Number SEVEN: Eating healthy and exercising is REALLY important. It’s hard, don’t get me wrong, but working as a nurse for over two years, I see a lot of sick people, and most of them are obese and diabetic. No one take offense, because I know there are conditions in which you have no control over these things, but most of the people I see in the hospital had a choice. So take your health seriously. You only get one life to live, so make it the best it can possibly be. Live a balanced life. A one hour workout a day is only 4% of your day. STOP making excuses and just do it. Just move!
Number EIGHT: You can fry anything and it will be good. Fried oreos, case and point. (Trying fried foods like this is part of that balanced living from number 7!)
Number NINE: It is not cool to drink and drive. I am ashamed to admit that I have done it before, but man is that stupid. I did a clinical rotation on a trauma floor in college, and I saw numerous patients just messed up from car accidents where drinking and driving was involved. You are not only putting your life in danger, but the lives of the other people on the road. STOP being selfish, and call a cab, or a friend, or walk! There will be a time where this will come up, so be responsible and don’t get behind that wheel.
Number TEN: By yourself flowers. If you are single like me, it’s an easy way to treat yourself. Remember, you are worth it, and one day there will be a man, or woman, by your side to by those flowers for you!
Number ELEVEN: Travel! Yes, it’s very expensive, but save some money and do it. There is a great big world out there just waiting to be discovered. God has created some beautiful things, including YOU, so go explore and take it in. I made a promise with myself a couple of years ago to take a trip somewhere at least once a year, whether it be in the states or out of the country. I can’t take my money with me when I die, so I might as well use the little bit I have to see some of world 🙂
Number TWELVE: Dont stay in a job if it’s not something you love. It’s so hard to settle when your comfortable in a position, but if you don’t wake up everyday wanting to go to work or wanting to make a difference where you are, then change it. There are tons of jobs and different positions out there, you just can’t be lazy and not look. Do yourself a favor, because when you’re 60 and still in the same job you’ve hated for 35 years, you will be a grumpy, grumpy person!
Number THIRTEEN: Listen. It’s so easy to get caught up in giving advice when people share their problems, but don’t do it. If you can recall a time when you’ve been hurt, or struggling, just remember how much it meant for someone to just listen instead of jumping in with what you should and shouldnt be doing. Take a minute to step away from your selfish life and be selfless; just listen.
Number FOURTEEN: Don’t take hugs for granted. Some people may not be the touchy feely type, but step out of your comfort zone for a three-second hug. The embrace of someone who loves you or cares for you can be very emotionally reassuring. Do it, mean it, accept it; you never know when you could be giving someone their last hug.
Number FIFTEEN: Go out and dance. Yes, some people cannot dance, but it’s okay. Have a drink and let loose on the dance floor. Feel the rhythm, shake to the beat, and have fun. It’s not only a great way to have fun, it’s a great workout. Who cares if people think you can or can’t dance, just do it. Remember, self-confidence is a very attractive quality in a person; so be confident that you can dance, and no one will ever doubt you!
Number SIXTEEN: Make time to be by yourself. I spent two years of my life isolating myself from my friends and I became very depressed, and very sick. I finally started living again, and I couldn’t help but always be around people. So fast forward two years again, and now it’s hard to be comfortable being alone. It’s definitely a hard thing to balance and learn to do, but when you get to that point where you crave time by yourself to work out thoughts, get lost in a book, or just relax and watch TV, life starts to seem a little more balanced.
stay beautiful! xoxo