I love New Year's Day. A brand new year waiting to be filled with memories!
Today also marks the start of my Non-Diet New Year #JanuaryChallenge, and day 1 is all about reflecting.
2018 was a whirlwind year- I launched my business, learned to drive and moved back to Ireland from the Toon. 2018 was the first year I wasn't taking part in some form of formal education and that was really weird. Although I wasn't in school or uni, I've learned more than I expected.
Here are my top 18 lessons from 2018:
Sometimes it isn't what you know, it is who you know- and that can be difficult to accept!
A good nights sleep can solve a multitude of problems (more on sleep on day 22 of the #JanuaryChallenge).
Not everyone will like you, and that is OK.
Appreciating the good things makes the bad things seem a bit better.
The best way to achieve something is to just try- there is never a perfect time to start anything.
Irish people love to take supplements, even if there is no evidence, just in the hope that they will prevent a trip to the GP!
Being a graduate is more mentally challenging than anyone tells you- it is the first time you have no real plan, first time you are really on your own, and a time when you have to figure out how everything works, while pretending that you already know.
You don't get jobs by just being qualified- which is tough, because in education you ONLY get in to schools and courses by having the qualifications (and nothing else really matters).
Accepting, liking or loving yourself does not make you vain, but it can make you happier.
There is a huge amount of false nutrition information available, and unfortunately many people buy into it- that's why I do what I do!
Success isn't just having money. Everyone's definition of success is different.
Learning to drive is harder than you expect, so get a good instructor!
People often believe what they want to believe, rather than seeking out the truth.
With nutrition and health, there is no black or white. Everything is grey.
Spending time listening to the perspectives of other people is important, especially those who have different backgrounds to you. The world needs more empathy.
Kindness doesn't cost you anything but it has a big impact on others.
Spending too much time and money on material things is pointless- save both for adventures instead.
There is no point learning unless you are willing to pass on knowledge to others.
2018 was a crazy, stressful, fun, busy, exciting year.
But I'm ready for 2019.
So, Happy New Year. I hope 2019 is full of lessons, memories and fun.
Lots of love,
Little O x
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