1. “The love of my life won’t be perfect.”
Get Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome out of your head. As often as you may dream about licking his 6-pack abs, the love of your life may end up having an average body. If you keep turning away every guy who doesn’t look like David Beckham, you won’t be scoring anytime soon.
2. “My biggest fear really isn’t that big of a deal.”
You’re afraid of heights, bridges, drowning—whatever. These fears are not hard to conquer, and if you’re an adrenaline junkie, you’re in luck! Conquering your biggest fear is both exhilarating and liberating.
3. “Next week, I’m quitting my job.”
Don’t just say you’re putting in your two weeks’ notice. Do it. Quitting your job in your twenties to find yourself can be admirable; doing it in your thirties, not so much. There’s no better time than now.
4. “I’m going to travel the world.”
Don’t say, “I want to travel the world.” Set a date. Now is the time to take a month away from work and backpack wherever you want and however you want.
5. “I’m leaving the house without makeup.”
Yes, you’re going to get older, and yes, wrinkles and dark circles are going to start to appear. It’s time to appreciate your youthful glowing skin—even if you have a few acne scars.
6. “I’m my friend’s mentor.”
Every girl needs at least two friends: one who admires her, and one she admires. Beyond the “haters” there are people who truly need you. When you tell them that you quit your job to travel to Europe where you met your fiancé, you might motivate them to make a significant change in their life as well.
7. “I will value my opinion over your opinion.”
Some people have good intentions; others don’t. Unfortunately, it can be hard to tell who is working for you and who is against you. Your best bet is to trust your gut instinct. If it feels right, run with it.
8. “Yes, I’m pretty. So what?”
If your mama blessed you with stunning physical features, take advantage. And take advantage often.
9. “Someday is today.”
Money shouldn’t be holding you back. Live a little. Take a chance when you don’t have much holding you back, or you may regret it later.
10. “I know a better way to handle this.”
Relate it to your work. You’ve recently started your first “real job,” you’re tech-savvy, and if someone isn’t doing things correctly, speak up!
11. “I deserve better.”
You’re only in your 20s. Forget about your “ticking” biological clock. If he isn’t treating you right, you have time to find a new man. Start looking.
12. “I’m going to try a new dating site.”
Tinder, Plenty of Fish, and OKCupid are nice, but they’re also standard. Try an alternative dating site such as SeekingArrangement.com and put yourself out there! Even if it doesn’t work out, you’re guaranteed to have a few colorful stories to share!
13. “Sexually, I need to try something different.”
You’re becoming more in tune with yourself; don’t be afraid to explore. Switch things up with your partner, head to the closest adult store, and ask a clerk to guide you in the right direction.
14. “I won’t be good at everything.”
Who cares if you didn’t ace that sales presentation? You were still promoted, and now you’re managing a team of five. Focus on your strong points.
15. “I don’t have to be a size 4.”
Good things come to confident women—careers, jobs, and most importantly, respect. Size does not matter. The way you carry yourself does. Turn heads and break necks whether you are a size 4 or a size 14.
16. “I don’t get this.”
Ask for help. Don’t feel defeated simply because you’re new to a company. Who knows? If you ask the right question, you may end solving a complex issue and rising to the top.
17. “Hi, hater.”
In fact, if you don’t have a reason to say this, you probably aren’t doing something right. Haters fuel your fight.
18. “I’m jealous for a reason.”
Of course you are, but how does it make you look to others? Be careful with your reasoning; otherwise, you’ll end up with more enemies than friends.
19. “I may never get married.”
And it’s not the end of the world—seriously. Stop trying to force it. There’s a high divorce rate for a reason. You may be happier without a husband or a three-year-old toddler throwing temper tantrums.
20. “I’m ready for the next big thing.”
If things aren’t working out right now, don’t stress. Small changes often lead to big results.