30 Things I Learned in my 20s

30 Things I Learned in My 20s

Today, I turn 30. It’s hard to believe that I’m entering another decade! A lot has happened – not all of which I expected nor in the order which I expected. I graduated from college, began my teaching career, earned my Masters, began a long-distance relationship, bought a house and got married.

I’ve learned a lot in my 20s so in honor of my birthday, I thought I would share 30 things I learned in my 20s. I have to thank Mandi at Life…Your Way for inspiring me with her 30 things list. Here’s my list of what I learned in this past decade.

1. Living on my own for five years was a wonderful experience.

2. I have a heart for family ministry.

3. Teaching piano lessons requires a lot of patience but is a great side job.

4. I’m glad I earned my Masters of Education. I’m glad I earned my Masters when I did.

5. Waiting to get married was hard at times, but my husband was worth every moment of the waiting.

6. Being patient is still hard.

7. Lutheran ministry requires more of me than I ever dreamed.

8. Writing a website is hard work but I love it!

9. The more I play the piano, the better I (slowly) get.

10. Directing musicals excites me.

11. I am an extrovert who still enjoys my alone time.

12. I don’t respond well to sarcasm.

13. Spontanity makes me nervous, but with time (and the patient prodding of a husband), it becomes easier to be spontaneous.

14. Finding a good deal makes me giddy.

15. Canning isn’t just something my grandmothers did. I can can, too! 🙂

16. You can learn a lot as the youngest teacher on staff.

17. College friendships last.

18. Reading is important to me and I will make time for it.

19. I will not apologize for reading lots of fiction, even as I discover how much I enjoy other genres. Fiction will always be my favorite.

20. I need a good night’s sleep to be at my best.

21. I am a perfectionist, but I have learned that perfectionism does have its time and place.

22. Written letters are a treasure that are meant to be savored.

23. Living without debt is worth every penny pinching sacrifice.

24. Traveling to and living in a different country will change your life-long perspective.

25. Owning a house is a lot of work.

26. I really like living in the country – Amish and all.

27. I am actually crafty.

28. Parents can actually be your parents and your friends at the same time.

29. Good hospitality makes anyone feel welcome.

30. Miles don’t have to separate a family.

Those are a few of the things I’ve learned. What have you learned in your 20s?

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  1. What a great list, Kristen! I especially love this one:

    I will not apologize for reading lots of fiction, even as I discover how much I enjoy other genres. Fiction will always be my favorite.


    1. Good news is always best to be shared. It’s hard to believe it’s been a decade already since we were celebrating my birthday together in Seward! Thanks, Grace, for being my dear friend!

  2. Happy Birthday Cousin! I hope I can call you sometime this weekend so we can compare spring breaks! I learned in my twenties that moving is hard, but the memories from each place are lasting!

    1. Thanks, Lisa! It’s been a lovely day. Only one month more until you join me in your 30s, too. Great point as memories are indeed lasting – and priceless!

  3. Happy Birthday Dear Kristen! Thank you for the gift of yourself tht you give us with your blog! I could so identify with your list, especially #12, #15, #18 & #19. I hope you have a wonderful day and a year filled with the very best life can give you.

    1. Thank you, Barb. You are so kind. Isn’t it good when we gain the confidence to read what we like, without worrying about what others think? Here’s to lots of good reading for us both in this next year!

  4. Well, the main thing would be that my hubby and I had our four children in our twenties, so we learned a lot about parenting, living on one income and the joys of two boys and two girls! 🙂 I like your list. Happy Birthday!

    1. You did learn a lot in your 20s! It’s amazing what we learn each year – and in each decade. We’ll see what the next year holds – for both of us!

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