Lessons to Share with My Daughter

Lessons I hope my future baby girl masters sooner than her mother did.
  1. 1.
    Always start your journal on the second or third page.
    I find the first page is more easily accidentally torn out.
  2. 2.
    Always offer rides.
    Only to friends or acquaintances that you don't doubt your safety with. I've had great talks on my drives home from work and moments I wouldn't expect. You'll be surprised what friendships can be forged with some good tunes and the open road.
  3. 3.
    Change your air filter in your home every 2 months.
  4. 4.
    Learn to say yes to people.
    Don't conform to peer pressure and certainly never compromise who you are to please others, but sometimes it's worth it to step outside your comfort zone to be present. Show up. Commit to plans. Be there.
  5. 5.
    Don't park on the street if you can avoid it.
    It's a good way to wake up to having your passenger mirror side-swiped off your car.
  6. 6.
    Master how to paint your nails with your non-dominant hand as soon as possible.
  7. 7.
    Choose kindness as often as you can.
    Even if you think it's not one of the options.
  8. 8.
    Be selfish.
    This was the driving force of some of my best decisions in my early twenties. You're going to hear your whole life how selfless you ought to be, and to consider others first. You're going to eventually hit a point where you realize that you do, in fact, need to be selfish. You will need to pick yourself first sometimes, in regards to what you want out of a relationship, a job, or even just life. It's not always easy, but the biggest chance you can ever take is on choosing yourself.