Four things I learnt in 2017.

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So, here we are at the beginning of 2018 – time goes faster every year it seems! Here are five things I have learnt over the last year.

1. Good mental health is everything.

I’ve talked about taking a break, self comparison and other similar topics on my blog and I’ve personally felt a little challenged by my mental health in the last year (and for years prior, but more on that in another post, maybe). So, while I’ve not necessarily cracked it this year as a lesson learnt, what I have found is that accepting that my mental health is not where I want it to be right now has been massively refreshing. I’ve spent too long telling myself that I’m fine and time is passing by so quickly, so just before Christmas, I decided to go and chat to someone about it. I’m not there yet, but I am learning how important good mental health is to living my life exactly how I want to.

2. I’m not a morning person – but I really want to be.

The last few months, I’ve really been struggling to get out of bed when this time last year, I managed six whole weeks of getting up at 6-6.10am every morning, making time for a hot drink and a scroll through social media before getting ready for work, without the rush. I even tried to stick to this at the weekend at the dismay of my boyfriend. Maybe it has something to do with the above point (likely), but also because my bed is bloody cosy and my morning routine doesn’t actually exist further than jumping out of bed, putting some form of clothing on, the most minimal makeup imaginable, maybe a brush of the hair and jumping in the car a whole 20 mins after dragging myself out of bed.

Well, it’s fair to say I’ve had enough of getting into the office with less than a minute to spare and feeling rushed, it’s just too traumatic for me, especially on Mondays.

3. Buying/owning stuff does not equate to happiness.

I guess it’s the whole ‘money does not buy happiness’ scenario, and it is something I do believe. This year, I do feel like I have been more careful with my purchases, but I still buy a lot of stuff without thinking about it, and all it does is create a lot of things I don’t wear or use, cluttering up my life physically and mentally, as well as draining my bank account. The amount of wardrobe clear outs I’ve had in the last few months is beyond ridiculous, and I still fall foul of finding clothes with labels still on weeks or months later.

4. Do more of what you love, what are you waiting for?

This blog was kickstarted in August, and it’s not had half of the love that it’s needed since then. I burnt out around a month in because I started with so many ideas that I quickly created blog posts with, until life got on top of me and I had zero motivation or inspiration. However, I can feel a bit of a spark coming back in the last few weeks which makes me much more positive for the new year and what will feel like a fresh start!

I still feel a little unsure as to how I want my content to take shape, but I’m very excited to get back into the swing of things.