28 Things I have learnt in 28 Years

Today is my 28th birthday (omg I am 2 years away from 30 – insert freaking out emoji).

Here is a list of 28 things I have learnt over the years about life, and myself.

  1.  The first and most important thing is to be kind to everyone, and to all the dogs in the world. But in all seriousness, you should always be kind even if that person is not your friend or is not nice to you because you never know what battles or demons people face and you should not want to even add a further burdon on anyone.
  2.  Be kind to yourself – do not be so harsh on yourself! With the current world we live in, if you are not going to be nice to yourself, who else will? Take care of yourself, and don’t dwell in the bad things.
  3.  It is okay to say no – you do not have to please everyone.
  4.  It is okay to be alone – you do not have to be constantly surrounded by people, and I have learnt to find happiness within myself without having to look for happiness from someone else.

  5.  Find time for yourself – find sometime to just do something for yourself, whether it is going to the gym, or just going for a walk with Chloe helps me clear my mind, and helps me disconnect from the world, and my phone for an hour or so a day. 
  6.  Value your family and spend time with them – life is finite, so enjoy the time you have with your family because nothing lasts forever. I know that sounds like a sad thing but in the last few years it has made me appreciate my parents so much and I cherish my moments with them. 
  7.  Enjoy quality time with your true friends –  appreciate the moments with them! 

  8.  You do not have to be popular – I have always had a few good friends and I am a big advocate for a bunch of good friends than a sea of just acquaintances.

  9.  You do not have to hang out with people you do not want to – it ties in with no. 8 & 3, why waste your time with people you do not enjoy spending time with? 

  10.  Travel – go on adventures and see the world when you can before you have any real responsibilities like children. I need to do more of this before I turn 30, I need to draw up a bucket list. 

  11.  Cooking and baking – I have always loved to bake, and I have been quite good at it if I say so myself, but cooking is something I struggled with and over the last year I have started to enjoy it more. To be completely honest, if I act like I am confident, the kitchen seems to know who is boss. (*insert smug face*
  12. Do no dwell on the past – this is something I have had to learn over the years, and I have come to realise that there is no real benefit to dwell on the past at all. Keep it the past behind you and look ahead, it is the most healthy way. 
  13. Do not sweat the small stuff – I was the queen of getting worked up over the smallest things! But after living on my own over the last few years and just life in general, I have come to the realisation that there is absolutely no point getting so worked up over silly things. 
  14. Be selfish – enough said. 
  15. What will be, will be – you need to have faith in the universe and not get too worked up over life, and enjoy the ride. There will be ups and downs, but c’set la vie. 

  16. Dogs are a blessing from God – they are angels put down on this earth to take care of us humans, and to provide the world with unconditional love and also to teach us important life lessons. Such as love, loyalty, trust and heart break. I have had dogs all my life, and they are the greatest. None of them have ever let me down and they have always been a constant source f love, but when they leave you, there is no pain quite like it – it is like a family member passing on. “It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” 

  17.  Being a puppy mummy is awesome – I got my own puppy baby last year, little Chloe and it has been the best decision I have ever made. She is such a wonderful little soul to be around and she is hard work sometimes, but worth every minute! 

  18. The mistakes you make in life, treat them as lessons – I have learnt not to beat myself up over the mistakes I have made in my life and to treat them as a lesson learnt. There is no point dwelling on them. Pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and keep moving forward. 
  19. Learn a new skill – a new hobby makes life a light less like a treadmill and why should you give up hobbies as you get older. This year I started my blog and starting playing the piano again and it has done me  a world of good for my mind body and soul.
  20. Take time off – or you will burn out!! When I first started working I was so reluctant to take time off and then I crashed and burned – joking, I got very ill and I remember my parents telling me that it is okay to have sometime off. 

  21. Listen to your body – do not push yourself, when you cannot take it. 
  22. Home is where the heart is – I enjoy staying in my home, on my couch with Chloe. Or having my girlfriends round for coffee and cake is my favourite. No FOMO for me! 
  23. I love my box of memories – I have a box filled with photos and photo albums, sometimes I know I must annoy people around me because I pull out my polaroid or drag them in to photo booths, but I really enjoy catching that moment in time and collecting them as life goes on. I also like to make sure that I print out all my favourite photos from my phone to collect them, otherwise they only exist in the CLOUD, and what is the point of that. I also love looking back at old cards and letters, it is truly one of the best feeling.

  24. You do not have to have a plan – life since school has been about thinking about the next few steps ahead, and as you get older I have learnt that you can make plans and God laughs because nothing goes to plan. And darling, you have just got to wing it! 
  25. Do not let anyone treat you like sh*t – enough said! 
  26. Work is not everything – work is great, but there is more to life than work and that is something we should always remember. Once upon a time, people lived a more simple life and they were happy! 
  27. Try not to take out your baggage on someone else – we all have baggage, and it is something we have got to lug around with us through life. Over the last few years I have come to realise that everyone has got some, and we all need to understand that sometimes the people you take it out on is not the person that dumped that baggage on you. 
  28. Be happy – this seems to be the hardest at times. I have learnt that you must not look at the bad things always, you need to focus on the good things in life. Do not ever be jealous of anyone else’s success or happiness, be happy for them. Work hard, keep your chin up, smile, be kind and happiness will follow through, I promise! 

Wow, 28 things is a lot – but HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! 

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