21 Things I Learned Before I Turned 21

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, the following two facts are most likely true:

  1. You’re my grandma (she is my biggest fan)
  2. You would know that I really really really LOVE my birthday

I’ve always looked forward to my birthday, mostly because I love attention  cake… I love cake… 

But in all honesty, I look forward to my birthday because it’s the perfect opportunity to reflect on what I’ve learned and how I’ve grown over the past 365 days (and y’all know that your girl LOVES a good self-reflection prompt). And it just so happens that my birthday perfectly alignes with the start of the school year so I can fully utilize those “New Year, New Me” vibes (I have to admit, it was pretty good planning on my parents part).

Ever since I’ve started this blog, I’ve shared a *number* Things I’ve Learned Before I Turned *number* post (be sure to check out 19 and 20) and honestly they have been some of my favourites to write because they give me a chance to remind myself of how far I’ve come in the past year and also  how much I still have to learn (which, spolier alert, is A LOT).  

And so with out further ado, I present to you, in no particular order: 


21 Things I’ve Learned Before I Turned 21

  1. Despite hating all sports with a burning passion, I actually really enjoy going to the gym (and I slightly hate myself for saying that).
  2. Directing a musical is challenging, exhausting, time consuming, emotionally taxing, and 120% worth it.
  3. No matter what happens, no one can take your accomplishments away from you. They are yours forever.
  4. If it walks like a Duckboy, and talks like a Duckboy, he’s probably a Duckboy… (and is most likely not worth your time)
  5. Losing weight can make you feel a lot better about yourself in the short term, but don’t worry, you’ll quickly find something else to hate. Self-love is choice that needs to be made every single day, regardless of pant size.
  6. Bullies still exists even in your 20s.
  7. There are few things that a trip to Indigo can’t solve (it is truly my happy place).
  8. The second cheapest wine on the menu is almost always a good choice.
  9. Good, true, honest friends do exists and they are wonderful. Keep making them a priority.
  10. A genuine “Thank You” is mighty powerful. Don’t be afraid to use it.
  11. If I don’t start getting work done before noon, nothing is gonna get done for that day.
  12. St. Hubert poutine does not fill the void that comes with watching someone who’s views drastically oppose yours come into political power (it is, however, still delicious).
  13. Coach bus drivers are either the kindest, most hardworking, intelligent people you will ever meet, or total misogynistic a**holes  –  there is no in between.
  14. Don’t let anyone talk you out of an idea just because it isn’t 100% clear at the beginning. Trust your gut and see where things take you.
  15. It’s okay if you care what people think of you, as long as you don’t care what EVERYBODY thinks of you. If the people whom you respect respect you in return, then its safe to say you are doing okay.
  16. Sometimes you can work really hard and do your very best, and things still don’t turn out the way you want them too. Know that this doesn’t make your efforts invaluable and you can still gain a lot from a “lost” opportunity.
  17. When one door closes another door will open, just not always right away. Do not try to force doors open, that is not progress, it’s just breaking and entering.
  18. I judge people way too hard for using the wrong your/you’re or their/there/they’re because I secretly mistake them ALL THE TIME (not because I don’t know the grammatical rules, just because type too fast and never re-read my texts).
  19. Qualities that you see as a strength in one aspect of your life, may be seen as a weakness somewhere else (and vise versa). Use this knowledge to find where you fit best.
  20. Resilience and self-motivation are two of the most valuable skills to have, because they are what keep you afloat when things inevitably get tough.
  21. It’s okay to still be learning.


20 was arguably one of the most difficult years of my life (right up there with 11, the year when I decided it was appropriate to stand on a table during lunchtime and sing “Stick to the Status Quo” from High School Musical for my whole class to hear in hopes of bringing down the “popular” kids – needless to say that did not work), but I am so grateful for the opportunities I’ve had and the lessons I’ve been able to learn (and re-learn, and re-learn).  With that being said, I am so looking forward to leaving this year behind and seeing what 21 had in store. Be sure to stick around to see what’s to come. 

À la prochaine,


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