twenty-two things I’ve learned at twenty-two (+ a little about me)

another year older, another year wiser. still classically Colleen.

Well first thing is first: if you don’t already know me, my name is Colleen McCaffrey. I am twenty-two years old and I am an undergraduate student at the University of Central Florida, studying a combined major of advertising and public relations. I read so many lifestyle & fashion focused columns + follow so many bloggers on social media, and must say- I have been pretty inspired as of late. I always think “hmm, it would be so cool to start a blog of my own” but I have never just sat down and committed to writing something out. But i have journals full of ideas and I finally am here to say: Let’s do this. I’ll tell you more about myself throughout my posts, but yeah- hello! This is my simple introduction. Also, a quick shout-out to my lovely gal pal, Jayleen Fajardo (@pdf.jay) for the photo below.

Okay, so now onto the subject of the matter: 22 things I have figured out (for the most part) at 22 years old:

Number 1: Not everyone is going to like you- and that is A-OK. This is something I have struggled with for a long time. I have always been a “people pleaser” and been too concerned with what others opinions of me are. Don’t get too caught up in what people think about you- as long as you are happy with yourself, everything is gonna be just peachy, my friend.

Number 2: There is no wrong time for brunch food. ‘Nuff said.

This is probably one of the most delicious, yet super basic meals I’ve ever had. Avocado and egg toast + a latte from The Glass Knife- Winter Park, Florida.

Number 3: Work hard, play hard. As cliche as that may sound- it is so true! Nothing feels better than working super hard and having that work pay off. Get your stuff done and then go on and have some fun. Try to have fun along the way though- life is too short.

Number 4: Stop apologizing for things that don’t solicit an apology. I was literally the girl where if someone pushed me into a wall or something, I would apologize. Which makes NO SENSE to do.

Number 5: Letting something go usually leads to gaining something in return.

Number 6: Be true to yourself. I know it’s corny. But for real- do it.

Number 7: You’re never too old to stop someone and ask to pet their dog. C’mon.

Number 8: You know how earlier I mentioned how there is no wrong time for brunch food? Same thing with coffee. (Although, if you plan on getting a decent amount of sleep, I suggest you cut off your caffeine intake 3 to 4 hours before you plan on hittin’ the sheets.)

Note: I did not drink all of this in one sitting. I was actually standing, thank you very much.

Number 9: You do NOT have to be in a relationship to be happy. The past few years I have been single- yes, I’ve been on a few dates here and there and they were fun, sure. But I have honestly learned so much about myself whilst being single. Don’t get me wrong- I love being a girlfriend and sharing love with another person, but being independent and single throughout the majority of college has taught me so much. And lately I have been the happiest I have been in a LONG time. One of these days though the right guy will come along, but until then I am perfectly content with life.

Number 10: Accept your past with no regrets, handle your present with confidence, and face your future with no fear. (Still working on this one.)

Number 11: Wheat grass shots are NASTY. I could never be a health guru. I took one for the first time a week ago or so and let’s just say I never feel compelled to do that again.

Number 12: Treat yo’ self. Buy that pair of shoes you’ve been dying to get your hands on. Get yourself a bottle of moscato and some sushi and have yourself a darn good time. You work hard and you deserve it.

Go get wine with your best friend. It’s good for the soul.

Number 13: You really will meet some of your best friends in your twenties. I have met so many people in the past couple of years, and I am so grateful they’re in my life.

Number 14: Blocking negative people on social media is good for your mental health. Don’t feel guilty about it. Your mental health is so important.

Number 15: Saying no means you know your limits.

Number 16: The true mark of maturity is when somebody hurts you and you try to understand their situation instead of trying to hurt them back.

Number 17: It’s okay to be an old soul. I realized how much I love to stay at home and watch Netflix in bed while everyone else is out partying. You know what? That is perfectly okay.

Number 18: It’s okay to have a routine. I get the appeal of being wild and spontaneous, but having a regular routine to follow is not a bad thing. Do what works best for YOU.

Number 19: Be wise with your money. Yes, we are young. Yes, spending money is fun. But budgeting is so helpful and smart. Save money, break impulsive spending habits. Buy what makes you happy, but things that will continue to do so down the road.

Number 20: You’re paying for a gym membership. Use it. Dang it.

Number 21: Take time out of each day for yourself. Sit outside in the morning while your drink your coffee while it’s nice and quiet. Go for a walk. Take a bubble bath. Anything you can do to have some quality alone time.

And finally, Number 22: Be nice to people. The simplest thing on here, but one of the most important. You never know what someone is going through, the least you can do is be nice. It’ll get you far.

So that’s about it, my friends. This was really fun. I can tell I’m gonna enjoy this whole blog thing. I am going to try to post bi-weekly, permitting I am not drowning in schoolwork at the time. I am going to post more lifestyle things, as well as fashion, beauty, maybe food? Who knows. You’ll just have to stay tuned until next time, my dears.

Much love,

Colleen M.