28 things I’ve learned in 28 years

My 28th birthday was this weekend, and I thought it would be fun to celebrate with a few life lessons from the last 28 years. Some are serious. Some are silly. It’s a pretty random list of wise tidbits, but it was fun to put together. Check it out, and let me know what wise tidbits would go on your list!

  1. Creative jobs are 100 percent possible and attainable. Don’t write them off because they seem too good to be true, because you’re “not talented enough” or because the market is over-saturated.
  2. Work hard. Especially if you’re trying to break into an over-saturated market. Talent is important, but the people who stand out and succeed are the people who show up every day and do the work.
  3. Loving your job is great, but you still have to make money. Health insurance and vacation time might not seem that important now, but they will when you need them.
  4. When you’re trying something new, it’s OK to start small. Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. 
  5. Small talk builds relationships. This is the first step to making friends.
  6. That annoying guy who sits next to you in Biblical Survey your freshman year of college will be the hot husband of your dreams in 10 years. Before you know it, he’ll make even the best boyfriend in a romantic comedy look bad.
  7. It would also be wise to reconsider everything you think about Oklahoma. Spoiler alert: you end up moving there, and you actually really like it.
  8. When someone starts a sentence with “just you wait” and then says something negative, ignore them. Most of the time they’re wrong. As for the times they’re not, there’s no reason to be worried about bad times when you should be enjoying the good times.
  9. Listen to everything Dave Ramsey says. Every. Single. Thing.
  10. Taxes. Learn about taxes. Stop worrying about asking stupid questions, because no one else really understands taxes either.
  11. The things you have anxiety about won’t matter in 10 years. Actually, they won’t matter in one year. Learn to let things go.
  12. Make a list of your priorities and make sure you’re living a life that matches those priorities.
  13. Jobs are temporary. Don’t sacrifice relationships for a job you’re going to leave in two years.
  14. Remember that people change.
  15. Buy a Neti Pot and use it even though you think it’s gross. This one thing will reduce your headaches by 90 percent.
  16. Stop making assumptions about other people.

    Senior Year of High School
  17. Don’t limit yourself to what other people think about you. You don’t have to fit in anyone’s box. If you want to start a blog about planners, try it. You may surprise yourself.
  18. It’s completely OK to do things just for fun. You don’t have to be the best at everything.
  19. Be OK with letting things go. Sometimes things don’t work out, and that’s OK. As long as you learn from your failures, you still gained something from the experience.
  20. Reconsider everything you think about Oklahoma. You end up living there, and it’s actually a pretty cool place.
  21. Facebook is not a fad. Start using better grammar and stop posting every awkward thought you have. Seriously, these will come back to haunt you.
  22. Life isn’t a competition.
  23. Stop settling for things that are just OK.
  24. Always triple check the recipients on an email before you click “send.”
  25. Sleep + healthy food are way more important than you think they are. There’s a huge connection between what you eat and how you feel.
  26. Have grace with yourself. Your mistakes don’t define you.
  27. Remember that everyone has awkward moments.  You’ll remember the times you were awkward more than anyone else will.
  28. The purpose of life is to make much of Jesus, not to make much of Katie.


  • Happy Birthday!!

    #21 on the list…I got a huge chuckle out of that one. I cringe when I see tons of posts in my timehop from 8-9 years ago. Now I post a few times a week instead of many times a day lol.

    Lots of wise advice in your post!

  • These are great! We’re just about the same age (I turned 28 in October). Numbers 1, 2, and 11 really stood out for me. I remember in final year of uni whenever I’d start having panic attacks about finishing I’d manage to calm down by reminding myself that in five years none of it will matter anymore.

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