22 Things I’ve Learned in 22 Years

God meets you wherever you are

He met me when I was 18 years old. When you go to a Christian college you feel the love of Christ all around you. Fall into that, you feel His presence for a reason and He is ready to meet you at the table.

There is a strong possibility that you will get your heart broken in whatever you do

I’ve had my heart broken a few times and I got back up. I didn’t always get back up in the best way, but getting back up each time led me to Matthew.

Let go and let God

You can’t control everything. So let go of the worry in your life. You can’t control the manager accepting your application, you can’t control the admission counselor accepting you into your dream college, but you can control your faith in Jesus.

Hobbies are fun

I find a new hobby each month… Bullet journaling, reading, scrapbooking, writing, or making friendship bracelets. Find a hobby that makes you happy.

Let your passion fly

If that hobby turns into a passion, literally go all out for it. My blog turned out to be a creative outlet but now I have a passion for writing and creating content for all of you.

Don’t worry about what other people think about you

If someone has a problem with your passion or your business, that is not YOUR problem. You are doing a great job, keep going. Don’t look back, look forward.

Read books

You learn a lot when you read books. Even if it’s once a year, you will learn something new about the world or yourself.

Wake up early

Your body will eventually get used to it and you will find yourself feeling tired earlier at night which means you will get plenty of rest!

Take the enneagram test

It is a simple test where you can learn a lot about yourself. Being a three, I know that I am an achiever, but I also need validation for everything. Finding those small things about yourself can make a big difference.

Take the strengths finder test

This is a different test but is extremely helpful for applying for jobs! When they ask about you and you can list your attributes, it will set you apart.

Spend time with your best friends

Make a girls night. Go catch a movie. Walk around Target for five hours. Create memories you can cherish forever.

Love your significant other with all your heart

I always think about the song “Like I’m Going to Lose You” and I think about that everyday. You only have each day once, don’t spend the day fighting.

Say please and thank you

That’s it. They go a long way.

Stand up for yourself

If you are in an uncomfortable position, stand. You will feel much better.

Know your worth

Your worth is in Jesus, friends. It’s okay to take time to find it because He will be forever waiting ready whenever you are.

Bodies change all the time

My body is not the same when it was in high school. It won’t be the same after having a baby. It won’t be the same when I’m 45. Your body grows, changes, and that’s the beauty of it. God created women’s bodies so different from everyone else because of the capabilities it can hold. 

The journey is not about the destination

What you learn along the way will be much more life changing than reaching the final destination.

It’s okay to change for the better

If you want to stop partying that’s okay. If you want to give up gluten that’s okay. If you want to give up dating and focus on you that is okay. You are who God created you to be, not what your friends created you to be.

It’s okay to cry

My coach thought I should I change this blog to Crying with Carlee. It’s okay to cry, friends.

If you’re going to do something, go 100%

From presentations to relationships, give your all. Jesus never did anything halfway.

Learning to love yourself is a process

It might not happen overnight. If might not happen in a year. But I pray that you will find that peace in your life. 

Life is not a race

We are all winners when we believe Jesus is the way. Let the other girl get the promotion, let her run the marathon, let her get the boy. You will have your moment. Trust the process and trust in God. He loves you too much to leave you where you are.