APRIL 8, 2018

Well, it’s official. I am turning twenty years old. I have to say… it feels good. As I exit my teens and enter my twenties, I think it’s an appropriate time to reflect on the things I’ve learned over the past two decades.


I’m proud of who I am today, but it’s been a journey. I’ve learned a lot about myself from the mistakes I’ve made. I’ve developed into a much stronger individual through the challenges I’ve faced. I’ve endured the most change through hurdles I’ve overcome. 


So, grab a tissue if you feel so inclined because you’re about to read an honest list of the twenty things I’ve learned in twenty years. While I don’t expect you to go skydiving after reading my list (although if you do, will you book me a plane ticket?), but I hope you keep in mind the importance of learning. Learning is growing. Growing is changing. Changing is thriving. And thriving, well, thriving is just fabulous.


I have high hopes for this decade, and I’m just glad you’re all apart of it.




  1. There’s always a reason to smile.

  2. Do what makes you happy because no one cares as much as you think they do.

  3. Learn to not rely on anyone but yourself. Support yourself. Motivate yourself. Trust yourself. Love yourself.

  4. Enjoy the time you spend alone. Feeling alone and lonely are two separate moods.

  5. Don’t expect everyone to do for you as you would do for them.

  6. Stand up for yourself. Don’t avoid the confrontation.

  7. Ask questions.

  8. Have a firm handshake.

  9. Be timely. Timeliness shows respect.

  10. Not everyone is going to support your dreams, and that’s okay.

  11. Not everything is going to be perfect, and that’s okay.

  12. Don't be afraid of change. Change is good.

  13. Find a balance between listening to others and listening to yourself. 

  14. Treat your body with respect.

  15. But also eat the cookie dough. 

  16. Say yes to new experiences.

  17. Be kind to every kind.

  18. Earth needs our help and we must help our Earth.

  19. Take a moment to give gratitude. There is always something to be grateful for.

  20. Keep dreaming. 



APRIL 1, 2018

  1. My full name is Grace Elizabeth Rodgers

  2. My birthday is April 8th.

  3. I’m currently 19 years old.

  4. I’m 5 feet and 3 inches.

  5. My hair is naturally curly.

  6. I’ve had glasses since I was 12 years old.

  7. I have an incredible older sister named Paige. Paige is the greatest human to walk to the planet.

  8. I have a beautiful roommate named Bailey. Bailey is the great human to skip on the planet.

  9. I’m currently a Sophomore at American University

  10. I’ve never drunk alcohol or taken drugs.

  11. I don’t like to party. I’m very much a grandma. I embrace it.

  12. I’m an absolute workaholic. I’ve earned straight A’s since Middle School. 

  13. I have generalized anxiety and OCD – both of which do not define or confine me.

  14. I got my drivers license when I was 19 years old.

  15. I’ve been dairy-free and red meat-free since May of 2017.

  16. I’m committed to being vegan in 2018.

  17. I’m committed to building my running skills in 2018. I hope to run a marathon.

  18. Three things I love: Cooking/baking, organizing, and Ryan Seacrest.

  19. Three things I fear: Losing someone I love, losing control of my body, and the movie ET.

  20. I’m quite frugal with my money. I always reason items before purchasing and search for sales.

  21. Three turn ons: Compassion, self-determination, and sense of humor.

  22. Three turn offs: Immaturity, self-absorption, and narrow-mindedness.

  23. I have an enormous passion for the environment. It is something I wish to pursue.

  24. I worry about the impact of climate change on the planet every day. I think it’s the most important issue facing our world.

  25. I’ve only had fish as pets. The last fish I had got a terrible infection and passed away. As you can imagine, I cried.

  26. My favorite animal is a giraffe.

  27. I love documentaries. My favorites are Cowspiracy, The 13th, and A Plastic Ocean.

  28. I love comedies and romantic comedies. My favorites are The Intern, It’s Complicated, and The Proposal.

  29. I love Netflix series. My favorites are The Crown and Grace & Frankie.

  30. I enjoy repeatedly watching the same movies and TV shows.

  31. Scary movies or TV shows are not my thing.

  32. My favorite food is soup. My mom makes the best vegan chicken noodle soup.

  33. I don’t like coffee.

  34. My favorite dessert is vegan ice cream.

  35. My favorite ice cream flavor is strawberry. 

  36. My favorite flower is a peony. 

  37. My favorite store is Target. I would survive just fine if I were trapped in Target.

  38. My favorite song is Bitter Sweet Symphony by The Verve.

  39. I love to sail. My family has gone on several sailing trips where we’ve chartered a boat in the British Virgin Islands.

  40. I love to travel. I would love to incorporate travel into my job.

  41. I always wear at least three pairs of socks because my feet are always cold.

  42. I’ve had my fair share of embarrassing moments – including falling out of a moving car – and I’ve got scars to prove them.

  43. I’ve never broken a bone. Knock on wood.

  44. When I was younger, my sister and I tried to break a bone by jumping off our swing set because we wanted to wear a sling. It was not a smart decision.

  45. Throughout elementary school, I was an aspiring wedding planner.

  46. I’m always singing and dancing in the car. I’m always singing and dancing in stores. If there is a beat, I will be singing and dancing.

  47. I’m terrible at responding to text messages from friends.

  48. Three habits I have: Staying up ridiculously late, repeating myself, and fidgeting.

  49. Three Pet Peeves: Noisy eaters, people on their phone during conversations, and people talking loudly on the phone.

  50. My favorite quote is “you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."


I am a multimedia environmental journalist with innovative news writing, video editing, and social media marketing skills. I cover breaking news and investigative reports focused on environmental health, science, and justice.




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