10 Things I Learned in 2016

Yes, it’s that cliché time of year again when everyone writes posts about the highs and lows of 2016 and what they’re looking forward to most in the new year, (this year I’m going to learn how to multitask, I’ll need that with a baby and university!), but what harm does a little planning and reflecting do? Christmas is good for a bit of relaxing before everything gets hectic when the clock strikes 12 (maybe not that quick but it’s as good as) and thinking of everything the past year has brought, so here’s what I’ve learned in 2016…

  1. You can never have too much of something. The first thing I’ve learned is you can never have too much of something, whether that’s practical things such as deodorant, toothpaste, bleach (the boring things, basically), or even chocolate, who doesn’t love to indulge in a bit of chocolate eating now and then? As a woman, I love nothing more. I love being organized, so I like to have at least 2 of everything just in case I run out. Keeping on top of this was a lifesaver, (especially when I noticed my partner using my foundation every now and then and if he used the last of it he wouldn’t say), always having spares saved me from those panicked trips to the shop 5 minutes before you’re meant to be somewhere. So next time you’re picking up something, buy an extra and save yourself the trip!
  1. Follow your instincts. One thing I’m really bad at is trusting my own instincts because I doubt myself a lot. If your heart tells you to go for that job, but you feel like it wouldn’t benefit you in the long run, just go for it! It’s the same for if you get a bad feeling about something, trust yourself enough to know what you think you should do!
  1. Things change and people change. 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.
  1. Timing is everything. Not everything in life goes the way you want it to. When things don’t add up or go to plan it can be the most annoying thing in the world. You’ve just got to trust that it happened, or didn’t happen, for a reason. 
  1. The little things matter. Just smiling at someone as you pass them on the street could make their day, there’s been plenty of times this year where a stranger smiling or picking something up for me that I’ve dropped has made my day a million times better. It’s the same with those you love, just making an extra cup of coffee in the morning for someone you live with might just brighten their day! This year my partner has told me every day that I’m beautiful, (even on those no make-up and hair tied up days) and I always do that embarrassed-girly denial thing, but deep down it’s made me feel more confident in myself and want to better myself too!
  1. It’s okay to let go. I personally find it hard to let go of anything, if I accidentally stepped on your toe in the supermarket I would spend the rest of the day (and month after) feeling guilty about it. But it’s not just those things, it’s things that have happened in the past that we might use as a defence for ourselves. Letting go and moving on, as cliché as that sounds, is a lot better than holding onto those tiny grudges or feelings that make us feel bad about ourselves.
  1. Lazy days are just as important as working days. I’m a strong believer in you get out what you put into this world, but sometimes you just want a sofa day where you binge watch TV shows and eat bad food. I think those days are important in order to rest and allow your brain to take a break, just as long as you don’t do it all the time!
  1. Having your hair tied up is more effort than down sometimes. I’m not one of those girls who can pull off the messy-bun look, so for me having my hair tied back or in a messy bun on my head takes a lot more effort than straightening or curling my hair! Anyone else has this problem?
  1. It’s okay to be happy, even when someone else isn’t. Never, ever feel guilty for celebrating or for being happy about something when someone near you is unhappy. Enjoying that moment of happiness is more important than hiding it because you never know when the world might knock you down again, just don’t boast or brag to the extent that someone else could feel worse. If it helps, let the person who is unhappy in and enjoy your happiness too and do everything you can to cheer them up!
  1. You don’t have to impress everyone. Don’t waste time on half-assed friends or half-assed people, if they don’t like you don’t let it bother you. The people in your life that love and care about you are the ones that matter most and will have the most impact on your life.

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