18 May 2017

Things Being 22 Taught Me

Today is my birthday and I am turning another year older, this year I am hitting the big 23. The years go so quickly that it feels like just yesterday I was completing my GCSE’s and learning to drive, oh no wait, that was a whole 7 years ago, WHAT! I do find growing up scary and I do sometimes wish I could turn back and re-live my younger years but then I realise that I wouldn’t be where I am today if I did that and I certainly wouldn’t be writing this post. 

A year of being 22 taught me a lot of new things, new ways to go about life and how not to really care about what anyone else thinks, at least I think. I don’t feel like this year has been significant in any way, although I was a bridesmaid for the first time in my life and did discover that I will soon become an Auntie for the first time too, which is super exciting. Although I am still living at home and I am totally single, I do feel more adult-like and I am growing up, slowly, so here are 22 things I have learnt in my year of being 22, I’m so gutted I can’t sing Taylor Swift anymore. 
1. Don’t sweat the small stuff because it’s really not worth getting hung up about, I’ve learnt to realise that life is too short to worry about things and we just have to get on with it and appreciate what we do have.

2. Keep a secret stash of chocolate in case of emergencies as you never know how you’re going to wake up feeling and if you need to make yourself feel better, chocolate is usually the answer. 

3. Pets are best friends especially cats. I would be so lost without my cat, she is my little companion and I honestly can’t imagine my life without her. She is sometimes crazy and can sometimes cost a fortune at the vets but she is cute and cuddly which makes up for it. 

4. Always have something to look forward to whether it’s a holiday or a new car, it’s important to have something coming up in the future that’s exciting and is worth fighting for, even if it is weeks away, having that focus on that one thing will make the time go even faster. 

5. It’s okay not to drink alcohol and it’s still cool to stay in on a Friday night. When I turned 18 I went out every night I could but it eventually wore off, I much prefer a cosy night in now in front of the telly with a bowl of popcorn, maybe it’s just me getting old! Just because you don’t drink doesn’t mean you're not cool. 

6. There’s no place like home especially when you get older, coming home from work and being able to lounge around in your pyjamas for the evening is the best feeling ever, I wouldn’t change that for the world. 

7. Remove the toxic people from your life because they aren’t worth your time and it’s important to stay positive and unstressed for your well-being. Sometimes people change and we move on, friendships will always come and go. 

8. Find a job you love so you feel as if you haven’t worked a day in your life, throw yourself out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to achieve your dreams. 

9. Don’t panic over the future because what happens will happen and we can’t change that, most of the time things happen for the better and we shouldn’t worry about what is going to come, it’s important to focus on the now. 

10. Save your money and don’t waste it, money is hard to come by and eventually it will get you something amazing in life, I’m currently saving my butt off for my first home and the earlier you start, the easier and quicker your dreams will happen! Did you know that if you saved £3 on that Costa you buy every day, you could have over £1,000 in savings in just a year. 

11. Family come first so spend time with them and appreciate them, life is too short to waste time so whenever you can, pick up the phone or pop over and see your loved ones. 

12. Take care of yourself, eat healthy and do that little bit of exercise we all should every week, remember a healthy body means a healthy mind. 

13. Never regret anything it may seem bad at the time but everything does happen for a reason and one day you will most likely look back on that regret and laugh! I used to regret things but I soon realised that there is no point, we can’t turn back time or take back the things we have done. 

14. Smile always, it’s amazing how much a smile can affect your mood and others, spread positivity and happiness like a disease and others will follow in your footsteps, laugh until you cry and enjoy life for what it is. 

15. Don’t panic if you haven’t worked it all out yet, I am 23 now and I’m definitely not in the career I had planned, I still have no idea what I want to do as my career but it will come to me one day, hopefully soon! 

16. Look after your skin because let’s face it you only get one shot at this, I wish I’d had a better skincare routine earlier in my teens so my skin was better now but I didn’t, I’m now ensuring I treat my skin the best I possibly can and using the best skincare products I can afford. Preventing ageing is always easier than curing! 

17. Stop putting yourself down, I am so bad at this and over the years I have gotten better but I am still learning. We are so tough on ourselves when we really shouldn’t be. Everyone is unique and beautiful in their own way.

18. Meeting new people is fun which I mostly learnt when I spent the weekend in Leeds with some blogging friends, it was amazing and I wish I’d met them sooner, it’s so nice to meet individuals who have the same interests as you. I’m usually a very personal and independent person so for me, this was right out of my comfort zone. 

19. Always forgive but never forget as although we all have to get on with our lives and it is important to let things go, it’s sometimes really hard to forget, you don’t have to do that. 

20. Have time to yourself and enjoy it, stay in your pyjamas all day and binge watch a series on Netflix whilst you eat your body weight in chocolate and crisps, we all need days like this and let’s face it, these days are great. 

21. Be nice to people and it will come back to you, I’ve come to learn that being nasty, rude or difficult really gets you nowhere in life but just gives you a bad name, even if you really don’t like someone or their opinion, just be civil and nice, it’ll treat you well. 

22. Be you, I think that’s pretty self-explanatory.

Wow okay this post was longer than expected, turns out I do have a lot to say about the past year! 22 you've been good to me but now it's time to turn a year older and experience even more of life, I'm off to enjoy my birthday and eat my body weight in cake!

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