It’s my birthday month guys!  May 12th marks my birthday and this is usually a time when I reflect on the year that’s passed and set some goals for the upcoming year.

My 22nd year really showed me a lot. It was filled with so much happiness and I was blessed with so many good things. I think the best word to sum up this year would be change. As well as the good times, there were also times of losses and challenging moments. I guess life is like that for most of us but I’m grateful for it all.

I’ve compiled a short list of some lessons at 22 below:

  1. Speak your mind

I used to place so much value on what people thought about me. I would hold back on sharing my real opinion on things and shied away from saying things that were on my mind. This was in my friendships, at work, wherever.

This year has been so liberating because I realised I can’t allow people’s opinions to control me.

I have a voice, an opinion and it matters and counts. I’m now at a  place where I can speak my mind, share my thoughts, opinions and beliefs confidently without fear of what someone else may think about it and it’s literally the best feeling ever.

  1. Diets suck

I’ve been a yo-yo dieter for as long as I can remember. If I look through my photo albums, throughout my life I’ve ranged from a super small size 6/8 to a thickums size 12.

I’ve probably been on some type of diet for as long as I can remember and to be honest, I’m over it.  Diets suck.

I’ve made a conscious decision to enjoy food whilst making more healthy decisions and working out when I can. I’ve learnt to love myself at my size 8 and 12 because weight is such a trivial thing. What’s important is good health and happiness!

  1. With God, everything is possible

This year I was blessed with so many different things. I graduated university with a First Class Honours, secured a graduate job, freelanced, traveled with my friends etc. I’ve literally been able to do things that I never imagined were possible. I’ve learnt that with God every dream is possible and achievable. Dream big, set big expectations.

“You get what you expect”

-TD Jakes

TD Jake’s statement really stuck with me. I’ve learnt that no dream or aspiration is too big for God.

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I have soo much to look forward to this upcoming year and I’m genuinely excited to see what’s in store for me at 23!!!

Cheers to those celebrating May birthdays! Hollaaaa!

x

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