22 Things I’ve Learnt In 22 Years

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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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  1. 13th September 2016 / 12:02 pm

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

    • Emma Kershaw
      13th September 2016 / 12:09 pm

      Thanks Miriam 🙂 Hope you’re doing well!

  2. 14th September 2016 / 8:10 pm

    Happy belated birthday ! Hope you had a great one x

    • Emma Kershaw
      14th September 2016 / 8:11 pm

      Thank you!! x

    • Emma Kershaw
      14th September 2016 / 8:23 pm

      Thank you so much!! x

    • Emma Kershaw
      14th September 2016 / 8:24 pm

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

    • Emma Kershaw
      14th September 2016 / 8:25 pm

      Thank you!! xx

    • Emma Kershaw
      14th September 2016 / 8:25 pm

      They are! Thanks so much xx

  3. 14th September 2016 / 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

    • Emma Kershaw
      14th September 2016 / 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

  4. 14th September 2016 / 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


    • Emma Kershaw
      14th September 2016 / 8:43 pm

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

    • Emma Kershaw
      14th September 2016 / 9:33 pm

      YES!! Thanks for reading xx

    • Emma Kershaw
      14th September 2016 / 9:32 pm

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

    • Emma Kershaw
      14th September 2016 / 9:36 pm

      Thank you! x

  5. 15th September 2016 / 3:46 pm

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

    • Emma Kershaw
      15th September 2016 / 8:17 pm

      Thanks so much, glad you like it! xx

    • Emma Kershaw
      17th September 2016 / 10:43 am

      Thanks love!! xx

    • Emma Kershaw
      25th September 2016 / 8:32 pm

      Thanks for reading! x

    • Emma Kershaw
      5th December 2016 / 3:49 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  6. 23rd January 2017 / 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! 🙂

  7. 23rd January 2017 / 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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