20 Things I’ve Learned in my 20s

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As most of you probably know, I just turned 27 years old this year, so although I haven’t made it all the way through my 20’s, I feel like I’ve learned a lot about life in the past few years.  Well, that and the fact that I basically got married when I was 12 (okay, not really), but because of that, my 20s have definitely been a learning experience.  When I was thinking about what type of content I could create for today’s post, I knew I wanted something different and on a more personal level.  Rather than telling you what my current favorite denim is or a must-have top, I thought I would dig a little deeper.  Things I’ve not only learned in the past 7 years, but things I’ve had a heavy heart about or struggled with.  At some point in life, we all face some of the same heartbreaks and deal with the same issues, right?  So, here goes nothing…
20 Things I’ve Learned in my 20s

1. Celebrate everything, always.
{Whether it’s a promotion at work, a deal you’ve been working on that finally came through, a bit of good news you received, or simply the work day just officially being OVER – celebrate it all.  Most of the time in life, it’s the little things that add up to one BIG thing, so you might as well celebrate each and every chance you get.}

2. Pour your heart and soul into every single thing you’re passionate about.
{I had someone tell me one time that I was ‘too obsessed with too many things’ and I immediately thought to myself, why not fall in love with as many things as possible?!  If you have your heart set on something, go for it.  Chase it.  Make it happen.  Pour yourself into it.  At the end of the day, the greatest rewards come from the things we were most passionate about.}

3. Quality over quantity in everything – from your closet to your girlfriends.
{I always talk about buy less, choose well.  Whether it be a staple piece in your closet that you wear time after time, or an investment piece you’ll have for years to come, I live by that rule.  However, the same rule applies when it comes to your friendships.  Don’t spend time investing in toxic relationships.  Invest your time in the people who genuinely love just as much as you do.}

4. Dry Shampoo will change your life for the better.
{Need I say more?  I can remember the days when NOT washing your hair every day was taboo.  But hey, the older I’ve gotten, the more I know that I have my best volume and waves on day 3.  And that sometimes all you need is a little dry powder to make the unperfect look like absolute perfection.}

5. Don’t do the whole jealously thing.
{Bottom line is – it’s just not worth it.  Girls will be girls no matter what age, and sometimes that’s a really sad fact about life.  However, you can be the woman that genuinely loves, celebrates, and supports your girlfriends.  Living a life of comparison or coveting can literally be miserable at times. Don’t get me wrong, it’s human nature to occasionally feel those emotions, BUT you will sleep so much easier when you can just be happy for people.  Focus on what’s important and forget all the rest.}

6. Explore new places every chance you get.
{Adventure always awaits.  Whether you’re vacationing to somewhere new or going on a quick work trip, enjoy the opportunity to try + explore new things.  Sometimes I get overwhelmed by the thought of hopping off of one plane, just to hop on another a couple days later, but traveling is one thing you’ll never regret.  As tired and jet lagged as I become some days, I literally pause and find myself in awe of how incredibly blessed I am.  Try to take every opportunity you can, travel to each and every city possible (big or small), and take in each and every moment you’re there.}

7. Embrace uncomfortable situations.
{There’s nothing worse than walking into a room full of people you don’t know and feeling like an outsider, moving to a new city where you know no one, or starting a new job you know nothing about.  However, the uncomfortable moments in life usually teach us the most and make us stronger in the process.  You continue to make friends throughout life, new places start to eventually feel like home, and new jobs start to feel like something you could do in your sleep.  When you look back on it, the once ‘uncomfortable situations’ will be something that made you so much wiser and better in the end.}

8. You have plenty of time.
{This life lesson falls under so many categories.  For instance, I’m a time stickler.  I get so wrapped up in not being late, that I cause an argument or forget things, simply for the sake of time.  Like being 5 minutes late is the end of the world, when it’s definitely not.  Or on the other hand, sometimes people try to talk you in to doing things in the timetable that might have worked for them.  I.e. get married, have a baby, buy a home, etc.  All things that people are doing in their 20s that might not be right for you.  And that’s okay.  It’s more than okay.  Do what works for you and your family.  Enjoy the time you get to live by yourself, the nights you go out to dinner, laughing + drinking too much with your husband, or the one room apartment you’re paying way too much money for.  Life is full of different seasons and if you’re enjoying the one you’re currently in – sit back and take it easy.  You’ll organically move on to the next one when the time is right.}

9. Keeping tweezers in your car is a game changer.
{I mean, there’s nothing like that rear-view mirror light though, am I right?!  When you’re at a stoplight and see a stray – you can easily be on top of it.  Plus, that daily attention saves time when you go to pluck out two weeks of overgrown madness.}

10. Never settle for mediocrity.
{What fulfills you in life is most important.  Whether it be a relationship, a job, or whatever – never settle for less than what you’re worth.  Life is too short.}

11. It’s okay to not be okay, but it’s not okay to stay that way.
{I learned this quote earlier this year from our pastor and it’s been one of my favorites ever since.  There are going to be days in life where you just simply don’t feel okay.  And even worse days when you don’t even know what ‘okay’ looks like.  But the reality of that is, that it’s not okay to stay that way.  Life can be tough – it can literally knock you down, bring you to tears, and make you feel weak.  But, when you don’t let those things get the best of you, you don’t have to stay that way.  With every struggle, you gain strength.  With every hard situation, you learn how to overcome it.  Take that and use it as your motivation to get back up, put your big girl panties on, and keep going.}

12. Turn your phone off.
{This is something that seems so small, but can be so hard to do.  Especially if you live by social media like I do.  But, sometimes I get so wrapped up in getting the perfect photo or snapchat, that I completely miss the actual moment because I was glued to my phone.  There’s a time and a place for everything, yes.  But more often than not, I find myself throwing my phone in my bag, and enjoying the moment.  Being present is the absolute best way to do just that.  And I promise, you’ll never regret it.}

13. Splurge on the things that are life changing – like a good bottle of champagne.
{Let’s be serious – sometimes it’s the big things we splurge on that make our lives better and sometimes it’s the little things.  Because I believe in celebrating everything, there’s nothing better to me than a good glass of champagne.  (Or in the Summer, a glass of Veuve Rosè will do the trick.)  Once you get older, the little luxuries in life make all the difference.}

14. You gotta do you.
{Your 20s can be a really impressionable time in life.  Whether you’re just graduating collage, starting your first job, or making a family of your own, people are always going to want to force their beliefs and ways of life on you.  However, always stay true to who you are and what you know in your soul to be the right thing.  I read this quote a while back and loved it: “Be yourself.  People don’t have to like you and you don’t have to care.”  Can I get an amen?!}

15. Relationships are everything.
{As we grow older and our relationships undoubtedly change, we learn which ones we want to devote our time and efforts into.  Obviously your spouse, your family, and your friends are the three main categories when it comes to the most important relationships in life.  The best advice I have is to constantly cultivate those relationships.  Whether it be trying to constantly out-do your husband, checking in on your family just to show them you care, or sending a quick text to your girlfriend throughout the day simply to let her know you just said a prayer for her, all of those things mean the world to the people and show you genuinely care.}

16. What’s meant to be will always find a way.
{More times than not, T-Swift says it best.  I truly believe that what’s meant to be will always happen.  It may be for the better, or unfortunately it may be something we hadn’t planed on, but life has a funny way of working out.  Even if you don’t understand at the time, there’s a reason for everything in life.}

17. It’s okay to feel things really hard.
{This is something I constantly do – I think about and over analyze things way too much.  Sometimes it will be days before I can even think about something else because my mind has been so consumed with a problem or issue.  But you know what, that’s perfectly okay, because I feel the good AND the bad really hard.  The good allows me celebrate life and all the chaos that comes with it and the bad makes me a stronger, better person.  I love the quote “Life is tough, darling, but so are you.”  Feel things for what they are and not how you think you’re supposed to feel about them.}

18. Skincare is legit.
{When you’re younger, you don’t realize the effects that skincare can have on your body.  I can remember being fifteen years old with my mom telling me to wash my face before I went to bed and I thought of it as just one more chore.  However, being in my late 20s now, I see the results that good habits and effective products can have on your skin.  I feel like while in your 20s, you really figure out what works well for you and you stick with it.  It’s a learning process that ends up making your skin better for years to come.}

19. People throw rocks at things that shine.
{Always.  Again, I have to side with Taylor.  Sometimes when things are going great in life, that’s when you get the most negative feedback.  This really goes back to not doing the whole jealously thing (number 5), which is usually what this boils down to.  However, you learn in your 20s to take things with a grain of salt.  There’s nothing more discouraging and disheartening than people (aka your friends and family) not believing in you.  But if you truly know who you are and you’re passionate about what you’e doing – don’t you worry your pretty, little mind if that light is blinding others.}

20. Whatever is healing for you – do that.
{Some days, you just have to do things that are good for YOUR soul.  For me it’s sitting on the beach, listing to country music while driving, or taking a long, hot bath by candlelight.  Everyone has things or places that take them back to remembering why they started in the first place.  And no one knows those places or things better than you.  Some days, that’s all that gets us through.  That and a little help from our friends.}

It was so hard to only choose 20 things/subjects that I’ve learned over the past few years and I’m sure there are MANY more to come!  If you have any words of wisdom or advice, that I didn’t touch on – feel free to leave it in the comment section below!  I’d love to read them and possibly even share some of your ‘life lessons’ with others in a future post!  You guys are the best.  Thank you for letting me be me in my little space of the internet and for being my For All Things Lovely family.  Love you all, always!




LOVE this!! I am much older than you (39) but I can promise these lessons will still ring true as you enter your 30's and beyond! Thanks for the reminders. It is always easy to get busy and forget what really matters!

Maria Stanek

Love this post, Megan! I'm 29 and I totally agree with you with all the life lessons you learn in your 20s, especially after getting married and starting a family. I feel like thats when things really come into perspective and when we start realizing what is important in our lives and what isn't. Like you said, weeding out toxic relationships, jobs, people, etc is key to happiness and it's amazing how much better life becomes and how much your confidence boosts after making those changes. I also loved the one about being late LOL! Love all your content, I always look forward to FATL every morning. You do you, girl! 🙂

Megan Moreland

Wonderful list, Megan! Especially #11! That's a lesson I had to learn in my 20's as well after a failed business and a mountain of debt. It would have been so easy to stay stuck feeling sorry for myself, and use that as an excuse of why I "couldn't" make a better life, but instead I used it as motivation to work even harder to dig myself out, and today, my husband and I are free of that debt, have great jobs, a home and a beautiful family. There are things in life you can't control, but you can always control your response and your actions! You're ahead of the game learning these things in your 20's – your 30's will be fantastic as well 🙂


Absolutely love this post! You are a wise lady and I love love love reading your posts. Everything truly happens for a reason.


I can't say enough good things about #7. Being in your 20's is so hard, it's even harder to accept the uncontrollable and just roll with it. Once you learn how to do this, life become so much more enjoyable!

Thank you for sharing.
Shannon at ourcrunchyfamily.com


What an absolute lovely post, Megan! I love your thoughts. I wish I had taught myself #3 right out of high school and continue #7 without stopping. I've been in major reflection mode for the past month and have lots of regrets and ended up at #11 myself.

Here's an article I wrote last year I think you might enjoy: http://huongctvo.com/30-random-facts-about-me-for-my-30th-birthday/

and one recently for those who feel stuck: http://huongctvo.com/five-tips-on-how-to-get-out-of-an-uninspired-rut/

Love seeing this side of you and hope to see more! xo

Blair Lane

Thank you so much for this. I am 23 and some of these things i know to be true already. It is reassuring to know that someone else has been where I have been and to be a little bit of a mess is ok:)


I've been reading you blog for over a year now and never left a comment until this post. I loved all of your words of wisdom. I am in my mid-20s and sometimes feel like I have no clue what I'm doing, but realizing that is completely okay! Thank you for writing back this post. It's nice to hear your personal experiences.

J. Ellarie

Loved this post Megan! Being 33 (ugghh) I can agree with you on all of these!

For #2 I can't believe what that person said to you! How can you not love and be passionate about more than one thing in this world? There are so many!! I too love a great deal of things! That's what makes us who we are.

For #16 I am definitely learning that the hard way. (Too long of a story to write here lol) But yes, I am hoping that since things haven't gone as I planned or wanted, that there will be something better coming my way.

For #17 I too overthink a lot of things and question a lot of things people say-that could also be due to the fact that some people in my life lied and I have trust issues–but anyway yes-I tend to care a lot what other people think and that is not always good because then I tend to dwell on the negative things people say instead of the good.

For #19–I definitely know about this one. Even now in my 30s I see that some of my "friends" who I really love don't follow my blog or even like pictures I put up on my Facebook and I sometimes wonder if it's because they could be jealous?? Not sure but I see a lot and hear of situations where girls won't like a pic or support you in something because they tend to get jealous. I wish that wasn't true. I think it's so important to have girlfriends to be there for you and sadly I don't really have that–not even one! I hope one day I have that special friendship with someone I can count on just as they could count on me.

#20–I totally agree! Making time for yourself and doing things that you love can provide so many benefits and make you even more productive at other things..like work! Ha

Thanks again for getting personal with us and sharing your thoughts!! xoxo


Lucy O'Connor

This is such a great post! I love every single one of these life lessons. One I would have to add is "Be kind to yourself". Some days we get so wrapped up in what we've failed at – we don't have the perfect body/selfie/job/bank balance/eating habits – that we forget all of the good things we've done. I think it's important to remember in order to really love others, we first have to love ourselves.



Love this post, I recently started my surgery rotation in med school and feel so overwhelmed, exhausted, emotional, and everything in between. Your advice was just what I needed!


I feel like 'You do you' is one of the most difficult, but rewarding life lessons. Especially in the society we live in today we are submerged into what are friends/family think? Its extremely hard with judgment coming not just from the mouth anymore, but also online . You have given some great tips!


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