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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

7 really major life lessons I've learnt so far this year...


D'ya know what? I swear that I've been walking around asleep or something ~ha, I say that as though functioning day to day in a zombie like state is a new thing for me~ because I feel as though I've blinked, and BAM- as quick as you like, it's September.

...I'm basically not over that we're over half way through the year really!

And surprise, surprise this year has yet again seen no let up so far when it comes to my health, in fact I feel as though each year that passes I just feel even worse, meaning that the frustration simply builds up, and up as the months pass by. <award for the most cheerful paragraph right there, I know!

On a slightly cheerier note I have somehow managed to turn blogging/taking photos for companies freelance (my dream career) into my full time job this year, which means that I've had the opportunity to work with some amazing, big brands. I do love being able to do something that I'm incredibly passionate about each and every day, I mean I haven't a clue how the heck I've managed it because bloody hell it wasn't easy, but hey.

I've also visited my all time favourite island in Gran-Canaria again, which was complete and utter bliss. But between the better moments, there's obviously been some really tough times so I feel as though I've spent more time feeling deflated, rather than happy this year. Which obviously = some serious life lessons learnt- and me being me, I thought that I'd share just what life has taught me so far this year... (cos' sharing is caring and all that)

1.) Never ever compare your own life to those the same age as yourself

Throughout the entirety of last year, I made the age old mistake of comparing my own life/achievements to those the same age as myself. Whether that be a quick facebook stalk, or a chat with a friend, I constantly felt inadequate, and if I'm being completely honest, a little sick each time yet another person my age achieved something that I still hadn't. I felt so so far behind compared to everybody else, as though I was living life wrong almost, and I've finally realised that life is not a race, and that everybody has 'their time'. Things will work out.

2.) The importance of new

So far, 2017 for me has been all about lots of new experiences. Obviously being self employed I have no work colleagues to keep me company; no after work drinks, girls to gossip with at lunch time, therefore I have to rely heavily on making friends with people who follow me online.

How many times as adults do we say to someone we don't know all that well 'you know what, I feel like we'd get on so well, do you want to go for cocktails/lunch?' - I'm guessing hardy ever? But that's exactly what I've been doing and I tell you now; it's taught me A LOT.

It's boosted my confidence massively, and I'm no longer as painfully shy, if I have to meet up for a work meeting I can do it like a breeze when I'd previously have struggled. So I'm all for taking time out to meet new people and experience new things to help me grow as a person nowadays.

Fun fact of the day: My friend Kara and I became close friends when she messaged me on instagram saying that she'd recognised me in Nando's, we got talking, and now we meet up regularly and act like BFF's- see, I told you that doing some new is good.

3.) No, THAT won't do

Carrying out things half heartedly, half assed is just not good enough. I've recently learnt that unless you go at something and give it your all, well then you might as well not bother. Mediocre effort simply won't do, or else what's the point? Things worth having don't come easy, so if you want something bad enough you've gotta put all of your efforts into it or else you're only letting yourself down.

4.) It's absolutely vital that you let your hair down from time to time

Letting your hair down, drinking, dancing and enjoying yourself is SO needed... Now I'm not saying 'girl, neck an entire bottle of wine, get really drunk and start dancing like you think you're Shakira' (totally guilty of that, not going to lie) I'm just saying, make time to have funnn. I think sometimes we can get too caught up in everyday life or we simply think 'I can't be bothered tonight' but it's so so important to let go and escape 'real life' for a while.

Drink fruity cocktails, dance like a div as though nobody is watching, laugh loudly, sing- life's too short to spend it constantly bored and stressed. And you don't even have to go out if that's not your thing, I'll do this on the regular in my own front room #livingmybestlife.

5.) It's okay not to be okay

Please just bloody share with people when something is wrong, don't bottle it up and pretend that you're okay, just to fake that you're fine when you really aren't. Invite a friend round, or have a girly day with your mum and then gossip, cry and laugh with wine and don't think you have to 'be strong' - share feelings as it always feels better, trust me.

6.) Self-belief and confidence is key

You CAN achieve absolutely anything if you really believe in yourself - I feel as though me becoming self employed is proof, I longed to make cupcakes and take photos as part of my job, but it wasn't easy getting to this stage AT ALL, and still isn't now on my bad health days to be brutally honest. It feels sooo worthwhile each time I get to create content and take on dream jobs from my favourite brands though. Self belief is a powerful thing. "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."

...And I'm probs going to get a text after my grandma has read this paragraph like 'Lauren, but you're the worlds worst for continually doubting yourself' and she'd be 100% right to do so because I really am the worst for this, which is why I'm starting to learn that I'm actually less productive and unlikely to achieve when I have this mindset, when I focus and tell myself that I can the difference in progress is HUGE.

7.) Lazy, self care days are vital to recharge batteries

And last but not least; it's impossible to pour from an empty cup, meaning that entire days spent watching films, eating good food and taking time to chill and reenergise are absolutely needed. Have a pamper night and get ready to tackle the week ahead with so much more motivation!

All in all, I guess that's not too bad going for the first half of the year, I'm thinking I'm going to buck my ideas up and cheer the hell up. I'm definitely aiming to make the final months more sociable, fun and carefree as what's happened has happened now!

Do you lot have any valuable life lessons to share? I'd love to hear them!

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