I hope you’ve all had an amazing start to 2018! I’ve been totally MIA but my head has been elsewhere the past few months, last year was a wild ride for me, I had so many new experiences that have totally changed me as a person and I’m so thankful for that! So I’ve spent the past few months surrounded by my friends and finding my feet, I’m finally feeling back to normal and I’m insanely happy with how my life is looking right now!
I started this blog in 2016 and in my first ever post I had set a goal to start travelling in 2018, and I’m SO happy to say it’s finally happening! In June, my best friend and I are going interrailing around Europe! We’re going to be travelling France, Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands! Interrailing has been something I’ve wanted to do for years, the idea of seeing so many beautiful cities on one trip just sounds so surreal, I honestly cannot wait!
In July, I’m going to work in Ayia Napa for a few months! My week there last year was just not enough and I can’t wait to get back there. I’ve already made friends with some amazing people who are going to be working out there and I can’t wait for us to spend the summer together. I thought I’d dip my toes in with solo travelling, so I’m not too far from home, going somewhere I’m familiar with already before I start going to brand new places by myself!
And with that little catch up out of the way, here are 17 things that I learned in 2017. A year that completely changed my life!
17 things I learned in 2017
01. Friendship is EVERYTHING
One of the most important things in my life is – and has always been – my friends. Last year I was shown who my true friends are and I’m just so grateful for them. I couldn’t live without my girls, I love them so much and I am so lucky to have been blessed with them. They are all lights in my life!
o2. Catch flights, not feelings (xoxo)
Right now, I’m in my 20’s. I find a lot of people my age are so panicked and determined to find love and I just don’t get it! Yes, I was in a relationship for 4 years and maybe that’s why I feel this way, but I can’t help but think of how I need to do what I’ve always wanted to see the world. There are so many people in this world to meet, so many stories to hear, places to go. I find people that I know who are in relationships at my age are so wrapped up in it and in each other, that they can’t live for themselves or do their own thing. It just seems a little toxic to me and I couldn’t think of anything worse right now. Which is why I’m about to have the ‘catch flights, not feelings’ mentality all 2018!
03. It literally does not matter what anybody thinks about you
People are gonna think whatever they want, and if they’re hating, just let them! At the end of the day, your nearest and dearest know what’s good and that’s all that matters.
04. You don’t have to know where you’re going
I can’t stress this enough. I am TWENTY YEARS OLD. I have no idea what I want, where I’m gonna end up or how I’m gonna get to where I’m going but I’m on my way. I don’t have time to sit around and wait for my plans to fall into place, all I know is that I want to travel and I have to just go.
05. Life is short – live in the now
This is something I feel everyone forgets! It’s so easy to get caught up in a 9-5, Monday – Friday, living for the weekend mentality! We’re always waiting for the weekend or for a holiday, do everything you can to make memories every day!
06. it will get better
When life is at it’s worst, or you’re at your lowest, remind yourself that once you’ve hit rock bottom, the only way is up! There is nothing worse than feeling like it’s never going to get easier, but I promise you that it does.
07. no bad vibes
Seriously, keep that shit away from me. Surround yourself with positive people, you will bounce of their energy! POSITIVE VIBES ONLY.
08. Everything happens for a reason
If there’s one thing I believe in life, it’s that everything happens for a reason. Honestly, every path you end up taking, every person you meet, it’s all for a reason! Even if that reason isn’t entirely beneficial to you, whatever happens will teach you something new.
09. appreciate the little things!
Life is about sharing moments with people, just appreciate everything around you every day.
10. seeing the good in everyone isn’t a bad thing
I don’t care what anyone says, it’s not. I am the type of person that will give too much and wind up getting hurt. I see the good in everyone. People tell me I’m too naive and say it like it’s a bad thing. I trust too easily, yes. But if someone chooses to disrespect me, that’s their loss, not mine.
11. I really, really, really don’t want a 9-5 life
Incase you hadn’t noticed.
12. Some things come to an end and that’s ok
Like I’ve said before, everything happens for a reason and that’s all there is too it.
13. treat yourself
Eat the chocolate, buy the shoes!
14. Throw kindness around like confetti
One thing in the past I’ve always weirdly been a little scared to do is give compliments to strangers (except when drunk). I love knowing I’ve made someones day by complimenting their shoes/hair/lipstick. It’s the little things!
15. You only get one family
Family makes you crazy, but you must treasure them all. You wouldn’t be you without them!
16. I’d rather have memories than money
You always see those quotes on Facebook that your parents share, ‘You don’t remember the nights spent in bed’ etc. This is just so true. We all want money, but when it comes down to it, I’d rather be in town drunk with my friends than be bored in the house.
17. be yourself, love yourself
Don’t change who you are from fear of what others might think, love yourself! You are unique.