22 Things I’ve Learnt In 22 Years

13th September 2016

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It was my birthday yesterday. Inspired by Karlie Kloss, here are 22 things I’ve learnt in 22 years.

1. You don’t have to have it all figured out

It’s taken me until now to decide on a University degree, never mind anything else. Just because you’re in your twenties, you don’t have to have everything figured out.

2. Be prepared for set backs 

As much as we want it to, everything doesn’t run smoothly and most of the time it takes a fall to get back on track.

3. Remember when you said your Emo phase isn’t a phase? It’s definitely a phase

You don’t hate mainstream music. Stop being so dramatic.

4. Work hard

Weekends spent working towards your goals will always be the most rewarding…

5. But take some time for yourself

…Just remember to fit in a Netflix binge every now and again.

6. Travel as often as you can

Be the cliche who heads off to Thailand for 3 months to find yourself.

7. Friends Forever? Don’t think so 

The 20 BFFs you had in Year 7? Chances are you’ll be left with 2.

8. Don’t settle

Strive for the best

9. Step outside of your comfort zone

Whether that’s travelling to the other side of the world on your own or trying a new food for the first time.

10. Make time for your grandparents

Listen to stories from their childhood, pop round for a brew, help with the housework. Make time.

11. Your weight doesn’t define you as a person

Stop the obsessive dieting. It’s not healthy.

12. There’s nothing like a Cheesy Hits playlist on Spotify

Trust me.

13. A good cup of tea can solve a lot of problems

Again, trust me.

14. You’re doing better than you think

We always are.

15. Worrying is pointless

Stop stressing about things you can’t change.

16. Heeled boots are a staple

They’re practical and you’ll feel like the sassiest version of yourself.

17. Learn to cook

Being able to whip up some of your favourite meals is amazing.

18. Stop overreacting about everything

More unnecessary stress.

19. Things take time

Can’t drive? Don’t have a degree? You will when you’re ready and when it’s right for you.

20. Budgeting is key

If you can’t afford it, don’t buy it.

21. Stay positive


22. You’ve got a lot to learn

Never stop learning.

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Comments (32)

  • Miriam

    13th September 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Happy birthday for yesterday Emma. Hope it was a great day. 🙂

    1. Emma Kershaw

      13th September 2016 at 12:09 pm

      Thanks Miriam 🙂 Hope you’re doing well!

  • Larice

    14th September 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Happy belated birthday ! Hope you had a great one x

    1. Emma Kershaw

      14th September 2016 at 8:11 pm

      Thank you!! x

  • Robyn

    14th September 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Awwh I love this!! There are some really good life lessons in here! And happy belated birthday lovely <3

    1. Emma Kershaw

      14th September 2016 at 8:23 pm

      Thank you so much!! x

  • Small, Brown & Stylish

    14th September 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Love the way you’ve written this post, you definitely have a way with words! Great read and I hope you had a fab birthday! x

    Small, Brown & Stylish | Thrifty Fashion & DIY Blog

    1. Emma Kershaw

      14th September 2016 at 8:24 pm

      Thank you so much, that’s so lovely of you to say! x

  • Jessica Kennedy

    14th September 2016 at 8:18 pm

    happy birthday! this is a great read 🙂


    1. Emma Kershaw

      14th September 2016 at 8:25 pm

      Thank you!! xx

  • Stephanie

    14th September 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Heeled boots definitely are a staple! Hope you had a wonderful birthday lovely 🙂 x

    Stephanie // http://www.stephiebeau.com

    1. Emma Kershaw

      14th September 2016 at 8:25 pm

      They are! Thanks so much xx

  • Becca

    14th September 2016 at 8:31 pm

    I recently did a post similar to this on 17 things I’ve learnt at 17, and I totally agree! I need to work on worrying and overthinking and just live my life for once! Great post and great points lovely X

    1. Emma Kershaw

      14th September 2016 at 8:41 pm

      Thank you so much. I’ll make sure I read yours! I still overthink but definitely less than I used to x

  • Linda

    14th September 2016 at 8:33 pm

    I loved reading this and I totally agree about how things take time! It’s so important to just relax and go with the flow sometimes!! Also I love that you included spending time with your grandparents, it reminds me I need to do the same more often x


    1. Emma Kershaw

      14th September 2016 at 8:43 pm

      Thank you! I’m a pretty impatient person but I’ve finally learnt that things take time x

  • Samantha

    14th September 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Yes to working hard, being ready for things to not work out and not having your shit together!

    S .x http://ramblingsofayoungprgirl.blogspot.com/

    1. Emma Kershaw

      14th September 2016 at 9:33 pm

      YES!! Thanks for reading xx

  • Kimberley jessica

    14th September 2016 at 9:30 pm

    I agree with the friends forever point, I don’t speak to anyone from school or college!


    1. Emma Kershaw

      14th September 2016 at 9:32 pm

      I only speak to very few these days! Thanks for reading x

  • Izzie

    14th September 2016 at 9:31 pm

    A really lovely post:) x

    1. Emma Kershaw

      14th September 2016 at 9:36 pm

      Thank you! x

  • Sílvia

    15th September 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Happy birthday!! Great tips, you’re a wise person.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Love, thp

    1. Emma Kershaw

      15th September 2016 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks so much, glad you like it! xx

  • Cara

    16th September 2016 at 11:13 am

    Happy belated 22nd lovely <3 Loved reading this!

    1. Emma Kershaw

      17th September 2016 at 10:43 am

      Thanks love!! xx

  • travelhappyblog

    23rd September 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Fab list x

    1. Emma Kershaw

      25th September 2016 at 8:32 pm

      Thanks for reading! x

  • Georgina Goodman

    5th December 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Yes! I love some of these! Especially number 6 😀


    1. Emma Kershaw

      5th December 2016 at 3:49 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Jessica Lam

    23rd January 2017 at 2:45 am

    I love this so much! I’m also turning 22 this year and was thinking of doing a post like this haha. I can totally relate to #2 – I had this idea in my head since I started university that I’d be doing my Master’s immediately after I graduated from undergrad, but things didn’t work out and I’m taking the year off instead. Happy belated birthday! 🙂

  • The Sunday Mode

    23rd January 2017 at 4:47 am

    I’ve definitely learnt a lot in 22 years as well, I’m coming up to 23 soon and I feel like I’ve already learnt so much just in a year. One thing I really agree with is to travel as much as you can, I think travelling is one of the best things you can do.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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