Lessons I’ve Learned from My 20s: Explore outside your comfort zone and pursue your passions

With my 30th birthday just around the corner, I’ve been reflecting on the lessons I’ve learned in my 20s. The first lesson I shared this month was to own your financial narrative. This week, I’m sharing another major life lesson, which is:

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Lesson 2: Explore outside your comfort zone and pursue your passions

One lesson I learned in my early was to learn how to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. I spent my early 20s trying things I had never tried before. I picked up partner stunting (I did gymnastics in middle school and high school) in college. I tried out for the University of Washington cheerleading team three times and never made it. I tried pilates and ballet for a quarter. I took hip hop lessons and drop in $5 yoga sessions. And during senior year, I decided to start a blog.

I continued to explore my passions through my 20s.

I decided to start taking my blog and Instagram seriously in 2016. At 24 years old, I still remember when I published two blog posts in one month and the thrill of landing my first style ambassador opportunity with a major brand. In 2017, I decided that I was going to get my master’s in communication and digital media. Originally, I wanted my MBA but as I stepped into content creation and social media, I realized I had a real passion for digital media.

From 2017-2019, I balanced my aerospace job, a master’s program, and I continued to create content for my channels. Instead of slowing down my blog, I ramped it up and used my online channels as often as I could for graduate school assignments. I learned so much in my UX courses, content strategy, copywriting, and more. I graduated and finished my program in spring 2019, but there were 4 more classes I wanted to take. You could say I became a professional influencer through my master’s program. I truly refined my craft and applied the digital marketing strategies I learned into Emma’s Edition.

I’m grateful I took the time to explore outside my comfort zone because it ultimately led to my passions and eventual career. I want to give 21-year-old Emma the biggest hug. Little did she know that almost a decade later, her blog would evolve to a full-time content creation career!

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Aside from my blog, I’ve also continued yoga as a part of my work out routine. Yoga has continued to help with both my mental and physical well-being!

I hope you enjoyed my second lesson of my 20s. I encourage you to explore outside your comfort zone and pursue your passions.

For more about the lessons I’ve learned and my goals, check out:

2022 Emma’s Edition Goals

Love,

Emma

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