19 Things I’ve Learned Before Turning 19

Today I turn one year older, one year wiser, and on year messier. In light of that, I though it would be fun to post a few little things I have learned in the past years. 

19 things I’ve learned before turning 19

• Don’t judge people before you know them.
• When washing dishes in the dishwasher, make sure to use dishwashER soap, not just dishwashING soap. If you get the two mixed up, you’ll end up with a big bubbly mess and your mom will scold you for ruining the dishwasher. 
• When you have no one to buy you flowers, buy yourself flowers. 
• Be careful who you trust. 
• Don’t rush into a relationship. Enjoy being signal, discover who you are, make the most of your time you have to yourself.
• Coffee comes before Talkee. 
• You don’t have to please every single person. 
• Just because your not good at something or you don’t know how to do something, doesn’t mean you can’t learn or get better. 
• Never take anything for granted, not even the small every day things. 
• Your little brother will, in fact, get taller than you. There’s nothing you can do to prevent it. 
• Be real and raw and venerable. Don’t worry about other people judging you. 
• Don’t let worthless, negative comments get you down. When you do your best, that’s what counts.
• Kitchens are for dancing.  
• You don’t /need/ someone, but you sure can /want/ someone. 
• Write, write, write. Even if it’s messy, just pour yourself out onto paper. Edit later… or maybe even not at all. 
• 2am were made for poets, writers, visionaries, photographers, painters, over thinkers, and silent seekers.
• Being honest is more attractive then being impressive.
• Long drives with the windows rolled down are soothing to the soul. 
• No matter how old you get, you will never stop making mistakes and you will never stop learning. 

The In Between

I believe 2015 has been the year of the “in between” for me. If any of you know me and my story, you know that in 2014 and the years before I was very different, perhaps I was just in the high school stage of trying to figure myself out. Since January of 2015, though, I’ve felt a slight change and I’m not exactly sure what to call it. I feel like this whole year I’ve been in between the stages of something old and something new. The in betweens of an ending and a beginning. I know it’s not the end of the year yet, but I feel like in these past 8 months, I’ve been in a stage where I’m recovering from old scares and wounds and getting prepared for what is to come. Getting my song back together again.
Maybe it’s just the golden bliss of this lovely, Sunday evening but I know something good is coming up ahead. The “in between” has been quite a journey in itself, getting to meet new people, gain new friends, getting to do new things, and say goodbye to old ones. I don’t think any amount of imagination could have dreamed up what these last few months have been for me. How in the world can I imagine what’s up ahead? Heck I’m not even going to try. I think surprises are best away.
In between, you have been lovely.
Now here’s to the leap ahead.