22 Things I’ve Learned in 22 Years

This last Wednesday (the 18th) marked my 22nd birthday, and among the multiple celebrations with my love, my friends, and a featuring Skype party with my parents back in Canada, it got me thinking about the things that I’ve learned over the years. I’ve been so lucky to experience so much  over my short life-so-far, and so I thought it would be very apt to do the obligatory birthday blog post.

Leather-Bound = Dean's Village


  1. Always keep chocolate in the flat – it’s last minute therapy.
  2. Your independence will surprise you.
  3. Your gut feeling is usually right.
  4. Not everyone is going to like you, and that’s okay
  5. Believe it or not, your friends don’t care at all what you look like. You think about it more than anyone else.
  6. Books, books, books.
  7. Coffee is your best friend.
  8. Regardless of how you felt about high school, university will be the most challenging and rewarding experience of your life.
  9. Love does exist – but destiny, fate, and “meant to be” has nothing to do with it.
  10. An episode of Gilmore Girls will fix just about anything.
  11. Go with your passions. You’re allowed to like things that may seem contradictory at first glance.
  12. …Following that, ALLOW yourself.
  13. You’re stronger than you would have ever imagined.
  14. It may sound like a cliché, but it is undeniably true that life takes multiple unexpected turns.
  15. Everything – maybe not right away, and probably not when you want them too – but everything does, eventually, turn out fine.
  16. You can be both leather and lace.
  17. No matter how many shocking looks you get, it is okay to dislike Nutella (I know, I know).
  18. Your home isn’t always where you grew up.
  19. Do not allow destructive relationships to go on longer than they should. If something feels wrong to you, then it probably is.
  20. Your relationship with yourself is nobody’s business.
  21. “No” is a powerful word – use it.
  22. There is always more to learn.

leather-Bound = camera

The past two years – especially 2016 – have been such an incredible experience for me. I couldn’t be more thankful for all the people that have come into my life and chosen to stay, and all the ways I have learned to independently speak, think, move, and live. Amid all the turmoil and tumultuous ups and downs, there has been no end of reasons to smile.