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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

25 Things I've Learnt in 25 Years...

1. Always look up. You miss too many things if you walk through life simply staring at the floor.
2. It's okay to not be where you thought you would be.
3. If you think positively, you get positivity back.
4. There is something to learn from every bad situation even though it might not seem like it at the time. And remember those bad times don't last forever, there is light at the end of every tunnel.
5. There are enough hours in the day, the key is learning how to make the most of them and focusing on the important things.

6. Constructive criticism is priceless. Absorb it, learn from it, but don't be disheartened by it. 
7. Sometimes people will let you down. It's not your fault.
8. If you love someone, tell them. You never know when it will be your last opportunity.
9. Be mindful of others, a simple smile could make someone's day and hurtful words can be damaging beyond imagination.
10. It's okay to ask for help. Sometimes people may not be supportive of your dreams, but very often your passion and determination will speak for itself and enthusiasm is infectious! 

11. Always be honest, especially with yourself.
12. You can make things happen with hard work and self belief.
13. It's okay for your hobby to remain a just hobby. Never feel pressured to make it your job.
14. Sometimes things aren't meant to be and it's important to know when to let them go.
15. Life isn't simple and there are so many forks in the road, but your instincts will lead you down the path you're meant to take. It won't always be the easiest path but the things you meet along the way will challenge and delight you.

16. Always be eager and never stop learning.
17. Pushing yourself and taking a risk that's a little outside of your comfort zone often yields the most rewarding outcomes.
18. Sometimes moving forwards involves leaving the past behind entirely. You can start over and it will be okay.
19. Take those opportunities even if they sound terrifying, I don't think you'll regret it. 
20. Be kind to yourself.

21. I'm certain that no one is completely sure what they're doing all of the time. All we can ever do is give what we think is right our very best efforts.
22. Very often the little things really do make the biggest impact. Don't overlook them.
23. Happiness doesn't come from material objects. Owning less makes you treasure the things you have even more.
24. Don't over-think things, just do it and see what happens.
25. Taking the road less traveled can lead to incredible discoveries and unimaginable inspiration. Go your own way.

- xo

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  1. I love them all, especially the last one. I went to thailand this summer and it was the riskiest decision I've ever made. I am now a much, much happier and better person in my opinion. Challenges allow us to learn and grow, and that's essentially what life's about xx

  2. You can't help being disappointed that your not where you thought and expected you would be. I know thats what I'm feeling right now.

    1. You're always exactly where you're meant to be I think. Something incredible may come of the situation you're in, or it might spur you on to making a change that teaches you something about yourself! <3

  3. This is exactly what I needed to read right now. Each one you've listed relates to my life so well at the moment, so thank you for the advice and for letting me know that there's other people in the same boat.



  4. Some really great points, I agree with all of them. xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk

  5. Number 21 - I agree with this so much, (everyone is faking it until they make it!)


  6. I love this post Jennie! I think number 4 is a particularly good one x

    Josie’s Journal

  7. Great post! it's indeed ok not to be where you want to be! You'll get there!

  8. What a lovely, inspirational post Jennie! It seems like is coming from an old person not a young woman like yourself :) Well done for learning such important things in life in such a short time, always try to remember them and you'll always find happiness in every day. xx
    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  9. I totally love this list. Such a lovely post. I totally agree with number 17 too, although I need to apply it more to my life!

  10. This was a lovely post! Definitely very motivating and positive! :)

    Karina xx


  11. Loved reading through the 25 things you have learnt. I feel like I have learnt most of theses too and I guess every year we grow older we learn more.

  12. Another lovely, insightful post :) You're a total sweetheart <3 xxx

  13. What a lovely post Jennie :D...I totally agree with all of them!!! <3

  14. This is such a lovely post Jennie :) I agree with all of these xx

    Telina | Love, Telina

  15. Can relate to everything. Great one, as always! :)

  16. I definitely agree with most of these, especially numbers 2 and 24! :)

    Tara x

  17. I loved reading this! They're all good points, but I think 21 is my favourite :) xx


  18. So so true, especially the one about asking for help, this is one I am constantly trying to do. I've always seen it as a sign of 'weakness' but that's me being stubborn and really we all need help sometimes, I'm definitely learning that in my 20s, eeek, our 20s! x

    1. It can be really difficult to admit sometimes, but it always makes things easier! Oh gosh, I know! 20s!! When did that happen?! haha xx

  19. This is definitely why your blog has been one of my firm favourites for 4 or so years (ever since I first discovered it) and always will be. You have such wisdom and talent and a wonderful way with words Jennie, such a captivating and magical way that is brimming over with unique-ness. I love these kind of posts you do, and all 25 points are so true and relevant to each and every one of us <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

    1. You're too kind to me Sophie! Thank you <3

  20. I love this so much!
    *Always look up*

    I can't believe I've only just discovered your blog...at 8am...on a Wednesday.


  21. Somehow I've missed this wonderful post you've written, so I'm saying thank you for it only now. I really needed to read something like this today x


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