28 things you should do

In celebration of my 28th birthday, I compiled a list of 28 things you should do.
Because, obviously, I know what I’m talking about.

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1. Have a weekend life that you enjoy.  Maybe it’s going out with your friends on Friday night or sleeping in on Saturday morning; either way, it’s so important to have weekends that you relish.
2.  Save money.  It will make life easier.
3. Learn to compromise.
4. Learn a few easy recipes and keep the ingredients on hand.  It’ll simplify your life.
5. Dream big.
6. Enjoy friends at different stages of life.  I love that some of my best friends have older kids, some have babies, some are engaged, some are single… it’s fun to live each stage along with them.
7. Enjoy your own stages of life.
8. Work your butt off for something.  
9. Host friends at your house.  There’s something about having people at your house that’s so much more intimate than going out.
10. Take on leadership roles at work.  It will push you.
11. Serve someone who can’t repay you.  Go out of your way for a stranger or someone who will never know.
12. Make a big deal out the momentous occasions of friends and family members.  
13. Have a TV show that owns you.  There’s just something about sitting in your sweatpants under a blanket watching your favorite show.  That one that you’ve looked forward to since last week’s episode.
14. Invest in a core group of friends.  Go on trips with them, celebrate with them, cry with them.
15. Submit every area of life to God’s direction.
16. Invest in makeup that lasts all day.  Seriously, it’s life-changing.
17. Learn how to do something new.
18. Enjoy fashion.  It shouldn’t be something stressful.  Wear what you like.
19. Invest time into a hobby just because your spouse is interested and do it together.
20. Find a devotional book that pulls you in every single day.  I’m all about Jesus Calling or my new fave, Jesus Today.  
21. Surround yourself with those who make you laugh.  Because laughter is good for the soul.  
22. Turn up the music.  It will make things better.  Promise.
23. Reminisce on your favorite memories.
24. Don’t be afraid to ask for and accept help.  Your family and friends are where it’s at.
25. Learn to forgive. Holding a grudge isn’t worth it.
26. Do something that you initially think is out of the realm of possibilities.
27. Buy a gift for someone “just because.”  No birthday, Christmas, graduation?  Get it anyway.
28. Learn to think ahead but realize that God’s plans are way better than ours anyway so be f l e x i b l e .  

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  • Great list girl and I totally agree with saving money – it does make life so much easier!!! And those unexpected expenses will always come up!! I certainly have a few shows that have my heart lol! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

    • Those unexpected expenses are the worst but it becomes a little bit better when there’s money stashed away, right? And yessss on the tv shows!

  • Great list! Young people don’t save enough and it’s sad to me. There are so many people that think shopping a sale is saving, and it isn’t . I started investing at 25 and it was the BEST thing I did!

    • You’re right. We’ve learned a lot about money in the last few years and saving is definitely the way to go!

  • Carolyn Campbell (Grandmother)

    Happy Birthdy, Claire. I will call you later today. Hope you have a great day. Enjoy your day. Love you Granddaughter and love your blog.

    • Thank you, Grandmother! It was a great birthday :)

  • I love this list! So many great recommendations.
    Have a great birthday!

    • Thanks, Micah. These are things I try to live by/are important to me. It was a great birthday.

  • This list is seriously awesome. I couldn’t agree more!

    • Thanks, Joey! I actually had a lot of fun writing it :)

  • I completely agree with everything on your list! Happy Birthday, Claire! :)

    • Thanks, Olya! It was a great birthday.

  • Happy Birthday Claire!!! Fantastic list :)

    Midwest Darling

  • Great list!! So many great things on here! Happy Birthday, girl!!

  • This is a great list–happy birthday!!

    • Thanks, Chelsea. xoxo

  • Happy Birthday! Such a great list! I just turned 28 as well and definitely need to work on a few of these (saving money!!!). Hope you have a wonderful day!

    Clothes & Quotes

    • I definitely don’t have everything on this list under control but a work in progress for sure! xoxo

  • Happy Birthday, Claire! And this really is a great list! I’m reallyyy working hard on saving money right now but… I like blogging a lot and that tends to result in shopping, somehow… Hope you have the best day!
    xo Southern Style

    • It does, doesn’t it? I’ve done a lot more online shopping since I started blogging.

  • Happy birthday! I just turned 28 in November, and I think this is a great list!!!

    • Thanks, Tif! It was a great day :)

  • HI Claire! I just found your blog, super cute and I love this list!
    Definitely keeping these in mind to bring a little more joy into my every day routine!


    • Thanks, Miranda! These are the type of things that are easy to forget about but make such a difference!

  • Megan


    • Gram asked me how long it took to write that post. And actually, they all just kind of came out.