Things I learned in 2017


Hello everyone, I’m happy you’re here with me!

I originally wrote this post for myself. I had many thoughts roaming in my head, reflecting on the past year, planning for the current one and figuring out how I REALLY want my life to be so I decided to write everything down as a reminder as well as to clear my head. Here are some of the key things I learned that past year, highlights I want to remember and stick to in 2018 and furtherly. I hope you will find it interesting and maybe helpful as well!

1. Grab even the most unexpected opportunities.

Sometimes we reject possible chances thinking they aren’t exactly what we want, they won’t get us closer to our main goal or just because we are waiting For The Big Thing. However, The Big Thing won’t just come around while we sit and wait, if it comes at all – as we progress in life our Big Thing might not seem a thing anymore, with time we develop new goals and focus on the journey itself.Β  Opportunities that we were reluctant to at first, can turn out to be valuable lessons, possibly opening doors in the future. Many times I was in the situation when some of the things I did just simply to broaden my horizons unexpectedly turned out to be very useful.

Note: Doesn’t apply to men. Settle for no less or different than the kind of person you want!;)

2. Jealousy won’t get you anywhere.

I’m guilty of browsing my Instagram feed while being consumed by jealousy, I admit it. I’m not jealous of successful people I cheer for them, take inspiration from them and try to learn as much as I possibly can. I love reading books by successful entrepreneurs, listening to podcasts, interviews… and I’m definitely not one of the naysayers. However, if I saw profiles of girls who have lavish lifestyle thanks to rich parents or boyfriends… Man, did I get jealous. I realized it was driving me away from what I had to do and my goals and was making me miserable. I unfollowed the accounts that were making me feel this way and replaced their space in my feed with inspiring people like Gary Vaynerchuk or Sophia Amoruso. For the better!

3. Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.

As a child I was a total bookworm. I was spending most of my time reading and it was getting me far, appropriately for the age of course. From my late teens I was reading less and less and I’ll save you the story why. Last year I rediscovered the pleasure of reading and I literally felt as if I came back home after a long time away. I now read almost everything – from magazines to novels to business/motivation books (back to point 1 – sometimes you can unexpectedly find even a very light novel inspiring!) and I couldn’t be happier with it – I learn more, find inspiration, improve my laguage skills, generally stay more focused and sharp minded and…simply enjoy it a lot!

4. Chill the f out.

Unnecessary stress kills creativity, motivation and productivity. Too much perfectionism can lead to the opposite effects of the desired – have you ever ran out of time while trying to care about every tiny detail? I certainly have. Have you had unsatisfying results because you tried to do too well, were super tensed about it and therefore didn’t see better or easier solutions? I have! In the past year I realized that stressing out about everything makes it worse and can blind us to a degree when we don’t perform our best because we are too tense.Β  Also, nobody will like you if you’re stressed all the time.

5. Do I need this in my life?

As I am trying hard to adult I had to learn how to manage my money and that was NOT easy. I love great restaurants, like to take ubers instead of public transport, get a Dior lipstick instead of Rimmel etc etc. I mean, who doesn’t? But I guess that’s the thing about adulting – the ability of making choices. Now, before I buy anything (even if it’s an overpriced Starbucks latte) I always ask myself: do I need this? will it make me feel better/happy? Can I skip it?Β It was difficult at first but the outcome was rewarding – I learned the true value of things, stopped considering shopping as my main pleasure in life and learned how to save in order to get things I REALLY want like a niche perfume, a high quality handbag or just the confidence that my card won’t get rejected at checkout.

What lessons did you bring from the past year? Do you agree with my points?

I hope you liked the read, please let me know if you’d wanna see similar posts in the future! ❀

Stay tuned for more posts soon as I already have a few drafted!

xx, Ania