(The main one being, don’t take outfit photos with a bobble on your wrist…)
After jumping on the Instagram bandwagon of doing my year in review, it got me thinking of all the important life lessons I learnt last year, and I thought this post would be a great opportunity to write them all down. I did a similar post at the start of last year, and it’s always nice to have something like this to look back on.
2017 was such a monumental year for me, so much more so than I ever would have imagined: I travelled more than I ever have before, I bought a house with my best friend, we added another little fur baby to our family, I quit my job with nothing else in the pipeline, I found a job I love, I made new friends, I cherished opportunities that were given to me, I started to plan a wedding and I tried to make the most of every day.
I’ve made a list of all of the things that I learnt along the way too, for you all.
1. It’s ok to put yourself first. It’s not selfish or indulgent but helps you be the best version of yourself in the other areas of your life, which inevitably, helps you to give back to others.
2. Prioritising time with your family should always be your number 1.
3. Your friends have always got you back. Sometimes it may feel as though you all have so much going on in your own personal life, or they may even live on the other side of the world, but when it comes down to it, they would give you the world.
4. The older you get, the more you don’t care what other people think of you. Focusing on yourself is key to finding happiness in your life.
5. Travel broadens the mind. Maybe a cliche, but 100% true.
6. Carrying a notebook around with you will make you feel like a super swish stationery goddess.
7. Finding a balance between work and home life is harder than you think, but incredibly important to keep you sane.
8. No one ever really knows what they want to do with their life. The majority of people are on a different path than they once envisaged, but it makes life more exciting along the way.
9. A home-cooked meal, evening in and spending time with your favourite people will always make your heart warm.
10. Trying to keep flowers alive is easier said than done.
11. You don’t have to fill your evenings and weekends with plans. Although its lovely to have something to look forward to, a night away from the world can sometimes do you the world of good.
12. The more expensive something is, doesn’t mean its better.
13. You should never feel guilty for wanting some time alone or saying no to people. If that’s what your body wants, then you should listen.
14. You’re never too old to start something new.
15. You are an incredible, interesting, unique, human being with a number of layers to unearth to people.
16. Going for a walk, talking to someone or getting out of the house are not quick fixes for your mental health. Listen to your mind and make your own decisions.
17. Making your bed in the morning will really make you feel as though you have your s*** together.
18. There’s nothing like curling up with a good book and getting lost in your thoughts.
19. Saving money is much easier when you re-evaluate what are the most important things in your life.
20. Animals make the world a better, more lovely place.
21. There is kindness in even the darkest of places.
22. Nothing makes you happier than seeing your friends get married to their one true love.
23. Growing up in the digital age can be incredibly daunting at times.
24. When all is said and done, listen to your gut.
What were the lessons you learnt last year?