Stefanie Keenan
Josephine Cusumano
Nov 24, 2015 @ 7:30 am

Modern Family's Sarah Hyland turns 26 today, and based on what we know of her, she'll be celebrating the big day the only way she knows how: by being herself and having fun.

The star has been a mainstay on the hit ABC comedy show since its inception in 2009β€”a series that has earned its fair share of awards, from a Golden Globe to several Emmysβ€”and has proven she has some serious comedic chops both onscreen and on social media. What's more, Hyland has shown us she's also wise beyond her years.

Last year, she shared some words of wisdom with InStyle, and they were nothing short of inspiring. "Be confident and be strong. Don't take no for an answer," she advised. "Be happy with what you have. Never stop until your dreams come true. It sounds cheesy. It's the tenacity that I think helps."

When Hyland isn't doling out advice and earning her rightful place as a role model, she's just your average twenty-something who likes to have fun on Instagram. In honor of her 26th birthday, we rounded up 12 of the best snaps that prove this girl knows how to have funβ€”with or without a squad:

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#DirtyDancing in the gym. One week in πŸ’ͺ🏼

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All I ever needed. Was the music. And the mirror. And the chance. To dance. With you.

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Stepping out of my box and trying new fun things for myself! Gonna join the circus ❀️

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πŸ‡πŸ½πŸ‘’πŸ‡πŸ½πŸ‘’πŸ‡πŸ½ @imthekatie #talkderbytome #hatsonhatsonhats

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Couples retreat. #Vegas ❀️️

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Scratch crowd surfing off the bucket list 😎. "Light as a feather. Stiff as a board."

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How many rolls does it take to get to the end of a king size bed? 🍭

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Girls. Cakes. And candles. Happy birthday @camila_cabello! Ya little fairy princess. Yay @taylorswift for puttin it together!

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