BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Chris

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Christopher Michael
Age • 28

“I cannot even begin to tell you how many regrets I have for time that I’ve wasted.”

BEING Young & Twenty is to be aware of how meaningful and important every single day is. I cannot begin to tell you how many regrets I have for the time I’ve wasted.

As a recovering drug addict and alcoholic, with 2 short years of sobriety, the majority of my 20’s (and teens) was spent looking down the neck of the bottle or pipe.

I finally broke the law, got caught, spent a year in jail, and another 7 months in rehab. I’m still finishing up a 5 year deferred adjudicated probation sentence.

I couldn’t escape accountability.

I had to face it head on.

BEING Young & Twenty means I’m not a child anymore.

I say this not because I deserve a pity party – but to STRESS how important it is to be mindful of your actions and how they can, and will, affect your future.

If you know someone going down a questionable path, don’t be afraid to confront them. The future is depending on you and me, us twenty-somethings, so let’s not compromise our values & self-respect!

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Understanding Life • The For Better Or Worse Life Promised

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“For as long as we turn our head to the bad of reality, we’re missing our chance to stand up for the good.”

We live in a fast-moving world that often forces our heads to turn to the bad instead of the good. But we cannot live this way. We cannot focus on what’s wrong when there’s so much that is right. There is so much to believe in.

We must stop and look around.

We must stop and look around or we’ll miss a puppy see a flower roll in its first flower bed or a baby take its first steps. We’ll miss the ‘thug’ on the bus give their seat to an elder, or your neighbour – smiling wide – as they hold open the door. We’ll miss one homeless person share their sandwich with another and a child’s face light up, with a new teddy in their arms.

We have the ability to see what we want.

With every step, we remind ourselves of heartbreak and pain. The humans that start war and the evil on the news. We look away to avoid a society we’ve been taught to hate. Of course, this world is full of broken people.

Misguided people.

But, for as long as we turn our head to the bad of reality, we’re missing our chance to stand up for the good. We’re missing the for better or worse that life promised.


This image was illustrated in collaboration with Lemon Chicken Por Favor

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BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Hadley

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Hadley White
Hadley White
Age • 20

“Just because I don’t know what the future holds for me in college, doesn’t mean I need to be scared.”

BEING Young & Twenty means uncertainty.

We’re still discovering ourselves.

We’re trying to find our identity.

I never thought I’d be scared – but I am.

I’m worried about how I’ll do in college and what I’ll do after.

I’m worried about my finances. I’m worried if I’ll make my family proud.

I’m starting to realize that just because I don’t know what the future holds for me, doesn’t mean I need to be scared.

Yes, I don’t know what I’m doing in the next month, or what classes I’m taking this fall, but that’s okay. It’s okay to be uncertain. It should make us excited.

Excited to see what the future is going to hold.

I like to think that uncertainty means new discoveries.

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BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Kendra

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Kendra Beltran
Exploring Adulthood
Age • 29

“Hermits do not date. How could we? We sit at home 99.9% of the day and only see those in our socially awkward social group.”

Hermit’s don’t date.

How could we?

We sit at home all day and hang out with those in our awkward social group. A group which does not scream “Hey boys!” when out in public. Getting a date the old-fashioned way at a club or while standing in line at a Starbucks was not going to happen for me.

With few years left in my 20’s, I decided not to hit the BIG 3 – 0 with my V-card in hand. So, I did what any hermit in the digital age did – I headed online.

I started to focus on the sexual part of my humanity. It gave me this new found confidence and led me to a man that I could not see myself being without today. I’d spent every year of my 20’s being in a shadow up until that point, but I finally started seeing myself as a worthy person.

Ready for what? I’m still not sure.

BEING Young & Twenty is the exploration of self.

Exploration is the only way one discovers.

Make progressions and try and see who you are by 30.

It’ll seem less daunting when you have an idea of what the next chapter holds.

For me? That’s marriage, moving on from the comfort of the place I’ve lived post-college, and seeing the world.

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100 • Ways To Live Life A Little Happier

100 • Ways To Live Life A Little Happier

Life’s not always easy.

Sometimes our families bicker, our days are long, our nights feel lonely, and our minds simply can’t rest. It’s in these moments we must realize that happiness truly is the smallest things in life. So small that we often miss them, in this fast and chaotic world that we live in.

And so, I created a list of things to do, thoughts to think, and actions to take, to hopefully help myself (and whoever scrolls through this post) to live life a little happier.

What’s something that makes you happy?
Let me know in the comments

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  1. Do cardio for at least 15 minutes a day
  2. Wear a BIG, oversize sweater
  3. Start the successful blog you’ve always wanted to
  4. Remind yourself that things get better
  5. TAKE IT EASY ON THE BOOZE
  6. Avoid negative people
  7. Get a planner to use instead of your phone calendar
  8. Listen to your favorite songs in acoustic versions
  9. Clean your Email inbox
  10. Delete anyone from Facebook that gives you bad vibes
  11. Give yourself an honest compliment in the mirror
  12. Watch your favorite TV show from the 90’s
  13. Try a deep breathing exercise
  14. Rest your legs up against the wall for a few minutes
  15. Spend an entire Saturday lost in a game of ‘SIMS’
  16. Sign up for a ‘Survey’ website to start making side cash
  17. Take a ‘mental health’ day
  18. Make a BIG mug of your favorite tea
  19. Set new goals that you can aspire to
  20. Relax in a hot tub, steam room, or [dry] sauna
  21. Spend time absorbing natural sunlight
  22. Overcome your resistance to try online dating
  23. Learn how to celebrate other peoples’ successes
  24. DRINK MORE WATER
  25. Start picking out your outfit the night before
  26. Listen to an uplifting podcast
  27. Eat a slice of cake – guilt free
  28. QUESTION EVERYTHING
  29. Start using coupons & saving money
  30. Train, prepare, and run in a marathon
  31. DON’T OVERTHINK
  32. Have a meaningful conversation with someone
  33. Buy an ‘adult’ coloring book and brand new pencil crayons
  34. Find a way to forgive yourself
  35. Light a good smelling candle
  36. Find a loved one, stranger, or therapist, to vent to
  37. ^ if there is no one, FIND a way to vent
  38. Have an opinion about things going on in the world
  39. Drive to a country road and spend your night stargazing
  40. Write a new blog post
  41. Learn more about the political party you stand behind
  42. Drive to a new town and spend the day exploring
  43. Support an artist you love on Etsy by making a purchase
  44. Write a letter to someone and don’t send it
  45. Make a move (or initiate) to talk to the person you like
  46. Drink a glass of warm lemon water in the morning
  47. Flip through an uplifting book, like The Book of Awesome
  48. Always ask questions; no matter how stupid they may seem
  49. Learn how to make a beautiful, unique cheese platter
  50. Buy a lottery ticket and test your luck! *fingers crossed*
  51. Go to a discount store or SALE rack and find a good bargain
  52. Focus on one day at a time
  53. PICK YOUR BATTLES
  54. Create your dream home on Pinterest
  55. Spend time with people who make you happy
  56. Find your passion and figure out how to get paid for it
  57. Read a book that challenges the way you think
  58. Start waking up a 1/2 hour earlier
  59. DON’T FILL UP ON BREAD
  60. Add a “feel good playlist” to your phone or iPod
  61. Commit to your personal growth
  62. Don’t lose your cool – especially at work
  63. Write a poem about your feelings
  64. Refresh your phone with a new case and background
  65. GO GREEN!
  66. Find a way to voice your opinion on a topic you feel strongly about
  67. Find a local bakery and get a freshly baked baguette
  68. If you’ve made your point – stop talking
  69. Listen to a sad song a cry freely, when needed
  70. Buy a Polaroid camera and capture life from a different perspective
  71. Throw out every tangible item that makes you unhappy
  72. Treat everyone how you want to be treated
  73. TAKE CHANCES
  74. Turn your artwork into products, and products into money, on Redbubble
  75. Start to give sincere compliments to others
  76. Splurge on a high-quality facial cream
  77. Clean your apartment and THROW THINGS OUT!
  78. Listen to an old song that you haven’t heard in years
  79. Find a fun and creative way to organize and budget your money
  80. Create a new cocktail with the ingredients you have at home
  81. Make a physical scrapbook of your favorite memories
  82. Identify your negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones
  83. Turn off your alarm and SLEEP IN!
  84. Learn about another culture
  85. Reconnect with someone who you’ve lost touch with
  86. Become a volunteer at an animal shelter
  87. Return all of the things you’ve borrowed over the years
  88. Start to address your emotions instead of ignoring them
  89. Handmake the next Birthday card you need
  90. Write a letter to your future self
  91. Lay in bed amongst freshly washed sheets
  92. Get a plant for your apartment
  93. See how long you can go without complaining
  94. Learn how to revamp your most unattractive piece of furniture
  95. Watch inspirational TED talks on YouTube
  96. Blow bubbles from your apartment balcony
  97. Learn how to be okay with being alone
  98. Create a ‘meditation’ or quiet spot in your house
  99. AGREE TO DISAGREE
  100. Make your own list of things that make you happy!
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