17 Things I Learnt in 2017.


1. Mental Health is SO important.
I've had a few mental health experiences this year, and last year, and I have to say that it is truly awful. Each experience is different for everyone, and just as awful. If you can find a way to get through this, then you will come out so much stronger on the other side, and if you are going through difficulties at the moment make sure you talk to someone, like family or friends, or speak with the following:

Anxiety UK: 08444 775 774 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm)
MIND: 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm)
NoPanic: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am-10pm)
Samaritans: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

2. Going to the gym can be fun.
I've been a member of a gym on and off multiple times, but since October 2017 I cannot tell you how much I now enjoy going to the gym. I'm not sure what has caused this change, perhaps now I am just ready to take on the gym, plus the physical differences help to motivate!

3. People can surprise you, even if you have known them for a really long time.
This is so true, Jack (my boyfriend) has shown me so many times that even after 10 years there are still so many traits that he has that I did not know, and these traits are for the better - a true gentleman.

4. Value true friendship.

5. You cannot alter people's opinions.
For better or for worse, you cannot alter someone's opinions to suit your own. Animal cruelty comes to mind when I talk about this - I am so passionately against this that I find it difficult to understand those who ignore it like it doesn't happen.

6. You can achieve what you WANT to achieve.

Achieving something is an amazing feeling, but you will only achieve what you want to achieve - what you put all of the effort into. If you want something badly enough, you will move mountains to make it happen.

7. Be yourself.

8. Change is good.

9. It's ok to not know.
When I was younger I would have thought my 26 year old self would have life figured out, but there are still moments now where I wonder what I'm doing, or where I'm going. Initially this did panic me, but over months I've learnt that this is ok, and that as long as you are happy in that moment then you are living.

10. Experiences over material things.

11. Harry Potter is a classic.

12. Naps are everything.

13. Time can heal.
This links to number 1, there are things that no matter how hard they are, you have to allow time to heal.

14. I love jet-skiing.
Thanks Spain.

15. I love to cook and bake.

16. There's always room to improve.

17. Get the extra storage on your new phone.
Pictures. Say no more.


xoxo
Laura
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