Lessons Learnt in 2018

How did we get to the end of 2018 so fast?! Who knows, but for me, it’s been a rollercoaster. I’ve learnt so much this year that I almost feel like an entirely different person in many ways. I’ve never liked myself this much, never felt so sure of what I want, and never felt so settled; yet it hasn’t been plain sailing and many lessons have been learnt. I’ll share a few with you…

Trying something new is good for you.

Trying golf for the first time was awesome! We learnt an entirely new skill, got out in the fresh air and focused on nothing but the game. It was brilliant for mindfulness and I would encourage anyone to give it a go! We’re all just navigating this experience, holding onto others, seeking love and acceptance, giving time and patience. But that’s it, that’s all we really need when the day is done.

Mental health matters.

As most of you know who read my blog, I’m an advocator for mental health support. Anxiety, depression, hard days that don’t have a label… whatever it is. Mental health matters, you matter. If you can reach out, that’s amazing. If you’re reading this and you feel unable to reach out that’s also OK. You control this space, you control your mind, be safe and most importantly, — be happy, whatever that looks like for you.

Life can be incredibly painful.

Sounds pretty grim, and it is. I’ve experienced some horrific times this year, and those close to me have too. We all are, in some way, every day. It’s painful, it hurts, it matters. The more open and honest we all are about how we feel or what we’ve learnt, the more we’ll teach one another, the stronger our coping mechanisms will be.

Life can be incredibly positive and filled with love.

Throughout the pain, I’ve learnt the levels of love, attachment and support that can be between people. I’ve been fortunate to have supportive people all around me, and simply I don’t know how well i’d have come out the other side without them all. Shout out to my fantastic friends in particular who are forever there, even when I sound like I don’t need it.

Love cannot conquer all, but it does a really bloody good job at having a go, and sometimes that’s enough.

No more to add. Love wins. My fiance’s a dream (just dropped in that term, don’t mind me;))

Trust is at the centre of everything that has meaning.

When you trust another person, and they trust you, it’s actually incredible what you can get through together. Incredible.

Taking a break is VITAL for happiness.

Take the break. Go wherever you need to. Travel, sit on your sofa, go to your local town. Take the break. You’ll thank yourself for it later.

I’m aiming to build this blog next year, but it may not be smooth sailing as life isn’t, so we’ll see.

Another year brings more time and more opportunity to feel love, create memories and spend time with those who matter most. Have a great 2019 guys, here’s to 2018 – i’m raising a glass to you! x

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