Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What my 20's are teaching me: Liz from Explore.Dream.Discover.

Today you have Liz from Explore.Dream.Discover!
You know the girl I met up with sight unseen in Paris last year.
annnnd... it was amazing!
She's here sharing her wisdom on what she's learned so far in her twenties...
wise, sweet, beautiful girl. that Liz. 
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Sure I’m only 25 (turning 26 this week!), but when Sarah asked me to share my thoughts on what I’ve learned in my twenties, I quickly thought back to when I was I was a 20-year-old sophomore in college, and how much I’ve changed since then. I actually feel like I’m a completely different person just 6 years later. Here are a few of my most valuable lessons learned:

+you will find someone who loves you with everything he has, treats you right and wants to spend the rest of his life with you. Don’t settle for anything less than that.

+traveling is the best investment you can make. Sure, you’re young and you’re not making much money, but the value you gain from the experience of exploring new places is worth pinching pennies on other things.
+friends come and go – your family is forever. treat them accordingly.
+today is our only guarantee. just because you’re young doesn’t mean you’ve got time to waste on people who don’t appreciate you and jobs you hate. live each day like it’s your last.
+be thankful. Grateful people are happier. It’s easy to focus on the crappy stuff sometimes, but try to remember how blessed you are.
+“Comparison is the thief of joy” – Theodore Roosevelt. In the age of Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and blogs where we all put our best face forward and rarely brag about the fight we had with our husband or our bad hair day, it’s important to stay focused on your life and stop comparing yourself to others – it’s detrimental to your life and happiness!
+don't worry about the number of friends you have - quality over quantity.
+do what makes you happy – even if that’s not the “cool” thing to do. take pride in knowing what you like and what brings you joy. the people who matter will accept you for who you are and won’t try to change you.
Wedding photos by Jill Thomas

36 comments:

  1. This is such a wonderful series! If you ever need anyone else, I would love to participate! It is so fun to see some of my favorite blogs featured on yours. Hope you have a wonderful day!

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  2. I love what Liz had to say about traveling. She posts so many beautiful pictures from her travels on her blog! I got the travel bug big time when I was 24, haven't looked back! Great series, Sarah!! x

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  3. These are all amazing lessons and great reminders to us! Thanks for sharing!! :)

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  4. i love this series! and i TOTALLY agree about traveling and friends :) make every day count and only spend time with people that make you a better (and happier) person! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  5. The quality over quantity of friends is something I really embraced in my 20's! Definitely a great list! It (almost) makes me glad I'm leaving my 20's next year b/c I've learned so much :)

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  6. This series is amazing. I created my own list yesterday! I'm just a few weeks away from my 30th birthday and so happy for all the things I've learned in my 20s. Can't wait for you to share YOURS= list, Mrs. Tucker! :)

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  7. I am really really loving this series! Such great insight so far! :)

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  8. what great advice! I am love this series...keep them coming! :)

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  9. I love this Liz - such great advice...I want to pass this along!!

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  10. I love the words and especially the photos--love Liz's blog so much.

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  11. Especially agree with the post on traveling, it always seems so expensive at the time but I've never regretted a single trip I've taken, it's always worth it!
    http://sawatdeeyall.blogspot.com/

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  12. liz is so great! this is really excellent advice.

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  13. I perfectly agree with the 1st two. It's exactly as I would have said it. I wish there was some way to get the 1st one in young girls heads. There is no need to settle ever. Loving this series! xoxo

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  14. I am loving this series!!! I have to say, as a woman (still) in her 20's, it's a decade of massive reflection and learning.

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  15. Awesome post! I love both of your blogs, and I've loved reading about both of your travels! xoxo

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  16. Love this! Thanks for sharing =)

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  17. um, I loved this. I am just loving them all Sarah!! My FAVORITE was the end. "do what makes you happy...the people who matter will accept you for who you are..."

    amen.

    and um, how gorgeous is SHE?!

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  18. totally love this!! such gorgeous pictures!

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  19. This series is really just making my week :) Love all of this advice.

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  20. i sort of never want this series to end. also, i'm still obsessed with liz's wedding...

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  21. These are such great inspirational words!

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  22. YES! love Liz. Comparison is the thief of joy. ugh so true.

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  23. Each and every one of your wise words are right on point, Liz! Loved reading your advice!

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  24. Love it! Thanks for shareing :)

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  25. I love the one "comparison is the theif of joy" so true Liz! And I have to remind myself that even when I read your beautiful blog about your perfect love and life! you are so blessed, but so am I and I must remember that!

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  26. I absolutely love this series. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

    ~Tiffany
    http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

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  27. i'm loving this list (and this series!)...i'm not in my twenties yet-but i hope learning this now will really help me along the way :)

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  28. Very wise words there Liz, I agree with everything, even if I still haven't found my other half and I entered my thirties last year.

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  29. I recently met Liz in Amsterdam, as we are both expats living in the city. Over the past few months, she has become one of my best girlfriends here..and I have to say, she is as inspiring & level-headed as this blog post portrays. Sometimes, it IS all about slowing down & really focusing on what matters to YOU (not anyone else.)

    Great post series, BTW.

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  30. liz is the cutest and i LOVE her advice- especially regarding waiting it out for the right man. it's worth it. (i know you know it, too, sarah!)

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  31. hiii! i just found your blog and i love it! the layout, everything :) YAY for new reads and LOVE!
    xxo em

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  32. i Love these life lessons :) So perfect & uplifting!

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