2017 Highlights

Wow 2017 has been one hell of a year. There’s been good times, bad times, sad times and amazing times. The one thing I do regret is not taking enough photos, that’s definitely going to be going on my new year’s resolutions. 2017 thank you for an awesome year! Here are a few of my 2017 highlights!

I feel its always good to look back at the last year and see how much you have grown, what you have achieved, what you have done to help you decide how to make the next year even better. 2017 has taught me –

Owning material objects don’t make me any happier. Ever thought if I own this lipstick I will be happy. Or if I buy this outfit and look like her I will be confident. And then when you owned that particular object and the expectations you placed on it fell flat, you were left feeling guilty and even more lousy than before you brought that item. I’ve been there too, many times! Since reducing the stuff I own, only replacing things when I have ran out and generally being a more concise shopper. I am happier, the house is tidier, I’m not being wasteful and I have more money to spend on things that far more important to me like creating memories.

Investing time in loved ones is really important. When me and my partner got married earlier this year it really hit us what amazing family and friends we both have. And we definitely have been taking that for granted and not making the most of our time with them. Next year one of my resolutions is to make more time for the people I care about.

If its not going to matter in 5 years time its not worth worrying about. The amount of time wasted worrying about things that can’t be changed or wishing if I’d done XYZ that may or may not have happened is an awful lot. I have learnt to not get as stressed about situations, especially ones I can not control. Trying to live more in the present moment is a skill I am still trying to master though.

Life needs to be fun. We only get one remember! Why waste the limited time we have on Earth being unhappy, stressed and spending a huge amount of time doing things we don’t love?! Make more time to make memories, be creative, follow your passion and above all smile and laugh lots!

A job doesn’t define who you are. I use to believe that my job defined who I was, and the success and worth of my life was determined by how well I was doing in my job. And if I wasn’t working towards something, getting promotions or bonuses/pay rises I was failing. It’s quite a sad and unnecessarily stressful way to think really. And it has been a very hard and painful lesson for me to learn. So next year I will be focusing more time of doing more things that make me happy and putting a lot less pressure on myself.

What have you guys learnt this year?