35 life lessons you should start doing right now

Growing up is a part of life but there may be some things you never learned, you didn’t know were a thing or your parents didn’t teach you. Whatever the reason maybe you should start incorporating these 35 life lessons into your everyday life.

I could have broken this up into multiple posts, but I think you should read all 35 life lessons together. It may seem like 35 life lessons is a lot but really it’s not when you slowly add a few to your life every few months or year.

Start implementing them into your life so you are not playing the “what if ” game when you are in your thirties. Let’s jump right into discussing 35 life lessons you should start doing right now. Let’s create new habits.

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Stop comparing yourself to others

With the popular social media sites, you can’t help but see all the things influencers are posting they bought, received as a gift, or got because of sponsorship. However, comparing yourself to other people is not a good thing to do. You may be comparing your chapter one to someone else’s chapter 50. You can’t always believe what people post.

I know you have watched those YouTube videos “I faked a trip to Hawaii”. Those videos are perfect examples of why you can’t believe everything you see.

Ditch being materialistic

You do not need things to be a good person. You don’t need the latest gadgets, clothes or cars. Especially if you are just getting them to show off to others. That seems a little shady. Look around I am sure you can seem plenty of people going into debt over the latest trends seems to be the new trend now.

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Remove yourself from toxic situations

If something feels off to you, most likely it is. Remove yourself from toxic friendships, jobs, and even families. If the people around you are making you feel less than or stupid for wanting more out of your life. Ditch them. I know it won’t be easy, but for your mental health and sanity do it as fast as you can. Your environment may be affecting your mental health.

Enjoy time by yourself

Find the peace and calmness within yourself as you hang out by yourself. No one to answer to, no reason to put a bra on (unless you are leaving the house). You can do things at your own pace, not compromising. You learn a lot about yourself when you spend a little alone with your thoughts.

Push yourself outside of your comfort zone

Staying in your comfort zone is going to limit what you can do as a person. You need personal growth and the only way to get that is to do things you have never done. Start small and work your way up to big and better things. You will find you who truly are by taking that first step.

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Move your body

Exercise. Move your body somehow. It doesn’t have to hard, drenched in sweat workouts, but going for a walk exploring your city or local state park. Move your body. Spending to much time being sedentary can lead to osteoporosis. As well as increasing your chances of dementia, depression, and anxiety. 20 minutes outside in nature can  significantly lower your stress hormone levels

Go after your dreams

If you dream of working for yourself, being your own boss with your own company. Start working towards that dream as soon as possible. A dream is just a thought. A thought written down is a goal. When you elaborate on that goal, it becomes a plan. A plan becomes a lifestyle to make it happen.

Even if you don’t start now, just know you can always start later, because it is never too late to start living the life you deserve. Believe in yourself.

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Keep a journal

Journaling can help you sort through internal things you are going through. When thinking about them doesn’t even help, but somehow putting it pen to paper lets emotions and thoughts you didn’t know you were thinking out. It is a great place to write that plan for your dream.

It’s great to look back at the beginning process of everything you do because you are venting in your journal, you are gloating about your wins. It can really help you from having your soul exhausted.

Do daily brain dumps

Sometimes we just have to much to do and not enough brain power or memory to remember it. Doing a brain dump or a stream of consciousness writing can really help get everything out of your head and on to paper so you can tackle one thing at a time.

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Stop beating yourself up

When you have an off day and don’t do anything, be it working out, cleaning the house, going to work. Don’t feel bad and talk down to yourself for having an off day. Take that day to recharge your soul. You may just be mentally or emotionally exhausted.

Find real friends

Take a look around. Are you the odd man out? The last person to know about plans? The friends you have may not be your real friends. Talk to them about how you are feeling and if it doesn’t change ditch the dead weight and find some real friends.

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Start saving money now

Get on a budget. Do right by yourself for the future. It may be nice to have instant gratification, but what is going to happen when you are 35 living paycheck to paycheck. Start researching now the things you were never taught about money. Make a plan for yourself.

Explore personal growth

When you starting seeing the things around you just not vibe with you anymore, its time to start a self-improvement journey. Growing as a person really lets you focus and hone in on what you want for your life and what kind of person you want to be. Work on everything in your life being harmonious for the most part. Its life, you get curve balls thrown at you once in a while.

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Embrace your weirdness

If you are weird, awkward, and say random things at random times. Embrace it. You are the reason most of us are kept on our toes. Some people may not appreciate you, but as I always say “your vibe attracts your tribe”. Weirdness always finds other weirdness. Embrace it and be you ALWAYS!

Be mindful of what you post on social media

It might be fun to post everything on social media, but sometimes it can come and bite you in the ass later on in life. You have seen it before you were doing something fun and someone took an unflattering photo of you or took an inappropriate picture of you. Don’t do it to other people. Popsugar has a good article about this. Check it out if you are interested.

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Speak up for yourself

This doesn’t mean defy authority, there is a time and a place to speak up for yourself. If you know you are in the right about something stand up for it. If people are telling you that you are a doormat or you see someone you love taking advantage of you… say something.

Get comfortable saying no

This goes well with the previous life lesson. Speak up for yourself and say no if you do not want to do something. If someone gets mad at you for saying no and then tries to guilt-trip you into doing it. They are selfish people.

This also goes with saying yes. If you got too comfortable and are constantly saying no you may want to change your tune. Sometimes saying yes to certain situations can bring you an abundance of other opportunities.

Learn from your mistakes

It is okay to make mistakes. Its what you do after that defines yous. Learn from your mistakes and make better decisions in the future. Figure out the lesson you need to learn and move on. Your mistakes do not define you.

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Read more books

I know damn well you are not reading as many books as you want. Make time for it. Even if it is just a chapter a day. That’s more than you are doing now. Nobody ever got in trouble by curling up on the couch in some comfy jammies and a blankie reading a book. Get lost in a really good book and just relax.

We are halfway there of completing our 35 life lessons you should start doing right now.

Accept criticism with openness and grace

Not everyone will agree with how you do things personally and professionally. It is great to learn how to listen to someone critique you and not take it personally. Jumping off the rail does not good for you or the other person. Really listen to what they are saying and think of how it could benefit you if you tweak what they are saying.

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Become more adventurous

Live a little. Take a mini adventure around your city. It doesn’t mean drain your bank account and travel the world. If you can do it, by all means, do what you want. Not all “adventures” have to be expensive and out of your state or country. Again getting out of your comfort zone start small.

Talk positively about yourself

We all end up talking badly about ourselves because we never think we are good enough. That is simply not the case. We deserve the best in life, but it’s up to us to make that happen. Boost your self-esteem to start thinking highly of yourself.

Create daily routines for the morning/ evening

This is a must to streamline your days. You wake up in the morning and have a routine down. The same with nightly routines. Having that routine down could save you many mornings or evenings running late. All this does it prepare you for the art of getting shit done.

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Get a skincare routine

Not taking care of your skin is going to make you look older than you really are. You don’t have to create a 12 step skincare routine but take preventive measures. Make sure you hydrate and moisturize.

Know your worth

Do not let anyone, I mean anyone make you feel like you are not worthy. Anyone who makes you feel less than is just projecting what they feel on to you and misery loves company. I have said plenty of times you are worth a lot and deserve a life you love.

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Declutter your house every 6 months or so

We are all guilty of being impulse buyers. Buying products we think we are going to use. In reality, we used it once and never touch it again. Get rid of the stuff you are not using and haven’t touched in 6 months or longer. A clean house means a clean mind. Having a cluttered house never makes you want Clean when you don’t feel like it.

Try new foods

Your taste buds change every 5 to 7 years. It can take up to 6 months for then to change you may find that you end up liking foods you didn’t like before and vis-a-versa. Go back and try some vegetables you didn’t like. I know I know nobody WANTS to eat vegetables, but they add so much flavor to any dish you make. You can eat them raw, cooked, or grilled.

Example- I grew up loving bananas. I loved everything about them. Plain, on peanut butter sandwiches, banana splits. Didnt matter I ate them. About 3 years ago I noticed I started hating the taste of bananas. I can’t stand the texture, the flavor, nothing about them. All because my taste buds changed.

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Learn something new whenever you can

Always learn new things to expand upon what you know. Learning new trades could bring new job opportunities. If you don’t want to learn in a professional way… learn new things that could result in being your new hobby. Learn for yourself because you are interested. The internet is an amazing place with a lot of free information. You could teach yourself a lot of new skills.

Know your personal values & morals

Know the difference between right and wrong. Don’t compromise yourself and your beliefs for others. If you know clearly what you do and what you wouldn’t do. You will know when people are trying to manipulate you and change who you are. Don’t be afraid of people not liking you because you live your life by how you value people and situations. Let your morals lead you to what is right and what is wrong.

Be grateful for what you do have

As I said previously not to be materialistic. Learn how to be grateful for the things you have versus what you don’t. If you are constantly comparing yourself to others for what they have you will live a life of jealousy and could potentially lead you down a path of compromising your values and morals. Living that life of jealousy and constant comparison will be the reason why you think less of yourself.

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Be present when with others

When you find your tribe, please respect them and their time. Be present when in a group setting. Put your phone away and soak up all the memories you are making with them. Years from now you will not remember what the latest meme on twitter was or what the popular TikTok sound was, but you will remember the amazing time you had with the people right in front of your face.

Question everything

This goes along with learning something new. Always ask questions, learn how the world works, what makes people tick. Anything you have a question about… ask it. It is never a stupid question. The only stupid question is the one that was never asked. Never stop being curious.

Cook healthier options of my favorite foods

We know the world is full of processed foods and a lot of them are not good for you. Learn how to make healthier versions of your favorite foods. So you can still enjoy them, but not be worried about what all those additives are doing to the inside of your body.

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Get on a sleep schedule

NOt getting enough sleep for long periods of time can affect your brain function. You make feel “fine” but you response time is lowered. Slowing down your response reflect may cause serious injury. Get enough sleep at night. Go to bed at roughly the same time every night and get up 8 hours later. If that means you miss out on some “fun nights” you may have to give them up. Not getting enough sleep can affect your mental health. Take care of yourself.

Find hobbies that you love

Last, but not least. this is number 35 of our life lessons list. Find hobbies that you love. Something that can just get your mind off of everyday shit. Go see what you can find at the thrift store for a DIY project. Be creative and just have fun with whatever makes you happy. Let your inner Picasso or Van Gogh shine!

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Growing as a person

You don’t have to do any of these 35 easy life lessons, but I think if you started incorporating some of them in your life. You may start to think differently about yourself. A little boost of confidence in yourself doesn’t sound so bad. Does it?

These 35 life lessons are just a suggestion to take them however you want to. Whatever you ultimately decide to do is up to you, All I hope for is for you to strive to be a better person than you were yesterday.

Do you have anything you would add to this list of 35 life lessons you should start doing right now? Let me know in the comments below what would be on your list?

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36 Replies to “35 life lessons you should start doing right now”

  1. awesome lessons to learn and work. thank you for gathering it here, I needed it today

  2. These 35 life lessons are very useful, will try to implement them.

  3. words and this is a great summary! Thanks for the reminders and it’s important for us to take our time and reflect for better self. – Knycx Journeying

  4. Great list. Sometimes we need to read an article like this to inspire and realise the things to do for us to feel better. Thanks for this helpful list.

  5. This article is amazing. These are 100% correct and should be applied in everyone’s life. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you, Oscar.

      1. Thanks for sharing! Awesome article for me, because I’m interested about motivational posts.

        1. You are very welcome, Gagan.

  6. I absolutely believe in having an easy way of life and journaling all things for remembrance. This is a lovely list and I am taking up a couple of pointers right away.

    1. I journal, but I need to do it more often. I am starting by scheduling myself 10 minutes in the morning to just do a stream of consciousness and 30 minutes at night part of my nightly routine.

  7. You listed important things to life learning. There is so much to discover in life to offer.

  8. Wow I totally need this right because in the last few days I feel so exhausted I want to take a break and enjoy my own company Thanks to this very motivational post!

    1. I am right there. I need to take a break.

  9. I so agree with all things you mentioned I have really made sure to keep myself out from toxic thing and indulge myself in my favorite things!!

    1. That’s all you can do. Replace one bad thing with a good thing.

  10. These are all fantastic life lessons that we should all adhere to. I particularly like that you mentioned ditching being materialistic. This is very important especially in the world of today where most people are all about materialism. Thanks for a beautiful article.

    1. Thank you, Mary. Today, that is all I see is materialism. It’s crazy.

  11. This is an impressive list and spot on! You really encompassed everything, the physical and psychological aspects of our wellbeing. I love the useful links you added, too. I think that talking positively about ourselves is one of the lessons we (esp. women) can always learn and relearn. Thank you for this wealth of information on wellbeing.

    1. Thank you, Stella. I appreciate your kind words. I agree us women are on rollercoasters when it comes to talking positively about ourselves. We have some good days, we have some bad days. That is something we will always have to learn over and over.

  12. These are such great yet truly simple life lessons you shared Michele! I love how you have a strong focus on exploring, adventure, and moving! So many people I know are just stuck in a rut, sad with their life all because they seem to be afraid to take chances. But as soon as they experiment or participate in some sort of adventure, they suddenly become alive again!
    What I recommend is if by chance, you find yourself stuck in a rut or caught in a boring type of life but you are too unsure or even scared to explore, then find someone who does! More often than not, that wild crazy adventurer will be glad to share their life experiences with you!

    1. I focused on exploring, adventure, and moving because a lot of times we are stuck behind a screen of some sort. Be it phones, computers, or TVs. 20 minutes in Nature can lower your stress hormones so why not get outside and be less stressed! As far as finding an adventure partner, someone who already knows how to do adventures if you are unsure is a really good idea, Eric. Again something I should add to the post and I will tag you for the inspo.

  13. #1 hit home!! its so hard living in the world of social media!

    1. It is so hard, especially with social media. You can do it though, I have faith!

  14. Stop comparing yourself to others, Enjoy time by yourself, Explore personal growth, Keep a journal, Start saving money. These are the topmost lessons I should work on. Thanks!

  15. Lately, I have been working in a toxic environment. Suddenly I just gave up and resign. I felt happy right now because I am able to work at home and pursue my hobbies and the things I love. These tips are really indeed helpful

    1. I did the same thing a year ago. I left my toxic job. I have enjoyed my time away.

  16. Great lessons and each to the pont. I think comparing yourself with others only does you harm

  17. I think you are right and you have a great list, I enjoy spending time with myself and we all should start to live ~ Knycx Journeying

  18. I really believe it’s never too late to make a change and learn a new lesson.

    1. It is never too late.

  19. All these life lessons are really great and effective. The importance of learning life lessons can not be understated. If you do not learn from the lessons that life is trying to teach you, then they will be taught to you again and again until you do. Much of the suffering and unhappiness in people’s lives is caused by an unwillingness to learn from mistakes.

    1. I agree you must learn the lesson in order for it to be a life lesson.

  20. I love these kinds of personal development posts. Great tips to living your best life!

  21. Wow, this is really nice. I feel like I’ve taken a valuable piece of wisdom. Thanks for sharing.

  22. These are really handy tips and im definitely pining this so I can keep reading it every now and then.

    1. Thank you, Christiana. I appreciate your kind words!

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