26 things I have learned in 26 years |


Its been a minute since I have posted my last blog post, I was struck down with the dreaded flu and then on top of that I got a throat infection. My bed was my best friend for a week. But I am back, sniffly and tired but I am back.

So this coming Sunday, it is my birthday, I am going to be 27, I can’t quite believe I am going to be 27, where does the time go? Also, I do not feel adult enough to be 27 haha. I thought that as my birthday is this week, I would write a post about some of the things I have learned over the past 26 years. Some life lessons and some very random.

1. My mum is the most strongest woman I know.

2. The numbers on the side of the toaster is the minutes you toast it for, not the degree of “toastyness” haha!

3. It is okay to cute toxic/negative people out of your life. You should be surrounded with positive and supportive people.

4. That asking for help is NOT a sign of failure.

5. Showing yourself love and care is so important.

6. The blogging community is so positive and so supportive and I am so glad I decided to start my blog.

7. Writing helps me clear my head and helps with my anxiety.

8. Saying nothing sometimes says everything.

9. Bullet journals are awesome.

10. Your mental health is just as important as physical health.

11. Everyones’ lives’ are not as perfect as they appear on social media.

12. I must always make time to be off social media, it is important to take a break.

13. To have a happy and healthy relationship, you must be happy and content with yourself.

14. That in McDonalds (serious I know) that the sauce pots, you are supposed to pull apart each section to open them up to dip your food in. I know!? My mind was blown haha.

15. That however bad my anxiety gets, I always push through and it is okay.

16. That I get very emotionally invested in TV shows.

17. I cry way too much at everything haha.

18. That in the film Madagascar when they “Sugar Honey Ice Tea” stands for the word S**T. Which seems obvious when it is written down. My little sister told me, I didn’t even catch on haha.

19. Never plan to have an early night because most of the time it will not happen.

20. Not everyone in life is going to like me and thats okay – I use to be such a people pleaser, but learning that its okay to say no.

21. That I am quite good at doubting myself and that is something I am working on this year. Trying to build confidence in knowing my abilities.

22. That I get excited and buy far too much stationery. Even when I was younger I used to get so excited at the start of the school year, buying a new pencil case and pens.

23. That time flies by so fast.

24. That school life was so much easier. If you are reading this and are still in school, sixth form or college, enjoy it! Yes, there is exams or homework, but thats much easier than dealing with bills, savings, pensions, a mortgage etc.

25. Quantity of time does not reflect someones intentions for you. I learned that in one of the most worrying and scary times of my life so far. Sometimes the people who want the best for you, you have known the least amount of time.

26. Just be you – Be your true self, wear what you want too, eat what you want too, study/work in the job you want too and love who you want too. I was always worried about what others would think, but I have learned that it is my life and I have to do what makes me happy.

I am interested in what are some of the life lessons you have learned over the years, or random things you now know. Look out for more birthday related posts over the next week.


112 thoughts on “26 things I have learned in 26 years |

  1. “The numbers on the side of the toaster is the minutes you toast it for, not the degree of “toastyness”” , i also didn’t know this till now before reading your post 😂

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  2. I love the mixture of serious and comical lessons, especially the ones about McDonalds sauce pot and the toaster. I recently found out about the toaster and had my mind blown. Happy 27th Birthday! I think one of the biggest lessons I have learnt is that if you’re thinking whether or not you should bring a coat, you should probably bring a coat. xx

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  3. This is such a lovely post Lauren! 💖 Yesss my fellow stationery lover 😍. I’m exactly the same with planning an early night – it never happens 😂. Also just be you is a fab peice of advice. I laughed at the McDonalds sauce pots and toaster dial, very wise and important lessons he he. Great post, thank you for sharing! Hope you have an awesome birthday! 🎉😘 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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  4. I am blown away by the toast numbers thing! Wow – I had no idea.

    Time will fly by faster as you grow older. I think of it this way – when we were four years old, one year was one quarter of our lives. We had loads of free space in our brains to remember every detail of every day. Now one year is only 1/26 of your life so you may not remember every single detail because you still have those memories and things you learned when you were four. I will be 50 this year and every year flies by faster than the previous one. It helps to learn to love and enjoy every day because it will be over in a moment and the next one will arrive.

    Anyway, happy birthday and I’m glad I found you and your blog!

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my blog. Glad I am not the only one that didn’t know about the toaster. Yeah I mean times it flying by so fast now, I remember when I first turned 18. Can’t believe how long ago that was now. Thank you! Xx

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  5. This is great post to begin your birthday celebrations, hope you have a great birthday! even if you don’t feel adult enough to be turning 27 🙂

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  6. Really love these kinds of posts, I did one when I turned 18 last year😊 It’s a really nice way to learn more about you! And I also cry at everything lol…

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  7. Number 25 is so true! We often quantify love or just about any affection or intention but that’s never the case. Hope you have an amazing birthday and have a great year ahead 😀

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  8. Brilliant Post!! I Feel like I’ve been on an emotional journey with the serious and the funny equally balanced, I laughed and I nodded in agreement. Honestly one of the best posts I’ve read in a while.

    Emma x


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  9. I knew the Toaster thing and laughed out loud. Yes girl school time is the best, one should always be yourself, cut the toxic people from life. Blogging community is the best. Time will fly very fast so one should make use of every moment. 🙂

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  10. Wonderful post Lauren! And a happy belated birthday!

    I could agree with a lot of these lessons as I have been learning them, too. I didn’t even know about the numbers on the toaster! That’s going to change everything and save me from the frustrations of too lightly or burnt toast!

    Keep up the great work lovely. ❤

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  11. I have loved reading this because I can relate to so much haha, I’ve had a post drafted for a month now to post on my 23rd birthday cant wait!

    I loved number 13, this is something I am working on for myself after letting go of a good relationship because I wasn’t ready to commit to someone feeling the way I felt in myself

    Great blog, cant wait to see more

    Becky – http://www.eyeful-events.com x x x

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    1. Ooo when is your 23rd birthday? Be sure to tag me on Twitter so I can have a read! I am on the journey of a healthier lifestyle and feeling more confident with myself and my body. There is no way I could be in a relationship right now either. But it’s positive that you saw that, I didn’t and it took me a while to realise 😊 thank you for taking the time to read and comment 💓💓


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