Things I learned in 2017

This year has taught me a lot, like a ridiculous amount. It’s been a year of learning, love, loss and lessons. With the year coming to a close soon, despite it feeling as though it’s flown by, I thought I’d write down for you all some of the things I’ve learned this year.

Things I learned in 2017

Find time for what you love
This year I’ve discovered a true love for things such as reading and writing. Sounds crazy I know! You’d think being the twenty something that I am that I would have dabbled more in this however, I used to hate reading and writing. I’ve truly enjoyed spending this year reading new books, getting lost in the words and plots and also with writing blogs again. There’s definitely more to come!

It’s OK to say NO
Now you’d think this would be easy and straight forward one but alas…I’m a chronic “yes-er”. In the past I have spread myself way too thin and have become so worn down. The thing is, those friends that you constantly say yes to and drop everything for…do they do the same for you? If the answer is no, you deserve better. If the answer is yes, they will still be there even if you’re too busy to go see them etc.

Dear God, stop comparing yourself
I am blummin’ terrible for this. Especially after holidays like Christmas where we all overindulge and drink too much. My body is my body, I will be able to get it back to where it was before Christmas. It’s just going to take time, effort and dedication, but I’ve done it before and I’ll be able to do it again!

Don’t let anyone make you feel like less
Been there and done this too many times, you’d think I’d have learnt by now! The thing is, I now know (thanks to my fabulous other half) that I am worth a lot and deserve to be loved and cared for. I’ve let so many people in my life walk all over me and make me feel like I’m not good enough, not only in ex-boyfriends, but also ex-friends too. Never again!

Don’t ever be ashamed of who you are
In the past I have wanted to hide parts of who I truly am. Things even as silly as loving the Marvel films! I know…..but unfortunately it’s true. I think 2017 has been the first year in god knows how long that I’ve actually felt like myself, been able to be myself and also express it too. I’m so grateful to now have people in my life who let me be ME, and love me for it.

There is beauty in every single day
So this year I tackled my anxiety and am now learning to control it very well. I don’t miss the days where it just didn’t seem to be worth it; the days where I could quite easily burry my head under the duvet and keep hidden from the world.
Even if it’s one little thing, there is always something to be appreciated. Snuggles with my two gorgeous cats, going to sleep and waking up with the person I love, cuddles from my parents. Every day there is a reason to get up and live.

I’ve truly learned so much this year, about myself and about life. It’s been a good one. Next year will hopefully be just as good if not better. I can’t wait! There are so many things I have planned and that I’d love to do. One thing I won’t be doing though is making any New Year’s resolutions. For me, I always fail miserably! So I’d rather not get to the end of the year and feel like I haven’t accomplished anything. Instead, I’ll be living healthier, looking after my body, living life to the fullest and loving those who deserve it with every inch of my being.

What have you learned this year? 🙂



  1. December 29, 2017 / 9:22 am

    This is such a good post! I definitely need to learn not compare myself. I feel like I am getting better but it’s something I definitely need to work on in 2018. I hope you have a great 2018 and manage to achieve all the goals you want too! X

    • December 29, 2017 / 9:24 am

      I hate it and I don’t think it’s widely talked about enough but hopefully I’ll get there and I’m sure you will too! I hope you do too ☺️ x

  2. December 29, 2017 / 9:33 am

    I’m terrible for comparing myself as well. Hoping to also stop this in 2018.

    • December 29, 2017 / 9:35 am

      It’s so tough with everything that’s in the media but it’s doable and I’m sure you’ll do it!

  3. January 1, 2018 / 1:59 pm

    Beautiful post! I have also been working on writing more and not trying to hide my true self. I’m a lot older though, I wish I would have learned these things in my twenties! Best wishes for an amazing 2018!

    • January 1, 2018 / 4:18 pm

      Aww thank you! Yes it’s been a true learning curve has 2017! Hope you have a fab 2018!

  4. January 1, 2018 / 3:53 pm

    Not comparing myself is something I need to learn. I give myself the hardest time looking at what others are doing. I’m glad you learned so much in 2017. Hope 2018 is amazing for you!

    • January 1, 2018 / 4:19 pm

      I know it’s terrible isn’t it! I’m sure you’ll get through it like I will. Hope you have a great 2018!

  5. January 2, 2018 / 1:31 pm

    Great post, Sophie! Last year I learned to stop doubting myself, take more risks and get out of my comfort zone. 🙂 2017 has been very exciting because I got my first tattoo, got off antidepressants and went to my first ever exchange program to Denmark in summer. Life is only getting better!

    • January 2, 2018 / 2:43 pm

      Oh wow congrats on achieving so much last year, and quite big things too! 🙂 life is getting better indeed!

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