MY THOUGHTS ON TURNING 25

Today is my 25th birthday!

And what a day (and year) it has been so far.

You are all aware that I spent the first part of 2018 reflecting on 2017, and doing a lot of soul searching and self discovery, and now I’ve reached the ripe old age of 25 (even though I look 16!).

So, what better time to sit back and reflect on what I’ve achieved in my 25 years?

I’ve found that we really aren’t ones to blow our own horns. We don’t like to talk about our success, and tend to only focus on the things that we have to work on.

We never actually stop to reflect on where we have come from, and what we have achieved.

Me especially.

I like to slip under the radar.

I’m a humble person, and I personally can’t stand people that just want to talk about themselves, so I aim to not be that person.

But in doing this, it means that I often refrain from celebrating and reflecting on my own successes.

So, as I venture into the next stage of my adult life, I thought I’d share with you a few things that I am proud of achieving in the last 25 years.

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Starting this blog

I started this blog originally as a hobby during my University studies, and never ONCE thought that it would eventually lead me to running it as a full time business.

Throughout my time running this blog, I have been lucky enough to meet so many wonderful people, and experience so many incredible things – and do things and work with brands that I could only ever dream of working with.

I know that there is still SO MUCH more to come for this blog and my business, and it actually makes me so excited to think of all the opportunities that are still out there to experience!

Completing a University degree

When I finished Year 12, I was very unsure as the whether I could be accepted into University.

In fact, I didn’t even know what I wanted to study!

After being accepted into a Communications/ PR and Arts degree, and then being at Uni for 4 years; upon graduating I knew that that was one of the best learning experiences, and it was so very beneficial to the launching of my career.

I was never an A grade student, but I worked hard and focused on what I was good at – and then used that to my advantage.

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Getting through heartbreak and learning to love myself

I recently experienced the terrible feeling of heartbreak, and it truly was a tough time for me.

Although this experience was something that was not ideal, from it, I learnt how important it is to love yourself, first – before anything else.

The art of self love has taken me many years to work on, but I realise now more than ever how important it is to master.

Being able to be open and honest about my mental health and past experience

I began sharing my mental health story with you all a couple of years ago – and it’s honestly something that I umm’d and ahhh’d about sharing with you for a very long time.

It’s a topic that I truly believe we don’t talk about enough, and it’s something that although is difficult, I’m really proud of myself for sharing with you all.

I can only hope that through me doing this, I can help others too.

Quitting my full time job and jumping into the world of self employment

This is probably one of my biggest achievements to date, and one that I still pinch myself about everyday.

When I left my full time job six months ago, I left the security of a stable income and a stable workplace – and leapt into a world and industry that is constantly changing and developing.

It was scary as all hell, but it was something that I knew was the right decision for me, and so far – I have not regretted it one bit!

So, to all of my beautiful and supportive readers and followers, thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart for coming along on this ride with me.

If someone told me 5, or 10 years ago that this is what my life would be like when I was 25, I would have been pretty damn happy (and shocked) to hear it! I really cannot believe how far I have come.

I encourage you all to take this time to reflect on your own successes and achievements as I really do believe it’s important to do so in order to develop and grow as an individual.

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Merci Mon Cheri T-Shirt – Topshop / Cape – Honey & Beau / Denim Jeans –Levi’s / Shoes – Spurr / Belt – Asos

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