Apr 16, 2018
Episode 13: 28 Lessons in 28 Years
Today's episode is a little different. In honor of her 28th
birthday, Alli shares with us 28 lessons she's learned in the past
28 years. Things get deep, things get silly, you know, the usual.
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28 things I've learned in 28 years.
You have a perfect body the day you look in the mirror and
decide it's perfect
Your parents might not know what's best for you. It's time to
decide that on your own.
You have full agency over your body. You don't need to eat that
cake you don't like just because everyone in the office is. You
don't need to 'act polite’ when someone crosses a.physical
boundary. You definitely don't need to have mediocre sex with dudes
out of obligation.
Your real friends will love you even when you fuck up. Your
circle will be smaller, but the roots deeper.
People will pretend they are your friend to elevate their own
social status. You will know this by how much they gossip about
other people to your face. Hint: they are talking just as much shit
about you behind your back.
You will be asked to choose sides on really big issues. It's
okay to not choose. It's okay to hold both. We need more people who
can sit in the grey.
The things we aren't sure if we can do - those are the things
we need to do.
There is never a perfect time. Now is always better than
Respect yourself enough to wait for a man who treats you
as an equal partner.
A man worthy of your love will ask you on a date -- like a real
date. He won't just want to make out with you drunk.
Forgive easily and quickly - but only to the chosen few. Guard
Perspective is everything. What you consider stressful and hard
now will look like a walk in the park in a few years.
Unfollow everything and everyone that triggers you into
People who don't know you will judge you. Don't let their
opinions stop you
Most people spend their whole life trying to impress people
they don't even like.
Surround yourself with people who uplift and encourage
Make time for play. Be silly. Embrace your goofy side. It's
what makes life fun.
There will always be ways to make money. Time is the truly
As you get more successful, people will try to piggyback. Don't
let them. Instead, teach them.
Your voice will shake when you use it. Keep using it.
Never make your appearance your currency, youill get
wrinkles on your eyes and around your forehead. You currency is
School won't teach you everything and sometimes the answer
isn't more school but just more bravery. More action.
You don't need much money to be brilliantly happy. Above a
certain threshold, more money doesnt improve your life.
Everyone is just doing the best they can with the tools they've
Trust others freely but trust yourself the most.
There is no shame in going to therapy. Call in the troops when
you need em.
Other people's expectations can no longer define your life.
Live according to your own values.
Time in nature, sex, and chocolate can cure most pain.
If you're on the fence about it, it's a no.
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