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I enjoy reading these kinds of posts from other people, so I thought it would be fun to evaluate what has been going on in my mind for the past 365 days. Part reflection, part advice, part reminders to myself, just some thoughts of the things that I have learnt over the past year or so. It will be amusing to read this in the future. So here we go...

  1. Don't think, just do. Try to reduce overthinking absolutely everything down to a T. There is only so much you can control, focus on that and let everything else fall into place. Allow yourself to just be.
  2. Change doesn't scare me as much as it used to. Change is all that we have.
  3. Unfollow everyone on Instagram that makes you feel like shit. I did this last year when I felt like I was going through a rough time. I had no job, didn't know what career I wanted, and my friends and family were across the world. Remembering that social media is just a highlight reel, the smoke and mirrors, the rose-tinted glasses of everyone lives helped my mental health so much. Oh, and SO much of it is fake.
  4. Just because something is expensive, doesn't mean it's better!
  5. Keep trying. It's when you stop trying that everything becomes hopeless.
  6. People aren't as scary as they seem. Once you get talking to them (and yes that already takes so much courage), you realise that even though they appear to have their shit together, they have worries and insecurities just like everyone else.
  7. It has taken me years, but I think I am finally okay with my natural body shape. I've spent so many years digging into myself, disliking my body & not eating enough. In the past year, I have made peace with my body. With age, I've come to realise how amazing the human body is, and I don't mean anything to do with its appearance. My body has taken me through so much, that I realise I need to nurture, nourish, and listen to it. I now exercise because it makes me feel good and strong and not for the physical effects of it. And if I miss a gym session, I no longer feel the need to beat myself up about it.
  8. Moving across the world has taught me who my family is.
  9. I could probably watch La La Land every day if I was forced to.
  10. Don't give into trends. Think more about what is going to stand the test of time.
  11. A smile and a thank you goes such a long way.
  12. It's okay to let friendships go if they have run their course.
  13. Opening up to people doesn't come naturally to me... but if you open up to people, they will open up to you too and that creates meaningful connections.
  14. There is always something to learn. Books, YouTube videos, online courses. Knowledge is endless and learning should never stop. Something to think about the next time I go on a Netflix binge.
  15. Even though I may not have progressed in my career since turning 26, I'm not going to let that get me down. I spent too much of 2018 being down about not knowing my place in the world. Mentally, I am in a much better place - I have learnt so much about myself this year and have a much greater clarity of who I am.
  16. Discovering my traits of a Highly Sensitive Person has given me so much more understanding of myself this year.
  17. I've realised how important it is to me to feel like I am helping people.
  18. Take more pictures and videos. And not just to post on social media, but to cherish and look back at when those days are over and everyone has moved on.
  19. I am so grateful for the people that I have in my life. Even when we are miles and time zones apart, we can talk like nothing has changed.
  20. A good concert can change your life. Seeing Damien Rice play live had me breathless.
  21. I am so blessed and so lucky to have everything that I do in life. Material things, memories of holidays, fun experiences. Deciding to keep a daily gratitude journal has done me wonders this year.
  22. Home is just about where your people are. It often has nothing to do with the place.
  23. Everyone is going through their own things. Be kind and don't be afraid to ask if anything is wrong.
  24. When I was growing up, I always hung out with people older than me and never really felt like I fit in with my own peers. I finally feel like my age is catching up to how I feel inside. Does that make sense?
  25. 27 sounds so much older than 26.
  26. I have a long way to go when it comes to being present and enjoying the moment. But I'm happy that I am aware of this and will continue to work on it.
  27. Never stop journaling.

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