Monday, 8 January 2018 / Northern Ireland, UK

Important Life Lessons I Learnt Last Year


Now that we have firmly planted our feet into the second week of January and well into 2018, I thought it would be an appropriate time to sit down with a fresh mind and a brew - along with some biscuits, to rationally evaluate the year we've just had; or at-least attempt to.

As mentioned in my previous post 'The Anti-Bucket List', 2017 was the year of hardship, of struggle, of change and challenge for me. Although it presented itself as more difficult at times than others, I certainly felt I had been put through my paces and essentially this left me reeling to do more for me, myself and I in the new year, which quite frankly I feel I've already managed to do. But alas with that being said, here are a few

Important Life Lessons I Learnt Last Year:

  • I Learnt To Just Let Go - People came and went in 2017. Friends weren't always on the same page unfortunately and colleagues I thought I knew weren't who they turned out to be. I wanted different things and often would get impatient waiting for these things to happen. I learnt to just let go and accepted that everything I was experiencing in those moments, were going to contribute to the person I would eventually become. I realised my full potential, I went back to College and I stepped up my game in the gym. I wasn't anxious anymore and I sure as hell wasn't afraid. 
  • I Learnt Not To Let People Define Me - Have you ever heard that saying 'everything happens for a reason' - well I can assure you, that it does. In 2017 I stopped listening to people who were only in my life to spite me, who were only there to put me down and to make comment. In 2017 I started owning my own strength; I started listening to my inner voice and learnt to trust my gut more often. I learnt not to let people define me and finally managed to wipe the slate clean; I said cheerio to the Negative-Nancy's and Debbie Downers in 2017 and will continue to do so this year.
  • I Learnt To Be More Self-Loving And Self-Motivated - As cliche as this may sound, in 2017 I learnt to be more self-loving and self-motivated. I learnt to take better care of my mind and my body and finally started to embrace my own uniqueness as a human being. I took control and am confident in my journey, particularly in my physical self and in my career.

What life lessons did you learn in 2017?
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  1. These lessons are tough but really relatable, thanks for sharing in this beautifully written thought-provoking post.

    Heather xoxo
    https://www.hefafa.me.uk

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    1. I've definitely grown up a lot because of it, but I'm so pleased you enjoyed the read! Thank you for stopping by Heather x

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  2. I'm sorry to hear that 2017 was a tough year for you! It's always horrible when you realise people weren't who you thought they were, and I'm particularly sorry that happened to you. However, I'm glad you managed to gain more confidence and were able to let go of the people who were only going to bring you down. I hope 2018 is a good year for you!

    In 2017, I think I learned that things won't change unless I make them, so I'm trying to stay motivated so I can reach my goals this time around. x

    Alicia | https://www.alifestyleblog.co.uk

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  3. It's okay Alicia, but thank you for thinking about me. I hope 2018 is an amazing year for both of us, especially in terms of reaching our goals. We all have to start somewhere, so what better time and place is there than now! x

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  4. Wonderful life lessons to learn. I hope that 2018 will better and kinder to you. I need to learn to cut myself some slack because I'm always putting too much pressure on myself. x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. Thank you Leta! I hope 2018 will be a fab year for you to. I think we could all learn to cut ourselves a bit more slack, I know I'm guilty of being hard on myself x

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  5. So sorry to hear 2017 didn't turn out as well for you, hopefully 2018 will be better and kinder to you. I can definitely relate to these life lessons, I'm a strong believer of everything happening for a reason xx

    amerzwithlove.com

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    1. Thank you Amita, I hope 2018 will be an amazing year for you. It's great to connect with someone who feels the same way! x

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  6. Ah some really tough lessons learned there dear but they are important ones! Last year I learned that I can't work from home, it actually affected my mental health quite badly and I am 100% more "me" when I am surrounded by other people to bounce off of if that makes sense?! Great post!xx

    Honeypot Blogs

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that you had such a hard time! I know when I tried working from home, I felt isolated and really quite miserable because of it. But I totally understand what you mean and I'm glad that you're feeling much more like yourself again x

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