As 2017 draws to a close, I thought I’d do a round up of some of the lessons I’ve learned this year, along with a few outfits for the festive season too featuring clothing site Tobi!
Back in August I enrolled on the LPC (Legal Practice Course – a postgraduate diploma which is the final stage before working as a trainee solicitor) and, having graduated last year, getting back into the swing of studying again was a shock to the system. On top of this, the course requires a very different way of studying compared to university so there was a lot of adjusting to do in the beginning.
I found myself seriously underestimating how long work would take and how quickly I’d get to grips with the material and, as a result, spent many nights working into the early hours. For a short while I did start to feel a little overwhelmed. So I worked smarter. Planning your workload when studying is essential. On courses where you are time-pressured, it’s also useful to have a clear idea of what content is actually examinable and what is extra. Getting enough sleep has been key too – I work best when I have had 7-8 hours of good sleep. Lack of sleep can seriously affect your productivity. A well-rested mind is a well-functioning one!
Jersey maxi set, Tobi, £31
Red mini cross body bag, Miss Selfridge, £18
Use your support network
I am a serial “I can deal with it on my own” type which isn’t always the best way to be. A combination of stubbornness and a need for always feeling in control, I often struggle to reach out to those around me when I need it. This year I’ve truly realised the importance of being more open with my family and friends and accepting help.
Talking helps – a lot! It’s also great to be able to hear a different perspective from time to time. I have a truly amazing set of people around me and I will be sure to cherish them even more in 2018.
Floral bodycon dress, Tobi, £42
Gold earrings, New Look, £5.99
Speak things into existence
The power of words and maintaining a positive approach to new opportunities has been another important lesson this year. Of course, it’s perfectly normal to have down days but making a conscious effort to think positively, even in the worst situations, has had a real impact on my life.
At the end of last year I made a list of goals for my blog and was determined to hit as many of them as possible. Whilst they haven’t all been ticked off, I’ve made a significant amount of progress which I’m incredibly proud of. By declaring what I wanted to achieve and setting out to do it, doors have opened and I’ve seen it have a domino effect.
In 2018 I’ll be speaking more growth and opportunities into existence, in all aspects of my life. Focus will be key.
Split sleeve crop top, Tobi, £25
Jeans, Zara (couldn’t find the exact jeans online!)
Shoes, Linzi, £25 (a different but similar pair)
Love yourself from the inside out
This year has probably been the year I have grown in self-confidence the most. It started with knowing and accepting myself, flaws and all, and recognising where there was room for growth. I feel that I have become a more open, generous and loving person and in doing that I’ve become happier in myself.
On the physical side, in the age of social media, it’s easy to get caught up in comparing yourself to others and picking at what you think you need to change. But we were all uniquely made and there is beauty in that uniqueness. Of course, I still have my insecurities but I am the happiest I have ever been with my body and hope that this will continue in the new year.
What have you learned this 2017? Will you be making New Year’s Resolutions (and sticking to them :)) ?
Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas!