Remember mistakes can be good as long as you learn from them.
1. Not getting enough sleep.
“But how can I possibly sleep when there are so many mistakes to be made?” Don’t you worry; you have an entire decade’s to mess up your life!
2. Spending precious time on social media.
He liked a picture of your lunch on facebook. You scrolled through his twitter account to see if he was dating anyone else. He retweeted how your day went and you posted a news article on his wall about a topic you both talked about last week. Erm, it’s a nice day outside…
3. Shampooing your hair too much.
You need to start skipping the shampoo every now and then and just conditioning. Once every couple of weeks go to bed with just conditioner all over your hair. If you keep shampooing daily, your hair’s going to be flat and dry for your 30th birthday party!
4. Trying to tan.
There are two ways to do this and neither are worth it. UV rays from the beach or the tanning bed are DANGEROUS, if your skin doesn’t glow like JLO’s you need to accept it and get a new role model. If you are a good girl who opts for fake tan, don’t bother either it’s not worth the hassel; orange towels, orange bedding, orange knuckle, long baths, exfoliation, repeat. Spend you’r time doing something worthwhile, like making a name for yourself at work…
5. Letting your office treat you like an intern when you haven’t interned in years.
You’ve heard it all before, “you’re so lucky to even have a job in this economy!” But if you let your boss keep putting in orders for cups of tea it will soon become normal practice and even more difficult for you to get out of.You’re paid your dues, you got the job you get paid a salary to work and not make cups of tea and cart heavy boxes about. Put your foot down, you ain’t no gopher!
6. Drunk texting/dialling.
You haven’t even opened your eyes the next morning when you recall what you did, it hits you like a ton of bricks falling on your chest, one after the other. Yep yooou left him 32 missed calls! Yep, yooou attempted to sext him! Yep you left a voicemail that may have lasted over 15 minutes, This is a mistake that every girl in their 20s will make, but they should only make it once. Funny how it doesn’t work that way though…
7. Being healthy in the day and horrendous during the night.
Have a green tea for breakfast, a salad for lunch, grab a fist full of nuts and hit the gym. Leave the gym, get ready for the party, drink shots while you party all night and end the night in a fast food restaurant at 4am. The former does not detract from the latter, your body is confused as h**l!
8. Extreme diets.
No matter how many lemon juice, cayenne pepper and holy water holistic cleanses you go on, you’ll end up at your normal weight. After ten years of trying every celbrity diet out there you’ll realise that you’re proably fine as you are, if you just can’t lose those last few pound, it’s probably because your body needs them to surviver. Everybody in their twenties is slimmer than they imagine.
9. Get a long-term pet with your partner.
You’re 70% you two are gonna make it, it’s time to get down to the dog pound… just for a look. You come home with the “cutest wittle fuzzy fuzzy” and 6 months down the line Fuzzy is a child of divorce.
10. Wasting money on restaurant meals.
When you’ve moved out of your parents’ house it’s much easier to eat out than to cook for yourself. The first half of your twenties will be spent eating breakfast hungover in the café down the road and ordering in in the evening, which seems economical at the time; you can eat your left overs for lunch the next day… Yuk!
11. Getting sloppy with birth control.
If there’s one mistake on this list that you just should not make it’s this one. It sure does feel better without a condom, but not that good that it’s worth taking such a huge risk.
12. Spending all your time in a relationship.
Before you settle down and spend all your twenties with the same guy, have a look around, meet some of the bad guys, the odd guys, the wild guys. You can never appreciate the good guys until you’ve seen it all!
13. Alternatively; chasing after someone who is just not interested.
It can be difficult for most girls not to get a teeny bit obsessive in this situation. Don’t dedicate your twenties to devising plans and trialling new ways to get this guy’s attention. And if the guy only gives you attention late at night after he’s been on a lad’s night out and couldn’t hook up with anyone else, that’s the type of attention you don’t want.
14. Wasting (a lot) of money on beauty products that you know in your heart you won’t use.
Get yourself a good moisturiser, cleanser and toner, if they work OK, stick with them. Don’t bother with the latest unicorn horn powder with formula 2330, a moisturiser is a moisturiser is a moisturiser.
15. Applying for credit.
As soon as you find out how easy it is to get credit you are on a downward spiral. Don’t do it, if you can’t afford something, you’re gona have to wait ‘till you can afford it. If you can’t afford it ever, then you can’t afford to pay that credit back. Don’t get involved, resist temptation, the banks are out to get us all, they’re out enemy.
16. Choosing a nemesis and envying her.
It takes a lot of energy to be jealous and by the time you’re finally worn out by it you’ll realise the girl you envy is really the girl you want to be. Swap envy time for self-awareness time, concern yourself with what YOU want to be and not what she’s doing with her life.
17. Letting your opinions of you friends’ boyfriends’ (or vice versa) ruin you friendship.
Everybody’s been out with an absolute A-hole, and everybody else could see that whilst the poor girl is completely oblivious. Everybody makes their own mistakes, you have to stand back, let it happen and pick up the pieces when this guy does exactly what everybody knew he would do.
18. Hooking up your friend’s brother.
This is too awkward for everyone involved.
19. Pick the wrong-a*s roommates.
Yes she is great for partying back in college but when your life gets more complicated and your priorities change, do you really want her walking through your living room at 2am with a one night stand you wouldn’t wipe your feet on? #HellNo
20. Hoard $15 H&M trend pieces rather than saving for something expensive and timeless.
A cheap peplum top or pleather leggings are always bound to go out of style, like, tomorrow. Save your cash and buy yourself a designer little black dress that will never go out of style, then waste all your extra money on different accessories to disguise the fact you’re always wearing the same dress!
Print this list and cross them off as you go (except for number 11 – getting sloppy with birth control) Everybody makes mistakes, that’s how we learn, the trick is to learn from the mistake the first time round. If you can master that, tell me how!