Because it wouldn’t be the end of the year without a few takeaway points.
The year is nearly over and hopefully its been a year of growth and happiness for us all. It is essential to reflect on each year to be able to keep building a lifestyle you love.
One trait, I’m particularly pleased with is learning to be more open this year. So in keeping with that I wanted to share three things i’ve learnt this year.
Caring for yourself makes a world of difference to your daily life
So I have a confession and one I’m not proud of. I have never had a religous or strict daily skincare routine. It’s always been a few fad products here and there.
In the back of my mind, I’ve always felt self conscious of my appearance for breakouts to patches of dry skin. I also lived under the illusion that skincare was expensive and too timely for me to really get into. Reflecting on this now, I realise the only issue was my attitude.
Early this year, I decided I had to get my sh*t together regarding my skin and also my self esteem. I adopted two skincare routines. Morning and Night. I set reminders on my phone, so I would continue to adopt some routine.
It worked, as the weeks, months went by, I found my skin looking healthier, having fewer breakouts and I felt a little more confident. While I haven’t quite got everything together in my routine (there’s still a few products I could replace and evolve with as a learn more about my skin) BUT I have found my favourite shampoo for giving my hair a perfect little lift!
I’m pleased how giving myself 10 minutes each morning and night, has made the world of difference to my daily life. I feel more confident and that counts for something.
Side note: As I’ve learnt more and more about my skin, I’ve come to realise I tend to have naturally quite oily skin – so if you have any products to recommend, drop them in the comments below!
“Being Busy” isn’t always healthy
I went into 2018 with a certain attitude and almost a need to feel busy. I felt, then that was the only way to look and feel successful.
However, I soon realised that the trend of being busy was super unhealthy. I used to get up, head to work and start to list a billion things I needed to do for when I got home. Some, house stuff, personal – I even used to try and schedule downtime. Looking back it all seems a little crazy.
2018 Lesson learned: I soon realised that being busy or even just trying to force the idea of it and productiveness was not okay. Consider lesson learned. There’s a difference between being productive and just trying to fill time. If you end up having gaps of time, the trick is to just learn to embrace them.
Life is too short not to not be honest
Another confession. I spent a lot of 2018 just keeping quiet and nonchalontly nodding to someone. Even if I didn’t quite agree with what was being said.
Until I saw someone continuously state an incredibly entitled opinion over and over again. The first time, I was like “they don’t know any better”. I disregarded it. Until it cropped up, again and again. I soon realised actually this opinion is continuously harmful, so why not challenge them on it? (in a completely dignified and friendly way might I add).
All of my fears about voicing my own opinion, completely went away. I felt a rush of confidence at being able to calmly talk about my views in contrast to theirs.
2018 Lesson learned: Speaking about what you feel and believe in is important – no matter how daunting it can feel at the time. Rest assured, I’ll be continuing to voice my thoughts well into 2019.
What I hope for 2019
In all honesty, I think I spent a lot of 2018 slightly stuck in the same spot mentally, Not really growing or moving forward. So I’m super hopeful that I can adapt in 2019 and continue to learn and grow.
What did you learn this year?