7 Things I Learned In 2017

Following on with the trend from a couple of days ago, today I’m going to be sharing 7 things I learned in 2017. I did a post just like this in Blogmas last year so I’ve tried not to double up.

Without further ado, here are the 7 things I learned in the past 12 months.

1. Not every nice guy is the right guy.

Let’s start off with a serious one, shall we? No matter how much your mother and your brother and your cat likes him, if you feel it’s not right, it’s probably not right. Just because he’s perfect on paper doesn’t mean he’s going to be a good fit for you and that’s nothing to feel bad about. Rom-coms have been trying to bash this one into my head for years but I just didn’t listen. Evidently, 27 dresses taught me nothing.

2. Not every day at work has to be the perfect day at work.

If you’re a brain surgeon, you’re probably going to want a fairly high ratio of good days to bad, but for most of us, it’s okay to have an off day. When I first started working in the daycare I tried to give 110% every single day I was in there which meant that I burned out quickly and got myself sick more frequently than was pleasant. By finally allowing myself to have a little bit more zen time at work, letting the kids play without being all over them, I’m not only enjoying work more, but I’m also forming better bonds with the kids and staff… it’s a valuable lesson to have mastered, my sanity and my bank account are both very happy.

3. If you suffer from stress, get a cat – an affectionate one.

I had a cat long before I started blogging and she still lives at my parents’ house, but she is (to put it bluntly) an ass. However, since adopting Kimble Von Clawstraten I have learned the true value of a strokable kitty, I genuinely don’t know how I would have made it through essay season without her… the mental breakdowns would have drastically increased in number and severity.

4. If you give enough/too much of yourself people are going to assume you’re in charge.

It may sound similar to number 2, but I found this takes place in more of an extra-curricular setting. The more you do, the more you’re going to be asked to do. Personally, I hate saying no, not in an ‘I’m the indispensable man’ type of way, but in a, ‘If I don’t do this someone else will have to’ way. A lot of people are now assuming I’m in control of things I never technically signed up to be in control of, and I’m being targeted for even more things next year. It’s not a complaint necessarily, just an observation – it’s something I have to be careful doesn’t get completely out of hand!

5. Spending money doesn’t help you feel better.

I love getting stuff in the post, so online shopping is essentially the best thing ever. However, as I hit financial rock-bottom this year I learned that spending money and getting stuff really doesn’t make you feel better. Instead, I’ve tried to fill my time with things I enjoy or things that help me accumulate more money and so far that seems to be going nicely – I have high hopes for 2018.

6. If you let yourself think you’re sick you’re going to feel worse.

This is not a catch-all statement, but it definitely applies to me and colds/flus. I am notorious for being constantly ill with a combination of sore throats, chest infections, running noses or migraines… basically, there’s usually something blocked in my head! However, if I try to convince my body that I’m okay, I actually function pretty well and can continue life almost as normal, I might go to bed a bit early and have some balsam tissues on hand, but otherwise life can continue, it’s proved a very useful skill in the past few months.

7. People will judge you hard if you watch the same movie multiple times a day.

If Netflix does a Twitter post about someone who watched Age of Adaline 4 times in one day, it was me… and my family and friends judged me hard. In the future, when I become addicted to a movie, I’m going to try and be a bit more subtle about it. Lesson learned.

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So, there you have it, 7 things I learned in 2017. Make sure to let me know one thing (or more) that you’ve learned this past year in the comments down below, I’d love to hear all about it. If I don’t see you there, I’ll see you back here tomorrow for another Blogmas installment.

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