10 things I wish I'd known sooner

3 September 2015

Just because you get something wrong, it doesn't mean it's the end of the world. We're only human and mistakes are going to happen. It's important to live, learn and grow, and sometimes errors are the way forward. Our biggest mistakes can often turn into our biggest successes.

Money spent on experiences are far better than money spent on 'things'. As much as we all like bags, clothes, and nice watches, saving that money for a holiday with your loved ones or spending a whole day paddleboarding and kayaking is a lot more fulfilling. Memories are so important.

Hangovers get worse with age. It's true. I'm not 18 anymore, and even though I don't drink or go out like I used to in my youth, I need to remember that my body isn't going to hold up as well as it used to. In fact, losing a whole day to a hangover is actually really annoying as I probably need to do adult things like chores and food prep.

Enjoy today as there may not be a tomorrow. I have unfortunately lost a couple of friends over the past years, and it's so important to live for now. Eat the burger, buy the shoes, go out when you know you probably shouldn't and tell people that you love them. Today is what matters.

Heartbreak is one of the worst pains you will ever go through and there is no way to sugarcoat that, but you will come out the other side eventually and it will make you more aware of what you want in a relationship.

Do not judge people until you've spoken to them personally. You do not know someone's journey until you've walked a mile in their shoes, and everyone deserves a fair chance. It's not nice to make your mind up based on initial thoughts or what someone else has said.

Confidence really can help you get where you want to be. If you struggle with confidence, fake it until you make it. You have nothing to lose by being bold and going for your dreams, and having some 'get go' and self-belief will help to make this happen.

Don't worry if you don't have your life all mapped out. Things can change and that's ok. Just see where the road takes you and enjoy it. I always remember Pocahontas and her choice between the two rivers whenever I'm unsure. They both have a different route and journey and who knows what's down there. Ultimately, it's your choice to make, but whatever happens, take it as it comes. Something amazing could be waiting!

The people who are meant to be in your life will make an effort to be there. I've wasted time on people who I wanted to be in my life, and they didn't make the effort. It will hurt, but move on. Those who value you will love and support you. You also don't need to see people every day to be close with friends.

You can do everything right, and things still might not go the way you had hoped. I have gotten down about this more times than I can remember. Always questioning why. I often find myself saying, 'But you're a good person Tamsin. I give to charity. Support family, friends..even strangers, try to give to the local community, put others before myself, stay true, honest and loyal to those I truly love...and things still don't go the way I want.' It might not seem it now, but it will all fall into place for you. Stay true to you.

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  1. Love this post, such important life lessons eh, especially that last one!

    Sophie x

  2. Love this little lady! I totally agree money spent on fun and activities beats money spent on things any day! xxx

  3. So glad that I came across this! I love it! This is a great list. One that I will be referring back to for sure!
    -- Ciara | SIX:ELEVEN

  4. Amen to all of these things, especially about enjoying today! I spent too many years of my life not enjoying every day and I'm determined to make up for it now!

    Jade x
    Girl Up North | UK Lifestyle Blog


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