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What I Did in My 20s

Hey everyone!

In January I turned 30.

I started to write a blog post about it, then felt completely overwhelmed hahaha…….

Here we go. Attempt #2.

I think this post will be different than the other posts I’ve written. It’s more for myself, so that one of these days, I’ll maybe dig up this post and think, Ooooohhhh so that’s what I did in my twenties.

(By the way, this list is in no particular order.)

10. I got a degree.

I started and finished pharmacy school and graduated with a professional degree, which qualifies me to say stuff about drugs that people will believe, and get paid for it.

9. I adopted two dogs.

After meeting a friend who has an adorable, gorgeous greyhound, I decided to rescue a greyhound too. His name was Charles and he’s in doggy heaven right now. Later on, we also welcomed the happy-go-lucky old guy Zander into our lives. (He’s still alive and kicking.)

8. I changed my attitude about shopping.

Before, I always bought the cheapest stuff on sale. Now, I focus more on quality than quantity. I also like to buy things second-hand to reduce my global footprint.

7. I got smart about money.

Once I started working and earning money… I actually spent it more wisely. I also learned to budget and save, and invest in some good-quality ETFs. I learned about tax-free savings, retirement savings, education savings, how to do my taxes… okay, I’ll stop boring you guys.

6. I met the love of my life.

He’s wonderful.

5. I re-discovered reading.

I used to love books, until I had to read a gazillion textbooks and journal articles for pharmacy school. Once I graduated and didn’t have to read as many drug charts, I started reading books I loved again.

4. I re-discovered writing, and became serious about it.

I wrote some novels when I was a teen and I thought they were great (they weren’t.) Things got busy in university and I gave up writing for a bit and forgot that I was a writer. (Literally. I just forgot about it.) Then one day I remembered NaNoWriMo again, opened up Microsoft Word, and started typing. Thank goodness I did.

3. I moved to Vancouver.

It’s a beautiful place. Highest rent I’ve ever forked over. But beautiful place.

2. I learned to make friends, and… in general, be less of an awkward penguin.

I’m still an awkward penguin, but… I guess it comes in the package of who I am, and I learned to like who I am, so it’s all good.

1. I had a wonderful baby boy.

He cries a whole lot, but he’s adorable and watching him grow is the best kind of magic there is.

Part of me thinks, “Gah! I’m old!” But looking back, I’m so happy about how far I’d come, and I wouldn’t change a single thing.

Photo by Olesia Misty on Unsplash

29 thoughts on “What I Did in My 20s

      1. No, unfortunately not. I lived in Vancity in 2017 and have tried to get back for a while. I was scheduled to move there in March 2020, but we all know what happened then … have been slumming it at my parents ever since πŸ˜… but my entry date to come to Canada and get the visa has been extended until June 2021. It’s just pretty complicated still because of the pandemic.

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  1. Ahh.. I think this was a lovely idea to look back on things you’ve done and achieved and it all looks amazing. I love that you were able to do a lot of incredible things and focus on stuff that made you happy.
    I think thinking about spending habits is something I can relate to, quality does matters and I’m trying to buy more second hand items too.
    It is so cool that you rediscovered your love for books and writing, it is nice to know you can always go back to things and that life isn’t always linear really.
    I wish you all the best for your 30s and I hope lots of amazing things come your way!! πŸ’›

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    1. Thank you Sophie πŸ˜ƒ I think rediscovering what I loved was a big part of my 20s.
      I love buying secondhand because you can get good quality stuff for much cheaper! Also, going thrift shopping always feels like a treasure hunt (at least, pre-pandemic!)

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    1. Thank you Lois! πŸ™‚ It took a while for my spending mindset to change, since when I was taught as a kid that cheaper is better haha. However now I try to limit spending in general, and when I do buy something, I make sure it’s well-thought-out and worth the money. I think overall I’m saving πŸ™‚

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  2. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY SOPHIE ❀ ❀ this is such a wonderful post, it's so lovely to see how much you've accomplished in the past decade ❀ I wish you all the very best!! ❀

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