21 Things Learned Before Age 21

I've (Emily, here!) learned a lot in my short 21 years here in the world, and I think it's all pretty great. It's cool to realize that I have this space to share with you my 21 bits of advice for everyone. Enjoy! Xx.

Here's what I've learned so far ...

1. Nobody is going to swoop in and rescue you from your life; only you can do that for yourself.

2. You don’t gain or lose 10 pounds by eating a bowl of ice cream. Grab a spoon & dig in.

3. No one looks at you and says, oh my god if that dimple weren’t there on your right butt cheek, I’d love you so much more. Love yourself the way other people love you: without judgment and criticism.

4. Magic drink and cure-all: spinach and banana smoothie. Perfect post toxin binge, wink wink.

5. Being young isn’t an excuse to be socially inappropriate, but growing up doesn’t give you permission to lose your sense of wonder. 

6. If you don’t love it, don’t do it/ have sex with it/ buy it. 

7. Do no harm, but take no shit. And if you do harm, remember a sincere apology speaks volumes. 

8. Forgiveness takes you further than any resentment ever will. 

9. Celebrate the little things. They are the foundation for your success. 

10. Wear the new shoes, the sexy lingerie, the leather pants; there’s no special occasion like living life to the fullest.

11. Some things are just not about you. Regardless of your inner 4-year-old opinion, the universe does not revolve around you.

12. Friendships are just like any other relationship: they take trust, understanding, communication, and love.

13. Take a day off “just because”. You’ll never know what great ideas come from a little R&R.

14. Stay in touch with the teachers that made you believe in the world again. They will forever encourage and inspire your dreams.

15. Put yourself out there, again and again, regardless of rejection or being shut down. You never know when the other person will blink and think: this one

16. Read your favorite books over and over again — chick lit, comics, biographies, it doesn’t matter as long as you love it. 

17. Don’t be afraid of love. It might not be a forever kind of love, but if it makes your heart sing for a moment, hold on tight with no regrets. Remember your worth does not depend on the opinions of others, but rather the opinion you hold of yourself.

18. There are no rules on heartbreak. Take as much time as you need. 

19. If there's something you’re passionate about, go for it. Don’t wait. You never know how your story will unfold until you leap.

20. Sometimes, all you need is a cup of tea, someone to brush your hair, and a funny movie. 

21. Stop waiting for the shoe to drop and just live your damn life. If something bad happens, it happens, but it’s not because of something you did or didn’t do. You’ll notice when you stop expecting terrible things to happen, they stop happening. 

P.S. Use the hashtag #thegreatvibesguide for anything that makes you feel like doing the happy dance or expressing your imperfectly perfect self.

P.S.S. Did you know you get a free Great Vibes Guide & grocery store printable when you sign up for The Newsletter? >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

P.S.S.S. Have you checked out all of the
other places Emily's spreading the Great Vibes?