8 Things I've Learned in 2017 So Far

Well, it's July 2nd. The midpoint of the year.

I have felt quite out of touch with the blogging community in recent months. Although I have still been reading my favourite blogs, I have been taking time to focus on myself and my wellbeing, hence the lack of posts and social media interaction.

2017 so far has been quite a reflective year for me. I began to truly appreciate the importance of surrounding yourself with positive people who treat you well and inspire you, thanks to those who already do and have done so for most of my life, and thanks to those who have not treated me well at all and have been toxic to my mental health. And although I feel like I have been in a bit of a creative rut the past few months, I have taken the time required to remind myself of how I deserve to be treated and what I want for the rest of the year and onwards.

I'm not one who likes to admit when I'm struggling, but I'm beginning to accept that it's better to seek for and ask for help than to suffer in silence. So please bear with me if I'm still not 100% on top of posts and interacting on social media, but I do miss blogging and the community and I really do want to get back into it as soon as possible. And despite the fear of sounding like a broken record after my last couple of posts, I am feeling more open and positive and am still excited for the rest of 2017.

Here are 8 things I've learned in 2017 so far, with the other 9 of 17 I'll hopefully learn in the next 6 months coming at the end of year.

1. You are your number one priority

2. Asking for help doesn't mean you are a failure

3. How to recognise toxic people and how to detach yourself from them

4. Both your mental health and physical health are incredibly important

5. The world won't end if you don't Instagram every day or post on your blog every week

6. It's okay and perfectly normal to not have a clue what you want to do with your life

7. Rest days are just as important and beneficial as working days

8. Although it may not always feel like it, there are so many people out there who will make you feel sparkly every day, you are not alone. Surround yourself with these people.

I have just returned from a short holiday in one of my favourite countries, Malta, and since then I have been experimenting with different creative outlets, and reading new blogs for inspiration and motivation. I am finally gutting out my room, and will be redecorating it with a clean minimalistic style very shortly. It feels very satisfying. I'm excited for my next few weeks of summer holidays and being more active within the blogging community again.

See you soon,

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