3 Life Lessons I’ve Learnt in 25 Years

It was my 25th birthday a few weeks ago and I’m happy to report that I had a lovely time with my closest family members (minus my little brother). Reflecting on the last 25 years of my life was very interesting and I’m happy to say that actually, I’ve learnt a lot in this short amount of time but the three most valuable lessons I’ve learnt are as follows:

You can make your own happiness.

The last year of my life has been, quite frankly, pretty horrendous. I was incredibly lucky to have a fantastic support network behind me, through my parents and family, my boyfriend and my colleagues at work, but I will be honest when I say I have not been very well at all. Everything seems to be heading in a positive direction and things are certainly looking up but by no means am I back to full health. In this time, the importance I’ve placed on doing things to make me happy has been incredibly significant and actually, I’ve found that I can make my own happiness. I’ve been attempting to do things that I know will bring me happiness and avoiding the things that actually, I don’t like doing. My tendencies towards anxiety have been reduced, I have felt more confident in myself and I’ve had a good few months of making myself better. It’s easy to say that if you’re not happy, to make the change because life doesn’t always work that way – but if you do have that opportunity, take it by the horns. Your happiness matters.

Travel often.

Money doesn’t always allow us the freedom to travel as much as we would like but having had this opportunity to travel and visit new places has definitely contributed towards my life’s successes. Spending time living abroad through my degree graced me with this blog, which consequently has allowed me to go freelance through making copywriting contacts, and visiting new places has given me that feeling of wonder that I crave. Travel doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming – the UK has a whole array of beautiful cities and villages to visit and explore. We have a few trips booked for the next few months, including a little getaway to West Yorkshire which I am more than looking forward to. Travel far, travel near: just travel, if you can.

It doesn’t matter how old you are – birthday cake is always a good idea.

I am a bit of a birthday princess – I will happily harp on about my birthday for the entire 23 days before it actually arrives, right from the 1stof September. This year I was lucky enough to receive a gorgeous birthday cake from bakerdays. My cake was personalised and so I took full advantage of the opportunity to have a birthday cake completely fit for a princess. If you’re looking for a cake for a special occasion, bakerdays is perfect and caters to all requirements. The cake itself could fit through the letterbox which was ideal for us, considering how we’re usually out during the day, and you could choose the type of cake you’d like from a number of different options – I went for a lemon sponge cake as lemon cake is my favourite kind of cake, but you can choose from chocolate and Victoria sponge as well. If you’re looking for a simple, delicious cake – because it was DELICIOUS – then bakerdays is the place to head over to.

Have you learnt any life lessons in your life that you think have shaped you? Let me know in the comments!