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Lessons learned by 26

I can’t say I’m an expert at life because I’ve only been here for a short time but there’s a couple of lessons I’ve learned along the way, be it because I’ve wanted to or because I’ve been hit smack in the face with them. I by no mean expect to preach, for the same reason I wrote above, but I guess it’s nice to reflect on these life lessons, that maybe you also have experienced, and today I was on a introspective mood so here it goes.

 

You can’t always get what you want

It’s true what they say, sometimes you can’t get what you want. I know it’s cliché but usually things happen for a reason and if they don’t work out initially it’s probably because something out there, better, is waiting for you. It has happened to me quite a few times and it’s difficult to wrap my head around the fact, when I’m in the moment, that there’s probably an ulterior and beneficial motive as to why whatever I desired so badly didn’t work out. On that note…

…you do get what you need

You may not realize it when things are happening but what you ultimately get is probably what is best for you. Looking back on things now, I have noticed that whatever did not work out for me really was not the best. Other doors with many opportunities have opened up for me after the disappointment of not getting what I wanted.

Friends are valuable

As you get older the odds that your list of “friends” shrinks exponentially is very possible. But that probably only means that they really weren’t good friends to begin with. Cherish and treasure the few friends you may have that are dependable, loyal, caring and ultimately fun! They’re bound to become a second family.

Time is precious

Nothing is permanent and we are here just on a temporary hold on our way  out… now that sounds depressing but what I’m trying to say is we may think we have all the time in the world but we actually don’t. So we need to stop postponing life until after I finish grad school or after I finish residency or after I get the perfect job, because ultimately you don’t know if those things will happen and you’ll be missing out on SO much if you keep delaying. Talking from experience here. Related to that…

…Life is more than your 9-5

Or 6-7. I’ve come to realize that our generation goes to extremes, we are either extremely career-driven or very hedonistic. So finding that perfect balance and noticing that life is much more than your job is essential during these years. It may take some effort to actually accept that work will have to wait and you need to set out time for yourself. Like it’s been said many times, work won’t ditch you but it also won’t kiss you goodnight. Think about that.

 Self-care is important

Yes, we have to drink more water, exercise frequently and spend less nights out having one too many margaritas and tacos. Self-care is essential because if your body feels good you are more likely to perform better at work and have better relationships with people.

You don’t always have to say “YES”

It’s perfectly ok to say no to going out or doing certain things… just don’t always say no because you don’t want to get out of your comfort zone. As long as you feel at ease with your decision, be it yes or no, don’t feel the need to do something you don’t want to just because someone is pressuring you, clearly whoever it is does not have your best interests at heart.

Your success is not my failure

Now this is a big one and it’s my last tidbit of advice. Just because someone out there seems to have their life all figured out, dotted all the i’s and crossed all the t’s, doesn’t mean you have to feel any less because you haven’t achieved that (if that’s even your goal). Every person’s journey is different and it might come with its own little bumps and bends that are unique just for you. Which means you can’t compare your journey and achievements to anyone else’s. So if you feel like you aren’t quite there yet don’t feel like it equals failure, it’s just means the journey isn’t over.

 

I know this is not a scientifically proven post full of research-certified advice, but still it’s a nice way to vent out the common issues we face and to normalize many feelings that keep us ruminating at night.

Have a good one!
N

Wellness Wednesday: Unplug

With current-day technology, it has become a little difficult to fully disconnect from that additional appendage we carry around now called cellphone. It provides the answer to almost everything in a matter of seconds and in a world where instant gratification is what we strive for, it is hard to let go and simply be ourselves without electronic devices. Social media keeps bombarding us with information either about what is going on in the other end of the world or about your friend’s last trip to Cancun…

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So as part of our Wellness Wednesday series, today’s tip is to

Just. Let. Go.

Don’t be afraid to put down the phone during dinner, actually embrace it. Take advantage of the time to catch up with friends who may have taken up time from a busy schedule to go out with you for drinks. Step away from the temptation of reaching out for your phone first thing in the morning and enjoy your coffee distraction-free!

These might seem obvious tips for you, but they are rarely done, yet they can make such a big diffrence in your day to day. I confess, that I have fallen prey to my iphone and it is the first thing I grab when I wake up (after my glasses haha) but sometimes, just unplugging from social media and electronic deviced is the BEST thing you can do to maintain your mental sanity. It allows you to fully enjoy life without comparing yourself to others or struggling to keep up.

In a world where technology is KEY, don’t be afraid to cut the cut cord every once in a while and just be by yourself. Learn to enjoy the company of your own thoughts!

N

 

Wellness Wednesday

Wellness

The state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.

And that’s what we hope to achieve with our  WELLNESS WEDNESDAY TIPS.

Today we focus on HYDRATION.

We’ve all heard it before, 8 glasses of water a day can do wonders…Water accounts for 60% of your body and is essential for the proper functioning of every cell and organ. But what do we really get from hydration other than many trips to the bathroom? Water has many benefits:

CLEANSE | Water is essential for your kidneys! Which means by drinking more water you will be able to filter out waste in your blood and get rid of it in your urine. Also, drinking water can help prevent urinary tract infections and kidney stones. Water also helps maintain regularity so you don’t get bouts of constipation.

CLEAR SKIN | When you are hydrated you get that je ne sais quoi…you get that GLOW. It’s no coincidence Jennifer Aniston is the face of smartwater LOL. In all seriousness, when you are properly hydrated you get rid of toxins, which means all the impurities in your face that may be causing acne are being flushed out. Also, when you drink enough water your skin is supple, taut, its a win-win for everyone!

LOSE WEIGHT | One very important thing, you can control your appetite by having adequate water intake. Drinking water before a meal can actually decrease the amount of food you have and prevent overeating.

These are just some of the benefits of H2O. So go ahead and get yourself a cute bottle, add fruits if you like having flavored water, and carry a bottle everywhere you go; it’s one of the simplest ways of actually making sure you stay hydrated during the day.

N