Daily Dose of Design: 24 Things You Need to Do in Your First 24 Years

Friday, September 7, 2018

24 Things You Need to Do in Your First 24 Years

Today is my birthday!! Somehow it's already September, and somehow I'm already 24! Don't really know how either happened, but here we are! ;) I think most of us like to make goals for each year and aim to grow within every 365 days before turning another year older, but I like to judge every year based on the positives that happened rather than harp on the goals I may not have reached. And if anything, try to figure out what made it hard to accomplish something that was on my list. That's what made me decide to put together this list of the 24 things you need to do for yourself in your first 24 years, in honor of turning 24! I've been fortunate to do and see a lot so far in my life and I know there's a lot more on my list, but these are experiences I think everyone should have in their 20s!

1. Buy something expensive that you've always wanted. Make that splurge purchase - chances are you've been saving, and there's no better time to make that purchase. You deserve it!

2. Create a list of travel goals and have a plan to get started. See as many places as you can, and document it ALL.

3. Let go of grudges you're holding. You don't have to forget, but let it go and realize there's so many more important things to worry and care about. It'll always be a work in progress, but you have to start somewhere.

4. Invest in something. This is the perfect time to go through your finances and figure out exactly how to get to where you want to be.

5. Host a dinner party. It's a lot of fun, and makes you feel adult AF. ;)

6. Learn to wake up more grateful each and every morning

7. Get rid of one bad habit. Figure out what it is, why you do it, and how to get rid of it. You'll feel freed!

8. Take some sort of monthly challenge. Whether it's a no-spend month, a 30 day cleanse/detox or something completely different, do it.

9. Always make time to reflect on the good, the bad and what you're hopeful of and for.

10. Do something spontaneous, even for you - no matter how uncomfortable it makes you. Such a rewarding feeling!

11. Watch the sunrise - or sunset - on the beach. There are very few things that are more relaxing, eye opening and enjoyable!

12. Learn how to say "no". You don't have to please everyone!

13. Have a signature cocktail. Extra? Totally. Worth it? Definitely. ;)

14. Find a really great skincare routine that you love and are consistent with; you aren't getting any younger girlfriends! ;)

15. Have a plan to re-pay your student loans. This one is by NO means fun or exciting, but it's a necessity and to prevent racking up a ton of interest and/or paying for ever and ever, make a legitimate plan on how and when you'll pay them off by. I'm getting so close to being done! (although my wallet cries every payment I make)

16. Learn how to do your taxes. This isn't at all fun, but it is necessary!

17. Travel solo! I've only semi-completed this in flying by myself (still kinda counts right? ;) but I do really want to take a solo-trip. I think it's one of those things you can do in your 20s and love it, learn from it and remember it for the rest of your life.

18. Have a true hobby - something you love to do and can go to when you're stressed, bored, or just need a well deserved break.

19. Learn another language. Practical for real-world things, but also really rewarding if you're able to go to a different country and speak to the people there in their language! Foreign languages are also really, really beautiful. You won't regret being bilingual!

20. Be content and comfortable with your job. No more just working to make money - love what you do!

21. Stop relying on other people, and know that you are capable of anything that you set your mind to. You can trust other people, but no one as much as you do yourself.

22. Make and meet a fitness goal. Whether it's lose 5 pounds, 20 pounds, or just learn to live a healthier lifestyle, get it in check and stick to it. It's amazing how much better you feel inside and out when you live healthier!

23. Take on a side hustle. Something you really love to do and make a little extra $$$ with!

24. Never settle. Always strive for more, be the best you can be and take chances. Realize you're exactly where you should be and don't ever forget it!



  1. I've done some of the things you listed on here, I'm only 22 so I've 2 more years until I can achieve all these. :)


  2. Your 20s is definitely the time to take chances, take risks and try/fail and try again! I wish I'd done more of that in my 20s!

    1. Completely agree! So many of these, like getting rid of a bad habit, becoming healthy are just a couple I wish I had done earlier in life.

  3. I've done everything you've listed other than have your signature drink, unless you count lemonade! haha But I love this list! I'm 24 now, so I'm currently tackling my 30 before 30 list and I'm excited about it.

  4. Happy Birthday! I am about 6 years past 24 but happy to say that I've at least done most of these. Solo travel is one of the best things I've done and I will continue to travel by myself when I get the opportunity!

  5. Happy 24th Birthday! I am definitely still working on finding a job that I love but hopefully grad school is going to help with that (:

  6. Happy birthday girl! I've been wanting to learn a new language for a while now haha.

  7. Yes to having a hobby and pursuing travel goals - life is short, live it up!

  8. So many great things to do before you're 24!

  9. Happy Birthday! Enjoy your twenties! My best piece of advice: Don't care what anyone thinks and be you!

  10. I have done some of what you had on the list and some I haven't done but working on it! Happy Birthday girl, hope you had a great one! ❤️ Xo

  11. LOVE this list! I'm 22, and am pretty happy with the amount of things I can cross of this list. I recently made a big purchase - my first DSLR camera! I am SO in love with it and so glad I finally made the jump!

  12. Love the tip 18! I don't really remember my goals for my 24th birthday but I had a great year!

  13. I love this list and especially love #2!! And Happy birthday babe, hope you have a great one!

    cute & little

  14. Love love love this list- definitely such great (and fun!) goals to keep in mind! Happy Birthday!


  15. Happy Birthday, Adriana!! I love this list and definitely agree 100%!

  16. I think one of the greatest things you added here is to INVEST!! So many people in their twenties think they have all the time in the world for this. But, the earlier you start, the more $$$ you will see!

  17. There are so many good things on this list! I definitely agree with traveling, and I want to travel solo at some point as well...I feel like you learn so much when you push yourself beyond your comfort zone!

  18. I hope you have had a wonderful time celebrating your birthday this week (and this month)! You deserve it! I feel seriously ripped off because I'm already almost 25 and haven't done half of these things haha! Guess I'll have to change that soon :)

  19. I hope you had a great birthday, and this is a great post! Thanks for all the tips I’m in my 30s, so I’m still gonna have to work on accomplishing a few of these.

  20. Happy birthday! I'm impressed with your wisdom at such a young age. All 24 of these sound very reasonable and I think I've actually done all of these, at one time or another - but not my age 24! In fact, my only solo trip was just this year, in April, after turning 60 in March. It was actually related to my job, but it still involved flying from Maine to Pennsylvania and back.

  21. Hope you had a great birthday! I also just turned 24- Letting go of grudges is so freeing!!

  22. Happy birthday! I remember being 24 and for me, it was the year I started to let go of a lot of things that bothered me, including grudges!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  23. OH my goodness, Happy Birthday!!!! I love all your tips. One of my favorite (and one I am still trying to practice) is learning when to say no. Sometimes I always want to be the one that does everything and fixes everything but in reality, all it does is stress me out. Now that I am learning to care for myself, I am more motivated to do things with all my heart. Quality over quantity right?

  24. Happy Happy Birthday! Hope its the best one yet! This year is truly flying by!

  25. These are wonderful tips! Happy birthday you stellar one!

  26. Yes, yes, yes, yes to all of this, especially finding a skincare routine and letting go of grudges. I am going on 25 now and I think 24 was my best year yet – not just for those two reasons, but they helped! Happy happy birthday!

  27. I love this list! I'm going to steal it for my personal goals list!!!!

  28. So many great points on this list!! I defintely need to hold a dinner party next!!

  29. Happy birthday girl! So many great points and even at 25 I haven’t achieved most of them. I hope I will soon! Thanks for sharing.

    Ash | www.theashtreejournal.com