23 Lessons from my 23 Years

By Camellia Khalvati, Guest BloggerDecember 4, 2015


I turn 23 next week, so I thought it’d be appropriate to think of the many lessons I’ve learned over the years and share a few with you.

Through the hundreds of hurdles I’ve cleared, tripped over, or just run away from, I present you my..

“23 Lessons from my 23 Years.” 

(in no significant order)

  1. Treat others the way THEY want to be treated.
  2. Through all the highs and the lows, stay in the middle to avoid the exhaustion that comes with the rise and fall.
  3. If you think tomatoes are awesome and your friend doesn’t agree, it doesn’t make them any less awesome. Don’t let anyone yuck your yum.
  4. When the student is ready, the teacher appears.
  5. The lives of strangers matter just as much as the lives of those you love.
  6. When feelings of envy arise, try celebrating the person and see them as inspiration. 
  7. The more self discipline you practice, the more freedom you welcome into your life.
  8. Swap snoozing the alarm clock for a moment to set your intentions for the day.
  9. Do your best, then detach yourself from situations you don’t have any control over.
  10. What comes easy won’t last, what lasts won’t come easy. Except for love.
  11. Invest in experiences; invest in other people; invest in yourself.
  12. Make a budget, follow the budget and don’t complain.
  13. In moments of stress, write EVERYTHING down so your brain can take a break. Then blast music and dance your heart out.
  14. OWN your dance moves, no matter how goofy or off-beat. They are FABULOUS.
  15. Take time to evaluate your feelings before pointing a finger at someone else.
  16. Plan for spontaneity. That’s right, plan ahead so you have the flexibility in your schedule to run off for the weekend!
  17. Back up all your devices on a regular basis. I mean like everyday.
  18. Always make excuses to celebrate! Every bit of growth deserves a party.
  19. Don’t compromise your beliefs and values just to please other people.
  20. Make sure the words you choose to express yourself with don’t hurt others.
  21. When you move backwards in life, it only means you’re about to launch forward.
  22. Don’t wait until it’s too late to start appreciating your blessings.
  23. Seekers are finders. So dream on, sister!

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About Camellia

CAM_writer_bio_(1).jpgCamellia runs the I AM THAT GIRL Local Chapter Program! She is a self-proclaimed artist, optimist, activist, and love enthusiast. Being an IATG chapter leader changed her life. Now Camellia is fueled everyday by the opportunity to guide girls from around the world on the incredible journey that is the I AM THAT GIRL experience.


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