Lifestyle · February 9, 2022

21 Lessons I Learnt in 2021

Hello! Hello! I’m back- with a very very belated New Years post, coming at you from nearly the second week of February- from someone who desperately needed that little window between Christmas and New Years to recuperate (I promise I wasn’t just watching When Harry Met Sally and eating triple chocolate crunch. That often anyway)- but it was so needed, and I’m so excited to be back, truly.

And, as much as I love starting the new year a little like a new school term- I always enjoy these little reflective posts to end each year too. Although not every year has to be packed with profound learnings and life changing developments; sometimes there’s a few things I keep coming back to that I like to add to my miniature wisdom wallet for safekeeping- in hope I might remember some of these things to make the next year (and the one after that) a little more gentle too.

Last year was magical, unforgettable, heart-achingly special, heart-breakingly challenging and pretty much everything in-between. I learnt a lot about myself, my strengths, weaknesses, love, loss and carrying on when the going gets tough (clue: it’s normally putting on Boyzone). And although I’m not sure I’ve managed to articulate everything on a few scraps of notebook paper collaged onto some magazine cuttings- I’ve given it a good go.  

So I hope you enjoy reading a few of my favourite lessons from 2021. Rereading them I realise number 6 and 7 might make it sound like I have a bit of a chip on my shoulder; (when actually I saw these on a cool Instagram graphic and thought ‘yeah, that’s a good one for a serial people pleaser to remember!’) and I’m aware 10 and 11 aren’t exactly revolutionary either- but sometimes cliches are cliches for a reason, and I’m happy with that (I’m not sure anyone comes here for my deep and meaningful wisdom anyway- so that’s more than ok). I’ve also included lessons about sleep, driving and taking vitamins so I think it’s safe to say I’m absolutely an established grown up now (it was that or my age which was a sure fire give away), which is something worth celebrating too.

Anyway! Considering I’m almost certain it’s too late to wish anyone a Happy New Year, I’ll wish you a lovely week instead. I’m back on Saturday with another blog post, and you can expect to see me this time next week too- because, hey! Routine! (Nope, I’m not sure I know her either).

Thank you, as always for your kindness, patience and endless support throughout the last year (and finding me over on Instagram when here was a little sleepy). You’re the best and I’ll never ever not be grateful.

Here’s to a brilliant 2022 <3 



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    February 9, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    That was actually so amazing and so needed. Since working-from-home became a thing, it’s so difficult for me to distinguish the time of rest from time to work, to the point I only have a break when I physically cannot focus more on the task I’m doing. It’s like a cycle of blaming myself and resting with guilt and then hustling till I drop again. Also, thank you for the note about driving! I’m a recurring driver after 2,5 years break, and sometimes I have tiny mini panic attacks just thinking about it. But as you said, the more the better. Today I kind of drove myself to mcdonald for breakfast just because I wanted it, and tbh if you told me a year ago I would do such a thing I would never believe that. It’s all in the little steps, right? Anyway, thank you for this post! wishing all the best to you and fellow readers x

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    February 12, 2022 at 10:19 am

    Happy new year Liv! This post was a great read. Actually I needed to hear n.6 and 7 today. They are so true and reminders we should always keep with us.

    Julia x
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