Fake it till you make it.
We all think we should have our lives together by the time we're in our twenties. We want a career, a rock solid relationship and a place to call our own. However, the truth is that most of us have no clue what we're doing. Half the time, we don't even know what day it is, let alone what we're having for dinner. And that's okay!
It's easy to get sucked into believing that everyone else is doing their twenties better than you. Case in point - a girl I went to school with has a graduate job at a law firm, drives an Audi, lives with her fiancé in their brand new house and goes on amazing overseas holidays. From the outside looking in, her life seems perfect. But it takes a while to realise that everyone is always learning (and you can't trust an Instagram feed!).
Here are 7 life skills to master in your twenties, so you at least look like you've got your life semi-together.
Learn to cook
Being able to cook a Sunday roast or even an amazing spag bol is an important skill to master in your twenties. After all, you don't want to be ringing your parents up every night after you've moved out, asking them how to cook pasta...or worse, pinching their leftovers when you go and visit. Get a few basic recipes under your belt and then you can start experimenting with new cuisines and flavours. No more burnt toast here!
Learn to deal with criticism and rejection
Our twenties are a time for exploration and development whether it be personal, academic or in your career. Rejection and criticism is bound to come with that but it's important to remember that everyone gets rejected (even J.K Rowling) and that's perfectly okay. Some things will work out amazingly but when they don't, take the positives from the situation and move forward wiser and stronger than before.
Learn to look after your body
Living alone means having the freedom to eat ice-cream for breakfast...in bed, but just because you can do it, doesn't mean you should! Learn which foods will nurture your body and which ones to avoid. Exercise daily, always put your health first and go for regular checkups. Your body will love you for it in the long run.
Learn how to live within your means
When you move into your own place, it can be pretty tempting to decorate your new digs with beautiful furniture. Luxuries are a wonderful thing...if you can afford them. So, while that leather chaise lounge might look amazing in your apartment, it's probably wiser to buy a cheaper sofa in the meantime. Don't become a slave to funding a lifestyle you can't afford - live modestly and save your pennies and then you will have earned the right to those luxuries - in moderation, of course!
Learn to speak up for yourself
Whether its among your family, friends or at work, never let anyone make you feel small. Don't overreact over small disagreements, but if you feel strongly about something then you should always voice your opinion. It's also important to learn how to speak up and ask for what you want at work. If you've been working hard and feel like you've earned a promotion or a pay rise, don't be afraid to ask. After all, as they always say, 'if you don't ask, you don't get!'
Learn how to make small talk
Instead of scrolling through your Facebook feed when you feel awkward in a social situation, learning how to spark up an interesting conversation is an important yet underrated skill you will benefit from your whole life.
Emma is just your average book loving, tea drinking, story writing, narcissistic millennial on an eternal quest for the perfect t-shirt. Ever since she picked up her first copy of Dolly when she was twelve, she always knew she wanted to work in magazines. She would describe herself as a bit of a hopeless romantic with an obsession for true crime and horror and a love for red wine, whiskey or a stiff gin and tonic. When she's not binge watching Netflix or buying things she can't afford online, she spends her weekends trawling through bookstores and eating her way through Brisbane.