21 Things I’ve Learned at 21

Happy birthday to meee! Today I turned 21 and 21 is always known as a big birthday, and I know it is for me. In the last year SO much has changed, me included. I’ve lived and I’ve learnt so I’ve put a lil list together of all the things I’ve worked out in my long 21 years on this earth.

  1. Nothing lasts forever – make the most of the people and things and blessings in your life.
  2. Learn everything you can.
  3. Similarly – take every opportunity given to you – it’s been offered to you for a reason, trust yourself.
  4. It’s okay to put yourself first.
  5. Change is good. Embrace it, don’t run from it.
  6. People won’t always stay for good – whether that’s for better or for worse.IMG_3379
  7. It’s okay to remove people from your life yourself.
  8. If people don’t like that you’ve “changed”, they’re the problem – not you.
  9. It’s okay to have a bad day. Everyone has them.
  10. Also – there’s not much a cup of tea and a bath can’t fix.
  11. Take a break. Stop pushing yourself til you burn out.
  12. Ask for help. Whether you’re struggling with something or you have too much going on, someone can help.
  13. Your cat only wants you for food. She has also already been fed.
  14. If there’s something that you want, that really sets your soul on fire – go for it.
  15. Bedtime routines are your friend. Yes you sound about 40. Deal with it.
  16. Eat the takeaway for god’s sake. It won’t hurt. You know a chinese will always have your heart.Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset
  17. But exercise is your friend, it’ll make you feel better.
  18. People don’t see you how you see you – in a good way.
  19. Keep your friends close. They care about you.
  20. Go round Nan and Grandad’s for breakfast as much as you can.
  21. Do what you want to do (I mean don’t get arrested or anything) – don’t listen to what other people have to say. If you want to do it. Do it.

So there we have it! All the things I’ve learned over my years. I hope they weren’t all too deep and meaningful. These are just things I tell myself, but if they help you, take them and run with them.

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  1. March 22, 2017 / 4:59 pm

    Congratulations on your 21st Birthday! I hope you have/had a wonderful day. I really enjoyed reading this blogpost. It made me really think of stuff in life. Oh and also congrats on hitting 1k on twitter. xo Anne ♥

  2. March 22, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    These are so inspiring! Thank you for sharing and happy 21st!<3

  3. March 22, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    omg HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Ahh I hope you’ve had a wonderful birthday! This post is super cute and ahh damn why are we growing up so fast! I love and adore your photography, sorry I say this a lot but it’s so pretty! love your blog girl! x

    sami | possiblysami.com

    • March 22, 2017 / 9:54 pm

      Thank you lovely! I know, make it stop 😩 thank you so much 😭 x

  4. March 22, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    I hope you had a really good 21st birthday! I love this list, super enjoyed reading it x

  5. March 22, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    As if I didn’t know it was your birthday! Hope youve had a fab day! This is such a cute post, and enjoy being 21 🙂 xx

  6. March 22, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    21 amazing advice. Taking a break and asking for help is essential to go on with life. Also that change is good. One more advice, failing is okay. You can learn from failing and then, it’s not so much a failure, just a lesson. Enjoy being 21! xx Corinne

    • March 22, 2017 / 10:53 pm

      Haha thank you, and I’m sorry for the food cravings haha! X

  7. Grace
    March 22, 2017 / 11:43 pm

    Happy birthday Jodie, I hope you had a lovely birthday! I loved this post, and I completely agree, a cup of tea and a bath are the best!❤

    Grace x

  8. March 23, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    Hi, happy 21st great post. I agree change can be good and sadly nothing lasts forever, Chloe #TeacupClub

  9. March 23, 2017 / 6:14 pm

    “Do what you want to do (I mean don’t get arrested or anything) – don’t listen to what other people have to say. If you want to do it. Do it.”

    Totally agree with that statement, it is crucial we do what makes us happy and grow. I’ve written a similar post too as it’s my birthday today, also happy belated birthday! <3 xx


  10. March 23, 2017 / 6:14 pm

    Happy Birthdaayy xx
    Also, thank god someone finally told the truth about those cats lol

  11. March 23, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    Happy belated 21st birthday! Such amazing advice! Could have done with reading this a few years ago! I like your point about cats, they seriously do only love you because they want food!😂
    PaleGirlRambling xo

  12. March 23, 2017 / 6:22 pm

    Happy belated birthday! These are some good lessons to be learnt! Nice post! 5,20 & 21 are constant reminders.

    • March 23, 2017 / 8:14 pm

      It’s really therapeutic having no negative influences in your life isn’t it? x

  13. March 24, 2017 / 11:08 pm

    Hope you had a great birthday! I loved some of the things you mentioned. I turned 20 last October and I feel like I realised a lot of mature things? Like removing negativity, learning that sometimes you need to be a lil bit selfish etc! xxx

    • March 27, 2017 / 8:34 pm

      Thank you! I totally agree, it was tough, but it was so worth it xx

  14. Madara
    April 11, 2017 / 10:33 am

    Happy VERY belated birthday. 🙂
    I always stand by breaks, something I learned in my twenties. 🙂 It is totally OK to go easy on yourself and let yourself rest and catch a break!
    You have very good recognitions here. 🙂

  15. April 13, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    Happy belated 21st! This is such a lovely list! I hope I’ve learnt this much when I’m 21 hehe! Xx

    Kirsty | The Monday Project | themondayproject.co.uk

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