22 Thoughts on Turning 22

My 22 birthday was everything I could have dreamed it to be. The day started with party hats and cupcakes – which I ate for breakfast. Perfectly acceptable for a birthday. Then my amazing friend and I set out for a day of relaxation and pampering at the Four Seasons Spa in Denver. Between the steam room, hot tube, Swedish massage, glasses of champagne, and mani pedi’s it is safe to say that I walked out of the spa feeling like a new woman. For dinner, we went to Pizzeria Locale where we stuffed our faces with panelle, focaccia, and two pizzas.


In honor of my birthday here are my thought’s on turning 22.

22 feels a lot older than 21, and I am not sure how I feel about that. 

It is perfectly acceptable to listen to 22 by Taylor Swift as many times as you want. In fact, it’s encouraged.

A full day of pampering is the best way to celebrate. This is true for any occasion.

I feel like I am 22 going on 3o. Obviously, I still have 8 years before turning 30, but still. 

You make your own luck. If you want something to happen, you have to make it happen yourself. It isn’t good enough to just wait for a great opportunity to come by, you need to put yourself in the right position for that opportunity before it will present itself or else you will be waiting forever.

Spend money on experiences, not material items. Although shoes are great too.

Splurge on classics, save on trends. That money can be used to buy wine. 

The earlier you wake up, the more successful you will be. There is a reason that 90% of CEO’s wake up before 6 a.m. every day. 

The faster you get rid of toxic relationships the better. As we grow up, it is normal for people to grow apart and sometimes it’s better to let a person go than to fight for a toxic relationship. Both parties will be happier in the end. 

No one will notice if you wear the same outfit 3 times in the same week. My name is Erin Kean and I am an outfit repeater. 

Traveling alone is not as scary, lonely, or boring as you might think. I am a big advocate for traveling alone, I think everyone should go on a solo trip at least once in their life.

Live in the moment. If you are only ever looking towards the next weekend or vacation day, you are missing out on life.

No one ever regrets eating clean and working out.

Sending handwritten notes is still cool. And you should be doing it.

You are allowed to complain, but don’t forget to balance it out with gratitude. Do not become a negative nelly about everything – that is a toxic quality and no one likes it.

Learn to cook, because you can’t live on take-out food and ramen noodles forever.

Always look at the big picture, don’t get caught up in the drama or the number of Instagram likes you get that will never define who you are.

Friends and family are the most important aspects of your life.

It’s okay to have no idea what you are doing, fake it till you make it am I right?

Understand the different types of love languages because everyone receives love differently and knowing the different languages can make relationships and friendships bloom.

Clean space, clean mind. Having a clean space to work will boost your creativity and productivity.

Don’t let anyone tell you that something is impossible. They just have a closed mind and you don’t need that negativity in your life.