Hi all! How’s things? It’s been a while.

I’m turning 28 soon and that’s pretty damn scary. The older I get, the more I feel the need to self-reflect and look back on the passing year. I also like to set myself little goals and notes to prepare for the year ahead. Inspired by my good friend’s blog, I wanted to start up my own annual list to summarise all the things I’ve discovered about myself. This will consist of anything from life-altering realisations to silly little things.

I don’t pretend to know all of life’s secrets, these lists are mainly for me to look back on someday. Maybe you’ll enjoy them too!

So here’s twenty seven things I’ve learned whilst being 27…

 

ONE

Time is money. Time is worth more than any amount of money you can ever earn.

TWO

It’s all about work-life balance.

THREE

Never google your symptoms.

FOUR

Deleting Instagram made me instantly more productive.

FIVE

Avoiding social media doesn’t mean missing out. Conversations become more interesting + meaningful without it.

SIX

Don’t respond to every message or notification instantly. It can wait.

SEVEN

I am obsessed with Hygge and would love to visit Denmark soon.

EIGHT

If you don’t give a fuck about something, DO NOT GIVE THAT FUCK.

NINE

Playing boardgames with friends has become one of my favourite things.

TEN

Believe the stories. Buying a house is stressful and hard.

ELEVEN

I can make excellent sesame prawn toast.

TWELVE

What we are and what we need; they are different things. (Thank London Grammar for that one.)

THIRTEEN

There’s something soothing about the process of making loose leaf tea.

FOURTEEN

Minimalism keeps the mind clear. Get rid of the clutter and keep only what you use and love.

FIFTEEN

I really don’t like being micro-managed.

SIXTEEN

I love visiting new cities and rediscovering old ones. Toronto + York were highlights this year.

SEVENTEEN

Don’t buy cheap vinyl players. They break as easy as your heart will when you can no longer play a Sinatra record.

EIGHTEEN

Joint Hypermobility Syndrome is the thing that’s been giving me pain all these years – who knew?

NINETEEN

I really must start muscle-building and core-strengthening exercises to help this.

TWENTY

I love live music, but really hate standing in the same hot sweaty spot for two hours. Is this an unsolvable problem?

TWENTY-ONE

You can do more than you think. Mind over matter.

TWENTY-TWO

I love Norwich more with each passing day.

TWENTY-THREE

I need to pick up old hobbies and passions. Make and create more.

TWENTY-FOUR

You can grieve for someone you’ve never even met. Scott was a musician close to my heart + I felt like I lost a friend.

TWENTY-FIVE

It’s ok to have a day of self-care every once in a while.

TWENTY-SIX

Smoothie bowls are my current addiction.

TWENTY-SEVEN

I will be a homeowner by the time I’m 28 – and that’s pretty much the most excited I’ve been about anything.