10 Tips for the 20’s

With the changing of decades, we welcome a new era of our lives! The 2020s marks the decade where most of us will embark on a new journey. We will graduate from university, start new jobs, and maybe even move countries a couple more times. We might meet the one and might even decide to have children. This decade will be a mixture of change and growth in our lives. With that in mind, here are 10 tips to leave the 10’s and into the 20’s!

  1. The year of exploration: Explore more!
    The 1920’s marks the period of time where cities began to expand outwards because of the arrival of automobiles, therefore people could go around and weren’t limited to what immediately surrounded them. This year, we should explore, not only the city we currently live in but also what surrounds it.
  2. The year of unimaginable opportunities: Be open to new opportunities
    The start of industrialization allowed for more job opportunities in the world, especially among women. With the new decade at hand, this could mean changes in ourselves leading us to find job opportunities or experience we never thought of doing. Therefore, we shall be open-minded and not limit ourselves this year.
  3. The year we take action: Be active citizens of the world
    Child labour laws were lifted and birth control leagues were created. Movements and changes that have impacted us today. This year we must be more aware of the world we live in and try to actively take part in these movements.
  4. The year for loved ones: Make time for those you care about
    This decade will be the start of us moving into adulthood. We will have different priorities at times but never forget to cherish and make time for those who have helped us along the way!
  5. The year of empowerment: Empower yourself by breaking norms
    The 20’s was a time where moral standards were pushed. Gone were the times of covering up as women wore looser, shorter and more revealing dresses, these made apparent by the classic 1920’s flapper girl. This year we should empower ourselves by accepting that we may not always fit into what society deems as normal.
  6. The year for glamour: A little glamour never killed nobody!
    Makeup in the 1920’s was all about accentuating. An influence was black and white silent films, where actors had to accentuate their brows, lips, and eyes in order to project expression. For the ladies, this year try to get inspired by 1920’s rouge, accentuating your cheeks and try to accentuate your cupid’s bow the way they did.
  7. The year of freedom: Excitement is key
    The 1920’s were known as the roaring 20’s because of the exuberance of the time, filled with Jazz and the Charleston. Make sure that in everything you do, you are always filled with excitement just as they were in the 20’s.
  8. The year of influence: Be the change you want to see
    The 1920’s marks the beginning of change. For instance, women were finally given the right to vote, which opened up numerous opportunities, ones that challenged traditional female roles. In this decade, take a stand and stand up for what you believe in, it may even influence the future you live in.
  9. The year of creativity: Let yourself be creative
    Art deco has remained to be one of the most iconic styles of visual art from the 1920’s. It is easily recognizable known for its bold geometric patterns, clear lines, and intense colours. That being said, allow yourself to be bold and intense in your creations this year, and also remind yourself to have precision in your actions such that of the Art Deco style.
  10. The year of spending: Make sure to budget and save!
    The exuberance of the roaring 20’s came to downhill in 1929 when the stock market crashed, which ultimately led to the great depression. Enjoy the start of the 20’s but make sure you are budgeting and saving your money for the years to come! Beginnings can be exciting but don’t spend too much as it may lead to the crashing of your expenses! Plan for the future. Good luck!

Author: Aisya
Illustrator: Clara
Editor: Kat

On The Road Towards Yourself

Autumn. It’s 5:30 pm and lanterns lightening up the twilight. Trees are visible through the glow from the lamps below. It is raining. It starts pouring. 5:35 pm. Raindrops are visible on some windows. Silhouettes of strangers on their bikes vanishing around corners. People are heading home to escape the cold and the rain. Autumn.

This time of the year is my favorite. Cozying up in the apartment. Enjoying a cup of tea, with a good series or good music blasting out the speaker, or both.  A lot of time for yourself. A lot of time to think; think about whatever is going on at this particular moment in life. Some people call it mindfulness, some people call it weird, I call it essential for happiness.

I often encounter conversations with people who are scared of that. Scared of being alone. Providing deep thoughts in this solitude, an opportunity to circle around. I get it. It can be scary. Scary to face problems and issues. However, these moments are purely assigned to reflect on yourself and everything that is happening around you. Solitude should not feel empty, nor scary, it should help you to get a better understanding of exactly yourself and the things making up your world.

It might sound and feel weird for you now. You might even feel uncomfortable to read further because you think this is just spiritual bull*. This is probably the simplest form to get to another level of happiness in life. This kind of happiness you find in yourself.

If you are open-minded enough to assimilate these words and apply them to yourself, look at the following advice…

Allow yourself time alone.
What do I mean with that? Try to avoid background noises on a 24/7 – basis; playing music every second possible, listen to a podcast, watch a series or anything else that creates something louder than your actual thoughts. In doing so, you will allow your thoughts to be free.

Give your thoughts the opportunity to cycle around.
Let the thoughts develop. It might be helpful to write them down. For this, journaling can be a nice method for you, to question your thoughts without feeling ‘weird’ or ‘wanna-be spiritual’. – “What do you feel right now? / Why do you feel the way you feel?” (Inspiration on how to get started with journaling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STRXoISJuDg)

Face your thoughts.
As we face issues in life, negative thoughts will eventually come off, and it might be fucked up at this point in life. Life will always be this, a challenge and an emotional rollercoaster, with all its ups and downs. If you won’t face these thoughts now, they will come back at some other point anyway. – “Why did you take a particular action? / Why do you have these positive or negative feelings? / Is there something or someone in your past that might have an influence on these present thoughts?”

Take control.
Do not be scared. You know these are just your thoughts, you are in control of them and whenever there is a moment of feeling uncomfortable or overwhelmed you can always divert yourself from them.

Stop making excuses.
As always in life try to start easy. Take at least these five minutes every day that you would normally spend with things that would withhold your thoughts. Take these five minutes to breathe, to introspect and take back the control of your mind and your thoughts.

Autumn. The time of the year that creates the atmosphere and vibes to get closer to yourself. Now it is up to you use these vibes and generate more self- awareness, Autumn.

Author: Antonia
Editor: Kat