination is always worth it to me. I do think you need to know what type of travel you enjoy though! My husband and I like to balance relaxing with adventure. Neither of us could sit on a beach for a week. But that might be right up your alley! Check out my travel posts here.
13. Lists are a necessity in my life! I love keeping organized by writing lists, and get so much satisfaction from crossing things off. In fact, I have a list in my iphone notepad of tasks I need to do every day. Like drink a certain amount of water, clean the litter, etc. Yes, it is there to keep me accountable, but honestly, I just like the sense of accomplishment when my list is all marked off.
14. Photography is a hobby that I would like to pursue further. I cannot wait to get a professional digital camera and would love to take an actual photography class. If you have any tips, let me know!
15. Horseback riding is another hobby of mine, and one that I have not done in years. Every time I get back on a horse, most recently on our honeymoon, I am reminded how much I love it. There is a certain sense of freedom that I feel while riding and it definitely brings me clarity. A goal is to get back to riding regularly. Pursue your passions, people!
16. I used to run an Instagram account of my cats. I am only mildly ashamed, and you can check it out here!
17. I am a planner by nature. When it comes to vacations, parties, etc., I am on top of it and thoroughly enjoy the details process. I cannot say the same about my wedding. Did I love certain aspects of planning? Yes. Would I want to do it again? I’ll pass.
18. Routine is my jam and I feel thrown off when I can’t have it. I do the same thing every morning before work, and it sets my day off on a positive note. Same with right before bed. Routine helps keep my mind organized, when I feel like I have a million and one things running through it.
19. Speaking of routine, I have been eating the same breakfast for at least the last two months. Oatmeal cooked with egg whites and chia seeds. Topped with peanut butter, mini chocolate chips, banana slices, and strawberries. Try it. You will not regret it.
20. I am much more of a sweet vs. savory person. I never reach for a bag of chips, but will gladly take a second chocolate chip cookie. Learn your cravings and what food you enjoy so you can work it into your diet without going overboard. Don’t deny yourself little pleasures in life because you are afraid of the consequences. Just be balanced in your decisions.
You can check out my recipes here!
21. Lately, I have been very into self-improvement. Now that I am in my late twenties *gasp*, I am more and more understanding that happiness comes from contentment, which I believe comes from within. My favorite podcast is Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations and I loved “You Are a Badass.”
22. I try almost every new Oreo flavor. My favorites are cinnamon bun and chocolate peanut butter pie. Embrace those silly little things that bring you joy!
23. Friends will come and go. I fully believe that you are given best friends for a time frame in your life when you need that person. But, sometimes you grow and that person doesn’t or vice versa. It is okay to move on from relationships that do not better you.
24. Quality of friendships is better than quantity. Again, I think there is a learning curve here. But I’m definitely in a place where I would rather have a handful of friends I can truly count on and that improve my life, than dozens of acquaintances.
25. Your 20’s are better than your teens. I told my brother that this year, when he was discussing how he felt about turning 20 years old. I know as a teenager, you feel like it is the best time of your life. That’s not the case. Life gets more complicated as you age, but I also think it becomes more fulfilling.
26. Your college experience may not be typical and you may not leave having loved every second of it. Just try to leave having grown as a person, with a deeper understanding of what you want to do in the world.
27. But, if you graduate college and still have no idea what you want to do, that’s okay! I am a physical therapist, with a bunch of other creative hobbies. Do I eventually want to pursue blogging or photography full-time? I can’t say the thought hasn’t crossed my mind. Have a side-hustle and grow in and with it.
28. It takes a while to truly love yourself. Every part of yourself. But with age, comes a deeper understanding of who you are and who you eventually want to be. Age is just a number, and to be frank, aging is much better than the alternative. Embrace the messiness that is life and try to love every second of it.