This post is sponsored by SheSpeaks/Walmart.

I’m usually very on top of the things on my to-do list, including picking up necessities when I run to the store. But more often than not, I find myself forgetting that one thing on my list that I swore I wouldn’t (like picking up all of the ingredients for tacos except for the meat), or thinking I’m fully stocked up on something and learning the hard way when I reach for it and find nothing there. Yep, I’m talking about you, toilet paper.

Other “oops” moments I’ve had at home? Waiting until the last minute to do a speed-clean at home before guests arrive and realizing I’m out of paper towels to wipe surfaces down or Swiffer pads to clean the floor. And don’t even get me started on squeezing the bottle of body wash in the shower and nothing coming out. Yikes! I know you guys can relate!

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That’s why I’m loving being able to stock up on P&G kitchen, laundry, cleaning, and bathroom items from Walmart at www.avoidtheoops.com! Ain’t nobody got time for “oops” moments like these that can be easily avoided! In fact, I stocked up on several of my favorite household items for UNDER $60 – and they arrived within a few days! I really don’t know how we lived without the convenience of online shopping. Saving time AND money?! You just can’t beat Walmart’s everyday low prices!

Now that I’m all stocked up, I don’t have to worry about reaching for an item that’s either not there or only has one drop left. Success! There are so many “oops” moments in life, but this certainly doesn’t have to be one of them!

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Have you had an “oops” moment running out of an important household item? What’re your favorite items to stock up on?

On the eve of my 26th birthday, I thought I’d share 25 lessons that I’ve learned in my 25 years!

It’s crazy looking back at how fast the years have gone (especially post-high school). While I feel like turning 26 is “old,” especially since I often say things like “when I was a kid,” and “remember 20 years ago when…” and “if only I knew then what I know now,” I know still have many years of adventures ahead of me.

So as I celebrate the last day being a “quarter of a century, here are my 25 lessons learned in 25 years.

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  1. There’s no roadmap for life. Everyone else is winging it too.
  2. You’re not “old” if you’re in your 20s. Even if it feels like it.
  3. Your parents are usually right. Always a tough one to admit. 
  4. Life doesn’t always go according to plan. Hang in there. 
  5. Be kind to others. The world needs more of it.
  6. You create your own luck. Positive thinking + hard work. 
  7. It’s ok to ask for help. That’s what your people are for.
  8. Some people aren’t meant to be in your life forever. What’s meant to be, will be. 
  9. The earlier you can start saving, the better.
  10. You can’t change the past. All you can do is move forward. 
  11. Finding your passion is key. Do what you love. 
  12. Trust your gut. It’s usually right. 
  13. Take risks. You’ll never get anywhere in life without doing so. 
  14. Learn as much as you can. Knowledge is power. 
  15. Karma is real. If you give more, you’ll get more. 
  16. You can count your true friends on one hand. Quality > Quantity. 
  17. Comparison is the biggest thief of joy. Learn to love your life.
  18. It’s ok to make mistakes. No one is perfect. 
  19. Make time to travel and see the world. It’s filled with so much beauty. 
  20. Laughter is the best medicine. Always. 
  21. It’s never too late. You can always make a change.
  22. You’re capable of more than you think. Don’t be so hard on yourself. 
  23. Be true to yourself. Don’t do something just because “everyone else is doing it.”
  24. Perspective is a beautiful thing. Open your mind.
  25. Life goes on. Take the good with the bad. 

 

What are some of the biggest/best life lessons you’ve learned?


Life typically goes a little something like: graduate high school, head off to college, find a subject you’re good at/interested in to major in, graduate college, and head off into the “real world” to work. But once you’re in the workforce, there’s a tendency to zone out and just think about YOUR industry, YOUR company, and YOUR day-to-day responsibilities. While those are absolutely important, we don’t think too much about the jobs OTHER people are doing that affect our lives tremendously. Jobs like teachers, trauma nurses, electricians, restaurant waitstaff, etc.

I’m loving Kronos’ “1 in one hundred million” web series, which spotlights personal stories of people who do many of these important, and often unrecognized jobs. Even better? These individuals are passionate and committed to their work, which is so inspiring to see!

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About every six weeks, a new video is posted, and the latest (#18) is especially fascinating to me. Dana Sue Kimbal is a Miner & Environmental Manager for the Nevada Mining Association, and at the Coeur Rochester mine, Dana Sue and her team move 70,000 tons of ore EVERY DAY. Now consider this. A single truck that carries 100 tons of ore equates to 26 oz. of silver, and each year, the team produces 4 MILLION oz. of silver. Crazy!

Although Dana Sue originally wanted to be a park ranger, a job opportunity popped up after she graduated college, and soon after, she found herself in northern Nevada living the mining life. If you’re wondering what that’s like, think rural outdoors (i.e. working outside, wearing jeans and boots every day). She loves talking to people and educating them about modern mining and technology and hopes to get students interested in science, just like her!

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What kind of job do you do? Are there any careers you ever wonder how people could enjoy doing for a living?

Let’s take a minute to celebrate the workforce as a whole and be thankful for all of the individuals of the world! After all, if we were all the same, there sure would be a lot of things that would never get done and our lives would be totally different!

Subscribe to the “1 in one hundred million” web series to learn about all types of jobs and the passionate, committed individuals who do them. Who knows, maybe you’ll even find a new career interest!

This post is sponsored by Kronos. All opinions are my own.