As another year draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on what we have achieved, what we’ve learnt, and basically what we are grateful for at this point in time. No ‘new year new me’ rubbish, just reflection and appreciation here. I’ve been thinking and as we are moving into a new decade, it really does feel like a chapter in life is closing and the next one is about to open in full swing. What lessons have we learnt from the last decade? A big old question that is! And I wanted to make note of mine right here…
My Relationship– 2010 was the year Luke and I first met, and we started ‘going out’ in 2012. The rest, so they say, is history. I could not imagine what the last decade would have been like, and where I would be now without Luke, and I am so thankful from the bottom of my heart that our paths crossed when they did. I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years has in store for us.
An Education– 2010 saw me leaving high school, the end of an era in itself, and a gateway to a big next chapter for me as I moved through A-levels and went onto start University in 2012, which is one of the biggest defining periods of my life so far. I walked away in 2016 with a First Class degree and it is single handedly my proudest achievement to date. I’m a huge advocate for education and think that going to university is the most valuable things you can do, so long as you make the most of it and make good choices whilst you’re there. It’s not just about the degree, but about the life experience, friends, and growing up you’ll do over those few years. Invaluable.
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Friends for Life– ‘They’ say the friends you meet at uni will be your friends for life, and in my case, ‘they’ were definitely right. Again, I count my lucky stars that I was placed in that particular Richmond Park flat for my 1st year halls, and dread to thing how my uni days might have gone if I hadn’t been so lucky. And it’s not just uni friends, it’s the ones that were there before that too, and have actually stuck around and are still 2 of my best friends ever despite being ‘long distance’ friends now for the past 8 years since I left for uni.
Financial Independence– At the start of the decade I was a 15-16 year old living at home with my mum, earning nothing more than a bit of pocket money from my Saturday job in a local cafe. Fast forward 10 years and I’m thankful and proud to be financially independent. Earning my own money, paying my own rent and bills, putting my own food on the table and clothes on my back.
Bring on 2020!