Whilst I’m so excited for a new year to begin and all the amazing things I have planned already for 2018, I also think it’s important not to just live in the future. So here’s a little post reflecting on what a year 2017 has been and all the lessons I’ve learnt! Personally, I’ve had a few big ups and downs (as I’m sure most will have!) but I’ve learnt a few things along the way. This post was inspired by my friend and blogger Ella, who wrote about 25 life lessons in her 25 years. She’s probably a lot wiser than me so if you want to check that out you can read it here!) I wanted to call it 17 things I learnt in 2017 but turns out, I’m just not that wise. So rather than makeup a bunch of crap here’s 12 things I really did learn all by myself!
(P.S can we ignore how purple my hair is here.. a supplementary lesson learnt is never trust the hairdressers…)
- Your twenties are for being selfish. During the last half of this year I’ve put what I want to do first a lot more than I used to, over trying to keep everyone else happy (probably due to being single). And it’s meant I’m so much happier. You don’t get to be as selfish as you can in your twenties at any other stage in your life (so I’m told) so do everything you want to do!
- Kindness really does kill ’em. Grace is to be kind even when they are not; to have good intentions no matter what someone has done to you or what you have heard. And if you are kind and gracious you’ll always come out on top. Even if it’s just in your own conscience.
- It’s way too easy to judge others for being different. Sometimes you need to take a step back to realise you’re even doing it. I’ve become more aware of this than ever this year so I’m trying my best to be as least judgemental as possible. Everyone is different and that’s what makes the world go round.
- Life is short. Like seriously. I say this to myself all the time, life is too short to get wound up over little things, life’s too short to not take the chance or to care what someone else said about you or worry and overthink little things. Next time you’re over thinking what might happen if you do (or don’t do) something, just tell yourself – life is too short not too.
- Exercise is therapy for pretty much anything. Even when you feel least up for it, just do it – it will help!
- You cannot plan your future. Last year I had a grand plan to travel the world this coming January with my boyfriend at the time before moving to London with him and then buying a house together. We broke up 6 months ago! I love planning (I even wrote a whole post about it here) but you just have to be realistic that the plans might not always work out how you think and that way if they do fall through it won’t be the end of the world.
- You have time. Yes life is short but to completely contradict that; we also have so much time. It’s so easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing, what they have achieved and what society says you should be doing at your age (buying a house, travelling etc.) it can feel as though if you don’t do it now you won’t ever be able to. (I wrote a post on the pressures of your twenties here). Well that’s rubbish, we have time. If you haven’t quite bought a house or plan to travel in your late twenties instead of early twenties (like ya gal here), that’s OK! Why shouldn’t it be?
- Travel fuels the soul. Take as many trips as possible.
- You can be friends with your ex. Bear with me, I’m not crazy! It doesn’t have to get bitter or awkward (depends on the circumstances in which you broke up) but I am walking talking proof it can be done! Stay respectful, take time and don’t get bitter.
- Asking someone to go for a coffee ’cause you think you’d be friends isn’t weird! Making new friends in your twenties is definitely a lot harder than your younger school/uni years. You have your friend group, you’ve got your routine, unless you’re starting a new job there’s not many occasions you meet new people. I’ve met some amazing people this year within the blogging industry just from messaging them/them messaging me and asking if they want to go for brunch! It’s not weird people.
- You don’t need a huge group of friends. I love meeting new people and making new friendships but that doesn’t mean the more the better! The ones you can count on no matter what are really all you need!
- Nothing good comes from staying within your comfort zone. Whether it’s a relationship, a job, or where you live. It might be the hardest thing you’ve done but it could also be the best decision you’ve made. End that dead-end relationship, change jobs, move away from home!
I’m so excited to jump into a new year, have new focuses and see what the year brings. So what to expect from me on the blog in 2018?
- More hair, makeup and skincare on my blog. I trial and buy new makeup, hair and skincare products all the time so it makes sense to let you lovely lot know what I think about it all!
- More fitness inspired posts. Whether that’s the workout brands you need to know or including snapshots of my workouts over on Instastories (follow me on insta here!)
- More posts in general! I go through phases of being the worlds worst blogger and then being on top of things but by simplifying my layout and so time it takes to write each post, hopefully I’ll stick to my schedule of one per week a lot more.
- More travel. I have lots of trips already planned for the year so keep your eyes peeled as they will all be featured here and over on my Instagram!