12 Days of Blogging – Day 5 | 5 Lessons Learnt in 2017

12 Days of Blogging – Day 5 | 5 Lessons Learnt in 2017

2017 was an eventful year for me to say the least.  I lost people, I gained friends, I grew in terms of personality a lot, and a lot of of things changed in my life.  However, I couldn’t be more thankful for this year, and I learnt a lot of lessons that helped me grow as a person, so I thought I’d record the 5 most important ones that helped me…
1) If you have the ability to make something happen, then make it.  I think I spend quite a lot of time thinking “Maybe one day I can do this…” or “Maybe one day I can get to this goal…” but honestly for a lot of them the only thing really stopping me is myself.  Of course, a lot of things take time, but the sooner you start them the sooner you can finish.
2) A good support system is so important.  I have amazing friends.  I know that I mention it a lot but WOW my friends are actually amazing I’ve never had friends as great as the ones I have now.  I honestly don’t know what I’d do without them sometimes.  I used to keep everything bottled up, but I cannot express how important it is to have someone to fall back on every so often (Whether it’s a partner, friends, family, a pet or a helpline). 
3) Out of sight, out of mind.  There were some people in my life that made me feel bad.  They made me feel like I wasn’t good enough or that I wasn’t wanted, and then I realised that they don’t have to matter to me.  If I want someone gone, I can stop paying attention to them… It takes a while to get used to but it honestly changed my life when I stopped caring.
4) Sometimes if you don’t ask, you don’t get.  I used to feel really bad about putting myself out there.  I felt really awkward about promoting my blog, or asking for things that I wanted because I didn’t think I was worth it.  However, I’ve gotten so much more comfortable at going out there and getting things that I want and I’m better off for it.
5) People will respond well to kindness.  Do you know how many times I used to want to compliment people and didn’t because I thought it was weird?  Well, turns out people respond better to random kindness than you’d think.  I’ve tried really hard recently to tell someone if I like something they’re doing, even if I don’t really know them, because honestly the world is a lot better with a little bit more kindness.
2017 really was a massive year of growth for me, and I’ll be writing about that a lot in the next few days (The end of the year is making me quite emotional because of how much happened for me).  However, whether your year was good or bad, the most important thing about it is the lessons that you learnt.  The truth is, every action, decision, choice that we make works in some way to shape us into the person that we are, and so we really need to pay attention to life’s little lessons.
I don’t know what will happen next year, and I don’t know what’s about to hit me, but I’m looking forward to seeing what I learn from it.
What have you learnt this year?  Share your words of wisdom in the comments!
Lots of love,
Jas xx



  1. December 29, 2017 / 10:07 am

    Another inspirational post from you Jas! I am totally loving them all at the moment, these make me feel so much better after reading them. These lessons are the hardest to learn, but I think once you have learnt them your life will be so much happier! I really hope 2018 brings you just as many lessons!x

    • December 29, 2017 / 11:18 am

      Thanks so much Jade it means a lot that you’re finding them inspiring! Honestly I’m so ready for 2018 having learnt them, hope 2018 treats you well!
      Jas xx

  2. acupofsai
    December 29, 2017 / 10:50 am

    I love this post so much! I’ve got a youtubr video in the new year about the same thing xx

    • December 29, 2017 / 11:23 am

      Awww thank you! I’ll look out for your video!
      Jas xx

  3. December 29, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    Wonderful post Jas! I particularly like the first and last point. I honestly held MYSELF back from so much this last year, for a ton of reasons. I know deep down I’m capable of much more so I’m going to work on that next year. And the final point is so important. Fully focused on giving more to charity, maybe cutting down meat and just being a better person xxx

    • December 29, 2017 / 8:36 pm

      Thank you Jenny! I agree, there are so many things I could have done that I stopped myself from doing, so I’m going to try harder at that this year! I actually have a post on how I’m planning on being a better person coming out next week haha
      Jas xx

  4. Hello Bexa
    December 29, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    Brilliant post Jas! 💕 You have shared so many thoughtful and inspirational points. I agree about if you don’t ask you don’t get – I need to get better at that one 🙊. Looking forward to reading your next posts! Have a fabulous new year and thank you for sharing your thoughts 😘✨ xx
    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • December 29, 2017 / 8:40 pm

      Thank you so much! Have a great new year too and thanks for reading!
      Jas xx

  5. December 29, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    I just did a post like this! Love to see what people learned. I totally agree with #4 & 5! It’s so true that people are genuinely nice. Show kindness and you’ll receive kindness! Loves reading this!

  6. SaarBlogs
    December 29, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    I really needed this post right now. Thank you.

  7. December 29, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    What a great post. I was thinking of doing something similar but worried it would be too depressing. I agree with all the points you made, especially the first one. I’m determined to make changes next year 🙂

    • December 29, 2017 / 9:08 pm

      Thank you! I tried to keep my lessons positive, because if at the end of the day you’ve learnt something that surely you’re better off for knowing it? Let me know how your changes go next year!
      Jas xx

  8. December 29, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    Love this list, I really need to take note of the first one! I’m the worst for ‘maybe’ this and ‘one day’ that x

    • December 29, 2017 / 9:53 pm

      I’m the worst for it too! Hoping to be better at it this year!
      Jas xx

  9. December 29, 2017 / 10:09 pm

    Loved this! So glad you got ge best out of the year. Hope you have an awesome 2018!

    • December 29, 2017 / 10:28 pm

      Thanks so much! Hope you have an awesome 2018 too!
      Jas xx

  10. December 29, 2017 / 10:13 pm

    Fantastic inspirational post – love it ❤️

  11. December 29, 2017 / 10:38 pm

    So glad I got to read this! This is all so me… Thank you for sharing, I look forward to your next posts 💖

    • December 29, 2017 / 11:57 pm

      Awww thank you! I hope you enjoy my next post
      Jas xx

  12. December 30, 2017 / 10:42 am

    I’m so happy that you’ve managed to grow as a person in 2017 and it was interesting to read through the lessons you learnt throughout the year! I can definitely agree that being kind and supporting others in the same boat as ourselves is so important to get the most out of life. Cannot wait to see what 2018 will bring for sure 🙂

  13. Ophira B
    January 2, 2018 / 10:26 am

    I agree with all of these. Its all about stepping out there and doing it rather than waiting. All the best for 2018. I wish you a happy New Year.

    • January 2, 2018 / 10:27 am

      Thank you! Wishing you the best for this year too!
      Jas xx

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