Things I Know at 26

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Going to bed before 10 is the absolute best.

The size you think you wear means nothing, so always try it on first.

Choosing a planner will forever be my Everest.

It’s possible to watch a single episode of Friends seventy billion times and it will still be hilarious and perfect.

Watching Jimmy Fallon is good for the soul.

Only say yes to the things you really want.

Love loudly and be grateful.

Treat your body well, and it will treat you well. But chili dogs are good, too.

Spend more time listening and less time talking.

Put in the work and don’t complain.

There is no wrong way to eat Nutella.

Few things require more self-discipline than going into Target and only leaving with what you came for.

Speed cameras are serious business (but you can go twelve over and it’s fine).

Adulting means paying bills and scrubbing tile grout but it also means you can decide that leggings are pants.

If Meryl Streep is in it, it’s going to be fantastic.

Always bring a sweater.

If at first you don’t succeed, find a how-to video on YouTube.

Find the time to recharge and rest, or you’ll pay for it in premature wrinkles and undereye bags.

(Thirty is right around the corner, you know.)

Take that trip, catch up with old friends, go to that concert. Eat all of the chili dogs. These are the hardest years, and these are the best years, and it keeps getting better.

Author: Erica the Great

Wife, momma, teacher, and a twenty-something for a little while longer. Every day, I'm a lot of things for a lot of people. This space? It's just for me.

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