5 Lessons I've Recently Learnt About Life.

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post called '10 Lessons I Recently Learnt In Love'. It was a lighthearted way of giving advice about love and you all loved reading, so thank you! That's why today, I thought I'd continue the theme and share a handful of lessons I've learnt about life in general over the last week or so. Some might be applicable to you too, others not so much, but either way I hope you enjoy reading the things that I am finally coming to terms with about life.

One ♡ You can't always please everyone.
It's hard making decisions in life, but even harder knowing that whichever option you choose, it's going to upset someone along the line. I faced this twice in the last week alone, once with my family (having divorced parents who don't talk to each other isn't always fun), and again when deciding if 'vlogmas' was for me. I sometimes beat myself up because I want to please everyone and never regret the decisions I make, but I know that if I follow my heart and gut instinct, it'll all be okay in the end, even if I don't end up pleasing everyone in the process.

Two ♡ Surround yourself with the right people.
I recently read a quote that I shared on my Instagram which said 'you deserve someone who would jump fences to be with you, not someone who is on the fence about being you' and it stuck with me for ages after. You see, why should I wait around for people (be it a guy or even 'friends') when they aren't willing to put in as much effort as I would back? Surround yourself with people who'd move mountains to be with you. I wish I told myself this more often.

Three ♡ Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.
This is another quote I read and hold with me daily. I've recently started working in the offices for a company who own several residential children's care homes. It has opened my eyes to my own life and upbringing, how fortune I truly am. Life isn't tied with a bow, and is never going to be perfect all the time, but you've got a brilliant one, so live it and appreciate it.

Four ♡ Learn to be your own best friend.
This Christmas is the first time I've been single in five years. I've quickly learnt to adapt to single life (which is absolutely fine because I know it won't be forever!), but it has truly tested me to learn to love myself and my own company. It's good because it's helped me discover things I love doing but used to neglected, even if it is just a bath, netflix and a glass of rosé. As Bey says in one of my favourite songs "Me myself and I that's all I got in the end, that's what I found out, and it ain't no need to cry I took a vow that from now on I'm gonna be my own best friend."

Five ♡ Difficult times will strengthen you.
You know when life is going great and then all of sudden it feels like it's testing you? I recently had a series of events happen all within a few days which really upset me, but I now know that when you face difficult times, challenges are not sent to destroy you, they're sent to promote, increase and strengthen you. If you're reading this and having a bad week like me, remember that life has a funny way of working out, just when you start to believe it never will.

The photo of the sunset above was taken when I drove down to my favourite beach near me last weekend to clear my head, then looked up from my car and saw the sky lit with all these beautiful colours. Unreal. There's my five lessons I'm going to keep reminding myself more often, what lessons do you hold with you?


  1. I definitely agree with all of those, apart from number 4, my mum and my dog are also my best friends :P I think number 2 is especially important.
    Water Painted Dreams xo

    1. Oh I can definitely see how they're your best friends too :D Thanks Hayley xx

  2. That photo is absolutely stunning! I love this post, the 'life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift' quote is one I had never heard of but I love it, it's so true! x

    What Rachael Wrote

  3. You're right Brogan, life is precious & growing old is a privilege not everyone has. It's not always going to be sunshine & roses but it's not that bad either on the whole, I kind of evaluated a lot both when I lost my best friend & got my diagnosis. Very wise words from a lovely girl �� take care darling, lots of love xxxx

    1. Thank you so much Zoe, sending loads of love back xx

  4. You are so right sweetheart. Life is definitely precious. I've came close to nearly losing both of my parents but am so thankful that they are still with me. Times like this really make you evaluate everything going on around you. Being single is a good thing as is learning to love yourself. I love having me time though I'm in a long term relationship - never neglect that me time. You are so lovely. You truly deserve the best! <3 xxx

  5. LOVE THIS! You are SO right! Perfect read to get me motivated for 2015. I'm starting to realise the same things myself. I love the quote 'Life isn't tied with a bow but is still a gift'. KBxx