A Note of Encouragement for Graduates

One of the scariest moments in life is college graduation. It seems like every bit of schooling, stress, and tears comes down to the moment they hand you a diploma and you start in the adult world.

Heavy, huh?

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As someone who was in your shoes only a year ago, I know that stress and worry. But I’ve also seen the results of that stress and worry and have some words of encouragement for you.

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21 Things I Learned at 21

Well, Enthusiasts, I made it to 22.¬†And it’s been quite the year.

If you’ve been following me on this journey, you will know that every year I make a list of all the lessons I’ve learned. If you haven’t been following, here is 17, 18, 19, and 20. And what you’re reading here is 21.

21 Things I Learned at 21

The ripe age of 21 tested me in ways I never knew. I graduated college. I got my first adult job. I dealt with heartbreak for the first time. I bought a car. I learned a lesson about friendship. I became really good at making avocado toast. And each of these experience taught me about the person I am, and who I strive to be. I’m a lot stronger than I give myself credit for, and I hope the lessons below show that.

The days that defined my 21st year of life will always stick with me, to remind me of the path I’ve taken where I am. And with Year 22 happening in only a few short hours, I can’t wait to see what it has in store for me.Read More

10 Habits to Adopt for a More Fulfilling Life

At the end of the day, we all want a more fulfilling life. Isn’t that why we make so many New Year’s resolutions? It’s about gaining a better life than we already have, and often we want that with the least amount of effort possible.


I want to live a life that every day I can wake up and feel great. Fulfillment for me means that my health, wealth, relationships, and charity are covered.

  • Health = How I feel physically, my mental stability, and general wellness
  • Wealth = My financial status, being able to afford small/big luxuries
  • Relationships = Family, friends, and dating are providing happiness
  • Charity = Kindness to others and being globally conscience of other’s suffering

Those are the parts of my life that I want to thrive. One could say that a fulfilling life is borderline being a well-rounded person, and I agree. When you have a little bit of everything what more do you need?

Below are 10 habits that I believe can give your life a little bit of everything.Read More

A Letter to My College Self

As a recent college graduate, I decided to write a letter to myself of everything I wish someone had told me before starting university. Earnest, a student loan refinancing company, is encouraging recent graduates to reflect and share their lessons learned with others. Here is what I learned in my three years…

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A Letter to My 18-Year-Old Self

Last Saturday my little (yet big) brother turned 18.

I’m slightly still in shock because in my mind he will always be the blond little boy letting me dress him up and doing his cheesy little smile whenever the camera came around. And now he’s 18 and going to college and as a big sister I couldn’t be more proud. He’s already accomplished so much and I know he’ll accomplish even more as he goes into business and plays golf at a college level. If the many messages I’ve sent aren’t enough, I can’t think of anyone who has entered adulthood with so much grace.

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For his birthday friends and family wrote letters to congratulate him on legality and to offer advice and such. As I was writing my letter at my desk on a rainy Eugene afternoon, feeling quite nostalgic for the little boy I miss and excitement for the man he’s becoming, I thought about what I would have wanted an older sibling to write to me on my 18th birthday. What advice would I have wanted? What would make me feel like an adult? So after writing his letter and giving him advice he’s already following (surround yourself with loving people) I came up with everything I wish people had told me about adulthood and thought I would share with you all.

I’m freshly 21 and in the past three years I have learned so much about adulthood and meandering the ways of other adults. While I’m still fumbling around like a headless chicken (I did check yesterday morning if I put underwear on, that’s how bad it can be) I know that sometimes even a little advice can give those freshly legalized a little more confidence as they enter the most foreign territory known to Earth: Adulthood.Read More