17 Things I’ve Learned in 17 Years

Hi, friends!! Today is my birthday (along with my twin brother), so I thought why not share 17 things I’ve learned the passed 17 years with you! Here we go šŸ’—

1. Each day holds the new opportunity to be better than the person you were yesterday.

I learned this the hard way- thinking I was fine the way I was. Never challenging myself or trying to improve my weaknesses or even strengths, the truth is each day holds growth to become a better person and its just up to us to take the opportunity.

2. Friendships can always be created, despite cultural and language barriers, because a smile works in any language and is known in every culture.

One of the biggest things I’ve learned is that a smile goes a long way. My siblings and I have learned to look past the difficulties of cultural and language barriers-they’ll always be there. Most of our friendships while growing up started with something as simple as a smile and game of tag.

3. The more you travel, the more your heart will expand.

I used to think my heart only had so much room. I thought I could only love one place and a handful of people, but the more I travel and meet new people the more I realize how much love for new places and people a heart can truly hold.

4. All people are different, but they still all need Jesus.

I’ve learned that everyone is different from skin color, wealth, education, popularity, cultural backgrounds, religion- all of it, but that doesn’t make a stitch of a difference to the fact that everyone needs the love of Jesus in their life. I don’t care if your poor or rich or anything else, I just want you to have the opportunity to at least see a glimpse of the beautiful, endless love of Jesus.

5. A grateful heart is one of the most powerful tools to having a good day.

Have you ever heard the quote “a grateful heart is a magnet for miracles”? Well, it really is. You can have a good day with a grateful heart or bad day with an ungrateful one- its really up to you.

6. There is always something new to be learned, keep an open mind.

I’ve learned that there really is something new to be learned every single day and that an open mind is the key to learning new things.

7. Change is part of life and so is learning to accept it.

Life changes a lot, at least mine does. Learning to accept that change is difficult, but so extremely necessary if you want to live in the present with joy instead of discontentment.

8. God is so, so good and faithful.

From every country, state, and home I’ve moved too to each month, day, and minute of my life God has been beyond good and faithful, and for that I am thankful.

9. Stick with “see ya later,” goodbyes are too painful and dreary.

I learned a long time ago that goodbyes (or “see ya later”) are a big part of my life, and instead of dreading the next goodbye with each passing day, I say “see ya later” and trust that one day, we’ll see each other again. I’ve never really liked goodbyes, they’re honestly so dreary and dull, so I stick with “see ya later”.

10. Life is a big beautiful adventure to live more like Jesus every single day.

Every morning when I wake up, my goal is to be more like Jesus and so far, it has been one big beautiful adventure filled with so many opportunities to love others.

11. Love unconditionally and laugh until your stomach hurts, because life’s too short and being serious is far too boring.

If anything I’ve learned that time doesn’t last forever, so don’t take for granted the days that you’re given. They’re a gift. Love fully, laugh often, and live in the present.

12. Comparison will only lead to discontentment.

This is one that I learned this year- comparison really is the thief of joy and contentment. So live your best for Christ and keep your eyes on Him, because it’s so easy to get distracted by everyone elses lives.

13. Choose to find joy in the journey God has set before you.

No matter where in this world God has me, I choose to have joy, because there’s nothing as beautiful as being where God wants you.

14. A willing heart leads people to beautiful destinations.

To have a willing heart is like stepping out of your comfort zone and into this circle that God has filled with incredible, endless opportunities. Sure, it’s not always easy, but the places God takes you and uses you for His glory makes it all worth it.

15. Learn to be kind, because everyone faces some sort of battle we don’t know about.

Every one I’ve ever met has faced some type of battle and just because I don’t always see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. I’ve learned that kindness heals and encourages other’s to keep going.

16. Airports are the end of a chapter and the beginning of a new one in this wonderful book called life.

Airports- that in-between place that I have a love-hate relationship with. Some of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had have taken place in an airport. Oh, the things you learn. The goodbyes and hello’s exchanged, the place of ending and beginning.

17. I am completely undeserving of this beautiful thing called grace that my Saviour lavishes me in each and every day.

Grace. What a humbling thing.

Sending love and blessings to you all,


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