3 Crucial Life Lessons I’ve Learnt This Year

I can’t quite believe that we’re now in December. Like, how is this a thing? It only feels like yesterday that I was singing Take That on karaoke in a Grimsby pub last New Year’s Eve. Two words: easily pleased. Anyway, I’d be lying if I said that the last few weeks have been good. In fact, they’ve been bloody shit. Without going into too much detail, one of the closest people to me in my family is poorly in hospital, I finally understand why people say the third year of uni is soul-destroying, and I think it’ll be a long time before I learn to trust again. The last few weeks have been like something out of a bad dream, without the waking up part.ย But we all have our bad times, don’t we? Iย know that I will come out of this a stronger person, because I always do, and I know that these feelings won’t last forever. Because they never do.

Here’s some valuable life lessons that I’ve learnt in 2018.

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How my Tweet About My Scar & Body Empowerment Turned Into a BBC Article

So, it’s pretty fair to say that last week was a bloody good week. It all started when I woke up at 8am on Friday to watch Princess Eugenie’s wedding. Yes, I did do that – and no, I don’t care. She may be one of the lesser-known royals, but she is still royal, and that’s a good enough excuse for me to get my royalist hat on and cry without shame at how beautiful she looked.

She wore a classic, elegant backless number that showed her scar from a spinal operation she had aged 12, simply because she’s not ashamed of it – she’s empowered by it.

This struck a chord for me, because I have a 6-inch scar on my stomach from an emergency operation I had aged 18.

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Leopard Print: A Brief History, and the Best High Street Pieces

I’ve had a bit of an unhealthy love of leopard print since I was about 15. And considering that I’m now approaching my mid-twenties, that’s a bloody long time. Thinking back, I’m pretty sure I fell in love with the print when it was a dominant feature of a 2010-esque hot pink Paul’s Boutique bag. God, that makes me feel old.

The fact that leopard print has been prevalent in fashion since the 1920s speaks volumes. Unlike many other trends, it is something that hasn’t come around, been hugely popular, only to go dreadfully out of fashion and then come around again two decades later, and go swiftly out of fashion again (ahem – chokers), leopard print has remained a style staple for many.

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How the New Yes to Tomatoes Range Transformed My Skin

I’ve struggled with my skin for as long as I can remember, so I was pretty ecstatic when I tried a few products from the Yes to Tomatoes range and my skin was practically transformed in a matter of days.

My oily skin, tendency to get outbreaks at a certain time every month and my gigantic pores have been an annoyance to me since puberty. I’ve tried so many different products and while some have been pretty good, others have been, well, not so good. That’s why I was so pleased when I used some of the Yes to Tomatoes products and actually saw a real difference in my skin.

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24 Things You Learn by the Age of 24

Twenty bloody four. Sorry, but how is that even possible? It only feels like yesterday that I was chugging a bottle of Frosty Jack’s on a Grimsby field with Basshunter on repeat.

(This isn’t a recent thing. I was 15 – although I am a bit partial to Basshunter every now and then.)

I actually turned 24 at the end of July, but I’ve been so busy trotting across the globe that it hasn’t really sunk in until now. Being jet-lagged and drinking countless cocktails doesn’t really gel well, which is why I don’t have a very clear memory of this year’s birthday. That probably has something to do with it too.

But the reality would sink in eventually, just like it always does. The reality being that I am approaching my mid-twenties, which is just downright terrifying.

Here’s 24 things you learn by the age of 24.

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