27 things I've learnt since my last birthday

April 25, 2019

 According to Blink 182, no one some seems to like you when you're 23 but what if you're 27? How are you supposed to feel?

The truth is Tom Delong, Mark Hoppus, and Travis Barker had a point when creating this song. It clarified that you can't please everyone and that sometimes we make mistakes. However, in those moments when you feel like you've been hurt or misunderstood you will learn from your unfortunate mishaps and find yourself again. You'll learn to walk away from time wasters, toxic friends, f***boys and grow to become a person who doesn't need someone else to define them.

Since turning 26, I've learned so much about myself and my self-worth. It's crazy how 365 days can change how I felt about my body, views on dating and becoming an adult but it did!

So here are 27 things that have learned since my birthday:

1) I stopped wearing makeup, and I've never felt happier to go bare-faced in public.

2) I no longer feel ashamed for having cystic acne and I have used my acne story to help others to feel comfortable in their skin.

3) I stopped aspiring to look like another woman as I no longer hate my body

4) I stopped worrying about what I ate and allowed myself to eat out more often, and I bloody love brunch!   - It won't kill your macros, Jo.

5) I stopped feeling guilty for having rest days and that's it's ok to miss 1, 2 or 3 days as it wont ruin my fitness plan.

6) I allowed myself to say yes to more opportunities and spend time with the people that matter the most to me.

7) I started blogging again and used my voice to inspire others to open up about real issues that matter.

8) I've learned to stop spending money on clothes I don't need

9) I donated half of my wardrobe to charity and helped raise money for the Stroke Association and Mac Millian cancer research

10) I've made some incredible new friends

11) I stopped worrying about the way I looked going on dates and as happy to turn up with no make up when meeting people for the first time.

12) I've learned to give myself a time out and maybe enjoy a cheeky Netflix and chill on my own

13) I've learned to try new dishes and not be scared of spicey food

14) I've understood why people love coffee, and I can't function without a good cup of Joe  ( no pun intended)

15 ) I've learned to give myself a proper skin care routine and wear SPF more often.

16) I've reduced how often I use heat tools on my hair

17) I've learned about gut health and how important it is to eat a balanced diet - Trust me it has clear up my skin! 

18) I've learned to make the most my weekend and spend it exploring a new destination

19) I've learned to plan my blog content and schedule it in a way which is practical for me

20) I've understood that I shouldn't feel guilty for going out and having fun. 

21) I've learned that you will plateau when it comes to fitness so switching up your routine is a good thing!

22) I've started running again, and I love going out once a week on a 10-15k run.

24) I've started to go to more gigs

24) I've taken the opportunity to travel more and love the idea of seeing more of the world

25) I started to be more creative on my social media platforms by sharing video content on my Instagram

26) I kick started my youtube channel and I've started to film fashion and lifestyle videos, weekend and travel vlogs.

27) And finally, I stopped chasing for someone that wasn't meant to be. I  didn't look for love it found me, and he's the perfect match.

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