What 2018 Has Taught Me So Far

What 2018 Has Taught Me So FarSince we’re just over halfway through 2018 I thought that it would be a good idea to write a blog post on what 2018 has taught me so far, 2018 has taught me a heck of lot over the span of 6 months. Life is a constant learning curve and I can guarantee that by the end of the year I’ll have grown a lot compared to the end of 2017. Want to know what 2018 has taught me so far? Then carry on reading the blog post to find out!

Getting rid of toxic people is okay. This year was the year where I had to cut a loss with some in my life. It’s not easy, but at the same time it’s okay to do that, whether they’re a family member or not. I don’t want to go into too much detail as I have a whole blog post on this here if you want to check it out.

Organisation is key. I’d like to think that I’m already a pretty organised person but this year I’ve realised just how organised I need to be, especially in terms of blogging. I constantly want to update little things about my blog to make it look better and I want to post more often, but I have to be organised in order to make this happen!

Say no more often. I’m the type of person who dislikes saying no to people, just to make them happy at the expense of my own happiness. Saying yes can be good, don’t get me wrong, but saying no is perfectly okay too.

Self care is so important. I’ve let myself down a bit in the sense that I haven’t taken the time out for self care as much as I would have liked to this year. This is something that I know is important and I need to make more time for it for myself and my own mental health. Even if it’s just something small each day, then that’s better than nothing!

Some situations are out of your control. As much as I wish that I could control some situations, I can’t and they are out of control. Sometimes it’s easier to go with the flow rather than stressing and worrying over something that you can’t do anything about. I need to learn to relax more.

Change is inevitable, as much as you dislike it. You can never get away from change in life, whatever position that you’re in. You get used to something, and then it changes, but I guess that’s life for you. Life’s unpredictable to say the least.

Following on from the previous one, appreciate the little things, life can be short. With my bullet journal that I started back in May I’ve been trying to keep up a gratitude log, you can see my June bullet journal set up here. I feel like it’s important to be thankful and appreciate of even the smallest things that have happened in your day.

What has 2018 taught you so far? Let me know!


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28 thoughts on “What 2018 Has Taught Me So Far

  1. Love reflection posts like this! I think it’s hard to let go of toxic people but it’s so worth it in the end. Self-care is so important and I’m realising too just how important this is not just for you but other’s around you too.


  2. Life has taught me a lot of lessons too such as letting go of toxic people and self-care. The last 6 months were very challenging. I’m trying to learn how to accept and let go of situations I can’t control – breathe, relax and still hope for better times ahead.

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  3. I agree. 2018 has taught me putting toxic people out of my life and to care for myself. It has taught me to accept things I can’t change and to look positively to the future. I have learned how to recover from failure.


  4. I always love reading posts like this. Sounds like you’ve already learnt a lot of important lessons, and we’re only six months in! x


  5. Sounds like a really successful year so far! Can’t wait to see what the rest of the year hold! (I might steal this blog concept for my own blog. I will give you a link back if that is ok)


  6. This is such a positive post Ashleigh! 💖 I agree, looking after yourself is so important and something small everyday really helps. Sometimes for me, its a relaxing bath or maybe I’ll treat myself to a chocolate bar, it’s all self-care 😍 Great post! xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com


  7. Living abroad, I found my “friend base” very limited. I didn’t really branch out or seek out too many friendships. It felt really lonely at first. Three years later, I’ve let in a small, core group of folks I really like. And I realized that such a limited group of people – those here, and those who I still speak to back home – built a relationship foundation that was (mostly) free of drama and guilt. I no longer fretted about social pressures that used to come with having a lot of connections. Now, that’s not to say friends and relationships aren’t important. But to what you said, it’s about making the right ones, and making choices that are best for you. All about balance. Thanks for sharing!


  8. I loved this post! And I have to say 2018 has taught me a lot too and most of them very similar to yours, it would appear that it is a learning year haha thank you for sharing! I really enjoyed reading it 😁


  9. Great post! I definitely need to be a lot more organised and I’ve been trying recently to be more organised with blogging, as it can get so busy and hectic! Xx


  10. I really enjoyed this post, I think it’s great to take some time to reflect on past experiences. I definitely agree with getting rid of toxic people. My past experiences have taught me to easily cut people out that bring negativity into my life and it’s really helped to not feel bad about that.


  11. I completely agree with trying to appreciate the little things. That’s what I’ve been trying to do this year and it’s definitley making me happier. And removing toxic people – sometimes you have to put yourself first and cut them out of your life. Totally agree with you, sometimes it’s necessary. Great post! Xx


  12. I loved reading this post, all of these points are so important! I’m like you and also realising how important it is to be organised when running a blog, I hate having to write posts at the last minute!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com


  13. I definitely love all of these things. I’m slowly learning all of this, too, and have been trying to cut myself some slack and listen to my feelings a lot more. I always put others ahead of me in the attempt to seem “reasonable”, but sometimes it’s okay to be unreasonable and listen to your feelings, rather than brush them off as you being stupid. Because at the end of the day, you’re still feeling this way, and it’s okay to acknowledge and be vocal about that, no matter how silly you feel. Great post!

    Beka | http://www.bekadaisies.com


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