Sunday, 17 May 2015

NEW TAG- Five Lessons Learned as a 26 Year Old

So with my 27th Birthday fast approaching (29th May if you want to get me a present haha) I thought I'd reflect on my year as a 26 year old, the highs, the lows and what I learnt.

Tag conditions:

I'd Love to start this as a tag, you can use the pic if you want.
Just write five things/lessons you've learnt in the past year, could be personal, career, jokey, makeup/fashion related whatever! And if you are brave enough, put your age in the title haha. 
Link back to me and whoever tagged you and tag three people to do it next :)

Lesson 1- Don't take people for granted.

As some of you may or may not know, I came within a hairs breadth of losing my Mum in February. I'm not going to go into detail but it was frigging traumatising, heartbreaking and downright shitty but it did teach me that life is fragile and short and that I shouldn't take it for granted.

Lesson 2- Anxiety is a bitch who needs slayed

I've spoken about it before here but it comes as no surprise- a Blogger/Youtuber with Anxiety! I do struggle with it but for about 2 years I bowed down to it and let it make me say no to a lot of things, this year I've begun to say yes a little more and it's been liberating. Don't get me wrong It still influences me a lot but I can control it a little more now.

Lesson 3- Things don't just fall in your lap.

This is a little more recent of a discovery. I grew up as the baby of the family and basically was spoiled rotten, not rich and not overly materialistic but I did get what I wanted with little effort and this spilled over into my school life too, I was naturally clever and picked things up easily so without much real effort I got good enough grades to do what I wanted.
With work as well I've been quite lucky, I fell into a promotion about 2 years ago but I realised recently that it's not what I want to do forever and in order to get where I want to be it's high time I started putting in some real effort and probably listen a bit to lesson 2.

Lesson 4- Things move on, You can let new people In, they will surprise you.

So I've been in Leeds for 3 years and it was only supposed to be a year so I had my barriers up from word go. I thought there was no point in making really good friends because I was going to toddle back off to Northern Ireland and all my friends would be there waiting and they would come and visit me while I was here and it would be grand. Nuh uh. Firstly I've only had one friend come and visit numerous times since I moved here (thanks Andrea) now I'm not saying that my friends are horrid and don't love me, that's not the point of this but people have their own lives and are busy and my friends are certainly not all waiting with baited breath on me coming home.
This year has taught me that there are some fab people here that are going to be in my life for a long time and have been there for me through a lot of crap and keep me sane (Dani and Leanne I'm looking at you)

Lesson 5- My Happy Place

Not so much a lesson but more exactly what it says on the tin, I've found my happy place. The place I think of when I need to calm down (see lesson 2) and the place I've gone when things were a little much (see lesson 1) and that is this place:

It's basically a look out point on Binevenagh Mountain looking out over Magilligan (Northern Ireland) and the sea. Shout out to my big sis for introducing me.
I love to just look out, take pictures, breath and drink in the scenery. Even on a grey day it's still gorgeous. The Ironic thing is that my anxiety prevents me from driving up the perilous road it takes to get there haha. 

So there you go, a little deeper than my normal posts, if you want to do this tag then please do but I'm going to kick it off with tagging:

Rebecca: Rouge Pout
Aine: Aine Beauty
Lauren: Beauty division

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