Sunday, 4 January 2015

5 Things I've Learnt | 2014

5 Things I've Learnt | 2014
2014 in a nutshell has been hunky-dory: I passed half of my degree, hit 2000 followers on BL and still have no sign of grey hairs due to stress! 2015 is among us now and this is essentially the most important year for me so far: hopefully graduate, land a job and just stand on my own two feet. I decided to create a post on everything I have learnt in 2014 personal, blogging etc that I thought was worth sharing to you all and worth looking back on myself when necessary! 

1. The Future Should Be ExcitingEver since I started third year these thoughts were constantly recurring: Where will I go after uni? Will anywhere want to hire me? Will I have to move away? The constant serious, scary questions have been thought of. Plans don't always work out and that's okay. I suck at telling myself to be excited about my next step once I finish uni but, it is scary, it is a step into the real world and it can sometimes be hard to get excited about where my journey will start! I've been telling myself the future should excite me for a few months now and I am starting to make that happen by enjoying what is left of uni and having a little plan on where I want to go once I finish, if it doesn't work out it's not the end of the world and there is plenty of opportunities for me out there I just have to keep telling myself this.


2. It's Okay To Stress OutOne thing I seem to always be great at is stressing out. I stress out and then I stress out more for letting myself get stressed, are you with me so far? Not far into my third year of uni I had a bit of a breakdown - and that's normal, if anything it shows I take things seriously. I got stressed over numerous things at the time which build-ed up a lot. I've always been a bit of a talker when I get stressed (which is a really good thing don't bottle it up!) so I was constantly winging to family, boyfriend, friends and even my tutor telling them absolutely anything that was getting me down. This was probably the worst state I have ever been in and I've took it as a positive because I know myself that stressing out is okay but sometimes it really isn't worth it. I've already been not stressing out as much so things are starting to look up I've started to write more lists, plan more and gave myself little routines on what to do if I get in stressful situations. Which have all helped on dealing with stress. + made my mam's water bill sky-high off tonnes of de-stressful baths!



3. Don't Be So Hard On Myself | This one follows on from no.2 I have always been a 'half a glass full' kind of person but when it comes to creativity, uni, blogging I sometimes doubt myself when I shouldn't. As previously mentioned I passed half of my degree last August and surprised myself at my results, this should be a wakeup call to say I can do it and that I am creative in what I produce at uni. But, at times I forget that I've passed half of my degree and still doubt myself. Same goes for blogging some days I feel confident some days I just want to throw my desktop away and it shouldn't be that way. I've only had my blog for just over a year now and already I've hit 2000 BL followers (which I am truly grateful for!) this should be a huge wakeup call and a reminder but at times I forget those reasons and continue to put pressure on myself. I think writing this post will be great for when I doubt myself again because I can look back and realize why I do what I do, how far I've got and not to be so hard on myself.

4. Life Is Just Too Short | A little bit of a cliché one but as you get older you realize time goes by a lot quicker therefore it is very valuable (said the girl who procrastinates on Candy Crush instead of doing uni work). Last summer I spent a lot of my time ticking off things on my bucket list and doing general things I have always wanted to do: start running, meet bloggers, travel out more, try chai tea...the list is a mish mash. But the more I was doing the things I've wanted to do the more I was enjoying it and the more I wanted to continue to do this year. Life is definitely too short (deep moment get the violins!) therefore I am slowly going through my bucket list and making use of my time a lot more.  


5. Nobody Cares About What You Look Like | Okay this one sounds a little mean but it isn't meant to be. What I learnt/gained last year was a bit more confidence in my appearance; I have always been one of those people who wore makeup not out of fun but to cover my skin. This isn't a bad thing because it gave me the confidence to get my though my teen years but I realized relying on makeup to make me feel a bit confident wasn't the best option for my skin. Once I started running I went all naked (face wise!) and ran with nothing on my face at all - the first few times were a bit daunting as I was constantly feeling paranoid and a little out of my comfort zone but you realize nobody looks and if they do they honestly don't care if you have no makeup on - I'm not going to see them again so it shouldn't bother me. Letting my skin breathe when I go outside is an amazing feeling and from that I now feel confident enough to step out the door without wearing makeup all the time.


And that just about wraps up all the things I have learnt in 2014!


What have you learnt in 2014??
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  1. The future should be exciting!! Wise words. At the mo I'm super worried about where I'll go after sixth form - what if I don't get into a good uni? what if i choose the wrong course? what if i don't get a job after? stresssssssssss. x

    Lizzie Rose Blogger

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    1. The best advice I can give you is to really think about where you want to go and look into it maybe attend open days and whatnot get involved then you will be able to see for yourself whether you like it or not. As for what if you don't get a job after these are my thoughts now and I am in third year so you have plenty of time to not worry or think about that x

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  2. Life is too short is true but so easily forgotten on a day to day basis.
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

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    1. I know I agree it is really easy to forget about!

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  3. Great post and we sound very similar! I doubt myself a lot, endlessly tell people my problems in a hope to make myself feel better and get stressed out especially when it comes to uni work. My music teacher once told me if you're worrying, you're telling yourself that you care and that can only be a good thing!
    Sam xx
    Knockoutcouture.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. That is so true, i know myself I care a little too much which is why I stress more easily. But it doesn't make it a bad thing xx

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  4. This is such a great post. I am guilty of no. 3 as well and I totally agree with you. We have to learn to be more supportive of ourselves

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    1. Thank you I enjoyed writing it! I know I am terrible for beating myself up over things I am constantly being told I am too hard on myself!

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  5. I definitely agree with not being so hard on yourself! I need to learn to give myself a break :) ♥

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    1. I know it is so hard to though especially when you get yourself into such a little rut its hard to move from that! x

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  6. Lovely post! This is so positive and great to see how much confidence you have gained in yourself just last year! I am the same when it comes to wearing no make up and you're right, when I started running in the summer nobody even looks at all and you begin to feel a lot happier with who you are naturally which is great! Xx

    clarkecouture.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Aw thank you I'm really glad you enjoyed it too! It is such a great feeling isn't it?! I am really glad I overcome that, I know some people probably see this as being dramatic but self confidence is always an issue xx

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  7. I can totally relate to all of these points! I too am a complete stress head and I'm trying to calm that down!

    Becca - www.becloumar.blogspot.com

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    1. It is a challenge I must say because it just shows you care about things. But, I am working on it slowly I've gave myself a little routine which helps!

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  8. I had the same feeling last year when I was just about to graduate! I'm not going to lie and say it's easy to find a job when you finish uni but I'm sure you will be able to find something that you want and if you're willing to relocate it's even easier!

    Lauren - journeytothecentreofnewexperiences.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I know I've learnt to take it on the chin, what is meant to be it will be. I am not too worried about my future career there just seems no point in worrying as that makes it more nerve racking x

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  9. Love this post! The future should always be exciting, even if you're excited over something little! And I realised number 5 this year too, nobody cares about how much mascara you're wearing or whether you've put your foundation on, especially when jut doing errands! I've started going makeup-free when doing the food shopping and things, and it feels amazing to let your skin breathe!

    Emma Alyson x
    www.emma-alyson.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed it! I do this too when I am with my boyfriend especially I feel brave to go outside without it, it's such a nice feeling. Although I still do at times have low confidence but that is just life! x

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  10. Definitely agree with number 3, need to relax sometimes x
    http://whattaylorbuys.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I know I've been working on that one a lot more, gave myself a routine to stick with (bath at 6pm every evening!) x

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  11. Totally the same, i stress out so easily i really need to learn to relax more x
    Love Vicki <3 victoriajanex.co.uk

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    1. I know it is such a challenge especially when you have adapted to being that way x

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  12. Great post! Definitely agree with no. 5 even if it can be daunting at first - but going to the library (burgh revision) with a full face of makeup on just isn't worth it! xx

    http://emberst0rm.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I know and it feels like you have wasted makeup! I still sometimes self doubt and wear makeup just for the simple things but, it all depends on my skin! xx

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  13. Great post! Totally agree with number 4 x

    Jordan | Keep Dreaming ♥

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    1. Thank you, glad you enjoyed it x

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    1. Do let me know how you get on! x

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  15. Fab points made here, I will definitely take some advice from this post :-).

    alice xo | beautybyalicee

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    1. Aw that's great we can all help each other!x

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  16. Great post! I always think it's best to reflect on the year! x

    http://theperksofmeg.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I agree I will look back on these whenever I am in a situation where I need reassurance x

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  17. I agree with all of these points you wrote esp the last one. Confidence is the root of success. You're right! Getting out of comfort zone is probably the hardest thing to do, but the outcome won't be disappointing!
    Great reminder, love!

    xo
    colorsinmybubble.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you glad you agree! I know it does feel amazing being able to do things without relying on makeup! xx

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  18. I definitely need to take note of number two! Great post

    Sophie x | sophhskii.co.uk

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    1. I think out of them all this is the one I've dealt with the most, if I stress it just means I care about things. I know when I do stress out to take a step back and not worry x

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  19. Love this post! Congrats on your achievements, let's hope 2015 is just as good, if not better! Completely with you on #5 - make-up free days feel so good, it's nice to give skin a break :)

    Style Sunrise ☀

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    1. Aw thank you Karen glad you liked this post! I agree it is so nice to feel like you haven't wasted makeup just to go to the shop! x

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  20. Agree with all of the points, especially being hard on yourself one. I definitely don't praise myself enough when I've succeeded in something x

    Hannah x | hannatalks

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    1. I know sometimes we need to take a step back and look at the things we have achieved big or small those things are what should be keeping us feeling positive x

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  21. really loved reading this! I agree that life really is short and we should live every day like it's our last... doing things that make us happy and being positive and thankful for what we have :)

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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    1. I know! I am already making those changes to my life and living life like it is the last day just trying to be positive. But down days are normal they shouldn't seem like such a bad thing x

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  22. Great post! Its amazing what we learn in a little amount of time!! I've learned so many things over the course of last year like to just be grateful for everything, stop worrying so much especially if its not in my hands to deal with, and believe for great things! Continue learning and growing!!!!

    P.S I love your blog layout as well as design veery pretty!
    Jasmine:)
    colorubold.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and reading it! I agree those are things I try my best at, its a lot more challenging when you are younger but when you start to grow up and enter the real world you do go by the 'life is too short' motto.
      Thank you that is really nice! x

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  23. These are great mantras to live by for the next year!

    I think I'll also try not to be too hard on myself! I got a promotion at work and manage to run my blog!

    A Forte For Fashion

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    1. Well done the hard work does pay off in the end and those things are what should keep you positive x

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  24. I love the fifth one, definitely agree! I'm confident enough now to wear no makeup to university, even though my skin isn't perfect.

    Mara x
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    1. wow that is a great step! I am not there yet but I think that is a choice I enjoy wearing makeup but for little things as walking the dog, running, nip to boyfriends I won't waste makeup x

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  25. Such a fab post sweetie, and I have to agree with the last one. I always used to be worried that people would criticise but now I've learnt to be more confident within myself :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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    1. Thank you so much! Number 5 is such an amazing achievement if you are able to be confident enough to do those things as leave the house without worrying. I do doubt myself still some days but I am only human x

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  26. Your photography and blog layout are so beautiful :) I always find posts like this really inspiring, it sounds like you have an exciting year ahead. Good luck with finishing your degree and getting your first graduate job <3
    Love Holly x

    www.thehollydays4.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Holly that's really kind of you! I really enjoyed writing this post so I plan to create more in the future after receiving great feedback. And thank you! x

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  27. Your photography is beautiful and always on point! Love this post life really is too short I started working my way though my bucket list last year too xx

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    1. Thanks Grace thats lovely of you to say! and that is good I really enjoyed being able to tick off some things on my bucket list it encouraged me to do more xx

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  28. Some great lessons, especially the first two!
    Thanks for sending me your link over on Twitter :)
    Saadiya x

    Blog | That Girl; Saadiya

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    1. Glad you like them! and you are welcome x

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