What 2017 taught me | BLOGMAS

Welcome to Blogmas Day 13!

Now that we’re well into December and 2018 is fast approaching it’s the perfect time to reflect on 2017 (a very up and down year for me) and think about how we can move forward and make 2018 even better. In order to make the year ahead of us the best we possibly can we have to learn from any mistakes or failures and work on moving on from them! Here’s what 2017 has taught me! 😀

❤️ Hard work pays off (especially if you believe in yourself)

This year I graduated from uni with a First Class Honours and if you’d have told me that in first year I’d have laughed you out the room! The difference between first and third year is that I started to believe that maybe I could actually get a first, and with that, once I started to believe that it could be a possibility, my effort levels increased massively because it became attainable and the quote “If you can dream it, you can do it” never felt more relevant.

❤️ What other people say about you says more about them…than you!

I’ve always maaaaajorly cared about what people thought about me to the point where it’d stop me doing/posting certain things, in fear of what people would say about me but this past year I’ve more or less let it go. Not caring what people think is a lot easier said than done, this I know, but the realisation that people will talk about you no matter what you do, is slowly but surely helping me to get over my obsession with what people think about me.

❤️Being “skinny” isn’t the be all and end all

I’ve spoke about this a few times on my blog, but it’s definitely something I’m coming to terms with more and more every day. This year, while I’ve massively upped my fitness and focused on what I eat, I’ve totally changed my mindset on why I work out/eat healthy. I was so obsessed with trying to get as skinny as possible for soooo long, but I’ve recently realised there’s no such thing as the perfect body, and one body type isn’t the “right” body type. While I still have maaaaanyyyyy days where I feel self-conscious about my body and although I’m no where near where I want to be, I’m learning to embrace the things about myself I used to desperately try and hide, like my chunky thighs, and my end goal is to be as fit and healthy and happy in my body as possible, rather than wanting to be as skinny as possible. One big turning point for me this year was being around the pool on holiday without a big Tshirt or shorts on for the first time since I was about 12! One step at a time! 😀

❤️ Sometimes you’ve just got to “feel the fear and do it anyway”
I literally live by. This year I’ve done some really massive, anxiety-inducing things (for me). I’ve been to London alone (twice!) to do work experience with Heat Magazine and Fabulous Magazine. (which also involved tackling the underground alone in major rush hour). I went to a big blogging event, also in London. I’ve started with two different personal trainers – this probably sounds completely trivial but to me it’s a big thing, I’ve always thought of myself as a super awkward, shy person and obviously one-to-one training is quite intense for an introvert! I carried out a week of marketing work experience, something that again is out of my comfort zone! Sometimes you’ve just got to acknowledge the fear/anxiety surrounding a topic or a situation, and then you have to take a deep breath and do it anyway. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”
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This year I lost my Grandad and he is the first person I’ve ever lost who has been close to me. Although it’s been a very hard year for my whole family, it’s true when they say that by surrounding yourself with supportive, loving, caring people you can get through anything. Although in hard times it can feel like the only option you have is to lie in bed and cry, maybe while indulging in a chocolate bar or ten, instead I’ve tried my very best to make my Grandad proud (while also indulging in the odd chocolate bar while I’m at it, but I got my sweet tooth from him – so I guess that can count as making him proud too?😂)

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Tomorrow’s post will be a roundup of everything I got in week 2 of my NYX Lippie Countdown Advent Calendar!

Thanks for reading,

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