18 Life lessons I wish I had known sooner – just in time for 2018…

It’s at this time of year that I start thinking and reflecting. I’m off of work for a few days, and grateful for the downtime, but my mind then starts to wander.

I’ve learnt an awful lot this year. All things I plan to bring with me when I journey into 2018 and beyond. SO here are 18 things I’ve learned that should be useful for you in 2018…

  • Travel is food for the soul. Everyone needs to travel; it’s honestly the best thing you could do when you have the chance.
  • Buy travel insurance that includes compensation during periods of bad weather. I learnt this first hand after getting stuck for several days in Europe recently.
  • Always (and I mean always) add a splash of red wine to your sauces – it really does open up a whole new world of flavours.
  • Hit the gym or start walking. Not because you need to lose weight but simply for something a little different to do in the evenings. This allows me to be social (the gym is a surprisingly social place) and have guilt free binge eating pasta sessions.
  • Read books – you just can’t beat a real book and as an added bonus they broaden the mind.
  • Make cooking simple again. I have found this year, the best dishes we have made have been thrown together, homely and cheap. Make it easy on yourself, no one has time to spend 9 hours chopping and marinading.
  • Keep relationships alive through regular date nights, it shakes things up a bit.
  • You’re lucky if you can count your real friends on one hand. When I mean real friends, I mean the ones who don’t judge you and answer your calls at 2am just because you need to chat.
  • Blogging was just the challenge I needed. I’m so lucky to have a number of regular readers but I have struggled at times to fit posts in around work. I have a plan to sort this out for 2018 though!
  • Bathrobes are the forgotten gem of lounge clothing.
  • Regrets and grief never really leave you. Time does help you deal with things though!
  • Staying in and having your friends come over is the new going out. Whoever invented drinking wine whilst on the sofa in your PJ’s needs a medal.
  • Challenge yourself regularly – not only does this make you feel good about yourself but it also gives you something to aim for.
  • Remember to smile. A smiling you is the best kind of you, it costs nothing and it will brighten the day of anyone around you.
  • Spend less and save more, it makes the future a little less stressful!
  •  If you’re going out always look for voucher codes. Why not save a few pennies if you’re set on eating out anyway.
  • Love yourself and make sure you make yourself a priority.
  • Eat carbs, they really are good for you!

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