Hey guys! Today’s my birthday, and just for fun, I thought I’d share with you 24 lessons I learned in my 24 years PLUS 24 random fun facts about me. I was debating about writing 24 “Fun Facts” about me because I thought- who the HELL cares about me- but I thought eh, why not. It’s my birthday and I’ll do what I want, dammit!

24 Lessons I’ve Learned in 24 Years

1.) I’ve learned that bottling up your feelings gets you no where. You have to learn to effectively communicate with your words to solve conflicts.

2.) I’ve learned that letting people walk all over me is no longer an option. People pleasing will only get you so far in life.

3.) I’ve learned that most people actually do grow up after all (Thank the Lord).

4.) I’ve learned that how you make people feel is basically the only thing that matters in this world.

5.) I’ve learned that amazing things can happen if you take the risk.

6.) I’ve learned that no matter how busy life gets, self-care is imperative.

7.) I’ve learned that even if the dress looks amazing on the rack, if it doesn’t flatter your body shape, don’t buy it.

8.) I’ve learned that the world will keep spinning if I put my work down and take a nap.

9.) I’ve learned that life is fragile and that it shouldn’t be taken for granted.

10.) I’ve learned that travel teaches more than a textbook ever will.

11.) I’ve learned the difference between listening to hear and listening to understand.

12.) I’ve learned that you can’t control others’ actions; you can only control your reactions.

13.) I’ve learned that playing games in a relationship is a waste of time and that it does not serve anyone.

14.) I’ve learned that it’s better to forgive that to hold a grudge.

15.) I’ve learned that it’s worth it to pay to get your hair colored professionally. Those box kits are a disaster in the making.

16.) I’ve learned that it’s so important to do what you love, and the money will follow.

17.) I’ve learned that confidence is the best accessory you can have.

18.) I’ve learned that the little things matter. Let people know that they are appreciated.

19.) I’ve learned that no matter how bad things seem in life, things always seem to work out in the end. Time heals all.

20.) I’ve learned that a horrible personality overshadows a beautiful girl on the outside. Kindness rules all.

21.) I’ve learned that sometimes personal shopping sprees are needed. You’re helping the economy, after all.

22.) I’ve learned to never take my education for granted. It is a privilege, not a right.

23.) I’ve learned how important it is to wear your seatbelt and not text when you drive.

24.) I’ve learned that there is more good in this world than evil, and that there is nothing more important in life than loving others.

24 Random Facts About Me 

1.) I’m obsessed with tater tots, Spaghettios, and Smiley fries, if you haven’t figured out already on my Snapchat (@ChelsHetzel, by the way, if you’re interested in joining the party.)

2.) I love going to concerts. So far I’ve seen Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, Jake Owen, Hunter Hayes, Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Cole Swindel, and more. Obvs these are all country concerts but I love all kinds of music. We will be seeing Guns N’ Roses next month and I’m soooo stoked.

3.) I’m an introverted extrovert. I love being around people, but I’m also a homebody. I need to recharge after a weekend full of social interactions.

4.) I have very intimate and close relationships with Meredith Grey and Christina Yang.

5.) You can usually find me in a baseball cap and an oversized tee (showers are overrated).

6.) I am from Wisconsin but I WILL NOT eat cheese. (nast).

7.) I get OCD about organization and cleaning. (Although my house is still a wreck).

8.) By the end of this summer I’ll have visited all of the lower 48 states.

9.) I know I mentioned concerts above, but music really moves me and has transformed my life. I’m not quite sure if I can pick one favorite artist, but it might be Eric Church.

10.) My favorite time of the day is early morning, before the rest of the world is awake. It’s my “me” time with my coffee.

11.) My lifelong dream is to be a published author. (Working on that).

12.) I’m obsessed with the 60’s. I strongly believe I was born in the wrong generation. I would have been an awesome hippie.

13.) If I could change one aspect of myself, I really wish I could sing.

14.) I have huge girl crushes on Sophia Bush and Jen Aniston.

15.) When I had purple hair, I never felt more like myself.

16.) I would like to think I’m a nice girl unless you disrespect me or mess with my friends/ fam. Then my inner sassy bitch comes out full force. I don’t let anyone walk all over me or people I love.

17.) I hate June bugs. But my fiancé calls me his June Bug.

18.) I have a potty mouth. Sorry bout it.

19.) Speaking of fiancé, I’m planning a travel/wanderlust themed wedding.

20.) My greatest fear is dying before I can ever be a mother.

21.) I’ll admit it. I’m not graceful wearing heels. Or graceful, like, ever.

22.) I’m stubborn as hell.

23.) I’m horrible at makeup. At this point, I’ve given up. It’s a lost cause.

24.) My life mission is to inspire & leave my footprints on the world.