7 Things I Learned in 2018

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I thought I’d end this year similar to the last two where I talk about what I learned in 2016 and 2017.

It’s been a rather challenging year with lows and highs, and I just hope the 2019 offers more of the happiness we’ve carried through 2018.

1. Surround yourself with those who help you grow. In 2019 I don’t have time for people who are unsupportive, judgmental or anything other than helpful. This year has made me realise who I really need to keep by my side and those who I don’t and I’ve come to realise only a handful are worth mine and my families time and those are my biggest motivators.

2. Sometimes you just need to slow down. Everyone is so guilty of this. We move so fast going from one thing to the other that we often forget to stop for a minute and take in everything that’s going on around you. We get so fixated on taking a perfect picture of a sunset that we don’t have time to sit back and actually enjoy it. I love taking photos of family moments because I know in 30 years time it’s probably all we’ll have to remember, but this year I’ve started putting my camera down and living in the moment. “A picture can tell a thousand words, but the memory itself is priceless.”

3. An outdoor walk can solve everything. Since we’ve had Kobi I’ve found that being outside for a walk even in the rain has been so refreshing. I’ve been able to think things more clearly just walking to the field near my home and back than I do sat inside at a desk doing university work.

4. Things change and people change. Linking back to number one here… It’s a fact of life that not everyone or everything stays the same, we have to learn and grow and make changes that not everyone will agree with, but it’s okay to change things about yourself or in your life if it makes you happier. We also have to accept that others do this too and we might not like it but we have to be understanding of their needs which is sometimes hard but try to look at the bigger picture.

5. Eating a big bar of Dairy Milk in one sitting is still a thing. I said this last year and I’ll say it again, I’m not even sorry for the amount of chocolate I can eat in one go.

6. It’s okay to hit the reset button. This one probably sounds a little silly but it’s not. But everyone needs a break and I think as a parent it’s so important to sometimes have that day or two days to just reset and be you. Do something you love without anyone else there, paint, run, travel – enjoy ‘you’ time. Whether you’re a parent or not I think that’s important.

7. University, working and raising a toddler isn’t always easy. I think we’ve been pretty lucky with Leo as even though he has his ‘moments’ he is a good child. This year he’s learning more and pushing more boundaries so it’s not as easy to sit and do work. Between university work, working as a supervisor and raising Leo, (and also training a puppy), I’ve had to manage my time more and prioritise projects which is why I’ve slacked on this blog a little. I love our little family and the choices we’ve made as they are my biggest motivators. It makes me more determined to finish my final year and I wouldn’t change this crazy rollercoaster ride for anything.

I have so much to be grateful for in 2018: our baby turned one, our fur baby turned one, we bought a puppy, got engaged…

I can’t wait to see what opportunities 2019 has to offer. But this year, I will get my degree.

January 1, 2019
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