Friday, 13 January 2017

Three Things I Learned in Twenty-Sixteen

366 days ago I was reflecting on how the previous year went. Whilst twenty-fifteen was a tough year, twenty-sixteen was all about dealing with who I was and what I wanted out of life. 
I was lucky enough to spend the rest of the year in paradise, the Philippines. I was sat on a beach in Bohol with no phone and no wifi. Just me and my thoughts, how has this year been for me?
You could say I lost my way with blogging during the year, I fell out of love with it. My blog didn't reflect my personality, so in my eyes it wasn't good enough. 
Here's to giving it another go!
1. There's nothing wrong with asking yourself "Do I really want to pursue a career relating to my course in University?"
Everyone knows how difficult studying law can be, it requires a lot of time and patience. It has taken me until my third year to start developing a real passion for it and that is okay
To be brutally honest, I have been 'um-ing' and 'ah-ing' over whether I wanted to pursue a career law. I felt as though I lacked that drive everyone else in my class had. The only thing I could feel was the pressure weighing me down. It took a lot of stress and tears to not care about peoples expectations, I had to remind myself that I was doing this for me and not them. Once I did I finally figured out what I wanted to do with this degree.
2.  Never allow fear or your comfort zone deprive you of opportunities
Last summer was a real game changer for me. I threw myself into the deep end by working two part-time jobs. Half of the time, I was part of a catering team. The other half, interning at a solicitors whom I owe so much to. The best thing I ever did was push myself out of my comfort zone because that's what led me to pursue these opportunities. I was learning about peoples problems and even contributed to helping them solve those issues. The hospitality and retail industry can be intense but there was good teamwork there, and being a nice and decent person makes the job so much easier. 
Realistically, if I hold myself back from looking and taking opportunities it's no one else's fault but my own. Why would I stop myself from moving forward just because I was shy or scared?
3. Experience over materialistic things
Three countries in one year - Budapest, Amsterdam and Philippines. 
My boyfriend asked me back in April what I wanted for my birthday, there wasn't anything materialistic that I needed so I suggested something we could both experience. 
When you experience different cultures, you find yourself becoming more curious and open-minded. You're able to see how people live and think differently to you. It's one thing seeing pictures of the place on social media but it's also another to physically experience it. I've gained memories and seen such beautiful places that are worth more than any materialistic gift.
Everything you learn doesn't come easy, I like to look at it as a blessing in disguise
What did you learn last year?
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  1. This was such a lovely read and we're so glad to have you back in the blogging community! Best of luck this time round and we look forward to seeing more!

    Jessica & James |

  2. Need more of philippine travel!


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