4 Things I’ve Learned In The First Few Months Of 2019

 

You know the saying time flies when you’re having fun? Well it pretty much just flies in general cause we’re in March already people! This has been both the longest and fastest few months I have experienced. And if these first three months have taught me anything, it’s how quickly things can change in all areas of life. Your perspective on certain things, mood, career, even your mentality can shift on a dime. It’s strange to look back and think of how these first few months have changed a lot of things, but have also brought clarity as well. Here are a few of the main things I have learned within this time.

 

4 things I've learned in the first few months of 2019, blogging, personal growth, lifestyle

 

1. Your career can take unexpected turns

So I previously posted about my transition from student to career woman, since then I have continued with my job in marketing without much fuss. But recently my boss gave her notice and in doing so, made me think a lot about my future, particularly with the place I am at now. You see it’s one thing to think about moving on from somewhere but it’s another thing entirely to actually do it- especially before you expected to. But I’m learning everyday to adapt as I go and learn as much as I can, while I can.

 

2. Blogging is hard. Like, really hard.

I’ve always known that being a blogger is hard work but I’ve been really struggling these past few months with creating content and managing my blog as well as having a full time job. Sometimes it feels like too much and I find it hard to find the motivation to come home from work and work on the blog. Because the thing is, my blog was never supposed to make me feel stressful or like it was just more work for me to do. It was meant to be fun and exciting, although it still is at times, life seems to make things harder.

How bloggers manage to create content and post on social media today as well as have a full time job is beyond me. Don’t get me wrong I still love it and I’m not planning on giving up anytime soon, but I’ve become more lax with my scheduling’s while I try to get my mojo back.

 

3. Finding my way onto the property ladder

This year I decided to make it one of my personal goals to begin saving seriously for a house. I had already been saving leisurely throughout my working life but I felt like it was time to get serious (probably because I saw my friends new house and decided I wanted one of my own!).

But understanding the ins and outs of the property ladder is proving to be more of a challenge then I first thought. Luckily, my mum and dad are also looking for somewhere and so are on hand to give me some tips and pieces of advice I desperately need.

Wrapping my head around the whole thing is a task in itself so it looks like I have some time while I save before I have to get down to business (fingers crossed!).

 

4. How to balance my work and home life

Having a full time job means sometimes struggling to have a life outside of work, particularly if you work long hours in the day. This was me the majority of last year; getting up at 5.50am, going to work, coming home between 6/7pm before having my tea, going to bed and doing it all over again for the next five days. It definitely takes its toll, more than I thought it would to be honest.

But after starting the gym (gym? Who me?) early in the year as apart of my goal for a healthy lifestyle, I have found a way to feel invigorated and refreshed after work as well as overcoming some past anxiety over the gym. Go me! I don’t go every day of the week, around 3 times and I make sure to switch things up by trying different classes in between. I feel like it’s been really good for my mental wellbeing and has shown me the importance of looking after yourself, even when I didn’t fully realise I needed to.

Click here to read my Valentine’s Day Self Love post.

 

What have you learned so far this year? Let me know in the comments!

 

26 thoughts on “4 Things I’ve Learned In The First Few Months Of 2019

  1. It seems like 2019 has taught you some very important lessons. I feel like we’ve definitely learnt some of the same stuff. I really want to get onto the property ladder in the next five years ideally. I know it might not happen, but like you, I’ve started seriously saving in the hopes that it does! I think every blogger comes to a point where they realise blogging isn’t as easy as they thought it would be, and balancing things when you have other things going on in your life is extremely difficult. There’s nothing wrong with lowering your expectations and posting schedule while other things are hectic and coming back to blogging, however. The main thing is that you’re enjoying blogging!

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    1. So true! I am enjoying it more now I’ve taken some of the pressure off. Good luck with your savings, we’ll get there! Thanks for commenting 😊 x

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  2. I personally have also learnt three of the four lessons you have Chloe in the past maybe 6 months? Especially the career one. I lost my job at the end of December and things have been really tough since then. However life is about learning, adapting and growing, and once you get too comfortable life has a way of throwing a curve ball at you. I hope things settle for you and that these lessons become important ones in the future. A great and honest post, it’s nice to not feel alone in these struggles of life.
    Alex xx
    https://allthingsalexx.wordpress.com/

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    1. I agree, life definitely has a way of surprising you. But I hope it all works out with you soon and things get better! Thanks for commenting 😊 xx

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  3. GIIIIRRRLL at what point in time are you able to hit the gym if you have a work schedule of waking up at 5:50 am and getting home at 6/7pm?! You did state that was last year but is your work schedule still like that? 🤔 That sounds brutal to be honest! I am hoping to go more often to the gym too! I am not sure if my gym has different classes so I’ll have to look into that 🙂 and heck yes blogging is hard!! I admire those who really stick to a strict schedule and are able to produce such amazing content. I also read your post about going from a student to a working woman and I thought that was great ! Thank you for sharing this!! xx

    Geraldine | https://geraldinetalks.com

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    1. Yep, still the long hours 🙈 I’m trying to find ways to do things around them but it is hard at times! Aw thank you lovely, I appreciate it! Xx

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  4. You’ve done so much this year so far, and learned so much. It’s awesome! I can’t believe you find time to go to the gym with your work schedule either though, That’s mad. I work 15 hours a week and I don’t make it to the gym like ever!!
    I loved reading this though 🙂

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    1. It’s so hard to do at any point of your life, finding your own way to make it work is definitely a job in itself! Thanks for commenting 😊 x

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  5. Such a great read, you’ve definitely learned a lot this year already! I’ve definitely learned how tricky it can be to balance blogging, uni and life in general but I think I’m finally getting there. Life is all about adapting and finding what works best for you and I completely agree that blogging should be something you enjoy and do for fun, it shouldn’t feel like a chore but I can relate to it feeling like that sometimes especially when there’s a lot of other things going on. Loved reading this xx

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  6. It is SO important to look after yourself and do things you love as well as working on your career and everything else. Blogging is definitely meant to be a fun thing so I wouldn’t push yourself to write or create when you feel exhausted or uninspired! Your readers and followers will be here to support you when you do upload ☺️ This year I’ve learned that the more I don’t care about what others think, the happier I am!
    Alice Xx

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    1. Good advice! I’m learning more and more to not push myself unnecessarily and not to stress about the little things 😊 thanks for commenting x

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  7. 2019 definitely taught you lots of valuable things! Can you imagine how many things you will learn by the end of the year. Well done for keeping up with the blogging, I understand how difficult blogging is, definitely. Everything requires so much energy. Also well done for joining the gym, I need to kick myself up the butt!

    Laura / https://www.laustworld.com/

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