10 Things I’ve Learned So Far in My 20s

I’m officially a little over a month into 26 and honestly, I’m not where I thought I would be. I’m sure most of us feel these inadequacies ever so often, but I always tend to feel it more around my birthday. I hate that, but it happens. I try to find the balance between celebrating my life, while having those feelings. However, after some reflection, I’m reminded that life is filled with ups and downs and any day is a day for celebration, especially if that day is a birthday! Furthermore, in these 26 trips around the sun, I’ve learned many lessons about this life. Here are 10 things I’ve learned so far in my twenties.

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5 Things I’ve Learned Since Working From Home

March 19th, life as I knew it, changed. My employer sent my team and I home to officially start the Work From Home process. Two months later, we’re still here and I’m not sure when we will return to office. Throughout these months, I’ve experienced highs and lows. Having to deal with bursts of productivity, then none at all, struggling to keep a sleep routine, having random video calls and meetings, waking up to messages about assignments due the same day and the list goes on. All while, constantly being reminded that the world is in a pandemic. A few Fridays ago, I was having a really off day. The feeling just came out of no where and coincidentally, I found myself hungry. But instead of going right into the kitchen to look for food, I kept saying, “No, Derencia, you have to finish this first before you can eat.” I literally, prioritized my job, before my basic human needs. It was only after speaking with one of my friends and she said, “You’re not simply working from home, you’re working THROUGH a pandemic”, I realized that I had to get myself together.

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8 Easy Ways to Practice Self Care

This isn’t my usual kind of post, but I felt like it was timely. With all the things that happened in January, I wanted to give you (see: myself) the extra push to keep following your dreams and living your best life. All while taking the necessary steps to practicing self care and choosing you always. I know we’ve all seen and probably even heard that, the world is ending and these are the signs. While, this may or may not be true, it did get me thinking. These past few days, I struggled with dealing with emotions of loss, tragedy and even questioned a few times, “What’s the point of all this?” I saw a tweet though that resonated with me and read it over and over again. I spoke with my mom and friends, watched Grace and Frankie, listened to inspirational music and read a few scriptures. A week later, the dark cloud is starting to move away. But honestly, if I don’t take care of me, who will? Time may be running out or I may have a whole lot of time left. We don’t know, but in the meantime, here’s how you can actively choose you and practice self care:

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