Terrifyingly, we are almost 5 months into 2017 already. I’m really not sure where the year has gone – it genuinely feels like Christmas was about a month ago and I was looking forward to the new year with a lot of positivity and motivation and yet my calendar tells me that it’s May next week, Joseph and I will be celebrating our first anniversary imminently and then before we know it Christmas will be round the corner again and I will be having minor palpitations about turning 26 next year because I’m sorry but that is far too close to bridging the gap between my mid and late twenties and I’m absolutely not ready for that.
Anyway, rambling aside, I thought that this Friday I would take some time out and consider three things that 2017 has taught me so far that I definitely need to remind myself more often.
- Take a break when you need it – I am a self confessed workaholic. If I’m not working at the office then I’m at home working on this blog. I spend 99% of my time on the computer and at home my entire evening revolves around writing, scheduling, filming, editing and brainstorming the content you see on LJLV. 2017 started in such a positive manner on this blog and I am beyond determined to keep it that way – I’ve seen and done some brilliant things this year thanks to this little space, and I’m determined to keep putting in the hard work 24/7. This can lead to burnout however and I have definitely had to take a few days to myself several times this year in order to keep myself sane. While at the time I felt guilty about it, now I understand that of course there is absolutely nothing wrong with taking time out for yourself and it’s something I intend to do every few months in order to recharge my creative batteries.
- Family time will always be the most important – I’ve just enjoyed the best Easter with my family and Joseph, and last month I celebrated a fantastic birthday with my family. Both occasions have made me really appreciate the time I spend with my family and I have realised that I really can’t take these times for granted because one day they won’t be here any longer and I don’t want to look back and regret missing out on time I could have spent with them.
- Being nice in the work place will always get you further – I’ve spent a lot of time over the years with colleagues who have been nothing short of horrific with me. I’m naturally quite a submissive person – I don’t like confrontation and I will usually back down rather than fighting my corner, however this past 12 months have definitely helped me to grow a backbone. Not only have I been stronger and more assertive in work, I’ve also definitely realised how I don’t want people to perceive me in my career and I definitely think this has gone a long way into allowing me to become the conscientious colleague I like to think that I am.
Have you learned any important life lessons so far in 2017? Let me know in the comments below.
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