5 Things I’ve Learned from my Early 20’s- A Collaboration

Happy Friday! Today I’m partnering with my new blogging friend, Shell, from Cake After Midnight.


I love reading Shell’s blog posts, because there hasn’t been a single one that hasn’t made me laugh out loud from her witty writing. Since I’m in my early 20’s and Shell is in her later 20’s, we thought we’d share what we’ve learned from the opposite sides of the 20’s spectrum. 

My early 20’s have brought about tons of awesome things: college, moving out on my own, getting engaged, and starting this blog. However, there are some things that I never thought my 20’s would bring…here are 5 that I’ve learned in my new chapter of adulting:

  1. I realized I have no idea what I’m doing with my life.

When I was younger, I thought that by my 20’s I would have everything figured out. News flash: that hasn’t happened yet. And between switching my major from nursing to mass communication, moving out on my own, and thinking about plans after college, I’ve come to the realization that I’m probably never going to have everything figured out. And that’s okay.

  1. Your 20’s aren’t all fun and games.

As a teenager I dreamed that my 20’s would be full of staying out late and parties. I didn’t take into account that I’m a total introvert and would much rather stay in with a few close friends and chat and binge-watch Netflix. I guess if you count eating pizza in my sweatpants and binge-watching Netflix as a party then I’m a total party animal.

  1. You have to make and keep your own appointments.

Oh, the good old days of being a child when your mom would schedule all your dentist and doctor appointments and you had no responsibility. Now I begrudgingly make those appointments and somehow force myself to get to them. This past week I was 30 minutes late to a dentist appointment because I wrote down the wrong time…part of adulting I will never enjoy.

  1. Taxes?? Bills?? What are those and how do I do them??

Seriously, is there anything more intimidating than taxes? Why was I never taught this in school??

  1. Cooking is a life skill, not a talent.

When I moved out and went to college, I was jokingly known as the bad cook of my family. Now…I still might be, but hey, at least I can make a decent meal that’s not Ramen noodles. Right??

What does this 21 year old wear to college? Jeans and a t-shirt of course! To make it look a little more put-together, I added this Kenneth Cole green military vest and a layered gold necklace from Forever 21. And this tote from Altard State is perfect for carrying everything I need around campus.


I’ve come to the conclusion that no one really knows what they’re doing all the time anyway. Your 20’s are a learning process, where you figure out who you are and what you want to do. I’m super excited for all that’s to come, and hopefully I can figure out the whole taxes and cooking thing before I’m 30…

Be sure to go check out Shell’s post here so you can see what Shell has learned from her late 20’s!

Until next time,


  • Bethany says:

    Nice post! Cooking is definitely a skill everyone should master in their 20s!

  • Christina says:

    I just turned 23 in January & can totally relate to every single one of the things you listed. I graduated with my B.A. in Psychology last summer & since moving across the country to come back home and starting my beauty blog, I’m not so sure what I really want to do anymore. So for the first time in my life, I’m just kind of playing out everything as I go…and really enjoying it! But pizza, sweatpants & Netflix definitely sounds like the best kind of party to me! Fortunately, I can still talk my mom into making some appointments & helping me with taxes because I’m procrastinating on that as much as I possibly can. Although I know that day’s coming :/ I have always been known as the baker in my family, not the cook. I can’t even heat a pot of marinara sauce without splashing it everywhere. Thankfully, my boyfriend is an amazinggg cook!! I love the outfit you’re wearing, though!! And congratulations on your engagement, I don’t think I’ve mentioned that before 🙂 Wonderful post, I really enjoyed it!! 🙂

    • Aw thank you, Christina! 🙂 I’m going to graduate in a year and then we will probably be in the same boat! But I’m glad you’re enjoying everything as you go and I’ve been loving your blog! And that’s awesome! I’ve been lucky too and have had my dad help with taxes. I am not much of a math girl, haha!

  • Hannah says:

    These are all SO true! I’m in the same boat. At least no one else really has it figured out either – we’re all in it together 🙂

  • Tori says:

    I’m 27 and I feel like I’m still figuring lots out, though this year has definitely had a lot of growth and I’m starting to settle into this whole “life” thing. It’s amazing how much changes when you get married even and have to figure things out like getting your name changed, filing taxes together, and so on!

    • I’m glad you you’re starting to settle into life! I definitely feel WAY under prepared when it comes to things like taxes, haha! I don’t think anyone ever has it truly figured out, but that’s part of life. Thank you so much for reading, Tori! 🙂

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