Lots of my clever, talented internet friends kindly offered to share their wish-I’d-known words of wisdom on their own blogs, so each Friday this August I’ll be highlighting the best bits and pointing you in their direction. I suspect we’ll all emerge a bit better prepared for life, regardless of our current ages.
Kate // Great Escapist
Learn to ask for what you want, period. Whether it’s a higher salary or more foreplay or just a burger that’s cooked more to your liking, master the art of self-advocacy and become the kind of person who can eloquently articulate your wants and needs. The worst they can say is no – but they’ll respect you for asking. Read the whole post here.
Carly Jacobs // Smaggle
Katie Lee // The Small Change Project
People can suck. You don’t have to. Perhaps the most surprising discovery I made after college was that not everyone was going to be my BFF. In college, I had a big group of friends; it was easy to find people I clicked with. After graduation, things started to feel more complicated: I felt a little lost in the friendship department. At a particular low, just a few months after graduation, I reached out to a friend for advice. One thing he said to me, (in all caps, because he’s an all caps kind of guy), was to “BE THE POSITIVE.” Read the whole post here.
Pursue passion projects. Now is the time, my friend. All those things that you love to do? Keep doing them. Daily. Never stop. We’ve clearly established that you have the time. So no excuses. Do them. Do them for the very sake of doing them. You’ll get better without thinking about it. You’ll work without knowing that you’re working. eep writing and making. Keep observing and reading. You’re learning. You’re building a path for future Elise and you don’t even understand that yet. I am so grateful for you. Read the whole post here.
Your chances of getting everything you want are slim to none if you don’t A) figure out what you want and B) SPEAK UP. Asking for the thing you want, the thing that would make your dreams come true, the thing that someone else has the power to give you, can be very scary—but if you keep the desire to yourself, you sure won’t be getting it unless the other person is a mind reader. (Mind readers are hard to come by, in my experience.) Read the whole post here.
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