I wish I could say these are things I stopped and started doing a lot earlier than 28-years-old but timing is everything. Between the ages of 26 and 28, I did a lot of adulting, fast. It was during these “formative” years that I started making changes in my overall well-being. Since making these small yet imperative changes life has been a lot…lighter. Here are a few things I stopped and started doing once I hit 28.
I stopped runnin’ around, spending my money on nonsense
I started being more conscious of how I was spending money and what I was spending it on. For example, I didn’t HAVE to go into Tj Maxx for one top and walk out with 3 picture frames, a “welcome mat”, several candles, and a buffet of face masks because “they were only $2.99”.
I started keeping my car clean
I will never forget the look on my girlfriends face when she got into my car a few years ago and I literally had to scoop trash and other nonsense from the passenger seat and toss it in the back. Basically, I started treating my car like my vehicle and not a literal mobile home.
I stopped drinking with the sole intention of getting drunk
My days of playing tour-de-Franzia and shot-gunning beers on a Wednesday night are long behind me. SO, for me to say “OMG, do you want to get day-drunk” means I am having two glasses of wine and then I can’t feel my face. Also, a girl has stuff to do! I can’t spend the whole next day hungover binging double cheeseburgers and Hulu. However, that’s not to say I don’t go out and enjoy myself from time to time.
I started washing my face every single night
Fact: I can only name three times in the last three years that I have gone to bed with makeup on and without washing my face. I don’t know if it is an OCD thing at this point, but I attribute (without sounding conceited) my fairly clear skin to the way I take care of it.
I stopped cursing out loud, and very loudly, in public
Ugh. Nothing grinds my gears more than when I hear an adult, a grown woman, curse out loud in public despite who may be around. Let me be the first to admit, I am not innocent in this but that was years ago and if you are my age and not being more conscious of your language in public, it’s time to staaaart.
I started making more time for self-care
It’s amazing what happened to my mental health once I started taking time for myself. As a married gal, I found myself making no time for me, filling up my cup. It started with little things like bubble baths, getting my nails done, face masks, you know, girl stuff.
I stopped needing so many friends
Quality over quantity people, it’s that simple. My roster is pretty full of nothing but great, great people.
I started having higher standards – in every area
In my marriage, friendships, job, you name it, I started really evaluating my self-worth and what I deserved in every area of my life. This can probably go hand-in-hand with improving my self-care but this was bigger than that.
What would you add to this list, is there anything about your life that you changed up once you hit a certain age? Share yours in the comments below!