It’s hard to believe that we are already 26 days into 2017 (Happy Australia Day!)
Each year goes by faster and faster. It’s as if the world is spinning 10 times as fast as it did when I was a kid. Everything moves so much quicker these days.
As a kid, I always wished I could grow up and be an adult.
I wanted freedom and no rules.
I wanted to be in charge of my own life, and be responsible for my own actions.
I wanted to stay up until 4am every day if I wanted to.
I wanted to be able to eat chocolate for dinner every night, if that was what I desired.
I wanted to make lots of money and be able to buy cool things whenever I wanted.
Well, childhood Rhiannon had absolutely no idea how the real world works.
I can’t even make it past eleven most nights, let alone 4 in the morning.
Eating too much chocolate makes me sick majority of the time, and I usually try and eat a more well-balanced dinner (usually consisting of toast, I’ll be honest. So I fail at that quite often).
I don’t make lots of money, and I struggle to justify buying myself a new $8 mascara when I run out of my old one.
As kids, we all tend to make adult life and the ‘real world’ out to be more glamorous than it really is.
We think that once we’re grown up, we’ll be in charge of our own lives and without too much effort, we’ll have everything we have always dreamed about.
Well over the years, I’ve learnt that isn’t quite how it goes.
You have to work your ass off to get where you want to be in life. And that’s okay. That gives us strength, determination and a crap ton of motivation if we want it bad enough.
That’s what I’ve learnt – slowly – over my 24 (almost 25!) years of life.
So what have I learnt so far this year?
I’ve learnt that putting a positive spin on the stressful or upsetting moments in your life, can make a world of difference.
It took me quite a while to understand this mindset and actually use it in my everyday life. And I’m still learning the ropes. I’m still adjusting to the ‘glass half full’ way of thinking.
I know that sounds bad. It sounds like I portray everything in my life as negative. But I’m not as unhappy and depressing as I sound. Not in the slightest.
I simply let my stress and anxiety take over my life a lot more often and a lot easier than I should have.
But I’m learning.
I’ve also learnt that working hard for something that you are passionate about, gives you much greater results than putting energy into something you don’t care about.
I never knew what I wanted to do with my life.
From the day I graduated high school, I’ve sort of been floating my way through life.
I’ve worked, obviously. Casual and part time jobs.
But I’ve never had a passion for something that I’ve stuck with for an extended period of time.
That is of course, up until a few months ago when I finally decided to take a leap of faith and start my own blog!
Look at me now. Sure I’m not making thousands of dollars (or any dollars) and I don’t have millions of readers and social media subscribers, but I’m happy with the content I’m putting out.
I’m proud of myself for sticking with something for once.
I’m proud of not only improving my blog and content, but also because I’m learning so much about myself!
Lastly, I’ve learnt that having something to be excited about, makes you overall a happier and more positive person.
Counting down to my trip to Japan with my boyfriend, has given both of us something exciting to look forward to.
Researching and watching YouTube videos all about the places we’re going is such a cool feeling!
Knowing we’ll be experiencing those same moments and places in a little over a month – how can we not be happy and positive!
If you’re struggling with staying positive and motivated to get through those tough days each of us face every now and then, make a plan for something exciting.
It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant or expensive and doesn’t even have to take you very far from home.
It just needs to be something that can put you in a positive and happy mood. Something to take your mind off the stresses and anxieties of life.
I love the feeling of becoming a better person. I’ve changed a lot the past year and a half – most definitely for the better!
What have you learnt so far this year? Tell me in the comments below!