22 things I realized at 22

When I was in High school I used to think of how life would be in my twenties- what career path and life will I have in college, who will be my new set of friends, what places will I be able to travel, who will be my boyfriend, what will be my accomplishments and the like. I was so excited for my future back then that I forgot to think of the problems or mishaps that I may encounter during those years. 11 years go I was so passionate of being a doctor that whoever asks me what I want to be I would proudly say "I want to be a doctor preferably a nephrologist". Fast forward to 4 years I became one of those Dentistry students in LPU and 7 years later, I'm still here in my college finishing my requirements for graduation. 5 years ago I used to say that I would never want a boyfriend in my life while I'm still studying but 3 years after, I had the biggest plot twist in my life and never knew I would have a boyfriend that same year haha! All my life I was an introvert and never thought I would came out of my shell when I reached my college years. I was able to cope up with the culture shock that College life slapped me and embraced the changes and challenges that it threw me. Never did I imagined that I would step up that stage and walk like a queen for a pageant nor talk to a lot of strangers that eventually turned out as friends.  
What I'm trying to say is that all of the plans that I made before didn't turned out even close to all the experiences I had now but I honestly wouldn't trade all of those for anything else. As a new chapter is here to come I want to share my 22 realizations with all of you before I turn 23 in a few days. :) 
1. It's okay to be late. All great things take time. 
2. Never underestimate the power of prayer. When you think you've done enough but still feels afraid and scared, pray. When you want to ask from God something you've always wanted to have, pray for it. It works! :)
3. Trust, honesty & thoughtfulness are the keys to make every relationship work. Do not forget those three! :)
4. Hard work will really bring you far.
5. Asking for help doesn't make you stupid. You never know what that one person can do to help and change your life .
6. Be healthy. Eat nutritious foods and have that morning exercise done. Do not let your body suffer in the long run.
7. Explore as much as you can. Travel while your legs can still manage to walk and join in tours.Travel while you can still tolerate plane rides. Travel while you're family is still complete. Travel while you still can and you're young! :)
8. Do not expect too much because life just works as it is. Remember the things that I mentioned earlier, those are living proofs that not all plans and expectations come to reality. Just go with the flow, enjoy where you are now and you will eventually be led in making the best decisions of your life.
9. Celebrate the little successes in life. I usually do this everytime I finish cases in school. It's either I'll have my lashes permed or buy that "one item" I've always been wanting to have.
10. Give compliments whenever you feel like to. It boosts other people's self esteem. Don't you just like making other people happy?
11. Invest in yourself. Self-development will never be a negative thing. Learn as much as you can.
12. Love your grandparents as much as you love your parents. My lola has been constantly visiting us recently and I realized how much joy she brings to our family. She's old and she's very sensitive. She experiences different physical pain and she needs attention and care. Always ask her how she is, how she's doing, and make her feel that she's loved.
13. Surround yourself with people from different walks of life. Be open to learn a lot of things from them.
14. Social media can be very toxic at times. This is probably the first cause of depression of most teenagers nowadays. Social media is always focused on showing all the good things and successes that other people have. You will feel, at some point, that you're left out. Here's the tip: Try to challenge yourself to delete those apps for a week and focus on your craft. You will eventually feel that you don't care about social media as much as you do before and realize that you have your own life to embrace and  love. :)
15. Save while you're still young and invest on something that you'll be thankful for in the future. :) 
16. Start choosing a partner you can see a future with. It's not even early to think about this because if you're my age, I tell you, we're not young anymore. We don't want to settle with someone we know we will only end breaking up with in our mid twenties or late twenties. Choose a person who can adjust and cope up with your attitude and would always try to understand you to avoid arguments. Choose a guy who loves your family and your family loves. And lastly, choose a guy who is working hard to fulfill the vision he has for the both of you.
17. Always tell your mom how thankful you are for her. Learn to appreciate everything she does. Sometimes, your "thank you" is the only thing she needs to hear after a long tiring day in work.
18. Always keep your feet on the ground.
19. Supporting another's success won't even lessen yours. Support your friends and family. Remember, you were once in their feet and it feels so damn good when you feel that someone's happy for your successes.
20. Seat sales are not always a good idea. This is very tempting and you tend to spend more than you never thought you would. This will only be the best choice if you're scheduled to travel or have any plans of travelling.
21. Before starting an argument, think if it's worth the stress and wrinkles!
22. Lastly, praying with the family gives me a happy and contented heart. We usually do this every night and it feels fulfilling to say a prayer together as a family. 

Thank you, Shein, for my beautiful dress! I received a lot of compliments because of this dress! (Feels like a señorita daw haha). Use my coupon code: Q3shaira for an extra 15% off your purchase. It is valid until my birthday, September 30. Yay! :) 


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  1. Love your tips babe You are very right and the shein dress is super gorgeous xoxo Cris

  2. These tips are lovely Shaira, and I can relate to many of them! Especially about life and how it sometimes takes unexpected turns. That is very true!
    Happy 23rd birthday :)

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  3. Beautiful dress!!


  4. Such a great post! I love the idea! And I loooove your dress, gorgeous color!!

    Have a nice day,

  5. This is such a lovely post. I too turned 22 recently and one thing I've learned in my 22 years of life is to surround yourself with people who truly care about you and let go of those who don't. Because life is too short to surround yourself with toxic people!


  6. This one shoulder dress is so gorgeous on you! You look very stunning.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  7. I love that dress, the print is so pretty! It looks so chic and beautiful on you. This outfit is so perfect for summer. You wrote such a great post, I definitely can relate to many of these! Have a wonderful day babe.

  8. Happy birthday! I really liked your tip that asking for help doesn't make you stupid. I am an introvert as well and I find asking for help so difficult! I also like that you said you ended up with your bf the same year you said you didn't want one until you finished studying, that exactly how it was with my boyfriend! I guess you can never truly plan for life.


  9. So many incredible things on this list, especially about cherishing family and grandparents. Learning it's okay to ask for help is such a big one too. The dress is so pretty! x


  10. LOVE all of these life lessons. The power of prayer is something I've learned over the years too. So important! And Happy Birthday



  11. love all of your tips! and what a classy and chic dress

    Capturing Life Memoirs | Aimee

  12. I love your dress! Yellow is one of my favorite colors, and the cut is perfect.
    Your 22 life lessons are so valuable. I really like how true and realistic they are.


  13. I love these points! Totally agree with all of them!


  14. You've had so many fabulous realisations in your 22nd year babe! I can also relate to now understanding the power of goodness of eating healthily; it protects our body in the long run :)

    aglassofice.com x

  15. Great tips babe!
    You're so beautiful and I love your dress!
    Kisses, Paola.


  16. These are all great lessons! I relate to so much of what you wrote about here - thanks for sharing and happy birthday! :)


  17. This is very nice
    The yellow dress is my best.
    New post :

  18. oof! Happy birthday!! You look gorgeous in your yellow dress!


  19. Gorgeous post Hun and happy birthday! I hope you have a lovely birthday week x

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  20. Such a great post, thanks for sharing!

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  21. Happy Birthday!! You look amazing!
    xx- Nina

  22. Great things here! I love what you said about prayer. I couldn't agree more.


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