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Life lessons I’ve learnt this year

Lessons to live by

I cannot believe it’s almost the end of the year. I swear it was only February yesterday! The older I get, the faster the months fly by. Has anyone actually researched that because I swear it’s some weird time-warp thing. Professor Brian Cox, get on it please.

Looking back on the year, here are are some life lessons I learnt:

  • You really do get wiser as you get older. As well as more confident. Own it.
  • Time goes by so quickly so make the most of every moment.
  • Stop taking on so much work! Weekends should be relaxing, not stressful. Yes, even just replying to emails is work, so stop it.
  • ‘Relaxing’ means sitting in your PJs until 12. You don’t always have to be doing something.
  • You know a lot more than you think you do. Just believe in yourself.
  • It all works out in the end.
  • Be an amazing wife, friend, daughter and sister but also put yourself first from time to time.
  • Insure your valuables! (lesson learnt after losing my engagement ring in the sea).
  • Say ‘yes’ more but not if it causes a huge amount of stress.
  • You don’t owe anyone anything so don’t feel bad about saying ‘no’.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others.
  • Surround yourself with the people you aspire to be.
  • You can make actual friends with people off the internet.
  • Accept that you are also an ‘inspiration’ to someone, even if it makes you cringe.
  • When things feel overwhelming, break it down in to manageable steps and take one step at a time.
  • ‘To do’ lists are amazing.
  • Goals are great but don’t let them define you.
  • Have more spa days. Or any sort of ‘me time’ treat.
  • Look at your phone less. Look up more.
  • Seek out good books and read more.
  • Say ‘I love you’ every day. To someone you love, not some random stranger, obviously.

Life lessons I've learnt this year

Kirsty Marrins

Reader, writer, occasional runner, travel lover.




  • Jemma

    This is amazing, and I agree with so many of these! I especially agree that you get more confident as you get older, and not feeling bad saying no! 🙂


    • Kirsty Marrins

      Thank you Jemma!

  • Lauryn Mathews

    I agree with so many of these, great post! I especially agree with how great to do lists are, they help so much to keep me organised!

    • Kirsty Marrins

      Thank you Lauryn! I make a top three tasks every morning. Really helps focus my time.

  • Abi Street

    I absolutely love these so much! I’ve definitely learnt some of these lessons in 2017, and I’m sure i will learn more of them in 2018.

    Abi | abistreetx

    • Kirsty Marrins

      Thanks Abi! Here’s to a great 2018!

  • Sophie Wilesmith

    Fab list Kirsty! Great to meet you at Holly’s baby shower – and i’ve joined that group you mentioned!

    • Kirsty Marrins

      Thank you Sophie! Was lovely to meet you too and glad you’ve joined the group – I know you’ll find it super useful.

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