What 2019 Has Taught Me

Around a year and a half ago, I wrote a blog post on what 2018 had taught me so far. That blog post is my most viewed blog post which surprised me when it started gaining a lot of views towards the end of last year. For today’s blog post I thought that it would be good to write a similar blog post, just at the end of the year rather than in the middle! There’s so much that life can teach you within the space of 6-12 months and I find it good to reflect on.

Without further ado, here are a couple of things that 2019 has taught me throughout the months!

Go out of your comfort zone

I’m the type of person who will happily stick to situations that make me feel comfortable and it’s not often they I will go out of my comfort zone. However, as scary as this can be, going out of your comfort zone isn’t always as bad as it seems. For example, this year I finally started driving lessons again despite feeling anxious and nervous about starting again! (I will have a blog post about how I got back into my driving lessons up on my blog soon).

Say yes more often

Following on from the last point, I’ve always learnt that it’s good to say yes to things as much as it is to say no. Especially to things that will take you out of your comfort zone. I think balance is key when it comes to saying yes or no to situations in life. I’ve started saying yes to more social events, whether that be in or outside of work and I couldn’t be happier about that, despite feeling on the more nervous side sometimes.

Don’t give up on things so easily

Similar to my first point, I shouldn’t give up on things too easily. Going out of my comfort zone can may seem scary and can make me more anxious/nervous as a result. However, this doesn’t mean that I should give up when things feel tough and crawl back into my comfort zone. Sometimes that’s just an easy way out (although this isn’t always the case, I must admit!). If something is worth, such as learning to drive, then stick at it!

You are your own worst enemy

At the end of the day, I am my own worst enemy and my harshest critic. I’m always underestimating my abilities in my own work when I’m actually performing better than I think. I know that I need to be kinder to myself and this is something I’m working on! It isn’t always easy to be positive, I must admit, but I definitely need to have more confidence in myself and my own abilities.

Taking time for yourself is important

I find it so difficult to find time for myself when I’m working full time, socialising outside of work, taking driving lessons and so on. I have so many books on my bookshelf that are sitting there waiting for me to pick them up and read them. I have ideas for posts that are waiting to materialised and put onto my blog. I know that I need to balance and prioritise my time on my own a bit better in order to take time for myself.

So, that’s what 2019 has taught me. I’m excited to see what the new year (and the new decade) brings for me in terms of opportunities, challenges and growth.

Ashleigh

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