27 Lessons from My 27th Year

28th Birthday, Style

I’m writing this in the last few hours of my 27th year. It’s funny ’cause I know that tomorrow (or when you’re reading this: today), 28 won’t feel any different than 27.

Today we’re taking a brief break from giveaways (don’t worry – they’ll be back tomorrow!), and instead we’re going to talk a bit about the lessons learned in my 27th year of life. Let’s get to it.

  • Feel. Don’t become numb to happiness, sadness, or even the basics like how the wind ruffles your hair.
  • Make time for people who are special in your life.
  • Find your creative outlet.
  • Don’t let other people’s opinions about who you are, define you.
  • Take care of yourself.
  • Stand up for yourself.
  • Stand up for others who may not be able to.
  • The time is now. Not tomorrow.
  • Learn how to say “no”.

  • Work hard, play harder.
  • Step outside your comfort zone. That’s where life begins.
  • Learn to love yourself. Yes, your body too.
  • Be bold.
  • Surround yourself with people who love, support, and inspire you.
  • Find a mentor for your career, your passion, your interests.
  • Prioritize your life with the categories and activities you love. Do those things.
  • Splurge on something nice for yourself. But don’t splurge TOO much.
  • Be present. Don’t become so attached to your phone that you forget to live in the real world.

  • Your body is the greatest instrument you’ll ever own. Use it, care for it, love it.
  • Find opportunity in everything.
  • Travel. Explore. Adventure.
  • Invest in quality shoes. They’re worth it, believe me.
  • Stop using the excuse that you’re too young. Believe in yourself and get it done.
  • Forgive.
  • Love and be loved.
  • Perfection isn’t everything. We all have flaws and imperfections.
  • Above all, be you.

My 27th year was certainly a whirlwind and one of the most exciting yet. It brought so much to my life – here’s just a few:

I can’t wait to see what 28 brings me! I’m sure it’ll be a good one.

Dress // Jacket c/o Seattle Premium Outlets // Earrings // Bracelet c/o Popsugar // Shoes

Rachael Riveira Photography