Moving your whole life to an entirely new continent is bound to teach you a few life lessons…especially about yourself.
That’s exactly what happened for me and as a result, I am a very different person to who I was a year ago. I am proud of the person that I have become and I have learnt to change the type of goals I set for myself. Because of this, I define myself very differently and ultimately; in a more positive manner.
I hope to share my valuable learnings with you, to empower you in 2018.
Valuable life lessons learnt in 2017
1) Make changes and take risks:
It may sound harsh but if you’re not willing to make a change, don’t expect your life to change either. In March, I left behind my house, my car, my job, my pup, my friends and most importantly, my family. Immigrating to Australia without having ever visited the country was by far one of the biggest risks that I have ever taken… but it was 110% worth it! Recently, I left my first Australian corporate job, without having another one secured, and guess what? I got offered a fantastic opportunity in another company, just one week later! Make changes and take risks because you will never know what life holds for you, unless you try something new and travel a new path.
“A ship at harbour may be safe or comfortable, but that’s not what they are built for”
2) Open your eyes to the world:
How often do you go for a walk to admire the scenery? Get on a little tinny boat to travel the waters? Stare at the clouds? Take a hike up a mountain? It’s so easy to be overwhelmed by technology, shops, buildings and everything else man-made. This year, I allowed myself to become an explorer and I am overwhelmed by the beauty of the earth.
“There is beauty in the simplicity of nature”
3) Your body is a temple:
Your body is no one’s but your own. Why wouldn’t you want to treat it like a temple? It needs to last you about 80 years, much longer than any technology or material item that you will ever own. Nourish it and look after it. Eat the healthier option, exercise, allow it to relax and pamper it. It’s your most priceless possession. I have been sick this year more often than I have in my entire life and it may be because of a new environment but I put it down to stress, neglect and lack of exercise. I will never obsess over my body, my diet or exercise as that isn’t healthy either but i will make a conscious effort to treat my body with more care.
“Take care of your body, it’s the one place you will have to live forever”
4) Don’t let your goals take over your life:
I remember arriving in Australia and within a few weeks, I was back to setting my usual stringent goal list and sticking it up on the fridge. Money goals. Career goals. Things that I were letting define me…in the wrong way. I remember looking at them and then one day, I just tore them up and threw them in the bin. The amount of money that I have and the role that I hold in a corporate company DO NOT define me. It took me many years to come to this realisation but I am so glad that I realised this now.
“Very little is needed in life to make you happy. It is all within yourself and your way of thinking”
5) Friends and family:
No need to explain this one much but immigration has made me realise how important it is to lean on people for support and to ask for help. I don’t like asking for help or support as it goes against my independence but I have discovered that whether your friends and family live next door or thousands of miles away, lean on them when you need help! I have been lucky enough to make some amazing friends in Sydney and they have been pillars of strength for me, this year.
“Nothing ahead of you is bigger or stronger than the power of those backing you”.
6) Treat yourself:
It doesn’t always require money to treat yourself. My favourite treat, as silly as it may sound, is coming home from work and lighting up a scented candle…Did I mention my obsession with scented candles?! My house is full of them… at least one in every room. They relax me every time I light one. I have also started getting my nails done at a salon every month. My gift to me. It’s worth every cent as it makes me feel more feminine.
“Women who invest in themselves go further”
7) Marriage is great :
My husband and I hit the one year mark and I was nervous.. every movie out there makes you think its one giant argument and challenge but I can honestly say that marriage is great. I thought having been together for over 9 years that not much would change.. but it does. In simple terms, you learn to put someone else’s thoughts and feelings ahead of your own. It matures you, it makes you wiser and it makes you more selfless. I could not have achieved everything I did this year without my husband. If you haven’t read my relationship advice blog, then click the clink –> From High School Sweetheart to Husband
Treasure those that you love!
Wishing you all a blessed 2018! I would love to hear about your 2018 goals or if you have learnt any valuable lessons from 2017. Comment below or message me!