26 Things I’ve Learnt In 26 Years

It’s my birthday!


Yep, today I turn the grand old age of 26. Officially closer to 30 than 20… but I’m okay with that.

I love watching videos and reading blog posts that in this ‘XX Lessons I’ve Learnt in XX Years’ style, so I thought I’d add my own to the mix.

So without any further ado, here are 26 things that I have learnt in my 26 years:

  1. It’s always okay to start again from the beginning. – Last year, I made the huge decision to quit my job, start from scratch and train to be a teacher. It was the best decision I’ve ever made and I’m so glad I took that risk. Never be scared to start fresh if you need to – do what you need to do to be happy.
  2. Clothes don’t have to ‘go’. – If I like a top and a like a skirt, I’ll wear them together. Ignore fashion rules – wear what makes you feel good!
  3. Pets make me happy.
  4. 26 really isn’t that old.
  5. Taking the time to find the right career for you is worth it.fitness-1677212_1920.jpg
  6. Getting active really is good for you. – My twenties have been a very slow journey towards getting healthy for me, and I now make a real effort to be active every day if possible. I have learnt that I love to walk, I love to hit the gym, and it really does make me feel better, both physically and mentally. I should have listened to all those gym ads earlier! 
  7. Chocolate porridge makes the best breakfast.
  8. Getting outside is such a mood-booster. – Again, if I can get out for a walk in a day, that day gets so much better.
  9. The more ‘yourself’ you are, the more comfortable you will feel. – Ignore what you’re ‘supposed’ to do!
  10. Thigh gaps basically don’t exist. – I’m just not built that way.
  11. I need a lot of sleep. – This has been a really important realisation for me and my health. I have completely accepted the fact that I need more sleep than some other people. Between my anxiety, the medication I take, and a long-standing B12 deficiency, I need a good night’s sleep to function properly. And that’s okay. In fact, I’ve grown to love it!
  12. B12 is hella important. – See number 9! If you are feeling nauseous, groggy and constantly exhausted – go get that B12 level checked. You wouldn’t believe how much of an impact it can have!blur-1283865_1280.jpg
  13. It’s okay to love reading. In fact, it’s bloody awesome to love reading! – I love books. I love reading. I always have, and I always will. When I started secondary school, I started to read my book on the school bus and an older friend told me to never do that because people wouldn’t like me. I didn’t read in front of people for such a long time after that… which sucks! I love my books and I’m proud of it now. I just wish I could have this conversation with 11 year old me.
  14. It’s okay to not like going ‘out out’. – You can and will find friends who will stay in with you, drinking gin and playing board games.
  15. You will never feel like you’ve got it all together.
  16. You will never feel like you’re a responsible adult – even if you teach children every day!
  17. Finding a work-life balance is really important. – This is a new one for me. As you’ll see from the rest of my blog, I am really trying to keep a work-life balance right now. I have learnt in the last few months that it is very important to me that I am able to put my work down at the weekend, get out for a walk, see my friends and family, and just reset when I need to.
  18. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a huge circle of friends. – Just make sure you have a few reliable ones.
  19. Peanut butter is worth the hype.window-593364_640
  20. I cannot keep a house plant alive.
  21. Living somewhere you love and feel comfortable and safe is worth the extra rent.
  22. No one really cares what you’re doing. – I mean this in the most encouraging way possible! I have definitely learnt that no one cares as much as I think they do. Working out in the gym feeling sweaty and unfit? No one’s looking! Got no makeup on when you go out? No one’s noticed!
  23. Feeling content is better than feeling happy/excited.
  24. Drink water.aqua-3543817_1280.jpg
  25. Drink more water.
  26. Just do what makes you happy.




The Self-Care Sloth


8 thoughts on “26 Things I’ve Learnt In 26 Years

  1. I am so inlove with this post. Firstly, because you are not alone my love I am at the same stage as you. I can relate on most of the point noted except for Peanut Butter, haha I’m not allergic but would always go for Nutella than Peanut Butter 😉 . But hey, just do what you love and as long as you yourself is happy of who you are and what you do. This stage is also somewhat confusing specially with regards to career, I am in the midst of wanting a major career change as I have had 5 years experience on the course I have studied for 3 years and now would like to challenge myself and shift to a career I never though I would have gone for but recently discovered I have a passion for it, would love to do something creative online. Digital Marketing/Online Content creator. Currently battling against myself if I should do it sooner or later. 😦

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    • I used to do a it of marketing, and then had a huge career change! I decided to train as a teacher when I was 25 and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made – I’d hugely recommend taking the plunge!
      And I’m still with you on the nutella, love it :p


  2. Absolutely love this post! It’s so inspirational that you took a risk and went for a career change, go you! I also love that you say there are no rules to fashion. I agree, just be yourself! I love exercise & going for walks and sleep is so important too. Thank you for sharing these, such a fantastic list! ❤ xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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  3. […] This quotation is from Hamlet and it is actually a tattoo that I have on my forearm. I find it to be an excellent reminder that, ultimately, you are responsible for your own happiness and you have to be true to what your heart is telling you to do. This is a quote I followed with passion when I made a big career change last year and so far, it’s serving me very well! (You can read a little more about my career change in my 26th birthday post.) […]


  4. I love this post, you make some really honest and important points. The one that’s resonating with me at the moment is the first one – it’s always okay to start again from the beginning. And yes, peanut butter is ALWAYS worth the hype, unless someone is allergic and then maybe not 😂

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    • Thank you! It is always okay to start from the beginning. I think a lot of people get the idea fixed in their head when they’re at school that they make their life decisions when they’re 18 and they can never change their minds. That is so not the case! There is always time to try new things and follow your dreams 🙂

      Now I really want some peanut butter…


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