In case you missed my obnoxious Instagram and Twitter posts about my birthday, I turned 27 this week…and I’m a little freaked out about it. Somehow, I thought, as a kid, that 27 = adult, and therefore = having your shit together.
But, despite feeling like a constant imposter of a 27 year old, supposed to have my life together, and not, I am grateful for a lot this year, and I thought I’d share, because ‘growth’ isn’t always the same as ‘growing older’.
- FINDING A JOB I LOVE
This year was the year I quit a job that really harmed my mental health, embraced ‘the fear‘, and chased my dream job…and got it. Not dreading Mondays is new, and I’m loving it.
- FINDING GOOD FRIENDS
I definitely have less friends, later in life…but I have better ones. The kind that message you out of the blue to make sure you’re okay, cheer you on when you need it, and always make time for you.
- …AND LETTING GO OF THE BAD ONES
We don’t all have the same love language, and that’s okay. If someone’s friendship isn’t making you feel supported, loved, or grounded, it’s okay to walk away with no hard feelings.
- LEARNING HOW TO SAVE
This probably sounds like a given, but learning how to make savings whilst paying off debt was a big deal for me this year, and I finally learned how to do it without making everyday life more stressful. More on that soon, I hope!
- WATERPROOF MASCARA
If you’re having the 25+ problem that I am, where your eyes start leaking ASAP and not allowing any eye makeup to linger past the commute to work, you might understand where I’m coming from. See also: if you’re hormonal or super emotional and cry a lot, like me. Just remember, good waterproof mascara needs an oil-based make up remover to get off at the end of the day.
- PHYSICAL HEALTH
I started following a keto diet in January 2019, and haven’t looked back. It’s helped with my PCOS in ways I couldn’t quite fathom when I started it – I’m in less pain, I’ve lost almost 3 stone, and I feel good. It’s hard work, but the changes I’m feeling day-to-day are worthwhile.
- MENTAL HEALTH
I’ll do a separate post on this soon, but I’m actually weaning off my anti-depressants; I’ve been on them for 5 years, now, and I was finally ready to say goodbye to Sertraline, and see if I was ready to face life without it altogether. So far, I am.
Overall, this year has been a lot, but it’s been one of growth and learning, and I couldn’t have asked for more – anyway, a lot of people have told me 27 was their best year, so here’s hoping!
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