Being in your 20's can be a roller coaster of heartbreaks, hangovers, career growth, and self discovery. This is a lot to deal with! And we're lucky if half of us make it to 30 with our shit still together. I know we all have a ton on our plates and never feel like we have enough time for anything but here are a few essentials to start doing now to ensure you make the most of this fleeting decade:

Get in shape - believe me, I know how hard it is to start. But you don't have to wait for a Monday or a special meal plan. Just get out there and go for a walk on your lunch break. Building muscle mass and getting your body used to exercise ensures that you'll not only look and feel great but that you'll maintain these habits the rest of your life.

Eat better - all those nights of drinking and getting hangovers are slowly starting to take a toll. Maybe that run to In-N-Out or Burger King ever lunch break is starting to show and affect you a bit too much. What you put into your body will end up showing the next day. Drinking more water and eating more fruits and vegetables is the way to go. Start developing ways to enjoy these things from now to ensure you'll keep them in your diet.

Wear sunscreen - I'm sure you've heard it a million times but just trust me. Wearing sunscreen is probably the most important thing you can do. Not only does it protect you from cancer causing UV rays but it also keeps your skin moisturized. Keeping your skin dry day after day breaks down the elasticity and will encourage fine lines and flaking.

Do things you love - this is the time to find hobbies and to try out a ton of things to find out what you love. If you don't take time to get in touch with yourself you're going to have major problems once you start settling into life. You'll realize that your life is super lame and it's all because you have no work life balance. So take the time to start trying new and old things to see what you're into.

Let go of negativity - do you have a grudge you've been holding on to for a while? Are there toxic people in your life that always put a damper on your day? Are you ready for a change but too afraid? This is the time to get rid of all of this. Holding on to grudges only affects you. It's a good idea to free up that space for more important things. Sometimes you have to exclude people from your life. This sadly can also include family members. If these people offer nothing but stress and sadness then they are not worth your time and effort. Learn to respect yourself enough to let go and move on.

Save, save, save - you never know when you'll get into an accident, have an unexpected bill come up or need to go on a last minute trip. That's why it's so important to save something from every pay check. Even if all you can put away is $5 from each check that's still better than nothing and it will add up over time creating a nice emergency fund for future disasters.

If you have a child, start saving for their future - a few of us have kids by now. Maybe we're even married. If you have reached this step in life the best thing you can do is to start saving for your child's future. Open a little account on the side where you put away as little as $10 a month (something you'll barely even notice).

Create meaningful relationships - those one night stands and hi-bi friends aren't gong to be there when you really need them. And trust me, when you are in a rut emotionally, physically, etc it's going to be really nice to have some super close friends you can call just for advice. Also, make sure you're that good friend for someone as well. It is such a great feeling to help someone get through a hard time and knowing that you were able to make a difference in their lives. Age really doesn't matter when it comes to this and some of my close friends are my senior by 10-20 years.

Plan ahead - start thinking of where you want to be in 5, 10 or 15 years. Where do you see yourself at  30, 35...? Do you want to make a certain amount of money, own your home, car, start a business? Start planning these things out. Then break them down into smaller more manageable tasks that you can work on a few times a week. A little planning goes a long way.

Don't take these years for granted guys. Don't wait until 30 or 40 to take that trip you've always wanted to go on. Or to apply for that dream job. Put yourself out there. This is the time where you need to take risks, work super hard, and set the habits for your future self. Just be sure to appreciate each moment while doing it :)


Tips for your 20s

by on Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Being in your 20's can be a roller coaster of heartbreaks, hangovers, career growth, and self discovery. This is a lot to deal with! ...

Did you get the memo for the "office 15"? I sure didn't. And it wasn't until my clothes started to get really snug that I realized what was really going on. It turns out all those lunch time outings and daily break room desserts (usually left over cake from a meeting or party) were causing the pounds to pack on. And my measly 3 workouts a week at just 30 minutes each weren't able to keep up. So, I decided to take a deep, hard look at myself and came up with a plan that for the past 3 months has been both realistic and effective.

Have something to eat as soon as you get into work - I believe they refer to this as "breakfast" but I like to think of it as an early morning snack. For me this is usually an apple or some plain steel cut oats with flax seeds and cinnamon. I'll usually have some hot tea with this as well. All of this would usually tie me over until about 11:00 am or even noon.

Drink lots of water - Honestly I would say you should be refilling your water bottle at least 4 times a day. Supermodel Adriana Lima drinks 1 gallon a day! I mean look at her....nuff' said.

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Get that water grrrrl!

Go for a walk in the morning (and afternoon if you can) - not only are walks refreshing but they also aid in weight loss and lowered stress. I noticed that my concentration was more than doubled after coming back from a walk. Things that seemed impossible to solve were now clear as day.

Get up from your desk every hour - if you're drinking water at this rate then you'll automatically get up every hour just to use the restroom or refill your bottle. But if you're not that frequent then try setting a little reminder on your phone or computer that tells you to at least stand up and stretch a bit.

Snack every time you feel hungry - The days of starving yourself skinny are long gone and have been proven wrong on so many levels. If you feel hungry then eat! but eat wisely. keep a couple snacks on hand: almonds, fruits, veggies. Things that take little to no prep that you can just munch on throughout the day.

Eat right before you leave work - Here's something that took me a while to pick up on. I was doing so well throughout the day but by the time I was ready to go home I was famished. So much so that I would go home and just eat everything in sight.

My fix: eat something right before you head out the door. That way your chances of going to the gym are much higher and your chances of over eating much lower.

Set a goal for when you get home - Visualize the rest of your day while still at work. What do you see yourself accomplishing for those last 5 or 6 hours in your day. I always try to set myself 3 goals a day. Nothing big, just tiny pieces of much larger goals.

Relax -Always take time to relax. If that means taking a quick bath or a minute to just close your eyes and be thankful for what you have in life. It's very important to have "me" time. Doing this prevents you from burning out, keeps you in touch with yourself and in the end makes you a lot more happy.

Thanks for reading :)