A QUARTERLY REVIEW OF 2018


New year’s resolutions? Nope, we're going to do this in March. 
I usually have a think about resolutions, maybe pen them down. I try to set goals every quarter though, so it’s not an event too momentous for me. I have been reflecting a lot recently, so I thought it would be apt to write a post about the things that I’ve learned in the past quarter, rather than what I am oh-so-determined to do… that might come later.  
The first four months of 2018 have absolutely flown by. Last year was neither the best nor worst year for me. I’ve been able to travel a lot, which I feel very lucky to have been able to do, since it’s my first real year of post-uni ‘adulting’. 
But I also had a bit of a scare with my health which knocked me back towards the end of the year. In fact, I retract my initial statement. Regardless of feeling very grateful last year, the end of 2017 were my worst months to date. More on that later.

 So yes, a balance. I’ll *bravely* say that the scales are even. So without further ado, here’s what I’ve learned…

DO NOT GOOGLE YOUR SYMPTOMS

Eaten bacon this morning? Cancer. Feeling queasy? Pregnant. Neither of these instances have been part of my self-diagnosis. However, getting into the habit of ‘Googling’ symtpoms, 90% of the time results in panic. You’ll find yourself scanning a random website, actively LOOKING for your illness and convincing yourself something isn’t quite right. I pledge to never do this again, and I’d strongly advise you do the same. I’ve currently diagnosed myself as a hypochondriac, so at least I’m coming to terms with something more realistic.
JUST. DON’T. DO. IT.

A PIECE OF LUXURY BEATS FIVE HIGH STREET BARGAINS

Okay, so this doesn’t always apply. But I’ve learned that it works for me in most cases. I’ve always been the type to drool over a Chanel bag, but trawl through ASOS and order every outfit combination under the sun. The latter doesn’t always work so well, as I have a tendency to wear, and then forget about said outfit.  
 Moral of the story? When buying high end, I’ve learned how to get the use out of my purchase. And recycle. My Gucci Dionysus was mine for a matter of months. Upon seeing reels of fakes lining the streets of Manchester (I even saw a child aged about 12 with a similar design) it was time to part…

No, this is not a pride thing. I buy to re-sell, for value and with profit in mind. Tee hee. 

THE WORLD WON’T WAIT FOR YOU

You’re not nineteen forever, pull yourself together!’ …The Courteeners narrating my life since ’08.  I’m 22. But sometimes I use that as an excuse for sitting back and scrolling through Instagram for what feels like hours on end. I have goals, but they don’t seem to matter as much when the Daily Mail announce that KYLIE JENNER FINALLY HAS HAD HER BABY, or the Daily Mail reports Bieber’s been looking downcast. Scrolling = wasted time.
 It’s even worse when people remind you: ‘You’re only 22, a spring chicken’. Yes, I’ve had that said to me. I don’t find it condescending, but I want to be taking action. It sounds cringe, but I want to smash my goals early. I think it’s so important to understand that the world won’t wait for you. 

BE KIND TO YOURSELF

 And on the contrary, don’t beat yourself up. It’s easy to get frustrated with yourself - I’m my own worst critic at times. But at the same time, you have to respect yourself just like you’d respect anyone else. I’ve learned that it’s important to give yourself time to recover from knockbacks, and it’s crucial to pat yourself on the back (preferably not in public) when you achieve something. They say treat others how you want to be treated. Try it in reverse too.

YOU BECOME THE PRODUCT OF THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU SPEND THE MOST TIME WITH

 This one isn’t mine – thank you Jim Rohn. I thought that this would be a good lesson to share. Surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you. People who emit positivity, not necessarily all the time (that would be difficult), but when it counts. Surround yourself with people you have unconditional love for, and want to learn from. People with good intentions, quirky attributes and people with manners. That’s just what I make of Jim’s quote. But take from it what you will.

Let me know what you’ve learned so far this year, and may you saunter, or sprint, into the next quarter with all of the happiness in the world. X  

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