Birthday shoot and champagne flute

Jannely Birthday Outfit-8Dress: Nasty Gal // Shoes: Dolce Vita // Purse: H&M // Earrings: Vicky Victoria

It’s my birthday and I will do whatever I want! Today I will be celebrating with my family and enjoying life’s blessings. This past year has been so amazing and I gained so much knowledge. Each year is a time to grow and learn from past mistakes. I am so grateful for all the wonderful people I’ve met and the opportunities received along the way. So today I celebrate in white because I am a true HEAT fan and a way to initiate a new season with a clean slate.

So while I am around town celebrating with champagne, here I leave you a little fashion inspiration while you are on your office break. Off the shoulders is all the hype for this spring/summer season. I decided to wear this dress with my favorite choker from “Buddha with a Bling”. This choker is the perfect statement jewelry for V cut dresses. As I grow older, I have learned to embrace my body and learn how to love each imperfection. This past year I learned the magic of dreaming big. Today I want to share 27 things I’ve learned this past year (27 because I turn 27) and some little things you should know by your mid 20’s.

  1. Enjoy the present by being less focused on social media.
  2. Stop buying expensive coffee and learn how to make a proper colada for you and your guests.
  3. Keep old numbers and business cards. You never know when you’ll need that contact.
  4. You don’t need to always smile but try to find the positive side.
  5. Build a good community support group. It can be from church or a group you already attend.
  6. Live with purpose. This will determine your overall happiness.
  7. Find a career you want to do for the rest of your life and you do not hate.
  8. Keep old friends and call them once in a while.
  9. Keep a good savings account in case of emergencies.
  10. Travel more because is the best investment you can make.
  11. Enjoy the wrong person until you find the right one. Embrace the single life.
  12. Learn how to choose the right partner for that long term commitment.
  13. Find a solo activity you enjoy doing and do it more often.
  14. Read a new book at least once a month. Knowledge is more valuable than gold.
  15. Volunteer for a good cause or your church community. It’s always good to give back.
  16. Invest in a good pair of shoes. Cinderella is proof of how the good pair changes your whole life.
  17. Eat more veggies and less sugar. Investing in your future health is as important as investing in things.
  18. Slow down and take your time to do things.
  19. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
  20. Relationships come and go but you will learn how to appreciate each person who come your way.
  21. Sometimes you need to take the high road.
  22. Adulting has never been easy but when in doubt always call mom.
  23. There are two types of people. Energy suckers and energy givers. Keep the latter.
  24. Find your scent and wear it often.
  25. Take good care of your skin by investing in good skin care.
  26. Sometimes it’s better to say it than to keep it. Use your voice.
  27. Celebrate your true self with champagne.
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