28 Life Lessons From The Now 28 Year Old Me

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It’s my birthday! Wooooot! I’m now officially 2 years away from reaching the dreaded dirty thirty. (Dun dun dun duuuuuuuun…) So in place of the usual fashion/travel post, I thought I’d do a birthday special instead. Here’s a (super rare) personal post for you–28 life lessons I’ve learned so far.

1. You’ll meet a lot of people in your life but only a few will stay. Take care of these few–they’re your life’s gems.

2. Mind over matter. Mind over heart.

3. Mr. Right on paper isn’t necessarily Mr. Right in real life.

4. You don’t have to know the answer all the time.

5. Criticism isn’t always a bad thing. It forces you to reflect on things, toughens you up and makes you a better person in the end.

6. Lessening your carb and sugar intake does wonders to your face and skin.

7. Finding the right angle is everything in taking good photos.

8. When you feel like you have the biggest problem in the world, think back to the time you last felt this way. You overcame it, right? You moved on from it, yes? So you’ll kick this one in the butt too.

9. Forgiveness is a gift, not just to the person you’re forgiving but also for you. Even more so for you.

10. Embrace your weirdness.

11. If you’re only saying or doing something for the sole purpose of intentionally hurting someone, better not say or do it at all.

12. Don’t waste time on people who make you feel bad. Surround yourself with positive, encouraging and supportive people.

13. Just take the shot. If it must be tequila, go for Patron XO and stay away from Cuervo. Jose is not your friend. Jose is evil.

14. Explore the world.

15. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Learn to laugh at yourself. It’s refreshing.

16. Never say no to desserts. NEVER.

17. Save something for yourself. Contrary to John Legend, you don’t have to give them all of you.

18. You deserve the best. The best will come your way.

19. Don’t let life pass you by. Make the most out of it.

20. Miracles happen.

21. Your looks can take you places but your brain WILL take you to the right place.

22. Everything is better with cheese. Food and maybe even lovelife.

23. Don’t fight a compliment. Accept it with grace.

24. Use your luxuries. You worked hard for them. You spent money on them, so make the most out of them.

25. Good things really do happen to good people.

26. You won’t always see eye to eye so learn to agree to disagree. Respect each other’s differences.

27. All relationships (love, friendship, family) should be based on respect and trust.

28. Shouting doesn’t solve anything.

82 Responses to “28 Life Lessons From The Now 28 Year Old Me”
  1. Hennessy Hairo Labin

    28 things I learn from Ate Cams :)

    #21 is my ultimate fave!!! <3

  2. renly


    so true…

    #hoping na maging mature nako when I reach 28 hahahaha

  3. malyohmally

    13. Just take the shot. If it must be tequila, go for Patron XO and stay away from Cuervo. Jose is not your friend. Jose is evil.
    -SOBRANG AGREEEEE!!! haha Jose is the most evil among all evils! :D

    Belated Happy birthday Camille (I know, super late na heehee)! Your 28 life lessons is very inspirational :)

    3. Mr. Right on paper isn’t necessarily Mr. Right in real life.
    -I got curious on this part (chismosa lang)

    • Camille Co

      Heehee thanks! :) Re: Mr right? That’s just my belief. I think when you get older, you realize the checklist isn’t always correct.

  4. Chantel

    Belated happy bday, better that late than never. I miss you a lot, but now im catching up for all of the post that you made. Hope you have a blast and to see you soonest before living. Love you!!! :)

  5. Cristy

    Belated Happy birthday Miss Camille! Sorry, it’s been a while since I visited your blog. Need to catch up on the 10 blogs you’ve posted. Thanks for your 28 lessons, my fave is number 8 :) By the way I have few months away from reaching the dreaded dirty thirty. hahah! But I’m fine with it :)

    • Camille Co

      Catch up!!! :) Thanks Cristy! I think I’m fine with 30 as well :)

  6. Venus Rodriguez

    Belated Happy Birthday to my favorite fashion blogger in the world. :)

  7. Cef

    Ang daming hugot. Haha! Belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CAMS! Wish you all the best. Stay pretty and kalog! Hehe! And enjoy Santorini! :)

  8. Ericka Garcia

    Belated happy birthday, Ms. Camille. :-) I’m going on an internet hiatus because of my review but I just want to check this site because I miss reading your blogs. May the dreams you dream today, be the the life you live tomorrow. Thank you for being my inspiration.

    Ericka Garcia

    PS: I met your brother during the 2015 Bar Exams. I was a 2015 USC Bar Operations Volunteer and he went to our HQ to help because his friend from USC was also taking the Bar Exams that time. I told him that I am your fan. He was nice to me. ;)

    • Camille Co

      Oh really? It was good he was nice to you… or else LOL. Just kidding :) Thank you Ericka <3

  9. Maebs

    BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY MISS CAMILLE :) 💕💕 thank you for being an inspiration to all of us. So proud of what you became right now im praying that more blessings to come and stay healty and safe. Love you ate cams! 💕💕.
    I think #1 is really true when i was in highschool i want to have lots of friends but now i just want few friends who will be true and will bring out the best in me. I always remember quality beats quantity 😊😊😊😊

  10. Rocel Dana Mae Alulod

    Belated Happy Birthday Ms.Camille! sorry I miss your day! Godbless to you

  11. Quen

    Thank you for being an inspiration! I’ll never get tired of telling you this! Thru IG, Twitter and Blog comments! Happiest Birthday Camille! :)

    That moment when I saw you featured in Chalk mag, life has definitely changed for me.. You let me realized that you can definitely dress up to express yourself 😊 If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t dare doing OOTDs hahahahaha 💋

    I hope to see you again! Continue to be such a blessing.. 😁

  12. Hannah

    hey camille! hope i’m not too late to greet you a HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! you have no idea how much this post has inspired me to work hard on my dreams.I’ve always wanted to meet you in person.. you truly deserve everything that you’ve accomplished. I LOVE YOU CAMILLE :)

  13. Stephanie

    I just recently followed you and started back reading your blog. Even though I’m a new follower, I can see your changes and improvement (in a good way of course). You are forever humble and extremely passionate of what you love doing the most, and I love that. It’s extremely rare to find people like these nowadays. From online, I can say that I am extremely happy and proud to witness your beautiful transition from 27 years of ups and downs—the person you are today. Well, maybe just for a short period of time. Since as what I’ve said, I’m a new follower. It is very evident that you have always been an inspiration to different age groups. Moreover, I can see the endless gratitude you give back to your followers supporters, and I admire you for that.

    Thank you so much for sharing your experiences to the things you have learned. I would say these are a complete list that would sum up my #WhatIWishIKnewWhenIWas28 :)

    Again, I may be a new follower and supporter, but I am thankful and lucky that I have found your flawlessly beautiful blog. Continue to shine! Cheers to more birthdays to come, and I hope you enjoyed your day because you deserve all the happiness in the world!

    P.S. I hope I don’t sound corny. LOL!

    • Camille Co

      Thank you Stephanie! One of the most heartwarming messages I’ve received here. It still baffles me how my blog can mean so many different things to so many of you. I really appreciate it. :)

  14. Celine

    Hi Camille! How old were you when you first started your blog? :) Also, wasn’t it hard to date someone who’s not pure chinese? Especially if you come from a very traditional chinese family? :) I’m also chinese and my parents would never consider us dating any race except chinese. :)

    • Camille Co

      I started 2011 so I was 23 :) It was hard at first of course but I always try to talk to them about it. When I meet someone I like, I let them meet him so that they can get to know the person. It’s a process. It doesn’t happen overnight :)

  15. Namdi aniki

    Happiest birthday to one of d most beautiful girl in d world 🎂……God bless😘😘….n above said so so true….xoxo

  16. Hannah

    Ohh!! We share the same birthday! Belated Happy Birthday Ms. Cams!:) Reading your life lessons inspire me do my own! Thank you for inspiring me :) Love you!!

  17. Priscillia Okpan

    Happy Birthday Camille! Time truly flies by, I have been reading your blog for over three years and it is such a beautiful thing to watch you grow through the years. Hope you have a lovely birthday celebration and many more amazing years ahead! 😊


  18. Siij

    Hello Ate Cams, HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! It’s always nice to read your blog. Stay happy and beautiful.Continue to inspire us with all you do. God bless! :)

  19. Love

    I’m proud, so proud of you Miss Camille! You are indeed beautiful inside and out.
    Wishing you all the best in life because you deserve it. :) May the Lord continue to bless your beautiful soul! :)

  20. Elizabeth T.

    Happy Birthday Camille! :) Haha and don’t worry, you still look so young! <3 But at the end, having a youthful heart is the best! Haha loved these great little life lessons – quirky, funny, yet very insightful!

    XO, Elizabeth

  21. Klarisse

    I was in search of advice, good reads, comfort words and then there you were. :) Thanks for sharing!! More of these please, you don’t know how much your words touched/changed my day. Meant a lot <3 Happiest birthday to you lovely Camille. Advice #9 though. More power.

    • Camille Co

      Awwww thanks Klarisse! That’s so nice to know. Hopefully, better days ahead!

  22. Shar

    Numbers 5, 21, 25 and 28 are very true, even if I am 3 years older than you. 8, 9, 17, 24, 26, and 27 are good food for thought, especially 8 and 9 in my situation. Great reminders. I hope you’ll post about how to find love–perhaps not so much as finding the one as that is a dauting task, but at least getting to know people when you’re already out of school and in the professional world. Happy Birthday!!

    • Camille Co

      Thanks Shar! Hmmm maybe I will in the future but for now, my advice is, don’t expect. Love comes when you least expect it. And when it comes, don’t fight it. Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone.

  23. Jansell

    This post made my day! Thank you Camille for imparting the best-est lessons anyone could learn in life. Happy Birthday! :) You truly deserve where and what you are right now. Stay Happy! <3

  24. MT

    Happy Birthday Camille!! Stay healthy, never loose fate in your dreams and beliefs, wish you all the best!

  25. Anne

    Happy birthday Cams! I really love seeing an occasional personal post from you. “#22: Everything is better with cheese. Food and maybe even lovelife.” I don’t know about ♥ since I’ve got no experience (LOL!) but food is always better with lots of cheese. Hoorah! Hihihi. Wishing you well Cams and enjoy your day.

    PS: You look nothing like 28. You look way younger. ;)


  26. Thia Padilla

    28 years of learning reflected in an amazing post! Congrats pretty Camille, you inspire me to follow my dreams…I want to be like you when I’ll be 28 (just 4 years left =S). I wish you the best!
    Kisses from Colombia

  27. Yanshi

    Yes!! My skinny legs are ready to kick butts! lol :P Thank you! I hope to see you soon :*

  28. Kay

    Happiest Birthday Camille! I just wish you nothing but the best since I believe you already have everything that you wanted!

    PS will you be attending/participating the upcoming BU11?

  29. Nelayish

    Love this post! I learned a lot from this post :) Happy Birthday again! You don’t look like 28 anyway so it is okay.

  30. Yanshi

    “When you feel like you have the biggest problem in the world, think back to the time you last felt this way. You overcame it, right? You moved on from it, yes? So you’ll kick this one in the butt too.” — Needed this! Thanks for the push, Cams! <3

    Anyway, HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Like what you said, "Good things really do happen to good people." You deserve everything that you have accomplished. Wishing you continuous success and more blessings. I may not be leaving comments as often as before, but please do know I'm always here. Thank you for always inspiring us. Love you Cams! xoxo <3

    • Camille Co

      Awwww thank you Yanshi! Always the sweetest! I hope you’re doing well!

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