What 2014 Taught Me

You get back what you radiate out I really believe that if you have a positive outlook and live your life intentionally with care to th...

What 2014 Taught Me

You get back what you radiate out
I really believe that if you have a positive outlook and live your life intentionally with care to those around you; if you share good things and surround yourself with good people, that positivity goes full circle and comes right back to you.

You don't always have to be thinking about "the next big goal"
Since achieving my long term goal of becoming full time self-employed, I've realised it's OK to simply enjoy what's happening right now; you don't always have to be pushing for something more.

You are more productive when you work less
Forcing yourself to work when you really need a break is counterproductive and, in many ways, destructive to creativity. I used to try to work all the hours I possibly could but now I've switched to a more fluid, flexible routine I've realise I'm much more productive and happier.

You can be too hard on yourself
It's not healthy to feel guilty and fret over every little thing. This is still a work in progress but I'm slowly realising it's OK to have some downtime and it's quite alright to spend a bit of money on things you don't really need.

You are not missing out if you say "no"
It's not always wise to "say yes" to everything that crosses your path; not every opportunity is a good opportunity so turning things down doesn't mean you're missing out - it leaves you with more enthusiasm for what's around the corner.

You can only give people the benefit of the doubt for so long
It's nice to let people off the hook when they have been a little bit cheeky. But it comes to a point where you have to face facts and stop making excuses for people who are taking advantage of your kindness. Cut them loose.

You should be proud of what you have achieved
I often don't stop to think about how much can be achieved in one year or give myself enough praise for the things I have accomplished. I'm always looking ahead at what's next instead of congratulating myself on my triumphs.

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  1. Marsya Jauzi1/02/2015

    Yup, 2014 also taught me a lot. Happy new year <3


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  2. Happy New Year! Some really great points, sounds like 2014 taught you a lot. xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk | Check out my 100 follower GIVEAWAY

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  3. Great post as always. Happy new year, Sophie! :)

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  4. It's so important to look back and take stock at the end of the year so I love this post. You have a lot to be proud of and I agree that you really should celebrate your triumphs and not feel guilty about saying no in order to have some time to relax.
    Personally I've had to make some tough decisions about some people last year who were still taking advantage of me after I had given them way too much slack. I'm going to try and be wiser while believing in myself in 2015, and have set myself lots of inspiring goals to get to where I want to be.
    Looking forward to hearing about your goals for 2015 x

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  5. This is such a lovely post Sophie. So positive! :)

    It sounds like you learnt a lot and I can't wait to see what you do with the new year xx



    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

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  6. I totally agree Sophie, a positive outlook can bring great things and saying no shows you are being selective of how you spend your time and value it :)

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. Camille Beygui1/02/2015

    I'm gonna use this as advice for 2015

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  8. Rebecca P.1/02/2015

    Wonderful! Everyone should learn these!

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  9. These are such meaningful lessons and I can definitely resonate with a number of them! A lovely reminder that we don't always have to give into constant pressures. Hope you have a good day :)
    Hannah x
    Hanniemc.co.uk

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  10. I think the "yes/no" balance is such a hard one to get right.

    Lizzie Dripping

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  11. Zoe Newlove1/02/2015

    Some great advice here :) Loved reading these points.

    Zoe Newlove | Beauty Blogger & MUA

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  12. I can so relate with all these, especially giving ourself credit for the things we have accomplished! xx


    Jane at Colorful Closets

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  13. I can relate with pretty much all of these, great advise! Thanks for sharing! :)

    http://northwlnd.blogspot.com

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  14. The next big goal... I'm always looking for that, when I don't really know what it is! It's good to go with the flow and stay in the present sometimes :) Great post.



    Laura
    mellomallo.co.uk

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  15. So true. These are all fabulous words of wisdom - thank you!


    xx Kathryn
    http://www.throughthethicket.ca

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  16. I agree that you're more productive when you do less. It's a huge mistake I have learnt recently and I will work on it during this year (starting right now, though).


    xx Cecil // www.wednesday19th.blogspot.com

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  17. I definitely learned similar things this year, loved the post and great things to take with you into 2015!


    Tiffany
    www.whattiffanyloves.ca

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  18. Jennifer1/02/2015

    I'm a workaholic, so this post really taught me something. "Not every opportunity is a good opportunity" and "You're more productive when you work less" really hit home.


    bloussey.blogspot.com

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  19. Ilia Mura1/02/2015

    Have just discovered your blog, and this blog post was great! I definitely learned a lot of things, some of which the hard way! But hey, that's what life is all about - constant improvement!

    My lifestyle blog: Ilia's Cup of Tea

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  20. These are all true, recently I have discovered that doing to much school work at once or pulling all nighters is not productive, so now I do a little bit everyday and go to bed when I an tired, you do better work your relaxed.

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  21. Absolutely - it's not a competition. We are not competing with each other to see who can work the hardest/longest - no one is going to win an award for the longest hours worked!


    We definitely work better when we learn to rest in between :))

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  22. I'm super pleased you found my blog and glad you're enjoying the content :)) It certainly is all about constant improvement and I hope 2015 continues in the same vein.

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  23. I feel you! I am the same. I often felt I had to be busy all the time to be productive but it just isn't true.

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  24. Thank you, Tiffany :))

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  25. People get caught up in the "I'm so busy" mantra of life that they forget that actually they should be concentrating on being productive, not busy!

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  26. Thank you for reading and commenting, Kathryn.

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  27. I am the same.. I am always pushing and I don't always knowing what I am pushing for. I have realised I need to appreciate the big goals I have achieved and kick back to enjoy the rewards. I don't always have to be thinking, "what's next?"

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  28. Thank you for reading :))

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  29. Absolutely - I think we get caught up in wondering what's next and never really appreciate how much we have achieved :))

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  30. Thank you for reading and commenting, Zoe :))

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  31. Definitely - sometimes we have to take risks with a yes or a no, sometimes we have to turn things down and other times we have to say yes to things we sometimes regret. That's life. But I have realised saying no isn't always bad :))

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  32. Thank you for reading, Hannah :))

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  33. Thank you for reading, Rebecca :))

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  34. Oh wow, awesome - thank you! :))

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  35. I believe having a positive attitude means you see everything in a more positive light and are more capable of bouncing back from negative experiences :))

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  36. Thank you for reading, Katy :))

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  37. I feel exactly the same way. I feel I made some mistakes with the way I dealt with certain issues and I should have been a lot tougher with the people in question. I often give people the benefit of the doubt when I really should make them face the consequences of their actions. I can be quite a push over sometimes, I need to learn to be a bit stronger.


    I wish you all the best for 2015 :))

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  38. Happy New Year, Carina! :))

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  39. Happy New Year - thank you for reading :))

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  40. Happy New Year! <3

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  41. alittlefreckle1/03/2015

    "You can only give people the benefit of the doubt for so long" - could not agree with this one more!! These type of people don't bring anything positive to your life ultimately so it's best to try and let go!

    "You are more productive when you work less" - I can also relate to this! You just end up tired and frustrated trying to work when you're just not up to it - besides, if I don't work for a while, I feel a little guilty so work even better when I next get around to it.



    Great post :) has given me lots to think about


    Emma xx


    www.alittlefreckle.blogspot.co.uk

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  42. Siobhan Watts1/03/2015

    Very wise words x

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  43. Very wise words. I feel specially connected with the part about not being hard on yourself. It's very difficult to change something that's so deep into your mind, but I sometimes find myself feeling guilty for the most stupid stuff. And that's not healthy at all, indeed.

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  44. thisoutlet1/04/2015

    Lovely post, I especially like the point about being too lenient towards people. I think it's one of my goals to stop being a pushover and ultimately, be more decisive about things too. Sometimes I pressure myself into working too because there are so many things to do, when really I should just let the motivation and natural desire to create carry me into the work!

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  45. You get back what you radiate out is so true. And how you worded it is wonderful.

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  46. Great, honest post.
    The whole "stop chasing the next big thing and appreciate the now" is so important to me this year!


    Helen, www.the-success-project.tumblr.com

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  47. Jackie1/05/2015

    great post..loved reading. and I agree.. you are not missing out if you say no!


    www.ohmissjackie.blogspot.com

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  48. I often have to remind myself of your second point... I'm always a bit head in plan mode to an extent, then I remind myself (shift kick!) that I'm currently LIVING the goal I wanted and never thought would happen before a lot older... My engineering office days were very short lived.
    But sometimes we forget to just enjoy life. I always have to remind myself too that just because I'm self employed I don't ALWAYS have to be doing extra-curricular work stuff. Doing MY enjoyment things is just as important too.
    Oh and that Money is so not my driving force..

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