26 Life Lessons I Learned From Parks & Rec

Leslie Knope is my spirit animal. Parks and Rec is honestly one of my favorite shows of all time. In honor of my 26th birthday, I’m sharing 26 lessons I’ve learned from Leslie Knope and the rest of the Pawnee team.

Breakfast food makes everything better.

There is nothing we can’t do if we work hard, never sleep, and shirk all other responsibilities.

One man’s worst nightmare is another man’s total package.

No one achieves anything alone.

It’s hard to be taken seriously as a woman. But you can fight for it.

People will believe anything if you say it with confidence.

There is someone out there for everyone, even if you have to wait.

Treat yourself at least once a year.


Jogging is the worst.

It’s alright to be inspired by yourself.


Hoes before bros.


Never half ass two things. Whole ass one thing.


There is no difference in expensive wine, so why spend the money on it?

Sometimes you gotta work a little so you can ball a lot.


Dogs under 50lbs are cats, and cats are useless. Note: I beg to differ on this one. 

Love your friends with all your heart.

Sugar is delicious, and you should avoid salad and other disgusting things.

Hangovers only get worse as you get older.

Where you’re born isn’t necessarily where you’re from.

It’s okay to enjoy ‘jammin on your planner’.

People are the worst. But that doesn’t mean you help them any less.

You can achieve anything if you believe in yourself enough.

Every love story is beautiful.

No matter how bad it gets, it will always get better.

It’s okay to care a lot about things.


The most valuable currency in the world is the stubborn believe that what you’re doing is 100% right.

I always forget how much I love Parks and Rec until I go back and watch it. The series finale never ceases to make me cry, and Leslie Knope is just the most inspiring. Today, on my birthday, and on every other day from here on, I hope you remember to be the Leslie Knope of whatever you do.

Note: This post is inspired by my friend Kate’s birthday post. Go check her out on A Thought and A Half!

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