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28 Things That Took Me 28 Years To Learn


Today is my 29th birthday. To say that my 28th year has been wonderful is an understatement. But it wouldn’t be a huge exaggeration to say that it also contained some of my biggest challenges to date.

The older I get, the more I realise that I don’t know. Funny that…And luckily, as the years tick on, we just keep adding to the list. Which leads me to this post.

So, here are 28 things that took me 28 years to learn:

1 – If you put it out there that you want to meet some amazing people and open yourself to opportunities, be prepared for the epic degree by which this will be received. Holy wow.

2 – In fact, if you do that with anything – granted your intentions are genuine and your heart and mind are ready and willing – then it’s game on.

3 – You don’t have to do everything alone. Sometimes working with a pro (for me, personally, a coach and kinesiologist) can help you get from where you are to where you want to be when you might not have ever got there on your own (or just very, very slowly)!

4 – If something makes you unhappy, try and do everything in your power to stop doing it. Stat.

5 – Yep, break outs still happen. As do break downs.

6 – Keep learning. I did so many courses and read so much last year I thought my head might explode, but the growth and learning was exponential to the past five years.

7 – Move every day. You will feel amazing.

8 – It’s okay to have no idea what you’re doing, what your next move is, or what you want to do with your life.

9 – Money is something you can make more of. Time is not.

10 – Start before you’re ready and surprise yourself.

11 – You will become whatever you believe yourself to be. So believe something wonderful.

12 – Sometimes, if you have trouble believing, know that the people closest to you will do the believing for you to help you get there (and if they don’t, then maybe read this and find some people who will).

13 – Getting 10 minutes of sun every day is vital to your health.

14 – Other people often perceive you differently to how you perceive yourself. (And, good or bad, that’s okay)

15 – Being sensitive to the world is not a flaw, it is a strength, regardless of what anyone says.

16 – Dancing around the house is the greatest stress buster and oh-so-necessary some days.

17 – Making judgements about people before you know them will usually make you feel silly.

18 – People will surprise you. A lot.

19 – The harder meditation is for you, the more you need to do it.

20 – It’s okay to throw out an old dream if it no longer serves you.

21 – I don’t NEED coffee every day, multiple times. In fact, I don’t even need it every week.

22 – Spend more time being grateful, enjoying the journey, and just being happy (it’s a choice that only you can make)

23 – Stop comparing! This one was hard for me to shift and it’s definitely a work in progress, but life is So. Much. Sweeter when you’re not worrying about THAT all the time.

24 – Learn to love the stuff you dislike most about yourself. What a mindset shift this will make.

25 – Dream big. And take little steps to live those dreams every day (it’s amazing how easy this is to do!)

26 – Putting yourself out there is nowhere near as scary as it seems. 

27 – Forcing something that won’t budge is a waste of energy. Fighting to win is crazy. Doing anything against how your heart feels is never going to work. And sometimes that means chilling out, stat.

28 – Accept that the more you learn about life (and yourself), there is always way more that you don’t know. And take pleasure in that. 


Have you learnt anything lately that has kind of blown your mind? Or did any of these make you cheer in agreement? Remember to leave a comment and tell me all about it!


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