LIFESTYLE WELLBEING

10 Things I Have Learned This Year

2016 you’ve been one heck of a rollercoaster.

You’ve thrown me some shit cans and given me some amazing experiences, but all in all you’ve been alright. I am looking forward to 2017 now to see what this year brings. Here are 10 things I have learned this year…

1. 24 means I am being asked now more than ever, ‘when will Theo propose?’ or ‘when do you think you’ll have kids?’ Man I can’t even look after myself yet, give me a chance. I am not ready for kids yet and I have learned that this year.

2. Mental health changes you. It certainly does but I have come to terms with the fact that’s OK, and I am happy being the calmer and less spontaneous person I was over the past few years.

3. Acne is a fucking pain. Yep at 24 nearly 25 I am still covered in spots and they won’t go! Help me anyone please. Stress related maybe but I need these boys gone by the 25th birthday

4. You can’t please everyone. Also true and something I have learnt this year from having CBT for my anxiety. I am a people pleaser and I go above and beyond to please others but I need to stop it and put myself first. This is also the same for making people like you, some people won’t like you, but again, that is god damn OK!

5. People are kinder than you can imagine. After anxiety strikes it has been lovely to see how many people, whether they have mental health problems or not, are there for you, and are kind to you. It makes it a lot easier!

6. I am more a home bird than first thought. This year I travelled a lot, but I loved coming home for than I had done usually. I found myself looking forward to going home, and I also realised that maybe group press trips aren’t for me. I have only been on a ‘few’ good ones!

7. I need to be more confident with my brand and content. This year I have really put my heart and soul into my blog and I feel it has paid off. I have felt better about the content I am producing and therefore have become more positive! I also think the brands I have worked with has improved because of how my brand has changed.

8. Making time for friends and family is key. I always used to think they’d always be there, and yes maybe they will but putting time aside will ensure you connect with your friends and family on a deeper level. Travel is worth nothing if you have nothing to come home to!

9. Blogging isn’t just about blogging. I have also met some amazing blogger friends this year like Kara at Heels in my Backpack, the twins at Twins That Travel and Bee from Queen Beedy, amongst many others, more than I can even remember, who I am lucky enough to say, are now true friends, and I am so very thankful for these guys in my life.

10. Work isn’t everything. I started off the year on a high, new job and big expectations for my career. I end the year in a completely different job, and career path but one which makes me happy. The stress and pressure and tears were not worth the career path I was on, and my happiness was more important. Don’t get me wrong I am so motivated still, but in a different way. This year, I found a better balance in my offline and online life and I also taught myself to say no as well.

 

What will you be doing differently this year, moving on from lessons learn’t in 2016? Let me know in the comments!

 

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  • BeingButtons
    January 3, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Really enjoyed reading this – thanks for sharing! There were quite a few things you said that I could relate to including people asking questions about what you’ll be doing next when you’re not sure yourself. Good luck for 2017 – I hope it brings great things.

  • Twins that travel
    January 3, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Yay! Love you, Soph! xxx

  • Sophie Cliff
    January 4, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Love this list Sophie. We definitely need to try and meet up this year! x
    Sophie Cliff

    • Sophie's Suitcase
      January 4, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      Yes we do my love!! Let me know if you come down this way xx

  • Heels In My Backpack
    January 4, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out cutie! <3

  • QueenBeady
    January 4, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Oh sweetheart, you are such a doll and to see you suffer made me think about you a lot. I hope you do know that.
    Press trips would scare me, being around people I don’t know – I like travelling as part of a couple of friendship group.
    Bee | QueenBeady.com

  • Lucy Sheref
    January 4, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    I never realised you were so young – you have achieved so much! We need to talk about acne – I’ve honestly tried everything and have written about it lots. The Lumie Clear is one of the best things out there – 100% recommend it 🙂

    • Sophie's Suitcase
      January 4, 2017 at 3:57 pm

      Oh thank you lovely, old before my time thats why haha! Oh I will look at Lumie! I need help…xxx

  • missgetaway
    January 9, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Such a lovely post! And yes, I totally feel you on the acne thing. I’ve been suffering from very bad breakouts ever since I came off the pill and it’s horrendous!

    Love, Kerstin
    http://www.missgetaway.com/

  • Dannielle | While I'm Young
    January 9, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Sophie it’s like we literally had the same year! All of this completely resonated with me – maybe cos I’m about to turn 25 too! Here’s hoping we get a handle on the crap and that the acne does one! xx

  • Emma Hart
    January 9, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    You’ve had such a year Sophie. I hope 2017 is amazing for you minus a lot of anxiety, you deserve it. Hopefully we’ll see each other at some point too!