20 Things I Learned in my Twenties

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Today is the last day of my twenties. Tomorrow, I turn 30. Woof. It honestly didn’t feel real until I had these balloons in hand. And as my best friends come into town for the weekend, I know it’s about to get REALLY real. As I enter my next thirty years, I am feeling more reflective than usual… maybe even borderline panicky. Your twenties are so important! They lay the groundwork for the rest of your life. Did I spend them correctly and efficiently?

 I began this decade in college working towards a career in NASCAR and here I sit at the cusp of 30, a self-employed blogger. And yet, one led seamlessly into the other. Every step forward, setback, experience, tragedy, relationship, and heartache led me to today. And I’m genuinely happy! So I have rounded up the 20 things I learned in my twenties and broke them down into the categories of Relationships/Love, Work, and Life. If only I could give this list to 20-year-old Cortney…

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Forever 21 Sale Picks

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Happy Monday, y’all! Let’s kick this week off on the right foot with a MAJOR SALE. Forever 21 is offering 21% off of EVERYTHING with code F21SHIP… yippee! Talk about an amazing deal – their prices are so low already. But if you have ventured into a F21 store recently or checked out their website, you know how overwhelming shopping here is. It’s difficult to sort through the endless merchandise or know how well it will fit. Well, I have rounded up my favorite recent purchases below and included sizing info, plus what is in my shopping cart.

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5 Tips for Growing an Engaged Instagram Audience

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Instagram is constantly evolving and constantly bringing stress to influencers and users alike. The minute you think you have Instagram figured out, Zuckerburg goes and changes the algorithm or the API security and we’re back at square one. To add insult to injury, it’s reported that only 10% of your followers are even seeing your posts. So if you are feeling frustrated on the pathway to Instagram growth, know that you are not alone.

Instagram has seriously leveled the playing field recently and we’ve all thought about throwing our phone out the window or even throwing in the towel. Unfortunately, complaining isn’t going to get us anywhere, so we must adapt.

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