Based in Sydney, Australia, Foundry is a blog by Rebecca Thao. Her posts explore modern architecture through photos and quotes by influential architects, engineers, and artists.



So my birthday was on saturday december 9th and I wanted to write a post about what I have learned in life so far.

1.  Be kind to everyone. No matter who they are or what their story is, everyone deserves to be treated kindly.

2. Meet people with an open heart and a clear mind. Try not to get affected by rumours and don't you ever judge without a fair reason.

3. Travel as much as you can. See the world while you are young. I learn so much about life, people and myself when I travel. It makes my life richer and gives me more perspective.


4. Not everyone is going to like you. There's always going to be someone who can't handle the type of person you are. That's not your fault. It's theirs. Never change for anyone. 

5. Be silly! This is my favorite.  No matter what age you are, being silly and laughing until your stomach hurts brings so much joy to your life.

6. Whether it is working your a** off for that job you’ve always wanted, or that huge final essay, your hard work and dedication will not go unnoticed.

7. Don't be afraid to ask questions.  If it’s in class, to your employer, or your significant other, there is no harm in asking a question. It will give you peace of mind and help you find the clarification you may be seeking.  I am probably too good at this one, but on the other hand I don't have to be insecure!


8.  If things don’t turn out the way they’re supposed to, just go with the flow. Sometimes people cancel, or the universe just screws with you – don’t freak out, go with the flow and let things play out the way they are supposed to.

9. Your parents are usually right. Yes, I hate to say it but they are almost always right, whether it’s about money, relationships, or even cleaning your room.

10. Celebrate the little things. You passed a test, you cleaned your apartment, you worked out many days in a row, your favorite team won a game. You deserve to celebrate so grab a bag of chips, a glass of wine, and enjoy.

11. Stay Humble. You are not the all-knowing figure in the sky so chill out. Admit your faults, be kind, and acknowledge that you are not perfect (and that’s okay). Stay humble and treat everyone with respect. This one is so important.

12.  Learning will always be cool. If you get the chance to learn something new, do it. There is no such thing as being TOO smart. A new sport, a new language, cooking or painting? DO IT. I am working on this myself atm.

13. Exercise sucks. Obviously, you should still do it. But it definitely sucks.

14. Time alone is time well spent. I  enjoy being by myself. Many people don’t, and I’m well aware of this. If you’re someone who finds time alone to be an uncomfortable experience, try spending at least an hour a day unaccompanied (starting today!). You’ll grow to cherish it — there’s something about that level of independence that’s so comforting.

15.  Never underestimate the power of girl talk. It might be the best kind of bonding there is.

16.   Love. Love with all your heart. Love yourself, love your family and love your friends. Extend a helping hand, serve food at the homeless shelter, shovel your elderly neighbors driveway. When did showing kindness and love become such a hard thing to understand in this world? It is so rewarding to show someone kindness and I think everyone deserves to have that kind of feeling.


17.  Be there for loved ones. Nothing is worse than the friend or family member who isn’t there for you. Always be the one who is.

18.  It’s okay if you’re addicted to social media. Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram are entertaining as f*ck and I spend a lot of time on each. I’d rather be addicted to social media than something far worse for my health.

19. My mom is the best chef in the world :)

20.  You don’t have to have it all figured out.  I probably never will. But I think I’m getting closer. Right?

21.  It's okay to say no. If you are uncomfortable or you just genuinely don't want to do something, say no. It's okay to tell your friends you don't want to hang out and it's okay to tell your family that you won't be at the gathering.

22. Everyone goes through really crappy things. Nobody has a perfect life. But remember that these things will pass. You will figure a way out of it and you will come out stronger and ready to keep going.

23. Never give up. There's always going to be someone who tell you that you can't do it. Screw them. Don't ever give up on something that means the world to you. And once you achieve it, go rub it in their faces. Maturely... 

24.  Show respect when respect is deserved. That whole "respect your elders" thing? If you feel like someone doesn't deserve respect because of the way they've treated you, then don't give it. But do keep in mind the "treat others how you want to be treated" thing. 


25. It's okay to cry and you'll actually feel a lot better. Crying gets rid of toxins in your body and releases an endorphin that helps reduce pain and improve mood. This is science people. You can't deny science. 

26. You. Are. Not. Your. Mistakes. Seriously, everything you've done in the past is just that - in the past! Leave it there! Keep moving forward and stay focused on what's ahead. Why do you think windshields are so big compared to your rear-view mirror

27. Life is a journey; enjoy the ride