Lifestyle · December 18, 2018

Taking Time To Reflect: Little Lessons from 2018

Post in collaboration with Olivia Burton

I’m not sure I can quite believe how quickly the end of this year has rolled around, let alone the fact I’m sat here writing about what I’ve learnt from it- the clean up from hosting a New Years Eve party feels like it’s literally just ended…

But- one thing I do love about this time of year is the fact it can be a really lovely time of reflection. Much like a good ol’ birthday- this time of year can be a brilliant time to take stock of successes, little wins and some of the brilliant things that have happened over the last twelve months. So, having been working with the beautiful Olivia Burton watches over the past few months (really, they’re my absolute favourite), I thought what better way to reflect, than by making time to sit down and properly take stock.

I know these posts can sometimes come across a little melodramatic and Eat Pray Love- and I’ll be honest, this year hasn’t been one of true ~self discovery~, but I do love reading these kinds of posts and always love the little takeaways they give. Lizzy did a wonderful post on her birthday which I found so, so inspiring, and I do truly think sharing is caring when it comes to life’s little takeaways. So, without further ramble- here are a few of my favourite little life lessons from 2018…

1 –  If you don’t succeed try again (and then again). If you care enough about something it will be worth it. The best things in life aren’t necessarily rewarded in monetary value but with connections, people and a whole lorra love. One of my favourite quotes I spotted this year was, ‘what’s for you won’t pass by you’ and I truly like to think that even despite setbacks, if something is meant to be- it will be.

2 – For goodness sake woman, make time. Know when to switch off- if your eyes are closing when working at night it’s because they’re meant to be sleeping. Overworking won’t leave you feeling full but often more envious of those who have allowed themselves a break and to finish work at a respectable hour. You have nothing to prove to anyone but yourself, and know that time in the evenings and weekends is precious, and it’s okay to keep it that way.

3 – In a similar vein- you don’t have to do it all- and most importantly you don’t have to do it all right now. There’s a seemingly growing pressure through your twenties that suggests you need to have certain boxes ticked, and even working online- there’s a pressure to have ‘done’ certain things to have a more successful career. Don’t worry about those things- if you’re happy doing what you’re doing (which you are) know that is enough and not everything has to be for everyone all of the time (despite what people might like you to think).

4 – You’ve wasted many years not watching Strictly, well done on catching up with it this year. If like me you were also late- may I suggest this dance as an exceptional place to start.

5 – Spending time with the people closest is the best medicine you can ask for. Having company around you can often be the magic gift of perspective you need after a rubbish day or a tough week- and laughter really is a total tonic (as cliche as it sounds)…

6 – … but know when its too much and stepping back is also important. A couple of times this year I did the grown up thing of listening to my body- which isn’t something I’ve actually ever really done. When I was extremely stressed I knew when to not go out, step back and come back to the task after a good nights sleep. I’ve cancelled plans, meetings and get-togethers (albeit rarely) when I know I’ve needed to, or when I won’t be the best company- and communication (as well as being honest- with yourself and others) feels like a v. adult thing to do.

7 – Speaking of which- exercise isn’t always scary! I’ve learnt that I may never be a marathon runner, but finding a class- or even working with someone who does know what they’re doing will be so, so good for you. Even making more time to make sure you’re taking time to walk Maggie with Joe each evening feels like a little bit of success- and it’s those pockets of time that really matter.

8 – One quote my friend Linds told me last week on a train from Philly to Manhattan has also stuck with me recently- I’ll link it here, but in short it’s let it go. If someone has irked you, or made you feel rubbish- don’t let the rest of your day be governed by that. I am a serial worrier, and it’s so easy to lose minutes and hours overanalysing when really the best thing to do is just move forward.

9 – Visiting somewhere new will never not be exciting. Whether that’s pulling up on a train to Bristol Parkway or arriving at LAX airport (and subsequently expecting to see Ryan Gosling)- the excitement of somewhere new will never not have me feeling like the luckiest person.

10 – Finally, another quote I read in an interview with David Bailey was this, ‘the secret to success in my marriage is honesty and humour- if you laugh at something it makes it ridiculous’– and I don’t think a truer word has been spoken (and can handily be applied to a lot of areas of life too).

I hope you enjoyed this little read and a few takeaways from this year- I’m hoping to do a little post (as I always do) in a few days with some more photos from the year, but would love to hear any of your little insights from 2018 too!

(Details: Olivia Burton Watch, Honeycomb Ring, Knot Ring, Huggie Earrings)



  • Reply
    December 18, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    This is such a lovely post Liv! I loved it. Especially the lessons about listening to yourself, making time for yourself to rest and not put all the pressure of the world on your shoulders – we live in an age where we expect of ourselves (and others) to be so productive, active and successful that all of it can be a bit much sometimes. Let 2019 be the year where we actually take some rest!

    Julia x
    Last Post: The Best Festive Spots in London |

  • Reply
    December 18, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Such a lovely post Olivia, really like it because I am like you and I get melodramatic around the end of the year. Those are great pieces of advice which more or less circle about one thing – self-care and love, which far too many of us still struggle with. I would like to learn to listen and reward my body more in 2019 because I know I push it too much too often. I hope that changed for me in the next year and I hope you learn more in 2019 too!

    xx A.
    London and Beyond

  • Reply
    December 18, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    I’ve not yet learned how to stop working and studying late, but that’s something I’m aiming for this coming year. This was a lovely, reflective post, and I really enjoyed it x

  • Reply
    December 18, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    I love looking back at another year completed! Wishing you another great year!


  • Reply
    December 18, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    I loved this Liv! Such a believer in championing the little things and little moments in life – aiming to spend more time with people I actually want to spend time with and knowing when to slow down x Makeup and Making It Up: Six Last Minute Christmas Gifts For The Girl Who Has Everything

  • Reply
    Alexa Marsh
    December 27, 2018 at 3:22 am

    I really enjoyed reading this post Liv! I totally agree with you on all of these reflections you’ve had. I really like what you said about visiting a new place always being exciting. 🙂

  • Reply
    What I’ve Bookmarked | 14 – A Scatter of Thoughts
    January 6, 2019 at 11:49 am

    […] Liv’s little lessons from 2018 […]

Leave a Comment