Happy Friday Everyone!
We are now officially at the end of the first full week of February, and what a week it’s been! I imagine there’ll be many of you thinking about how quick this week has gone by compared to January. I heard so many people complaining about how long January felt, but I actually felt the complete opposite!
That’s perhaps because 2019 certainly didn’t start out as planned, but you know what? That’s totally okay. Shit happens! Coming out of it, I’m thankful for the reminders that the past few weeks have given me. So, here are the five things that I’ve been reminded of already in 2019.
Life doesn’t always go as planned…
Sometimes, life can just be, well, shit. There is no other way to say it. Unfortunately, there’s usually not a lot we can do to stop whatever life throws at us – that’s just not within our human powers. Then there’s the times that we don’t even see them coming and we’re left completely blindsided.
However, what this has reminded me is that we should make the most of every moment, good or bad. We don’t know what’s around the corner, and so we should live life as it happens. Don’t focus on the past; don’t worry too much about the future; just live in the present. Whether we know it or not, everything will turn out as life planned.
Friends and family will be there for you no matter what…
Regardless of whether you’ve spoken in hours, days, weeks or even months, true friends and family will be your biggest cheerleaders when you need them most. You might even be surprised by some!
I’ve spent the majority of my time living in Newcastle thinking that most of my friends lived far and wide. Stupidly, I forgot just how close to my hometown I actually live. I forgot that I have all my blogger friends here in the North East. I didn’t factor in my work friends. What I certainly needed reminding was that, just because you haven’t spoken in years, doesn’t mean you don’t pick right back up where we left off.
In the past few weeks, I have been unbelievably grateful for the number of people who have suddenly emerged from the woodwork. It’s like they just knew. Now, I’m busy trying to fit them all in my calendar!
Small changes can have a big impact…
If you follow me on social media, you’ll know that I came into 2019 wanting to make a few changes – to my daily lifestyle/routine, doing more of what I loved (and had stopped doing) and, generally, just trying to be the very best version of me I could be.
I knew that it wasn’t going to be easy, just as I knew it wouldn’t all happen at once. However, the past few weeks have reminded me that even the smallest of changes can have such a big difference. For me, just getting up a little bit earlier on a morning to make sure I have time to wake up/chill before starting to get ready for work and not napping when I get in on an evening have improved my mental and physical health so much. Actually setting aside some time to sit down and have proper conversations with my nearest and dearest has done so much for my mental health. Now I’ve been getting back into an exercise routine in the last week! I’ve done so well at sticking to it, and that’s because I know that even the smallest steps will all add up in the end.
You’re stronger than you think…
As I said before, life can be a real shit sometimes, but it’s how we deal with the situations life throws at us that shows us who we are. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, even if we don’t always know what the reason is. No, it doesn’t make it any easier – in fact, a lot of the time, it actually makes it harder. Every situation that comes at you only serves to make you who you are. Think – we wouldn’t be the people we are today without the situations we’ve been through in our lifetime.
My start to 2019 has reminded me that, believe it or not, we are strong enough to deal with whatever comes our way, whether we realise it or not. If we weren’t, then we wouldn’t be going through it. Remember, our strength defines us and you ARE strong enough to deal with whatever life throws at you.
Don’t hold onto regrets…
Ahhh, regrets. Such wonderful things.
Unfortunately, there are always going to be times in our life where we have regrets. Whether it be saying (or not saying) something, or doing (or failing to do) something. That’s okay. Having regrets is okay.
The part that isn’t okay? Holding onto those regrets. In doing so, they only seek to tear us down, hinder any recovery or healing process and prevent us from looking forward.
Instead? Use these regrets that you may have to learn for the future; to grow; to flourish. Most importantly, use them to be the best version of you you can be in 2019 and beyond.
So we’re already almost into the second week of February… and you know what? If you haven’t started thinking positively about 2019, then I hope one of the above points might help you to do so. Only you can make yourself into the best version of you possible, so why not start now? Make 2019 your year to shine!
Have a great weekend!