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10 birthdays away from home, 10 lessons to share

Bye-bye April 2023! It's officially been 10 birthday celebrations away from home, and a decade of wonderful people who became family singing 'Happy Birthday' to me :') Here are 10 things I've learned throughout the years of living so far from home:

  1. Happiness is only real when shared - making lots of money makes no sense if you have no one to share it with.

  2. People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Not all of them will be a part of your life as long as you thought. Never take them for granted, but don't get too attached either.

  3. Staying present and admitting when you're wrong are both essential.

  4. Try not to end things with people on a bad note. Make people have a good memory of you because you never know how they might impact your future.

  5. Always smile. People may forget your name and what you do, but they'll remember your energy and attitude toward life.

  6. Travel as much as you can. It's an excellent way to see life from different perspectives and make all kinds of friends. It's only people who will open doors and opportunities for you.

  7. Always help others without expecting anything in return. Be thankful for the good, be thankful for the bad, they are both part of the journey that makes you who you are today.

  8. Respect people's time, and they'll respect yours. Treat others the way you want to be treated.

  9. Set clear boundaries for everything. It will save you time and avoid misunderstandings.

  10. Make the time to spend with yourself. Make yourself a priority. If you don't know how to say no, learn how to say no.

And here are three extras:

  1. Find three hobbies you love - one to make you money, one to keep you healthy, and one to be creative.

  2. Try a bit of everything - it's essential to know what you DON'T want in life.

  3. Always do the things that scare you, even if you feel like you're not ready to do so. You'll never feel ready - just do it. Nobody really knows what they're doing anyway... I promise you.

Thank you to everyone who was part of this decade of mine!"

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