Friday, 3 February 2017

24 Things I've Learned In 24 Years

24 is a funny old age. No longer early twenties and not really properly mid twenties (I hope)? Just a sort of floater age. I turned 24 yesterday and I'm not sure I'm a fan of it. I'm rapidly on my way to entering the overs category on the X Factor yet I still feel like an 18 year old at heart - which kinda terrifies me a bit! Anyway, after turning a year older yesterday I thought I'd do a little round up of 24 things I've learned during my 24 years on earth...

1) It's okay to take things at your own pace - don't feel like you should be a married home-owner flourishing in the job of your dreams, by now, just because that's what you thought would happen at this age when you were younger. Take things at your own pace - what's the rush?

2) No-one really has their shit together - it's all a facade! (or so I like to think...)

3) Food shopping is incredibly dull when you're the one paying for it - when I was younger and my parents went on holiday and left me with 50 quid to do a food shop I thought it was the best thing in the world. But when you're an adult and have to budget what you buy and buy things that are remotely healthy, the fun sort of fades...

4) Paying bills is just the worst - hey I just got paid - I'm rich! *2 minutes later* All my bills have come out and I'm now poor again and didn't even get chance to buy everything in my ASOS saved items. *sobs into duvet and wishes I was a rich 18 yr old spending all my part time job dolla on clothes, alcohol and make up.*

5) Sleep is everything - why was going to bed such a chore when we were younger? Nowadays I'd happily sleep from 10pm til 10am if I could.

6) Lazy sundays are the best - waking up and having breakfast in bed, spending the day in your pyjamas, drinking all the coffee, basically doing nothing productive at all - bliss!

7) Things will always work themselves out in the end - even when it feels like it's impossible for things to get better - they will.

8) Everything happens for a reason - cliche but oh so true.

9) Buying homeware is more thrilling than buying clothes - well for me, anyway. I'll take a trip to IKEA over a trip to Topshop anyday!

10) Getting ID'ed is suddenly a compliment rather than an offence - no 18 year old wants to think they still look like a child but when you're 24, it's a whole different story...

11) It's still okay to do lots of non-adulty things - getting the balance between being a fully functioning adult who goes to work and pays her bills yet still enjoys rewatching all the Harry Potter films for the 30th time is an art form, tbh.

12) There's no need to make up excuses for not wanting to go out - I'm happy to admit I'd rather spend a Friday night in my PJs watching Dance Moms than freezing my arse off drinking overpriced mixers in da club.

13) Being happy at work is so important - this is a conflicting one as I'm not saying you have to love your job but I think finding it (at the very least) tolerable is a must. You spend a lot of time there, at the end of the day, and being completely miserable for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week just isn't worth it, in my opinion.

14) Being happy in general is even more important - I literally feel like being happy is one of the best feelings in the world and it's not something I really thought about when I was younger. You're in control of your own happiness at the end of the day and if something makes you unhappy, don't do it (I know that's often easier said than done!)

15) The littlest things can make your day - going for a 20 minute walk, having a really nice breakfast, finding a pound in your pocket - it doesn't take a lot to make a difference.

16) Finding a 'holy grail' foundation is an ongoing quest - every time I think I've found 'the one', something goes wrong with it. It's too pale, it's too orange, it makes my skin look dry, it makes my skin look oily, it looks too matte, it looks too shiny - is there such thing as the right foundation for me out there??

17) Spending money on expensive make up is still heartbreaking - the battle between wanting good make up but not wanting to pay for it - it doesn't get any easier with age. Especially when every item in your make up bag runs out AT THE EXACT SAME TIME.

18) Renting is shit - I hate the fact so much of my money each month is flitted away on a property I'll never own. But at the same time it's all part of growing up and will make owning my own home in the future even more special.

19) Skipping breakfast is a no-go - I'm usually quite good at making sure I always have breakfast but if I skip it, I turn into a hangry, moody bitch. It really is true what they say - a good breakfast is the best start to the day!

20) The Friday feeling is the best feeling - I kind of forgot what the 'Friday feeling' was like after working in retail for the past year or so and not having a proper weekend. Now I'm back in the 9-5 life, I appreciate just how good it feels when 5pm on a Friday finally arrives.

21) Do what you want not what other people want - I've subconsciously made so many decisions based on what other people might think of me and it's the worst thing you can do. It's your life at the end of the day - do what you want with it.

22) You can get through life without ironing - and it's completely fine to purposely buy cease-free clothes that don't require the ironing board ever having to make an appearance.

23) It's good to step out of your comfort zone - If you don't like it, step back. You'll never know what's out there if you don't at least give it a go!

24) Age is just a number - don't get bogged down with thinking that you're not where you thought you'd be at a particular age. It's only a number, after all.

Do any of these apply to you?!

Beth x

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