17 Things I Learned in 2017

As the year comes to a close, I think it's important to take a minute or two to reflect on the year. I'm about three weeks ahead, but this seems like the time when we think about how we want to close out the rest of the year in order to prepare for 2018- well that includes thinking about the entire year, I think! For me, this year has been a roller coaster of ups and downs, (many) mistakes made, lessons learned, and memories cherished. As I'm in a bit of a transitional period in my life, 2017 has definitely taught me a few things about life, people, and myself. 

1. Sometimes you're gonna have to do stuff you don't want to do. Just grin and bear it, and you'll get through it.
2. Moving multiple times in one year will prove how much unnecessary junk you own. Take a weekend every few months to declutter. You'll be glad you did. 
3. Apartment hunting is incredibly annoying but also exciting.  PS, Grand Rapids real estate is HOT right now.
4. Surround yourself with good vibes, people, and objects. If it/they don't bring you joy or make you a better person- buh bye!
5. It's okay to put yourself and your happiness first. 
6. Invest in a few quality pieces instead of 3 of the same $5 T-shirt.
8. My wallet hates shoes.
9. My parents were right, hangovers do get worse as you get older. 23-year-old me is NOT as 
resilient to the consequences of a wild Friday as 21-year-old me was.
10. Be kind, no matter what. Even behind closed doors, your negative thoughts are more harmful 
to you than anyone they're directed toward.
11. My one major passion in life is travel.
12. You really will miss your parents after you move out.

13. Check your car's oil every 3-5 gas fill ups.
14. Call your mom. Call your grandma(s).
15. Your hometown kinda sucks but it will always be home. 
16. Good pillows are KEY.
17. Always keep learning! Podcasts, books, apps, etc. are all at your literal fingertips as you tap your smartphone, so take advantage of it! Learn a new language, listen to a self-help audio book, read the news. 

That's it, folks! 17 things I learned this year in 2017. There are still about three weeks left in the year, which is plenty of time to fit in a few more discoveries! 
What did you learn or discover this year? Let me know in the comments!