5 Ways I've Grown In The Last Year

During quarantine, I've had a lot of time to slow down and reflect, and since it's going to be my birthday soon and another year older, I thought it would be appropriate to round up some of the ways I've grown in the last year. I've been working on self improvement a lot lately and it's important to remind yourself of how far you've come!

So, here are 5 ways I've personally grown in the last year:

1. It's getting easier to say no to people and know when enough is enough.

Over a year ago, I would have easily considered myself a people pleaser. I always said yes and went along with whatever I could in order to not hurt or offend anyone, but in the end, all it did was hurt me. I think it's great to be able to say yes, but when it comes from your heart and your true willingness. I have been in many situations over the last year where I've had put my foot down and say no. I've also been learning when to step away from something and when it is no longer good for me.

2. I'm able to stand up for myself in confrontational situations and state my opinion without feeling wrong or insecure.

Life will throw you challenges, curve balls and it sometimes feels like everything is going wrong, but you will never be given more than you can handle. I have always disliked confrontation, but it is a part of life and dealing with people, and there is some skill in dealing with certain confrontational situations that I feel I didn't have before. Back to what I previously stated above - I was never very good at standing up for myself. I feel as though this last year (filled with many confrontational situations) has taught me to express myself in a calm and professional manner without getting emotional. For someone like me who has struggled with anxiety all my life, this has been a hard one to overcome but I truthfully feel stronger than ever and my communication skills have greatly improved because of this.

3. I try my best to do the right thing, even in difficult situations or even when I’m suggested not to.

I believe I was raised to always be honest, kind and choose to do the right thing in any situation, even if it doesn't always benefit me. I recently struggled with this, but when it comes to following the rules, my conscious of what's right and wrong or even the law, I'm most certainly glad I am strong enough to not take any advice that goes against these things. Know your values, and stick to them!

4. I am always looking for ways to help & care for others versus what can go my way.

No one wants to think of themselves as a selfish person, but it's very true that often times, you make decisions and act on things that will best benefit you, and sometimes it doesn't always benefit others. In the last year, I feel like I've tried to me more self conscious of this and how I can help others and think of them first versus what I may want or how I want it.

5. I am learning to love myself more than ever - and to not care about what others think so much. 

Everyday I am learning more about myself and how to love myself. I am not perfect, I have many weird quirks and I don't always like what I see in the mirror, but I have come a long way. Last year I wrote and produced my own song that came out in June 2019. I also continue to experiment with outfits, how I create my content and other creative projects outside of my work. I honestly love fuelling myself with creativity and learning new things can be really exciting. For example, I am NOT a sports person at all, but I recently asked my brother to start teaching me how to play tennis. I don't need anyone to approve of how I play or if I'm ever going to be "good enough", just as long as I'm having fun!

I can't believe I'll be 24 on the 25th. Time flies so fast! Here's to another year of life lessons and personal growth.

Thanks for reading today!

Outfit details: Urban Planet Top, Zaful Skirt, Kate Spade Phone Case, ABH Lipstick in the shade Rio"

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