Today I turned 23. And becoming older and wiser (or so I like to think!) I thought it would be nice to read back on last years birthday blog and see what’s changed in the last 365 days (22 Things I learned in 22 years – knowing whether to use learned or learnt is not one of them!!).
Here’s to the next chapter, 23 lessons for 23 years . . . . .
- Eat cake on your birthday*. – Again. Need I explain this any further??
- Build bridges with those in your past. – I strongly believe this. Don’t leave things unsaid incase you lose the chance to resolve them. Clear the air so you can move forward. – (It so happens I actually did this recently and it’s such a weight off your shoulders making peace!!)
- Travel while you can* – ALWAYS. ALWAYS. ALWAYS. Just get on that flight. If you ask me should I go to…. The answer will ALWAYS BE YES! Last year I hit Prague, Dublin, Dubai and Milan! (travel blogs linked!)
- If you do not ask you will never get *– still so true. This past year I’ve really been working on taking opportunities outside of my comfort zone and I have no plan on stopping now…. self-growth is the way forward.
- Nothing in life is forever* – Also really being working on keeping this in mind too. “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things.” So cherish the good and have hope through the bad.
- Self-awareness – physical, mental, work on it, trust me. (Blog covering this coming soon!)
- Everyone on this earth has their own unique perspective of the world* –a concept I again have been trying hard to master in the last year, I’m improving but still have a long way to go! – It helps create a better understanding of others around you.
- It’s ok to take 5. – if you’re having a bad day. Take 5 minutes to yourself. But, use the 5 by 5 rule. If it won’t matter in 5 years then do not allow it to take more than 5 minutes of your time.
- Mum’s are Queens* – my Mum is honestly Superwoman. That is all.
- Time > anything. – every decision you make, think, will the cost of my time be worth what I am receiving in return. And cherish those people who put their time into you.
- Be active * (and have fun doing it!!)
- ‘Destination addiction’ is a real thing – as a generation we are always working harder and striving for more, which is amazing. However, it has started to create a sense of unfulfillment. We need to stop suffering from the pursuit of happiness and learn to be content with what we have, who we are and where we are, whilst still aiming higher.
Finding your passion is one of the most important things that will happen in life.I have changed my mind on this one. I’m not so sure about having one true passion. I believe we should do all that is in our power to enjoy every single day and find a career path that allows us to do so, whilst being financially independent and stable.
- Relationships matter.* – I cannot reiterate this more and I think this is the reason for the new lesson No. 2. Every single relationship in life matters, because every single relationship is a chance to make someones day that little bit brighter.
- It’s easier to ask for forgiveness, than it is to get permission.
- Unplug from the world more often. Find people who help you switch off and take time out regularly to reset with them. You will feel better and become more productive on your return.
- “If you look at the people in your circle and don’t feel inspired, then you don’t have a circle, you have a cage” – you’ve probably heard before you are the average of the 5 people you surround yourself with, so make yourself a superstar by putting yourself with the best. I adore my friends, they always make my day a little brighter!
- Millennials are the burnout generation. – Always trying to do more, be more, build more, be busier, be more productive, be better, we are the generation of entrepreneurs that give ourselves unattainable finish lines, making us work harder and for more hours in the day. I am one of them. And this is why we need lesson 16.
- The glow from golden hour always makes you believe in magic and sunsets on the beach listening to the waves is enough to forget the world and find my calm.
- It’s ok not to be ok. There is always someone ready to listen* . Slowly our generation continues to break the stigma on mental health and is something I could not be more proud of and encouraging for. If you need someone to listen, there will ALWAYS be someone.
- Believe in
miraclesYOURSELF – Since last year I have discovered one of my biggest obstacles is myself. When it really comes down to it, I can lack self-belief so this is something for me to work on.
- Sunrises are the hope of new beginnings that you need from the world
- And finally. If all goes wrong holding a warm mug of morning coffee solves everything and gets you ready to start your day on a positive note. (if only for 10 minutes before reality hits!)
“Today is the oldest you’ve ever been and the youngest you’ll ever be again.”
What are the biggest lessons you’ve learned in the last 365 days? Let me know in the comments!
Love J xoxo