When we think about our twenties, we often think about a decade filled with changes, transitions, and milestones. We imagine our college graduations, our first adult jobs, filling out grad school applications, and/or settling down. We start to ask ourselves if we want to become homeowners, get married, have children, and the like. In short, our twenty-something years are constantly evolving.
So, how do we go about putting our many goals into practical practice? If you want to make a change, you have to be the one to make it for yourself. The only way to effect lifestyle changes is to be that change.
As ambitious as it may sound in theory, it’s actually quite simple in reality. The key? Make lifestyle changes that fit you!
Here are five ways to make a lifestyle change:
1. Change your career path.
If you’ve started working your first adult job since graduating college, chances are it won’t be your last.
Truthfully, many people face career changes in life. It’s not even something millennials face exclusively.
Sometimes people need to change fields in their thirties, forties, and fifties. For some, passion sizzles out. For others, the money just isn’t enough. Don’t be afraid to consider changing careers if it’s what you need to live a happier life.
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2. Assess your relationship status.
No one but you knows what you’re looking for in a significant other or if you’re even interested in dating.
If you are dating, be sure you know what you’re after. Is it simply companionship? Are you hoping to build a future with someone?
Make your intentions clear when and if you date during your twenties. Never settle.
If you happen to be with someone who isn’t a good fit for you, don’t be afraid to cut ties and move on alone. Being single is healthy for everyone, especially during the what’s arguably the most challenging decade of all.
3. Be frugal with your money.
Saving money is one of the most common ways you can set yourself up for a financially healthy future. It’s also great to be frugal now to enjoy more later.
Think about your spending habits as a typical, average twenty-something. Are you being too generous when it comes to shopping, and a bit modest in paying back your student loans or car payments? If this sounds like you, it’s time to reassess.
By the time we turn 30, most of us are fairly set in our ways. Try to create healthy spending habits for yourself now, to be mindful of your budget later.
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4. Put experiences before things.
A great way to change your lifestyle is to focus less on material items and more on experiences. For holiday gifts or just because, try to make experiences the focus.
Take your boyfriend or girlfriend on a date for a weekend getaway. Take your mom out to a museum. Do something out of the norm and capture these moments in photos.
The experiences you make with your friends and family will ultimately mean more than a new phone or clothes. You’ll always have the memories of the experiences with you for years and years to come.
5. Be conscientious.
Any lifestyle changes you make need to be made carefully and with purpose. Don’t quit your job out of the blue without something else lined up. Don’t dump your beau without reason or pick up a new one for the sake of having someone new around.
Always make choices with reasons that you feel will help you grow. Your life is too precious and you’re worth far too much to do anything in life without purpose.
Making a lifestyle change is sometimes scary and nerve-wracking, but ultimately you will grow. Your life is a series of changes.
Every goal you achieve, every milestone you reach, is nothing but normal. Don’t worry about making the wrong move, so long as you’re moving forward and putting your best foot forward to be your best self.
Have you made any lifestyle changes? Share them in the comments below!